Deep Future: The Next 100,000 Years of Life on Earth

Curt Stager


Deep Future: The Next 100,000 Years of Life on Earth

Deep Future: The Next 100,000 Years of Life on Earth

  • Title: Deep Future: The Next 100,000 Years of Life on Earth
  • Author: Curt Stager
  • ISBN: 9780312614621
  • Page: 296
  • Format: Hardcover



A Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction of 2011 title A bold, far reaching look at how our actions will decide the planet s future for millennia to come Imagine a planet where North American and Eurasian navies are squaring off over shipping lanes through an acidified, ice free Arctic Centuries later, their northern descendants retreat southward as the recovering sea fA Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction of 2011 title A bold, far reaching look at how our actions will decide the planet s future for millennia to come Imagine a planet where North American and Eurasian navies are squaring off over shipping lanes through an acidified, ice free Arctic Centuries later, their northern descendants retreat southward as the recovering sea freezes over again And later still, future nations plan how to avert an approaching Ice Age by burning what remains of our fossil fuels These are just a few of the events that are likely to befall Earth and human civilization in the next 100,000 years And it will be the choices we make in this century that will affect that future than those of any previous generation We are living at the dawn of the Age of Humans the only question is how long that age will last Few of us have yet asked, What happens after global warming Drawing upon the latest, groundbreaking works of a handful of climate visionaries, Deep Future helps us look beyond 2100 a.d to the next hundred millennia of life on Earth.


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Well. Where do I begin.On the plus side, Stager is obviously enormously qualified to discuss his own field of expertise, climates and ecosystems in the very distant past. These discussions were informative and fascinating and if he occassionally delved a bit too deeply into the minutia he can be forgiven for it. However. "Too optimistic" does not really begin to describe the book's major failings, which is his utter failure to treat any global warming subject that didn't fit neatly into his "it' [...]

I’ve always held that the Sun is out to get us. Oh, sure, it plays the role of life-giver, showering the Earth in energy and heat necessary for life. Yet too much time in the Sun leaves us open to cancer. And in a little under five billion years, the Sun, in its senescence, will expand to engulf our planet. Before that happens, however, its expansion will have already scorched the surface and rendered the Earth uninhabitable. So pack your bags now, people. We might have as little as a billion [...]

Deep Future: The Next 100,000 Years of Life on Earth is an interesting look at climate change. For one thing, instead of just looking at what will happen in the next hundred years or so, it actually looks at things like how long it will take to restore the climate after that. It also refrains from a lot of the hand-wringing, extreme predictions that make people run away with their fingers in their ears singing "lalalala".It also look at what the world might be like by looking through geologic hi [...]

Deep Future was interesting when the author stuck to his expertise. Avoiding the next one or two ice ages was fascinating, as was the description of the science backing our knowledge of the deep past.When the author, however, tried to talk about the present, he seemed confused. Clearly he wanted to present himself as the objective scientist walking the Golden Mean, and clearly he did not want to be considered an 'activist, alarmist and ecofreak' nor a 'skeptic, denier, or naysayer'. Fair enough, [...]

Though the information was thorough, I thought it was unnecessarily flippant. In an area where drought has already taken hold, the author cheerily announces that the area's people's descendants will have plenty of water—hundreds of years in the future. What the people are supposed to drink in the meanwhile, isn't addressed. In several places the same issue is "resolved" in the same manner. One need only wait a few centuries or millennium and things will be just fine. Taking that approach, why [...]

Ignoring the climate changes of the past, the author projects his version of what the planet Earth will be like in 100,000 years. He is a member of the global warming school of thought.

How should we respond to our carbon crisis? Stripped down to its essence, Carl Stager's answer is a simple “don't panic.” Deep Future is an optimistic read on climate. Civilization will adapt to a future world of our inadvertent remaking. It's a thesis that puts Stager in opposition to the renowned climate activist Bill McKibben, whose career has been founded on the environmental declension narrative. Unlike McKibben, who insists the wolf of climate instability is beyond the door and in the [...]

As a paleoclimatologist, Stager understands the massive changes that our planet has already gone through and pairs that with current research to fully examine what it will mean not just for our life times, but for dozens of millenia to come. I appreciated Stager's ability to stress how serious the situation is while keeping the complexity of geography and climate in perspective. His region-by-region examination of future changes was helpful, and his perspective on how current global warming may [...]

