Civilization on the BrinkBook - 2010
The ancient civilizations of the Mayas, the Easter Islanders, the Anasazi, and the Mesa Verdeans: all of them, after rising to their zenith, finally collapsed as they had devastated their environments. Surprisingly, current industrial civilization shows a striking resemblance to these ancient civilizations, albeit in much larger scale.With keen analysis, Chaitanya DavÃ© shows that we are already in the first phase of collapse evidenced by the breaking down of planetary ecosystems, climate change, decline in per capita global grain production, depletion of energy resources, cascading extinction of species, highly polluted environments, melting glaciers, increasing global water scarcities, and higher frequencies of storms and floods. Humanity can either control population and consumption or nature will.Time is running out. Unless we decisively act now, major catastrophe awaits us: unstoppable climate change that could engulf all living species on the planet, with the ultimate extinction of all.
Publisher: Baltimore, Md. : Publishamerica, c2010
Characteristics: 399 p. : charts, ill. 23 cm
Alternative Title: Civilization on the brink