We’re facing an emergency.
By the end of this century the population will be over 10 billion. And there aren’t enough resources for everyone.
This book won’t tell you to ‘do your bit for the environment’.
It won’t tell you to recycle.
It won’t tell you to buy an electric car.
It’s too late for that.
Stephen Emmott, the acclaimed scientist, shows us why time is running out. And what we really need to do about it.
1. Adapted from UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs.
2. Adapted from UN Environment Programme Water Statistics, 2008, FAO
4. Adapted from US Energy Information Administration, International Energy Outlook 2011 (EIA, 2011)
5. Adapted from data from the US Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
6. Adapted from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (UC San Diego) CO2 program, ŒClimate Change 2007: The Physical Science Basis¹, Working Group 1 contribution to IPCC, Fourth Assessment Report, CUP 2007; C.M. MacFarling Meure et al. ŒLaw Dome CO2 CH4 and N2O ice core records extended to 2000 years BP¹, Geophysical Research Letters 33, 14 (2006)
7. Adapted from J.E. Hansen et al. Goddard Institute for Space Studies, 2012: http://cdiac.ornl.gov/trends/temp/hansen/graphics.html8. Compiled from data from the US National Interagency Fire Center, 2010; Millennium Ecosystem Assessment Report, 2005. Data for 2000-2010 are USA only.
9. Adapted from Steffen et al. ŒThe Anthropocene: From Global Change to Planetary Stewardship¹, AMBIO, October 2011 (Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences)
10. Adapted from data from the NOAA Ocean Climate Laboratory and World Ocean Databse; S. Levitus et al. World ocean heat content and thermosteric sea level change (0-2000 m), 1955-2010¹, Geophysical Research Letters, 39, 10, (2012)
11. Compiled from data from ICIMOD and UNEP-Grid Arendal, 2010; Millennium Ecosystem Assessment Resport, 2005
12. Adapted from Steffen et al. The Anthropocene: From Global Change to Planetary Stewardship¹, AMBIO, October 2011 (Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences); FAO, The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2012 (FAO,2012); B. Worm et al. Rebuilding global fisheries¹, Science, 325 (2009)
13. Adapted from S. Pimm and P. Raven, Biodiversity: Extinction by numbers, Nature, 403 (2000); A. Barnosky et al. Has the Earth¹s sixth mass extinction already arrived?, Nature, 471 (2011).
Read an extract here: (http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/jun/30/population-growth-wipe-out-life-earth)