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By Jim Norwine (auth.), Jim Norwine (eds.)

ISBN-10: 9400773528

ISBN-13: 9789400773523

In this e-book, a world group of environmental and social scientists clarify strong present change-engines and the way their results, and our responses to them, will remodel Earth and humankind into the 22nd-century (c.2100).

This booklet starts via detailing the present nation of data approximately those ongoing, accelerating and very likely world-transforming adjustments: weather switch, within the kind of international warming, and a profound rising shift of normative cultural situation towards the assumptions and values usually linked to so-called postmodernity, reminiscent of tolerance, range, self-referentiality, and dubiety changed with simple task. subsequent, the members think, clarify and debate the main most likely consequent alterations of human and common ecologies and economies that may happen through the top of the 21st-century.

In sixteen compellingly unique, provocative and readable chapters, A international after weather switch and Culture-Shift provides a exclusive imaginative and prescient of our present age as a “hinge” or axial century, one pushed via the main radical mixed switch of nature and tradition because the upward push of agriculture on the finish of the final Ice Age a few 10 millennia in the past. This e-book is very instructed to students and scholars of the environmental and social sciences, in addition to to all readers drawn to how adjustments in nature and tradition will interact to reshape our global and ourselves.

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Sooner or later, he realizes that it is pointless to talk to his teddy bear. Everything the awakening child sees is a body in the world of bodies, but only some of the things he sees are also subjects who have part of their being the world of subjects. Moreover, the child discovers that, even within this exclusive world of meaning, there are catacombs and crypts of subjectivity. He will recognize the existence of a great brotherhood of men (and women) and sense in the faces of strangers the presence of other minds, but most of these minds will be largely inaccessible because they are sequestered in undecipherable languages and inscrutable cultures.

I have lumped together with the water vapor feedback the so-called lapse rate feedback. This latter has to do with the change 30 G. R. North expected in the lapse rate as climate is changed. It is strongly correlated with the water vapor feedback. There are other feedback mechanisms as well. The next easiest to understand is the ice/albedo feedback. The albedo is the reflectivity of the earth to sunlight, and it is currently about 30 %. But if we warm the planet by a primary warming driver, we will soon cause the area of the planet’s surface covered with snow and ice to shrink.

Smith sympathy and mutual understanding. If he is fortunate, he may find a friend, which is to say a subject who inhabits a world of meaning similar to his own. But a true friend is a rare gift, and the subjective world has its own special power to provoke the nausea of existential loneliness. As the geographer Yi-fu Tuan describes it: “Language isolates. The more an individual knows and the more subtly he is able to say what he knows, the fewer listeners he will have and the more isolated he will feel” (2002).

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