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A User's Guide to the Crisis of Civilisation: And How to by Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed

By Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed

It usually turns out that various crises are competing to devastate civilization. This e-book argues that monetary meltdown, dwindling oil reserves, terrorism and nutrition shortages must be regarded as a part of an analogous sick method. so much debts of our modern worldwide crises resembling weather switch, or the specter of terrorism, specialize in one quarter, or one other, to the exclusion of others. Nafeez Ahmed argues that the unwillingness of specialists to appear outdoors their specialisations explains why there's a lot confrontation and false impression approximately specific crises. This ebook makes an attempt to enquire all of those crises, now not as remoted occasions, yet as traits and techniques that belong to a unmarried international method. we're accordingly no longer facing a "clash of civilizations," as Huntington argued. quite, we're facing a basic drawback of civilization itself. This booklet offers a stark caution of the results of failing to take a huge view of the issues dealing with the world.


[Ahmed's] arguments are in general forceful and well-sourced, with really reliable sections on agribusiness, US guidelines of 'energy security', and what he phrases the 'securitisation' of standard lifestyles by means of Western governments. -- father or mother

How can a dialogue of the all too widespread crises of our time be a hopeful ebook? via combining a microscopic dissection of the constitution of every with a telescopic view of the way they weave jointly in an entire method. If the myriad foreign meetings and courses haven't labored, it isn't that we have got to attempt more durable yet that we've got to confront the complete freed from traditional constraints. Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed confronts the entire. -- Richard Levins, John Rock Professor of inhabitants Sciences, Harvard college of Public overall healthiness, Harvard college; writer, Evolution in altering Environments

This vital research exposes important truths and demanding situations a lot traditional knowledge. It merits to be greatly learn. -- Mark Curtis, Honorary examine Fellow, college of Strathclyde; former Head of coverage, motion reduction and Christian reduction; former study Fellow, Royal Institute of foreign Affairs; writer, internet of Deceit: Britain's genuine position on this planet and Unpeople: Britain's mystery Human Rights Abuses

This is a vital publication. there was a lot dialogue already approximately weather swap, top oil, the price of meals and overpopulation, the worldwide monetary trouble busting neoliberal capitalism, the increase of violent extremism, and the containment of the so-called conflict on terror. yet this can be the 1st publication to systematically discover their interconnections and position them inside a unmarried complete narrative. That makes it a truly useful learn for policy-makers in all places. -- Rt. Hon. Michael Meacher MP, united kingdom Minister of country for the surroundings (1997-2003); Under-Secretary of nation for well-being and Social protection (1975-79); Under-Secretary of kingdom for (1974-75)

Few thinkers weave as many threads right into a tapestry as Nafeez Ahmed has performed so fantastically during this ebook. these people who search to function in the type of capitalism that has advanced this present day could do good to invite ourselves a truly titanic query. Are we losing our time? whether it is actual that in basic terms root-to-branch rewriting of the worldwide monetary working guide can store society from an unliveable destiny, shouldn't we be placing our weight at the back of that re-engineering technique sooner than it's too past due? -- Dr. Jeremy Leggett, united kingdom division of exchange & Industry's Renewables Advisory Board (2002-2006); CEO, Solarcentury, member of united kingdom Taskforce on top Oil & power safety; writer, part long past and The Carbon battle Nafeez

Ahmed's publication confronts the reader with the stark message that existence as we all know it's unsustainable. It presents a chilling enumeration of the existential demanding situations humanity faces, and will purely by way of certified as positive within the experience that it doesn't depart a unmarried phantasm in position. A must-read yet now not as bed-time interpreting. -- Kees van der Pijl, Professor of diplomacy, tuition of world reports, college of Sussex; Chair of division of diplomacy and Director of Centre for worldwide Political economic climate (2000-2006); Leverhulme significant learn Fellow; writer, Modes of overseas kinfolk and Political economic climate (3 volumes)

A staggeringly entire bird's-eye view of the gaping cracks which are showing in international commercial civilization. Ahmed weaves a context that makes present monetary and geopolitical occasions understandable. that allows you to comprehend why the area is coming aside on the seams and what we will do to put the rules for a sane, peaceable, and sustainable society, learn this booklet. -- Richard Heinberg, Senior Fellow, put up Carbon Institute; writer, The Party's Over, Powerdown and height every little thing

Dr. Ahmed offers the clearest synthesis up to now of the systemic difficulties dealing with human civilization. there's no scarcity of well known texts on weather swap, monetary demanding situations, strength shortage, and terrorism, yet this paintings is the 1st to successfully combine those assorted concerns right into a compelling and unified method - one who is either obtainable to a vast viewers but grounded in rigorous educational learn. -- Jeff Vail, Former US division of the internal Counterterrorism Analyst; former US Air strength Intelligence Officer for international power infrastructure; writer, A concept of strength

In this magisterial exposition of the a number of intersecting demanding situations dealing with humanity in our century Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed issues to actual recommendations. Armed with the intensity of information and the braveness verified during this paintings we will be able to and should build the opposite global that's attainable. we all, yet in particular the early life of our planet might be empowered by way of examining this e-book. -- David Schwartzman, Professor of Biology, Howard college, Washington DC; writer, lifestyles, Temperature and the Earth: the self-organizing biosphere

"The e-book is a student-friendly and wide-ranging evaluation to the most debates and ideas linked to improvement. i will be able to simply think utilizing the booklet in school to aid scholars paintings during the thoughts they wish in an effort to clutch the assets of poverty and unfairness within the world." --Ian Taylor, division of Political and Administrative experiences, collage of Botswana

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30 While clearly a reprehensible error that should not have made it through the IPCC’s peer-review procedures (it is worth noting that the mistake was belatedly discovered not by ‘sceptics’ but by glacier expert Georg Kaser, himself a lead author of Volume 1, Chapter 4 of the IPCC report), no other IPCC statements have been similarly discredited. 33 In fact, the IPCC’s statements about African crop yields, the intensification of natural disasters and erratic weather, and the potential deforestation of the Amazon are entirely accurate, and are corroborated by the peer-reviewed literature, examples of which we will return to later in this chapter.

6°C drop in global temperature over a single year would require a dramatic reduction in Total Solar Irradiance (TSI) – that is, the total amount of radiant energy emitted by the sun hitting the top of the earth’s atmosphere, measured in watts per square metre (W/m2). 57 The solar cycle therefore simply cannot explain the level of Ahmed 01 text 32 25/06/2010 16:38 climate catastrophe 33 cooling occurring from 2007 to 2008, which was correlated instead with aforementioned oscillations in ocean conditions.

77 The Two-Degree Limit? At the June 2005 UK government conference on ‘Avoiding Dangerous Climate Change’ at the Met Office in Exeter, scientists reported an emerging consensus that global warming must remain ‘below an average increase of two degrees centigrade if catastrophe is to be avoided’. It was argued that this will require ensuring that carbon dioxide in the atmosphere stays below 400 parts per Ahmed 01 text 40 25/06/2010 16:38 climate catastrophe 41 million (ppm). Beyond this level, dangerous and uncontrollable climate change is likely to be irreversible.

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