The Climate Pandemic
How Climate Disruption Threatens Human Survival
The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has created a massive health and economic catastrophe that will reverberate throughout society for many years. However, society will recover.
In tragic contrast, we are in the midst of an infinitely more serious “climate pandemic.” Unlike the viral pandemic, it is never-ending. People will not become immune to its hazards; in fact, the climate pandemic will steadily worsen, even threatening extinction, unless we launch a global political, economic, and technological revolution in our carbon-dependent energy system.
The Climate Pandemic: How Climate Disruption Threatens Human Survival is the first comprehensive explanation of the scientific basis for the thesis that climate disruption and global heating could lead to human extinction. It covers
- The nature of climate disruption as a “super-wicked” problem that has defied solution
- The unconstrained momentum of the “carbon contagion” and why decarbonization is a delusion
- The "climate monsters"—environmental tipping points— that could trigger feedback to increase greenhouse gas accumulation
- The climate-related terrestrial and marine ecological deterioration that could cause global catastrophe and human extinction
- The mechanisms of such climate-related disasters as heat waves, megadroughts, wildfires, forest decline, and superstorms
- The human impacts of climate disruption, including increased toxicity and disease, famine, migration, conflict, and political collapse
- Why major components of society—the media, scientists, environmentalists, corporations, and politicians—have failed to solve the problem
- The psychological barriers that have prevented people from understanding and acting to mitigate climate disruption
- The role of climate “de-nihilists” in thwarting solutions
- The shortcomings of current political and technological solutions such as the Paris agreement, renewable energy, carbon capture, and geoengineering
The Climate Pandemic includes the most extensive bibliography of references on climate disruption of any current book, with more than 1,600 hyperlinked entries. These include peer-reviewed scientific papers, books, and reports from government and international agencies and scientific associations.
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