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Falter Author Bill McKibbE in building 350org the first truly global citizens movement to combat climate change it offers some possible ways out of the trap We’re at a bleak moment in human history and we’ll either confront that bleakness or watch the civilization our forebears built slip away Falter is a powerful and sobering call to arms to save not only our planet but also our humanity if greed warps your life you assume it must warp everyone's if bill mckibben's prescient warnings had been heeded some thirty years ago perhaps his new book wouldn't be so urgent and grievous presuming the uestion asked in falter's subtitle isn't a rhetorical one has the human game begun to play itself out? a preponderance of the evidence seems to offer a resounding uneuivocal 'yes' in reply the 3500rg founder's writing remains incisive and engaging but falter isn't likely to find many readers among the audience for whom it would be most necessary broadening the scope of existential threats beyond climate change mckibben also considers the increasing dangers of gene editinggermline engineering and artificial intelligence in all falter is a deeply unsettling book and mckibben doesn't mince words when writing about the very real possibility that it's too late for our species to make the changes necessary to ensure our survival that is not to say however that he is without hope for the whole last part of the book is titled an outside chance falter is fascinating falter is frightening but perhaps most importantly it's unflinching in its observations of the present human moment — and the growing likelihood of a dark future waiting ahead the extra heat that we trap near the planet because of the carbon dioxide we've spewed is euivalent to the heat from 400000 hiroshima size bombs ever day or four each second

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Download Epub ´ Falter Author Bill McKibben ó 304 pages ¼ Randarenewables ï Thirty years ago Bill McKibben offered one of the earliest warnings about climate change Now he broadens the warning the entire human game he suggests has begun to play itself out Bill McKibben’s groundbreakThirty years ago Bill McKibben offered one of the earliest warnings about climate change Now he broadens the warning the entire human game he suggests has begun to play itself out Bill McKibben’s groundbreaking book The End of Nature issued in dozens of languages and long regarded as a classic was the first book to alert us to global warming But the danger is broade America is being held hostage by a curmudgeonly few who insist there is no man made climate change Meanwhile the vast majority of both citizens and scientists seethes To that Bill McKibben’s Falter proposes two solutions solar panels everywhere and forcing a cultural shift using nonviolent organizing He doesn’t tackle the huge overpopulation issue forcing gas and diesel vehicles off the road mass extinctions or even what to be aware of in the coming years It is rather odd for an environmentalist’s bookThe first 200 pages all seem to be tangents He talks at length about the invention of gene splicing Ray Kurtzweil’s drugs gene editing ineuality artificial intelligence and libertarianism And Ayn Rand Lots of Ayn Rand She keeps coming back again and again because of her religion of selfishness It has spread to the political and commercial leadership of the country and is a main cause for the country turning its back on climate change and pollution he thinksThere is a special emphasis on Silicon Valley’s obsession with beating death McKibben finds all kinds of tech billionaires putting investment dollars and purchases in having themselves frozen or their heads frozen or just plain planning to be around forever That Google’s investment arm is focusing on such efforts should rightly infuriate the world The “Don’t Be Evil” gang is wasting its resources on inhuman self preservation not exactly improving the planet Not that it can possibly succeed anyway if the human race is decimated by climate change which seems all but a sure bet Much surer at any rate than finding a way to live forever on EarthPulling salient environmental points out of Falter is not easy but I’ve collected these Everyone should slow down take stock and make repairs Consider where we want to be Past history no longer applies to our future We’re entering unknown territory with no way out The future is far from bright; it is totally uncertain Business is so anti government it had to dismiss climate change because it would reuire strong action by government A team of economists says there’s a 35% chance the UN’s worst case scenario is too optimistic The amount of heat prevented from leaving the Earth by all the CO2 is the euivalent of four Hiroshima atomic bombs every second Just 100 firms account for 70% of the world’s emissions We are now able to put some real numbers to climate change There are several surprises all of them negative Oceans are heating faster and acidifying than models predicted Ice melt is proceeding at several times the rate predicted For example the Greenland ice sheet is melting from below as well from above as the underlying rock heats upIt is only in the final 50 pages that McKibben swings into action on his opening premises Solar will help immensely if we would just deploy it But it has two things going against it the fossil fuel industry which will be hurt by it and can find no profitability in it and that it is mathematically impossible for solar and wind to replace much than a fraction of our energy consumption Though McKibben doesn’t point that outAs for nonviolent actions he talks about the first Earth Day in 1970 when he says 20 million came out in support That was 10% of the population Today there are similar marches all over Europe in support of the Earth but the USA is dormant ruled by the minorityThe whole book is framed by what McKibben calls the human game He looks at the effects of various factors by how much or little they might affect the human game There are three great existential threats to the human game nuclear war destroying the ozone layer and climate change Gene editing and artificial intelligence a lot space travel not so much From all his cited factors there is one glaring absence that uickly became obvious and was never explored What we really need is a functioning democracyDavid Wineberg

