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The End of the Long Summer: Why We Must Remake Our Civilization to Survive on a Volatile Earth [Format Kindle]

Dianne Dumanoski

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Revue de presse

“Remarkable . . . lucid . . . unsensational. . . . With personable authority, she makes the case for familiar environmentalist prescriptions as well as–which will surprise many–much that is usually considered culturally conservative (indeed, this isn’t an ideologically progressive tract at all). She concisely and trenchantly questions globalization’s effects on agriculture and traditional emergency preparedness. She cautions against trusting technology to handle all emergent catastrophes but for faith in what humanity outstandingly proved in the hundreds of millennia of dire weather before the long summer; namely, its prodigious adaptiveness. The popular environmental book of the year? Could be, and of many more to come.”
Booklist, starred review

“A passionate, precise account of climate change and a persuasive strategy for dealing with ‘Nature’s return to center stage as a critical player in human history.’… Insightful. . . . Convincing.”

“Dianne Dumanoski understands, as few have, the scale of the changes coming at us from our warming planet, and the scale of the changes we must make in return. A timely book, and a deep one!”
—Bill McKibben, author of Deep Economy

“A splendid book. We cannot now stop global change, but we can adapt and survive. Crucial to survival is the need to understand our planet, and Dianne Dumanoski’s powerful book is the best guide that I have seen. It is a delight to read and clearly written in the best tradition of great American journalism.”
—James Lovelock, author of The Revenge of Gaia

“Lyrically, luminously, Dumanoski has summoned up such a display of scientific and historical perspective that finally we are able . . . to confront the enormity of the cultural transformation we must now make. A work of great wisdom and insight and, I would add, courage, her book commands our attention.”
—James Gustave Speth, author of The Bridge at the Edge of the World

“There is perhaps no book that provides such a perceptive analysis of the cultural hurdles we are facing to create a sustainable future. There is also no book that combines this perspective with rigorous scientific information regarding the immense challenges of climate change. This book is a tour de force–providing hope in the midst of sobering news. Dianne Dumanoski has created a classic.”
—Mary Evelyn Tucker, cofounder of the Forum on Religion and Ecology

“Dianne Dumanoski makes it clear that we are facing a planetary emergency driven by climate change. She then asks the question that political leaders everywhere should be asking, namely, Can we harness the economy to a mission that goes beyond the accumulation of wealth? Thoughtful, insightful, and deeply informative.”
—Lester R. Brown, author of Plan B 3.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization

The End of the Long Summer provides a startlingly honest point of entry into a future that is as uncertain as it is threatening. Dumanoski makes clear that we need to change not just our technologies but our fundamental worldview if we are to survive as a coherent civilization.”
—Ross Gelbspan, author of The Heat Is On and Boiling Point

“Dianne Dumanoski transforms the daunting complexities of our planetary emergency into a lucid, fascinating, and compelling book. With impeccable thoroughness she converts a wealth of information into an easy-to-read thriller. I couldn’t put it down.”
—Theo Colborn, coauthor of Our Stolen Future

From the Hardcover edition.

Présentation de l'éditeur

For the past twelve thousand years, Earth’s stable climate has allowed human civilization to flourish. But this long benign summer is an anomaly in the Earth’s history and one that is rapidly coming to a close. The radical experiment of our modern industrial civilization is now disrupting our planet’s very metabolism; our future hinges in large part on how Earth responds. Climate change is already bearing down, hitting harder and faster than expected. The greatest danger is not extreme yet discrete weather events, such as Hurricane Katrina or the calamitous wildfires that now plague California, but profound and systemic disruptions on a global scale. Contrary to the pervasive belief that climate change will be a gradual escalator ride into balmier temperatures, the Earth’s climate system has a history of radical shifts–dramatic shocks that could lead to the collapse of social and economic systems.

The question is no longer simply how can we stop climate change, but how can we as a civilization survive it.

The guiding values of modern culture have become dangerously obsolete in this new era. Yet as renowned environmental journalist Dianne Dumanoski shows, little has been done to avert the crisis or to prepare human societies for a time of growing instability. In a work of astonishing scope, Dumanoski deftly weaves history, science, and culture to show how the fundamental doctrines of modern society have impeded our ability to respond to this crisis and have fostered an economic globalization that is only increasing our vulnerability at this critical time. She exposes the fallacy of banking on a last-minute technological fix as well as the perilous trap of believing that humans can succeed in the quest to control nature. Only by restructuring our global civilization based on the principles that have allowed Earth’s life and our ancestors to survive catastrophe——diversity, redundancy, a degree of self-sufficiency, social solidarity, and an aversion to excessive integration——can we restore the flexibility needed to weather the trials ahead.

In this powerful and prescient book, Dumanoski moves beyond now-ubiquitous environmental buzzwords about green industries and clean energy to provide a new cultural map through this dangerous passage. Though the message is grave, it is not without hope. Lucid, eloquent, and urgent, The End of the Long Summer deserves a place alongside transformative works such as Silent Spring and The Fate of the Earth.

