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The Resource Global catastrophes and trends : the next 50 years, Vaclav Smil

Global catastrophes and trends : the next 50 years, Vaclav Smil

Label
Global catastrophes and trends : the next 50 years
Title
Global catastrophes and trends
Title remainder
the next 50 years
Statement of responsibility
Vaclav Smil
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
From the Publisher: Fundamental change occurs most often in one of two ways: as a "fatal discontinuity," a sudden catastrophic event that is potentially world changing, or as a persistent, gradual trend. Global catastrophes include volcanic eruptions, viral pandemics, wars, and large-scale terrorist attacks; trends are demographic, environmental, economic, and political shifts that unfold over time. In this provocative book, scientist Vaclav Smil takes a wide-ranging, interdisciplinary look at the catastrophes and trends the next fifty years may bring. This is not a book of forecasts or scenarios but one that reminds us to pay attention to, and plan for, the consequences of apparently unpredictable events and the ultimate direction of long-term trends. Smil first looks at rare but cataclysmic events, both natural and human-produced, then at trends of global importance: the transition from fossil fuels to other energy sources; demographic and political shifts in Europe, Japan, Russia, China, the United States, and Islamic nations; the battle for global primacy; and growing economic and social inequality. He also considers environmental change-in some ways an amalgam of sudden discontinuities and gradual change-and assesses the often misunderstood complexities of global warming. Global Catastrophes and Trends does not come down on the side of either doom-and-gloom scenarios or techno-euphoria. Instead, relying on long-term historical perspectives and a distaste for the rigid compartmentalization of knowledge, Smil argues that understanding change will help us reverse negative trends and minimize the risk of catastrophe
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Cataloging source
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Smil, Vaclav
Dewey number
363.34
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
GB5014
LC item number
.S58 2008eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Natural disasters
  • Environmental risk assessment
  • NATURE
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • SCIENCE
  • Environmental risk assessment
  • Natural disasters
Label
Global catastrophes and trends : the next 50 years, Vaclav Smil
Instantiates
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 259-295) and indexes
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Preface: What to expect -- How (Not) To Look Ahead -- Fatal Discontinuities -- Unfolding Trends -- Environmental Change -- Dealing With Risk And Uncertainty -- Appendix A: Units and abbreviations, prefixes -- Appendix B: Acronyms
Control code
244795966
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xi, 307 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781435654990
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
  • 22573/ctt59pnh3
  • 7582
  • 9780262283878
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not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)244795966
Label
Global catastrophes and trends : the next 50 years, Vaclav Smil
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 259-295) and indexes
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Preface: What to expect -- How (Not) To Look Ahead -- Fatal Discontinuities -- Unfolding Trends -- Environmental Change -- Dealing With Risk And Uncertainty -- Appendix A: Units and abbreviations, prefixes -- Appendix B: Acronyms
Control code
244795966
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xi, 307 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781435654990
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
  • 22573/ctt59pnh3
  • 7582
  • 9780262283878
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)244795966

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