One of the better books on the science and reality of carbon pollution and how it is changing the environment based on human domination of the planet. We have not been the best caretakers but the doom and dire predictions are not immediate either.

The title of this is highly reminiscent of a book published 25 years ago by Jonathan Weiner, "The Next Hundred Years: Shaping the Fate of Our Living Earth". In fact, I did a double take when I saw the book, thinking it might have been the latter. Weiner's book was among the first to alert us to the looming threat of climate change. In it, he chronicled the pioneering work of Charles Keeling, whose obsession of tracking atmospheric CO2 was the first inkling of the rapid changes occurring in the b [...]

Curt Stager, a paleoecologist, has assembled a book well worth reading if you are interested in or concerned about global climate change. Probably the most imporant thing this book adds to the body of scientific literature that addresses issues of climate change is that of "deep time". "Deep time" refers to expansive lengths of time needed to envision both earth's history and its future. These are time frames most people do not deal with or consider on a regular basis, and so have a difficult ti [...]

The title of this book suggests that it is a narrative of the next 100,000 years, but it is more of a discussion of HOW we know what we do about this subject. Its author is an expert in the ecosystems of the distant past and how climate has influenced life. That experience is on full display as he walks through relevant analogs to the present geological epoch, the "Anthropocene" or Age of Humans, and shares what experts in other fields have to say about how present-day species (including our own [...]

The only people who haven’t come to accept the fact that global warming and climate change is happening are those who are not facing reality, deluding themselves; and while many of us have ideas, thoughts and concepts of what climate change may bring over the next century, Deep Future goes one giant step further for Earth. Curt Stager is an ecologist, paleoclimatologist and science journalist, who has written for National Geographic and Science magazine. In Deep Future he goes into detail on w [...]

Curt Stager, author of "Deep Future: The Next 100,000 Years of Life on Earth" (2011) jumps head-first into an obviously controversial subject area. So he can be forgiven if he builds his case with extreme care, documenting the known and the unknown future effects of global warming, atmospheric carbon buildup, cumulative human pollution, sea level rise, and the long-term consequences on the planet and on the human race.He examines the scientific record, and probes meticulously for possible inaccu [...]

In reading this book, the word "sanguine" came to mind. But, given that the word implies some optimism, I guess I'd simply have to go for the word "neutral". Stager has little time for hand-wringing over the future of humanity -which he doesn't really seem to think about very deeply. Fair enough. His viewpoint is the big, BIG picture. Geologic changes come and go, weather comes and goes, species populations (including human) come and go, some things get better and some things get worse. There is [...]

I wasn't really sure what to expect from this book - I desperately hoped that it wasn't going to "preach" to me about global warming, greenhouse gases, polar ice caps melting, etc. I was pleasantly surprised. The author - Dr. Curt Stager - did a very, very nice job of laying out the scientific foundations for our current climatic conditions and, using historical reference points across a broad spectrum of 'ologys (Geology, Paleoanthropology, Marine Biology, etc), gives us an excellent and detail [...]

Paleoclimatologist Curt Stager offers a view of past climate change, and projects current trends into the future. He accepts climate change caused by man as a given, even using the term Anthropocene, or epoch of man, for our current geologic period.My grasp of past climate changes had been hazy. Stager gives a good deal of information. However, I had a lot of difficulty with his tone and organization. He jumps around in time from the end of the last ice age, further back to the beginning of that [...]

A paleoclimatologist presents a deep dive into how the Earth's climate is shifting and what it might look like over a very long period of time. This is less about describing the world of the future and more about explaining the various mechanisms affecting it, starting with carbon dioxide levels and working outward to changes in temperature, ocean chemistry and rainfall.I find the science fascinating, and oddly reassuring. On the one hand, the die is already cast. Carbon dioxide levels will cont [...]

This is a very well-written book split into logical sections. Reading it 8 years after publication it comes across as a little dated and laid back. Curt Stager doesn't seem to think climate change is as urgent as the media seem to say, he believes humans will live on for millennia and ride the rides of new climate regimes. That approach aside its a fascinating and in-depth look at the possible future states the climate will move into, with great examples from the past he paints a vivid picture o [...]

