By Thomas Homer-Dixon
"We at the moment are so abusing the Earth that it could possibly upward thrust and movement again to the new kingdom it used to be in fifty-five million years in the past, and if it does, so much folks, and our descendants, will die."
-James Lovelock, best weather specialist and writer of The Revenge of Gaia
"I do not see why individuals are so fearful approximately worldwide warming destroying the planet - top oil will look after that."
-Matthew Simmons, strength funding banker and writer of Twilight within the Desert: the arriving Saudi Oil surprise and the realm economic climate
The dual crises of weather swap and peaking oil creation are converging on us. in the event that they aren't to cook dinner the planet and topple our civilization, we are going to want trained and decisive regulations, clear-sighted innovation, and a lucid realizing of what's at stake. we'll want to know the place we stand, and which path we must always start in. those are the questions Carbon Shift addresses.
Thomas Homer-Dixon, writer of The Ingenuity Gap and The Upside of Down, argues that the 2 difficulties are relatively one: a carbon challenge. we rely on carbon strength to gasoline our advanced economies and societies, and while this very carbon is fatally contaminating our surroundings. to resolve this type of difficulties would require fixing the opposite even as. In different phrases, we nonetheless have an opportunity to take on enormous demanding situations with one cutting edge resolution: fresh, low-carbon power.
Carbon Shift brings jointly six of Canada's world-class specialists to discover the query of the place we stand now, and the place we would be headed. It explores the economics, the geology, the politics, and the technological know-how of the quandary we discover ourselves in. And it supplies each one specialist the opportunity to deal with what they suspect are crucial features of the advanced challenge sooner than us.
There aren't any specialists in Canada greater located to provide an explanation for the area that awaits us simply past the horizon, and no higher advisor to that destiny than this choice of their innovations. Densely jam-packed with details, yet accessibly written and powerfully well timed, Carbon Shift will be an critical instruction manual to the tricky offerings that lie forward.
David Hughes is a former senior geoscientist with the Geological Survey of Canada
David Keith is Canada examine Chair in strength and the surroundings, collage of Calgary
Jeff Rubin is leader Economist, leader Strategist and handling Director, CIBC international Markets
Mark Jaccard is professor of environmental economics within the college of source and Environmental administration at Simon Fraser college and a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on weather swap (IPCC)
William Marsden is an investigative reporter and writer of Stupid to the final Drop: How Alberta Is Bringing Environmental Armageddon to Canada (And does not appear to Care)
Jeffrey Simpson is a Globe and Mail nationwide columnist and writer, with Mark Jaccard, of Hot Air: assembly Canada's weather switch problem
With a foreword through Ronald Wright, writer of A brief heritage of growth and What is America?
From the Hardcover edition.
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You’d want to use the short time with this person to learn exactly what he or she thought. You might want to seek out other opinions later or perhaps do your own research. But one way or the other, direct access to that expert opinion would likely change your outlook and could even spur you to action. Such change is what Carbon Shift is about. These contributors answer many questions—but they raise more. And that’s because the carbon problem is particularly intractable. Like the gold in the river Pactolus, carbon in its various forms is both precious and deeply harmful.
7 If we’re to have continued growth without steady increases in fossil fuel consumption, Ayres notes, we will have to find ways to reduce the amount of fossil fuel energy input per unit of work. Energy conservation and energy efficiency are key to economic and environmental sustainability. But the more salient conclusion of this recent research is that our economies are deeply dependent on massive inputs of cheap fossil energy. Something so vital to our civilization probably won’t stay cheap for long.
And Croesus, the last king of the Lydians, is still remembered as a metaphor for wealth. His Temple of Artemis at Ephesus was one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. What had been a curse to Midas turned out to be something the Lydians could not live without. But for us it hasn’t been gold but rather carbon that has granted our wishes for wealth and power and that now threatens to transform our world into something profoundly inhospitable to human civilization. By nearly any measure we’ve got what we wanted.
Carbon Shift: How Peak Oil and the Climate Crisis Will Change Canada (and Our Lives) by Thomas Homer-Dixon