By: Colin Mason
306 pages, figures, tables
&i;A Short History of the Future&o; is a major update and development of the themes of the bestselling The 2030 Spike, which described the huge confluence of seven natural and human-made drivers that will converge around 2030 and wreak havoc: depleted fuel supplies, massive population growth, poverty, global climate change, famine, growing water shortages and international lawlessness.
Yet Mason is not a doom-sayer. Indeed, the three years since the first edition have seen a startling amount of change, much of it for the better (particularly in the fields of energy and communications). The main point is that humanity can save itself if we take decisive action now.
* 'A bold, thought-provoking and ultimately rewarding [read], well-researched, full of ideas - and thus a good, all-round primer on the state of the planet' BBC Wildlife * 'An impressive tour of our current world: from sexual slavery to sailing ships, from malaria to microcredits, from nanotechnology to neopaganism, all the horrors and promises of our troubled Zeitgeist seem to be reflected here' Resurgence * 'Only the foolhardy would surely dare leave it unread on the shelf' International Affairs
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