I wasn't quite sure what to expect from a book that purports to predict the next 100,000 years of climate change on Earth. I thought it would be an alarmist view -- a wake-up call per-say -- but I found Stager's position balanced and reasonable. He backs up his theories with hard data and studies, resulting in a well-argued and believable portrayal of the future. I enjoyed the book and will definitely use it as a reference.Some have complained that the book reads too much like a textbook, and fo [...]

I really liked this book because I feel like it gives a realistic approach to how global warming is affecting the Earth. The author talks about global warming a process that happens over thousand of years, that it has been happening since the Chinese started burning forests a couple thousand years ago (from ice core samples), polar bears aren't in a ton of danger. and that the ice is melting faster in some areas than others, but not at the rate the environmentalists would have you believe, nor i [...]

Thought provoking review of the hard science of climate change. Provides an excellent review of the slow motion effects of human induced carbon loading of the atmosphere and oceans - and a much more realistic vision of the inevitable (but nearly imperceptively gradual) changes we have already put in motion.What many will object to, I think, is that Stager's commentary about impacts on humanity focuses upon the homo sapiens as a biological entity (which will likely survive and thrive over the 100 [...]

Climate changes–always has and always will. Stager's book ranges from unnerving to reassuring as statistical scenarios run for timelines as short as 100 years to 100,000 years into our future. Of all the creatures who have roamed the planet, humans have undoubtedly and profoundly altered the earth from its depths to its heights. His healthy respect for the adaptability of our species most certainly places the responsibility for our future into our own hands. Most interesting to me is the big-p [...]

Highly recommend this for anyone interested in furthering their understanding of our planet's climate history and future. This is an accessible, tempered-toned analysis of a rather divisive issue. He structured the book into popular sub-topics surrounding climate change (Arctic thawing, Sea level rise, ocean-acidification, etc.) and ties it all together neatly with an overarching call to action for both curbing emissions as well as rhetoric. This was a refreshing take, to be sure. To paraphrase [...]

Nearly full marks for this thoroughly researched and measured look at the long-term consequences of the Anthropocene. My only hesitation in giving this text five stars is its failure to sufficiently weight the extinction of non-human species in its discussion. Stager does discuss this extinction and gives particular attention to the plight of polar bears (which we will, in all likelihood, lose as a result of climate change), but a more heavily-weighted discussion of species loss would have encou [...]

A surprisingly balanced view of the very long term affects of human impact on the climate. This is not an alarmist's call to action, but a very reasonable description of what we should expect over the very long term. Like most events, their are some who will view changes to our climate very positively (new shipping lanes, access to natural resources in the Arctic) and some, obviously negatively (especially if you live somewhere like Bangladesh). Somewhat depressing, though, is it seems that the [...]

A whole lot of detail but so much missing. Not very reader friendly and very heavy on the scientific minutiae. Would probably be quite the slog for the layperson with a limited scientific background. A lot of the extrapolations seem funky and the tone reads a bit too laissez-faire for my liking. The entire end argument that scientists should not be activists is idiotic. When it comes to the hard sciences, the only people that are qualified to be activists are the trained scientists. Facts are fa [...]

First non-fiction book I've made it through completely in a while! I really enjoyed his writing style. He took a look at how weather trends in the future will change with various scenarios of our carbon emissions. As far as global warming opinions go, from naysayers to super gloom-and-doomers, he walks a middle ground, walking us through some of the trends that the planet has already experienced over the past millions of years and pointing out what cycles seem to exist and what our own contribut [...]

Very enlightening scientific study of climate change over the next 100,000 years - why it happens - when it may happen - what will happen and where it will happen. Easy read for such a detailed book that takes the layman from fiction to close scientific facts. This is a must read for anyone that cares what will happen to our ancestors in the far future 3 century’s to thousands of years from now and why what we do will seal their fate.

Materially interesting, stylistically dull. And I really hope cherry-picking denialists don't latch on to his visions of farming in Greenland to say that climate change is really super awesome. Fortunately, I don't think they'd get much past the introduction. More seriously, I do think, from my other reading in the field, that he underestimates the detrimental effects of the loss of ecosystem services to extinction. But the long-term climatology stuff is great.


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