From the Hardcover edition.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 320 pages
  • Editeur : Broadway Books (1 juillet 2009)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Important, urgent message 17 août 2009
Par Adam D. Sacks - Publié sur Amazon.com
An exceptionally well-written book (I read it in two days) by the co-author of the landmark work, Our Stolen Future. Diane Dumanoski says clearly what so many climate activists refuse to acknowledge: we can't go on living so far beyond the means of our planetary life support systems, and we can't substitute our way out of this mess. We have to rethink everything.

To support her case she cites the scientific literature extensively, in a way that's understandable for the layperson, and puts it in a historical and cultural context that cuts through our current political confusion and psycho-social barriers to change.

I've read many books on the realities of the climate emergency, and Dumanoski's is at the top of the list.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Sobering, realistic profile 15 août 2009
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In a sobering but realistic profile of the humanity's increasing negative impact on global planetary systems, Dumanoski's new book makes a cogent and eloquent argument that "the radical experiment of our modern industrial civilization is now disrupting our planet's very metabolism." Climate is changing faster than original scientific models predicted, and in unexpected ways with dangerous feedback loops. We our poisoning our environment with toxins that impact our own reproductive systems. We are causing irreversible change to soils and water and land that are impacting our ability to grow our food. Given the increasingly short window for action, politicians and the media have done little to heed the warnings and avert crisis. Humanity's future, Dumanoski argues, will depend on our ability to return to systems based on flexibility, diversity, redundancy, and community and away from current trends that rely on technological fixes, unsustainable economic models of growth, and excessive globalization. This is a work of broad scope and depth, weaving together humanity's history, science, and culture and ending with a search for honest hope for humanity's future on a volatile Earth of our own making.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Book of Big Ideas 3 octobre 2009
Par Don Pelton - Publié sur Amazon.com
Dianne Dumanoski, in her book, "The End of the Long Summer: Why We Must Remake Our Civilization to Survive on a Volatile Earth," writes with great breadth and depth about what she calls the planetary era. Since the beginning of this era, in the middle of the twentieth century, it has become clear that man-made global climate change -- and she doesn't waste time trying to convince the deniers -- is part of a deeper problem, the impact of human civilization on a whole set of planetary systems (species diversity; species abundance; nitrogen, phosphorous and sulfur cycles; fresh water systems, etc).

She cites the appearance of the Antarctic ozone hole as the beginning of this planetary era, and explains how that event might easily have been much more disastrous:


"The human enterprise survived this first encounter with planetary systems thanks only to dumb luck, argues Paul Crutzen, who shared the Nobel chemistry prize with Rowland and Molina in 1995 for his pioneering work showing that nitrogen oxides from fertilizers and supersonic aircraft could damage the ozone layer. Had the problematic refrigerants been engineered not with chlorine but with bromine, a similar chemical and possible alternative, the world would have faced catastrophic destruction of ozone everywhere in all seasons and significant harm to land-based forms of life. In his 1995 Nobel acceptance speech, Crutzen explained that, atom for atom, bromine is one hundred times more destructive to ozone because it does not require unusual conditions for its activation. The rapid ozone destruction caused by CFCs over Antarctica, by contrast, depends on heterogeneous chemical reactions on the solid or supercooled liquid particles found in rare polar stratospheric clouds, such as those found over the South Pole in the total darkness of winter. "I can only conclude that mankind has been extremely lucky," Crutzen concluded. "It was a close call."

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Dumanoski's "Long Summer" is a work full of big ideas, and I must admit to a guilty pleasure: an infatuation with big ideas, no matter how (as in this case) dire.

In the end she achieves a tough hope, a hope earned through the difficult process of facing frightening truths, and seeing beyond them to some possible viable human futures.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The End of the Longest Summer 24 juillet 2009
Par avid reader - Publié sur Amazon.com
Fabulous book...tells a compelling, clear, and convincing story on how we must approach the huge threat that climate change poses, and what position this particular time in history occupies in the largest scheme of things. Worthy of an award! Couldn't put it down.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Clarity on "The End of the Long Summer" for Society 2 décembre 2009
Par Nathan - Publié sur Amazon.com
Dianne Dumanoski has written a book that truly deserves awards and high acclaim. The End of the Long Summer gives a clear, concise overview on approaching the climate change issue. She makes swift work of making connections between history, science, economics and culture of humanity to support her case: humans cannot survive by living in unsustainable manners and outside the planetary life support system. The crisis is now an almost certain inevitability. However, Dumanoski points out ways to address the issue by the powerful systems of flexibility, diversity, redundancy, and community. She gives hope through the realization of multiple frightening truths. Dumonaoski's work is a wonderfully compelling yet sobering book.
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