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The End of the Long Summer: Why We Must Remake Our Civilization to Survive on a Volatile Earth

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  57 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
For the past twelve thousand years, Earth’s stable climate has allowed human civilization to flourish. But this long benign summer is an anomaly in the Earth’s history and one that is rapidly coming to a close. The radical experiment of our modern industrial civilization is now disrupting our planet’s very metabolism; our future hinges in large part on how Earth responds. ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published July 14th 2009 by Crown (first published June 2nd 2009)
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Michael
Aug 03, 2009 Michael rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction-read
Dianne Dumanoski has produced a well-written and well-organized manual for makling the transition to what she calls the "Planetary Era." She defines the Planetary Era as the era in which we are currently living, the era in which we have as a species forced the planetary system of earth beyond its normal operating range, and in which we must face the future together as a global community. The aim of the era must be "to achieve a reasonable accommodation with a nature that will always defy ...more
Oliver
Sep 13, 2012 Oliver rated it really liked it
I guess I would call this book hopefully apocalyptic...it details the continued argument for the existence of climate change. Unlike authors like Sachs, who see the meshing of economic growth and sustainability, or focusing on the reinvention of processes vis-a-vis Cradle to Cradle, Dumanowski takes a human centered view of climate. Her basic argument seems to be that humans have only been on the planet for a short time, but indeed have proven to be an adaptable, albeit vulnerable species. She ...more
Laura C
Jan 05, 2014 Laura C rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The End of the Long Summer, by Dianne Dumanoski expresses views on why Earth's environment is spiraling out of control. It beings by talking about the future and stresses that if action isn't taken immediately, drastic climate changes will take place, and it is too late to prevent any catastrophe; survival is the only choice. The book informs the reader that with every spray of CFC's, our ozone is depleting. In addition, the book makes a point that nature will eventually take over, the existence ...more
Rick
Jul 24, 2016 Rick rated it liked it
Can i bin this under "horror"? Seriously, the image that came to mind as I was finishing this book was that someday in the distant future there will be myths told about how humanity's ancestors once sent machines into space and walked on the moon.

I have to admit I was a bit offended by what I took to be a somewhat flippant ridicule of the proposition put forth by many, including Stephen Hawking, that our best hope at long-term survival is to make it off this planet.

I don't have a strong enough

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Don
Sep 23, 2009 Don added it
Dianne Dumanoski, in her book, “The End of the Long Summer: Why We Must Remake Our Civilization to Survive on a Volatile Earth,” writes with great breadth and depth about what she calls the planetary era. Since the beginning of this era, in the middle of the twentieth century, it has become clear that man-made global climate change — and she doesn’t waste time trying to convince the deniers — is part of a deeper problem, the impact of human civilization on a whole set of planetary systems ...more
Karl Schmiedeskamp
Jun 15, 2010 Karl Schmiedeskamp rated it really liked it
Recommended to Karl by: YES magazine
Dumanoski's thesis that climate change is fast upon us and far more unpredictable than generally imagined is undoubtedly truer than I'd like to believe. For example her contention that ozone depletion is a wake-up call that is generally ignored & that except for pure luck we might ignored it until much too late or made it worse with a chemically plausible freon substitute is well documented & convincing. It is hard to doubt that other catastrophes are waiting in the wings which are ...more
Shinynickel
Oct 03, 2009 Shinynickel marked it as to-read
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Sarah Kaplan
Diane Dumanoski's message is fantastic, but I had a hard time with her writing style. I felt that the book was repetitive and drawn out with a lot of superfluous language that could have cut the book down to 2 or 3 chapters. I feel like I need to read it again to try to understand it better, but I was so bored the first time through that I dread the thought of investing more of my time into it. Especially when there are captivating authors out there dispensing the same information in a more ...more
Karen Hannah
Sep 09, 2009 Karen Hannah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
sobering as expected.

overall this is not new information to me, but the book cover to cover is what thinking people of all ages need to digest. we won't be "fixing" things as much as figuring out how to live in the inevitably changed world only decades away. civilizations seldom seem to be able to act with the long view in mind. we only do the fight or flight thing very well.

i'm needing to know how *i* spend the next 20 years in light of this.

hugely important book.
Diane
May 03, 2010 Diane rated it liked it
This book is terribly informative. Actually, it is terrifying. Dianne's prose is turgid and hipboots are required for slogging through her paragraphs. However, her facts and conclusions are alarmingly clear. While I was finishing the last chapter the news reported the massive oil spill to reinforce her message that human hubris, unless checked, will do us in.
Zeke Applegate
Really heavy in that we are at a crucial time in history and he give us some ways to try to guide or changing to help and not use up the planet, and survive the coming times. Any one still thinking we can just go on and on with out being concious of our impact on Earths balance, is asleep at the wheel as most of us seem to be.

Zeke
J. D.
Oct 06, 2009 J. D. rated it it was amazing
A supremely cogent questioning of the modern "Progress" myth, followed by a caution to the effect that we'd be well-advised to "hang loose" during the coming very long period of ecological disruption. This is a fine book.
Paul Comac
Nov 15, 2010 Paul Comac rated it it was amazing
One of the best researched analysis of the impact of man-made climate change in what the author calls the 'planetary era'.
Betsy
Feb 11, 2010 Betsy rated it liked it
Shelves: gaia, x2010
Starts out with very inspiring reasons for drastic changes to our civilization to deal with climate change but dwindles into history and philosophy without outlining the changes.
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