About the Book

The book explores the central question facing humanity today: how can we best survive the ten great existential challenges that are now coming together to confront us? Besides describing these challenges from the latest scientific perspectives, it also outlines and integrates the solutions, both at global and individual level and concludes optimistically. This book brings together in one easy-to-read work the principal issues facing humanity. It is written for the two next generations who will have to deal with the compounding risks they inherit, and which flow from overpopulation, resource pressures and human nature. The author examines ten intersecting areas of activity (mass extinction, resource depletion, WMD, climate change, universal toxicity, food crises, population and urban expansion, pandemic disease, dangerous new technologies and self-delusion) which pose manifest risks to civilization and, potentially, to our species' long-term future.



About the Author

Julian Cribb

Julian Cribb is an Australian author and science communicator. His career includes appointments as newspaper editor, scientific correspondent for The Australian newspaper, director of national awareness for Australia's science agency CSIRO,and president of national professional bodies for agricultural journalism and science communication. His published work includes over 9000 media articles and nine books. He has received more than thirty awards for journalism.

His books include: The Forgotten Country (AFP 1986) , Australian Agriculture (Morescope 1990) , The White Death (Angus & Roberston 1996) , Sharing Knowledge (CSIRO Publishing 2002) , Dry Times (CSIRO Publishing 2009) , Open Science (CSIRO Publishing 2010) , The Coming Famine (UCP 2010) Poisoned Planet (Allen&Unwin 2014) and Surviving the 21st Century (Springer 2017) .



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