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A User's Guide to the Crisis of Civilisation: And How to by Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed

By Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed

It usually turns out that various crises are competing to devastate civilization. This ebook argues that monetary meltdown, dwindling oil reserves, terrorism and nutrients shortages must be regarded as a part of an analogous sick method. so much money owed of our modern worldwide crises reminiscent of weather swap, or the specter of terrorism, specialize in one zone, or one other, to the exclusion of others. Nafeez Ahmed argues that the unwillingness of specialists to seem outdoors their specialisations explains why there's a lot war of words and false impression approximately specific crises. This booklet makes an attempt to enquire all of those crises, no longer as remoted occasions, yet as traits and strategies that belong to a unmarried international approach. we're consequently no longer facing a "clash of civilizations," as Huntington argued. really, we're facing a basic concern of civilization itself. This e-book presents a stark caution of the results of failing to take a vast view of the issues dealing with the world.

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[Ahmed's] arguments are in most cases forceful and well-sourced, with relatively reliable sections on agribusiness, US regulations of 'energy security', and what he phrases the 'securitisation' of standard lifestyles by way of Western governments. -- dad or mum

How can a dialogue of the all too everyday crises of our time be a hopeful ebook? by means of combining a microscopic dissection of the constitution of every with a telescopic view of the way they weave jointly in a complete process. If the myriad overseas meetings and courses haven't labored, it isn't that we've got to attempt more durable yet that we've got to confront the full freed from traditional constraints. Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed confronts the total. -- Richard Levins, John Rock Professor of inhabitants Sciences, Harvard institution of Public well-being, Harvard college; writer, Evolution in altering Environments

This very important research exposes important truths and demanding situations a lot traditional knowledge. It merits to be greatly learn. -- Mark Curtis, Honorary learn Fellow, college of Strathclyde; former Head of coverage, motion relief and Christian reduction; former examine Fellow, Royal Institute of overseas Affairs; writer, net of Deceit: Britain's actual position on the earth and Unpeople: Britain's mystery Human Rights Abuses

This is a vital publication. there was a lot dialogue already approximately weather swap, top oil, the price of nutrients and overpopulation, the worldwide monetary situation busting neoliberal capitalism, the increase of violent extremism, and the containment of the so-called battle on terror. yet this can be the 1st ebook to systematically discover their interconnections and position them inside a unmarried entire narrative. That makes it a really valuable learn for policy-makers in all places. -- Rt. Hon. Michael Meacher MP, united kingdom Minister of kingdom for the surroundings (1997-2003); Under-Secretary of kingdom for overall healthiness and Social safety (1975-79); Under-Secretary of country for (1974-75)

Few thinkers weave as many threads right into a tapestry as Nafeez Ahmed has performed so fantastically during this e-book. these folks who search to function in the kind of capitalism that has developed this day may do good to invite ourselves a truly tremendous query. Are we losing our time? whether it is real that basically root-to-branch rewriting of the worldwide financial working handbook can store society from an unliveable destiny, shouldn't we be placing our weight at the back of that re-engineering approach sooner than it truly is too overdue? -- Dr. Jeremy Leggett, united kingdom division of alternate & Industry's Renewables Advisory Board (2002-2006); CEO, Solarcentury, member of united kingdom Taskforce on height Oil & power safeguard; writer, part long gone and The Carbon struggle Nafeez

Ahmed's booklet confronts the reader with the stark message that lifestyles as we all know it truly is unsustainable. It presents a chilling enumeration of the existential demanding situations humanity faces, and will in basic terms by way of certified as positive within the feel that it doesn't go away a unmarried phantasm in position. A must-read yet now not as bed-time analyzing. -- Kees van der Pijl, Professor of diplomacy, institution of world stories, college of Sussex; Chair of division of diplomacy and Director of Centre for worldwide Political financial system (2000-2006); Leverhulme significant learn Fellow; writer, Modes of international relatives and Political economic climate (3 volumes)

A staggeringly accomplished bird's-eye view of the gaping cracks which are showing in worldwide business civilization. Ahmed weaves a context that makes present monetary and geopolitical occasions understandable. so one can comprehend why the area is coming aside on the seams and what we will do to put the principles for a sane, peaceable, and sustainable society, learn this publication. -- Richard Heinberg, Senior Fellow, publish Carbon Institute; writer, The Party's Over, Powerdown and top every thing

Dr. Ahmed offers the clearest synthesis so far of the systemic difficulties dealing with human civilization. there is not any scarcity of well known texts on weather swap, financial demanding situations, power shortage, and terrorism, yet this paintings is the 1st to successfully combine those varied matters right into a compelling and unified method - person who is either obtainable to a wide viewers but grounded in rigorous educational study. -- Jeff Vail, Former US division of the inner Counterterrorism Analyst; former US Air strength Intelligence Officer for worldwide power infrastructure; writer, A conception of energy

In this magisterial exposition of the a number of intersecting demanding situations dealing with humanity in our century Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed issues to genuine suggestions. Armed with the intensity of information and the braveness validated during this paintings we will and should build the opposite international that's attainable. we all, yet particularly the formative years of our planet should be empowered via analyzing this booklet. -- David Schwartzman, Professor of Biology, Howard college, Washington DC; writer, lifestyles, Temperature and the Earth: the self-organizing biosphere

"The e-book is a student-friendly and wide-ranging evaluate to the most debates and concepts linked to improvement. i will be able to simply think utilizing the booklet at school to assist scholars paintings throughout the recommendations they wish so as to snatch the resources of poverty and unfairness within the world." --Ian Taylor, division of Political and Administrative reports, college of Botswana

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Over the last decade alone, scientific studies have increasingly homed in on the dynamics, contours, and impacts of climate change. And the implication is not Ahmed 01 text 34 25/06/2010 16:38 climate catastrophe 35 merely that climate change could dramatically undermine national security, but that it could endanger the very survival of civilization itself. Existential Threat: Fatal Disruption to Industrial Civilization by End of Twenty-First Century Outlining six climate change scenarios, the landmark February 2007 Fourth Assessment Report by the United Nations Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) shows that even the best-case scenario would be greatly destabilizing.

Yet as one of the scientists who contributed to the ‘hockey-stick’ graph study, Michael Mann, points out: ‘Neither the multiple proxy-based ‘Hockey Stick’ reconstruction of Mann et al nor the multiple-proxy based Jones et al reconstruction used “Mr. ’25 In fact, the IPCC ‘hockey-stick’ graph has been corroborated and reinforced by numerous independent scientific studies. In 2008, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences extended the multi-proxy reconstruction of Ahmed 01 text 23 25/06/2010 16:38 24 A USE R’S G UID E TO T H E C RIS IS O F C IV IL IZ AT I O N global average temperatures back nearly 2,000 years.

In particular, it noted that the quickened thawing of the Arctic due to accelerating climate change would lead to intensified geopolitical contestations between Russia and NATO, and potentially even military conflict, over access to the region’s large reserves of untapped oil and gas reserves. 60 Increased Probability of Resource Conflict Such concerns were already emphasized in the Pentagon’s earlier report, which had warned that rapid climate change could fundamentally ‘destabilize the geo-political environment, leading to skirmishes, battles, and even war’ due to three categories of resource constraint: 1.

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