Monday, March 20, 2006

"Collapse" by Jared Diamond

I just finished by the book and, wow, it is really sobering. All of people tend to dismiss environmental warnings because of all the doom and gloom predictions in the 1970´s that turned out not to come true. Many predictions then were overblown, and technology has radically mitigated the effects of a lot of environmental degradation. But I doubt that there is way to stop overpopulation or global warming through technology.

If you missed Betsy Kolbert´s series about global warming in the New Yorker, it has been published as a book titled Field Notes from a Catastrophe by Elizabeth Kolbert. It is really incredible stuff and, most interesingly, shows the factors beyond mere CO2 emission that will accelerate the global-warming trend in the coming decades.