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R than that even as climate change shrinks the space where our civilization can exist new technologies like artificial intelligence and robotics threaten to bleach away the variety of human experience Falter tells the story of these converging trends and of the ideological fervor that keeps us from bringing them under control And then drawing on McKibben’s experienc Scientists believe the end of the Cretaceous period came with a “rock larger than Mt Everest traveling twenty times faster than a bullet” slammed into the Gulf of Mexico leading to a 1000ft tall tsunami and a “blizzard of meteorites” Scientists believe the end of the Cretinous period will when Americans stop believing in endless growth on a finite planet A barrel of oil is eual today to 23000 hours of human labor Unburned methane that escapes to air traps heat 80x efficiently than carbon dioxide 270000 sharks are killed every day Without the oceans to cool the heat the temperature on the planet since 1955 would have risen a whopping 97 degrees Fahrenheit Bill says of Obama that “He was elected to run a political system based on endless growth” Ten years before Hansen’s report Exxon knew it was destroying the planet Their public affairs manager released in a secret memo “Emphasize the uncertainty” That disinformation campaign costs us ten vital years to try to save the planet The cool new term for that greedy stuff is “predatory delay” When you fight a right wing Ayn Rand fan ask if they know that she was scathing about Christianity Donald Trump said Ayn Rand’s “Fountainhead” is his favorite book yes right after “Stuart Little” Bill very coolly reduces the entire American Right’s and Ayn Rand’s mindset into “If greed warps your life you assume it must warp everyone’s” Then Bill goes AWOL for five chapters 15 19 and he starts speculating how many humans will become genetically enhanced while regular people will be called “Naturals” and will work as our servants How this will somehow happen after a global total financial collapse worse than the Great Depression fishery collapse electrical grid collapse or routine extinction level events Bill does not say During the five chapter blackout Bill waxes on about AI and high tech stuff that has no business being in this book En route will he dare mention that Silicon Valley has Super Fund sites than anywhere else? No On page 231 Bill dismisses the entire subject of scale in a single paragraph will explain later Thankfully he mentions the steady state economy but only briefly and refuses to tell us about CASSE or Herman Daly or steady state thinking today This book gave me cool Jeopardy style answers to uestions than it made me think about our collective future Two 2019 much better books by Dahr Jamail and David Wells took far risks than this book did Last cool fact in this book spaceflights are risky for so many reasons but you may have a bigger chance of cancer by cosmic radiation bombardment while you are up there than dying by a flight accident Wow But important for Jeopardy than saving a carbon constrained planet Bill McKibben was the Climate Change Voice #1 whatever happened? In 2008 Pat Murphy’s book “Plan C” had it all 90% reduction in energy use by all us in the west was needed immediately end of subject Does Bill talk here about needing 90% reduction in our profligate energy lifestyles? No Does Bill see our future problem as critically compounded by overpopulation ineuality the end of growth upcoming collapse capitalism permanent war industrial agriculture or failure of BOTH parties no He mentions none of these Evidently Naomi Klein’s anti capitalism’s stance is far to the Left of Bill Will he even remind his many rich followers of the costs to the planet of their plane rides and explain why Greta takes the train? –no Bill won’t And how can Bill write this book and not mention the obvious elephant in the room Green energy cannot save us because it CANNOT be scaled up sufficiently Whether you read Ozzie Zehner’s book “Green Illusions” or Derrick Jensen’s unpublished book on the Myth being saved by green energy the answer is clear You cannot scale green energy up to the scale of industrial civilization – Bill apparently cannot conceive of the role of scale in our green future Green energy reuires fossil fuels for their manufacture Rare earth and elements will disappear if you really scale up green energy Energy intensive to make turbine blades need maintenance and replacement Some say ramping up solar to just 10% uses up all the silver in the world Try doing that to every element needed and scaled up for a Green Economy Then do the math andor envision the actual mining Bill ignores the Peak movements running out of in this book which we are experiencing right now Peak Water Peak Sand Peak Oil Peak Soil Peak Resources and the list goes on But will Bill mention any of them in this book? No It is wildly irresponsible for Bill not to mention that all of us must strive to live to lower our energy footprint 90% as well as the footprint of our all consuming capitalist nation Bill Richardson and Jimmy Carter were destroyed for suggesting Americans self sacrifice but that is what the future demands of us so why doesn’t Bill McKibben stand up here and say so as well? And why not write in 2019 about climate change like Naomi Klein by attacking the #1 culprit Industrial Capitalism? I thought Bill knew there was no green future without at least 90% reduction without addressing structural ineuality and that green tech can’t save us Oh well I had high hopes for this book but honestly I don’t even know its point; apparently it was to fulfill a publishing contract and keep his name out there