Kirkus Reviews List
BEST NONFICTION BOOK OF 2011
"The definitive work on global warming.'"
Robert Skoglund, The Humble Farmer
"Amid all the ranting, confusing, and contradicting
books on climate change, at last here's one that does something truly useful: clearly and engagingly, scientist Curt Stager guides us back into the atmosphere's history, letting us compare it to the present and draw informed ideas about what to expect in the future. It's heartening to know that he expects us to have one.”
Alan Weisman, author of The World Without Us
"This is like one of Jared Diamond's magisterial accounts, except set in the future, not the past."
Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature
“Deep Future is a richly informative and deeply persuasive book -- one that will be relevant for generations.”
Elizabeth Kolbert, author of Field Notes from a Catastrophe
“Fascinating and measured -- at last someone is taking the long view” Mark Lynas, author of Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet
Tim Flannery, paleoecologist and author of The Weathermakers, calls Deep Future "extraordinary" and reviews it here for The Australian.
"Maintaining a casual style and providing vivid metaphors, he makes his account entertaining and easy for nontechnical readers to understand."
Scott Wing, Smithsonian Institution
(review in Science, 12 Aug. 2011)
“A highly entertaining, carefully balanced, and deeply sobering look at our climate future."
William F. Ruddiman, climate scientist, author of Plows, Plagues, and Petroleum
"Deep Future is the kind of book I wish could last 100,000 years." David Gresh
“This intriguing, thought-provoking view of the future is an essential read for all interested in the full force of climate change.” Paul Mayewski, Director of the Climate Change Institute, and author of The Ice Chronicles
"Stager doesn't so much think outside the box as reshape and extend the box and provide a useful additional perspective on a complicated and unavoidable issue."
Jonathon Welch, Talking Leaves, Inc.
"A refreshingly frank look at the science behind global warming and, more importantly, what is coming next."
Asher Elbein, The Faster Times
"I highly recommend this book for believers and deniers alike." Adam Curry, Big App
(watch interview here)
"Brings a different, and needed, perspective to the climate change problem." Eugene Stoermer, Ecologist
"A probing exploration of the impact of climate change over geological time."
Kirkus Starred review
Indie Next List
"Great Reads" pick for April 2011
Interviews with Curt about Deep Future
Watertown Daily Times
ABC Radio Australia
Publishers Weekly review
Interview with "On Point"
Interview with "Quirks & Quarks"
Interview with Brendan DeMelle (DeSmogBlog)
Part 1, Part 2
Earth Week interview with Thom Hartmann
"Conversations with Great Minds"
Interview with Richard Fidler at the 2011 Sydney Writers Festival, "ABC Conversations"
Excerpt in Utne Reader
By now, most people have accepted that the Earth is warming and that human civilization has played the key role in causing climate to warm. Yet few of us realize the magnitude of what’s happened. The course we take in the coming decades will affect not just the next hundred years, but the next hundred thousand years of life on this planet.
What will that world be like? In DEEP FUTURE, paleo-climatologist Curt Stager draws on geological history to provide a view of where we may be headed.
Imagine a planet where North American and Eurasian navies are squaring off over shipping lanes through an acidified, ice-free Arctic. Centuries later, their northern descendants retreat southwards as the recovering sea freezes over again. And later still, future nations plan how to avert an approaching Ice Age... by burning what remains of our fossil fuels.
These are just a few of the events that are likely to befall Earth and human civilization in the next 100,000 years. And it will be the choices we make in this century that will affect that future more than any previous generation. We are living at the dawn of the Age of Humans; the only question is how long that Age will last.
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Field Notes from the Northern Forest
(Syracuse University Press)
With the same humor and personable ease that characterizes the popular weekly nature program that he co-produces on North Country Public Radio, Curt Stager draws on the latest scientific literature and on his own observations to share his curiosity about the natural world. These twenty natural science essays take us down to ground level to explore the lives of animals, plants, and fungi commonly encountered in the forests of northeastern North America.
***** "Thoughtful, revelatory, entertaining." Stephen Daniels.
Purchase Field Notes from the Northern Forest at Amazon.com