Thomas Dunne Books
March 15, 2011
Imagine a planet where North American and European navies are squaring off over shipping lanes through an acidified, ice-free Arctic. Centuries later, their northern descendants retreat southward as the recovering see freezes over again. And later still, future nations will have to avert an approaching Ice Age… by burning what remains of our fossil fuels.
These are just a few of the events that are likely to befall Earth and human the civilization in the next 100,000 years. And it will be the choices we make in this century that will affect the future more than those of any previous generation. We are living at the dawn of the Age of Humans: the only question is how long that it will last.
Few of us have yet asked, “what happens after global warming?” Drawing upon the latest, groundbreaking works of a handful of climate visionaries, the future helps us look beyond A.D. 2100 to the next hundred millennia of life on Earth.
Curt Stager is an ecologist, paleoclimatologist, and science writer with a Ph.D. in biology and geology from Duke University. He has published more than three dozen climate-and psychology-related articles in major journals, including Science and Quaternary Research, and has written for popular audiences in periodicals such as National Geographic. He teaches at Paul Smith’s College in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York and holds a research associate post at the University of Maine’s Climate Change Institute, where he investigates the long-term history of climate in Africa, South America, and the polar regions.