You ‘eat’ 30 kilos of soil every day…

Every meal you eat now costs the planet 10 kilos of lost topsoil. That’s the warning of “Surviving the 21st Century” author Julian Cribb to an international soil science conference in Queenstown, New Zealand on Dec 15, 2016. “10 kilos of topsoil, 800 litres of water, 1.3 litres of diesel, 0.3g of pesticide and 3.5 … Continue reading You ‘eat’ 30 kilos of soil every day…

Why Homo sapiens needs a new name

It is high time the human species had a new name. In “Surviving the 21st Century”, author Julian Cribb presents the scientific evidence for the ten greatest threats facing humanity – and what we can do about them. The book is published by Springer International. “Today’s humans have surrounded ourselves with huge existential risks,” he explains. … Continue reading Why Homo sapiens needs a new name

Heading off a global resources crisis

Emerging resource scarcities threaten to destabilise the world in coming decades, raising the risk of wars, migration and economic crises to levels never before seem. That’s the warning of “Surviving the 21st Century”, a powerful new book released recently by global science publisher Springer International. “Humanity’s use of resources now amounts to 75 billion tonnes a … Continue reading Heading off a global resources crisis

Earth ‘at risk of ecological breakdown’

The Earth is risking a major ecological breakdown that could eventually render it largely uninhabitable. This is one of the warnings contained in “Surviving the 21st Century” a powerful new book released recently by global science publisher Springer International. Our combined actions may be leading to “…a gross ecological breakdown that will strike humanity harder … Continue reading Earth ‘at risk of ecological breakdown’

‘Women must lead – if humanity is to survive’

Women must become leaders in government, business, religion and social institutions around the world – if humanity is to have a chance of surviving the growing threats it faces. Female leadership is one of the essential solutions to the ten huge existential risks which now overshadow civilisation, according to a powerful new book ‘Surviving the … Continue reading ‘Women must lead – if humanity is to survive’

Can humanity survive the 21st Century?

Our civilisation is facing the sternest challenge in the history of our species. It consists of ten huge, man-made threats, which are now combining to imperil our future. In "Surviving the 21st Century" (Springer International Publishing 2017) I explore these ten instersecting risks – ecological collapse, resource depletion, weapons of mass destruction, climate change, global … Continue reading Can humanity survive the 21st Century?