UNPRECEDENTED Can Civilization Survive the CO2 Crisis?

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Can we act quickly and wisely enough to prevent climate change – better called climate disruption – from destroying human civilization? There is no greater issue facing humanity today. This book provides everything people need to know in order to enter into serious discussions and make good decisions.

“Unprecedented is a tour de force of enormous importance for our planetary future. In his superb analysis of climate change through the lens of science, politics, economics, energy, morality, and religion, Griffin has provided a wealth of insight for how to move forward. This will be an indispensable book for raising awareness that civilization itself is at stake” MARY EVELYN TUCKER Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale University

 

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Can we act quickly and wisely enough to prevent climate change – better called climate disruption – from destroying
human civilization? There is no greater issue facing humanity today.

This book provides everything people need to know in order to enter into serious discussions and make good decisions:

•The latest scientific information about the probable effects of the various types of climate disruption that threaten the very continuation of civilization.

•The reasons why the media and governments have failed miserably to rein in global warming, even though scientists
have been warning them for decades.

•The additional challenges to saving civilization – religious, moral, and economic.

•The amazing transformation of solar, wind, and other types of clean energy during the past few years, making the
transition from a fossil-fuel to a clean-energy economy possible; and the falsity of the various claims that fossil-fuel companies and their (hired) minions have made to belittle clean energy.

This book combines:

(1) the most extensive treatment of the causes and phenomena of climate change in combination with

(2) an extensive treatment of social obstacles and challenges (fossil-fuel funded denialism, media failure, political failure, and moral, religious, and economic challenges),

(3) the most extensive treatment of mobilization, and

(4) in discussing the needed transition from fossil-fuel energy to clean energy, it provides the most complete, most up-to-date treatment of the various kinds of clean energy, and how they could combine to provide 70% clean energy by 2035 and 100% before 2050 (both U.S. and worldwide).

Book Details

Publish Date

Jan. 1, 2015

Page Count

515

ISBN

978-0-9860769-0-9

Ebook ISBN

978-0-9860769-1-6

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eBook, Paperback

Author

David Ray Griffin

Reviews

9 reviews for UNPRECEDENTED Can Civilization Survive the CO2 Crisis?

  1. Richard Falk

    “If you can read only one book on climate change, make it be Unprecedented. With extraordinary clarity and comprehensiveness David Griffin has masterfully depicted both the severe dangers confronting humanity and the best available escape routes. If reading this book does not change your life, nothing will.”
    RICHARD FALK Emeritus Professor of International Law, Princeton University

  2. Thom Hartmann

    “As always, David Ray Griffin is meticulous in this research, startling in his conclusions, and thought-provoking in the way he frames issues. A brilliant addition to the literature on climate change and its terrible consequences!”
    THOM HARTMANN Author and Talk Show Host

  3. Peter Hadhams

    “UNPRECEDENTED is a valuable book in that it not only delineates the nature and magnitude of the climatic threat to Mankind and the urgency of taking action, but also sets this global crisis within its proper moral dimension involving our ethics and religious sense. It makes the very important point that anthropogenic climate change didn’t just happen – it is the result of choices that we as a species made to give preference to greed and exploitation rather than to caring stewardship of our limited spaceship. Any salvation depends on a moral change as much as a technical effort.”
    PETER WADHAMS, Center for Mathematical Sciences, Cambridge

  4. Herman E. Daly

    “A very comprehensive and accessible book, providing a much-needed corrective to omissions and falsehoods propagated in the media… a fine contribution in the tradition of Griffin’s long and distinguished work.”
    HERMAN E. DALY Founder of ecological economics

  5. Mary Evelyn Tucker

    “Unprecedented is a tour de force of enormous importance for our planetary future. In his superb analysis of climate change through the lens of science, politics, economics, energy, morality, and religion, Griffin has provided a wealth of insight for how to move forward. This will be an indispensable book for raising awareness that civilization itself is at stake.”
    MARY EVELYN TUCKER Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale University

  6. Vincent Stanley

    “Theologian David Ray Griffin brings to bear his considerable skills of synthesis to lay out, from the best current sources including Lester Brown and Bill McKibben, a comprehensive snapshot of the climate crisis, its dark threat of planetary desertification, and the urgent need for us all to act swiftly to close the era of fossil fuels and switch to clean energy. This would require as much moral will as it does political skill: Griffin makes a strong case that humanity’s differing faiths, world views and ethical creeds, including the secular, have enough in common to allow us to act now on behalf of the next generations if we can only begin to act from our full humanity and face the climate challenge squarely.”
    VINCENT STANLEY Co-author, The Responsible Company: What We’ve Learned From Patagonia’s First 40 Years.

  7. Catherine Keller

    “Griffin’s book is itself without precedent in the climate literature. Crossing the whole secular and religious spectrum, it offers brilliant clarity, indispensable quotes, trusty data and crystallized arguments that you will start borrowing right away. And somehow it performs neither apocalyptic alarmism nor chilly factualism but an engagingly urgent, calmly activating overview.”
    CATHERINE KELLER
    author of Cloud of the Impossible: Negative Theology and Planetary Entanglement. Professor of Constructive Theology, Drew University

  8. Stephen Lendman

    “Myths and Big Lies proliferate about global warming. Griffin’s new book is must reading. It explains what everyone needs to know. It does so responsibly. In lucid detail like everything he writes. Global warming is one of the most important issues of our times. Survival may depend on resolving it responsibly.”
    STEPHEN LENDMAN author of Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity

  9. Chandra Muzaffar

    “This expression of cautious hope about the future is one of this book’s strengths. That, coupled with a concrete call for action, makes it a unique contribution to the expanding literature on climate change – one that carries tremendous weight because it is backed by facts and figures and is, on the whole, a sober, objective assessment of the current situation. All said and done, Unprecedented is an unprecedented book..”
    CHANDRA MUZAFFAR President, International Movement for a Just World

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