Notes from a Dying Planet, 2004-2006: One Scientist's Search for Solutions

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"Notes from a Dying Planet is a concerned, passionate, and informed survey of the environmental problems facing our planet, with gems of succinct essays interspersed with the reality of daily news. Written from the perspective of a very well informed citizen with a solid scientific background, it conveys in clear language the many challenges we face, convinces us of the folly of continuing on our present course, and suggests useful steps that each of us as individuals can take ...

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"Notes from a Dying Planet is a concerned, passionate, and informed survey of the environmental problems facing our planet, with gems of succinct essays interspersed with the reality of daily news. Written from the perspective of a very well informed citizen with a solid scientific background, it conveys in clear language the many challenges we face, convinces us of the folly of continuing on our present course, and suggests useful steps that each of us as individuals can take toward making our planet a sustainable habitat for all species."
--Jeffrey A. McNeely, Chief Scientist, IUCN-The World Conservation Union, Gland, Switzerland

Internationally respected neuroscientist Paul Brown asks why we are doing so little about overpopulation, global warming and the current mass extinction. He describes how these three threats could end civilization as we know it, and possibly finish off our entire species, by the end of this century. Brown examines the biological and cultural evolution of our species, and how they influence our behavior. He describes some of the proposed solutions to problems like the energy crisis, explains why they’re too narrow in scope, and proposes broader approaches. He also takes us week by week through crucial events unfolding around the globe. Written for a lay audience, Notes from a Dying Planet provides all the background needed for each topic.

"Paul Brown has written a book that is at once unique, scary, and exciting. It is unique because of the format, scary because the author tries to be honest with the reader, and exciting because if we all become as committed as Brown is we will reverse the environmental trends that are undermining our future."
--Lester Brown, Founder and President, Earth Policy Institute, and author of Plan B 2.0: Rescuing a Planet under Stress and a Civilization in Trouble.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780595400942
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/13/2006
  • Pages: 363
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.81 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2007

    Comprehensive, readable book about global warming

    'NOTES' is a truly epic book of magnificent proportions. An extremely well researched and thoroughly documented book that carefully peels away the layers of the fallacious arguments of the anti-global-warming special interest groups. It is as much a page-turner as the best mystery novel. 'NOTES' clearly defines humanity's population and global warming problems in conversational tones. It goes on to provide workable, practical solutions. It is a 'must read' for every politician on the planet. If you never read another book in your life you should read this one. The continued existence of our species depends on it. You will find it very difficult to put this book down once you start it. I'm waiting for its sequel with eager anticipation.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2006

    First book to pull together the subjects of overpopulation, global warming, mass extinction, and human behavior .

    Although very disturbing, this is a book we all should read. Its insights into behavior explain why it will take a monumental change in thinking and lifestyle, and very soon, if humans hope to reverse these problems. Brown shows how human behavior has evolved from hunter gatherers with no property or designated leaders, to farmers with property and trading, to city dwellers with leaders and power struggles. Today we have complex states which depend on growth to survive, and we're reaching the limits to growth. One consequence is the corporate control of government and the new colonialism called globalization. Our religions and social customs have strayed from the original adaptive ones, to twisted, doctrinaire systems which perpetuate our dysfunctional behavior. I found the style engaging, the science convincing, and the weekly news synopses progressively more alarming as he took me through two years' worth of exploration. I particularly liked his comments on our so-called leaders' efforts to cover up the science to protect Big Business. His suggestions for things we can do were very constructive, although challenging (like volutarily limiting families to one child).

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