BOOKS about science and the human future for thinking citizens
Open Science is about how we address the profound challenges which now confront humanity: climate, the food crisis, environmental degradation, resource scarcity and disease; through science communication. These call for the sharing of scientific knowledge among billions of humans, on a scale never before attempted.
Open Science offers practical ways to communicate science in a highly networked world where billions of people still have little or no access to advanced knowledge or technologies. The authors describe low-cost, effective means to transfer knowledge to target audiences in industry, government, the community and to the public at large.The book features sections on good science writing, practical advice on how to develop communication and media strategies, ways to measure communication performance, how to handle institutional 'crises', how to deal with politicians and much more.
The Coming Famine
In The Coming Famine, Julian Cribb lays out a vivid picture of impending planetary crisis--a global food shortage that threatens to hit by mid-century--that would dwarf any in our previous experience. This comprehensive assessment describes a dangerous confluence of shortages--of water, land, energy, technology, and knowledge--combined with the increased demand created by population and economic growth. Writing in brisk, accessible prose, Cribb explains how the food system interacts with the environment and with armed conflict, poverty, and other societal factors. He shows how high food prices and regional shortages are already sending shockwaves into the international community. But, far from outlining a doomsday scenario, The Coming Famine offers a strong and positive call to action, exploring the great issue of our age and offering practical solutions.
We want things to be cheap, convenient, and useful. Our food arrives contaminated with pesticides and wastes, wrapped in plastic made of hormone-disrupting chemicals. We bathe and dress our children in petrochemicals. Even our coffee contains miniscule traces of arsenic, cup by cup adding to the toxins accumulating in our bodies. Man-made chemicals are creating a silent epidemic. Our children are sicker; cancer, obesity, allergies, and mental health issues are on the rise in adults; and, frighteningly, we may be less intelligent than previous generations. A poisoned planet is the price we pay for our lifestyle, but Julian Cribb shows we have the tools to clean it up and create a healthier, safer future for us all.
Can humanity survive the 21st Century?
This book explores the greatest challenge facing humanity in all our existence: how we can best survive the ten huge existential threats that are now coming together to confront us.
Using latest and most authoritative science, it describes the nature of each of these challenges (ecological collapse, resource depletion, weapons of mass destruction, climate change, global poisoning, food crises, population and urban expansion, pandemic disease, uncontrolled new technologies and self-delusion) and how they play into one another.
It also explains and integrates the solutions, both at global and individual level. This book brings together in one clear, easy-to-read work the principal issues facing humanity - and what we can do about them. It is written especially for this and the coming two generations - who will inherit the compounding risks which flow from overpopulation, resource depletion and unregulated climate change on an over-weaponised world.
This is very much a book about solutions. Every chapter concludes with clear, consensus advice on what needs to be done at global level —but it also empowers individuals with what they can do for themselves to create a safer, more sustainable world. Unlike other books, it offers integrated solutions across all the areas of greatest risk. It explains why Homo sapiens is an unwise name for our species, and what we should do about it, and it proposes an easy way to measure human progress in ensuring our future survival as a civilization and a species.
The book is a third in a scientific trilogy by the author, examining the greatest existential risks of our time. (The others are Poison Planet and The Coming Famine, below)
It is published by Springer New York and is available from September 2016.