The Wizard and the Prophet
- Two Remarkable Scientists and Their Dueling Visions to Shape Tomorrow's World
- Sprecher: Bronson Pinchot
- Spieldauer: 18 Std. und 56 Min.
- Ungekürztes Hörbuch
- Erscheinungsdatum: 09.01.2018
- Sprache: Englisch
- Anbieter: Random House Audio
In 40 years, Earth's population will reach 10 billion. Can our world support that? What kind of world will it be? Those answering these questions generally fall into two deeply divided groups - Wizards and Prophets, as Charles Mann calls them in this balanced, authoritative, nonpolemical new book. The Prophets, he explains, follow William Vogt, a founding environmentalist who believed that in using more than our planet has to give, our prosperity will lead us to ruin. Cut back! was his mantra. Otherwise everyone will lose! The Wizards are the heirs of Norman Borlaug, whose research, in effect, wrangled the world in service to our species to produce modern high-yield crops that then saved millions from starvation. Innovate! was Borlaug's cry. Only in that way can everyone win! Mann delves into these diverging viewpoints to assess the four great challenges humanity faces - food, water, energy, climate change - grounding each in historical context and weighing the options for the future. With our civilization on the line, the author's insightful analysis is an essential addition to the urgent conversation about how our children will fare on an increasingly crowded Earth.
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Von xgunnhildurx Am hilfreichsten 21.08.2018
Balanced, comprehensive, understandable.
Mann succeeds in presenting all different opinions, explaining everything he touches on in the book, giving the reader all means to for her own opinion.
The prose is enjoyable, the reader perfect.
Whether one is a hardened environmentalist, a climate change skeptic or believer in capitalism and the human endeavor, the book shows the merits of the two general approaches to the use of the planet: the conservationists prophets who warn about the need for a natural balance, conservation of habitats and the reduction of human footprint on the environment; and the wizards who believe in the human capability to use technology to increase crop yields and energy production to accommodate a growing population.