By Kenny Ausubel, David W. Ore

Author note: ahead by way of David W. Ore

Few could deny that we're getting into a interval of significant switch. the environment is collapsing. Social disruption abounds. throughout, it kind of feels, we're experiencing breakdown. yet out of this chaos comes the chance for breakthrough-the chance to reimagine our future.

In Dreaming the Future, Kenny Ausubel leads us into that attainable new international and introduces us to the thinkers and doers who are-sometimes quietly, occasionally not-leading what he calls "a revolution from the guts of nature and the human heart."

In a suite of brief, witty, poignant, even funny essays, Ausubel tracks the massive principles, rising developments, and game-changing advancements of our time. He publications us via our watershed second, exhibiting how it's attainable to emerge from a global the place firms are electorate, the space among wealthy and negative is cavernous, and biodiversity and the weather are below attack and create an international the place we take our cues from nature and concentrate on justice, fairness, variety, democracy, and peace.

Even these steeped within the realities of an international long past mistaken and efforts to correct it is going to locate fresh, even excellent, views in Dreaming the Future. it is going to come as no shock to readers that Ausubel is cofounder of Bioneers-which foreword writer David W. Orr describes as "one half international half catalytic organization."

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4 D O T H E D A T A R E L A T E T O H U M A N E X P E R I E N C E ? 35 northerly latitudes from the last glaciation. Most pollens (from flowering trees and plants) and spores (principally ferns and mosses) are tiny. 1 mm) in diameter and the majority are around 30 mm. They have a waxy coat that protects them from decay. The size and shape of this outer wall, along with the number and distribution of apertures in it, are specific to different species and can be readily identified under a microscope.

Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809–1892), Locksley Hall The scale of prehistoric climate change is almost incomprehensible. The broad features of the last ice age are well known. For much of the past 100 000 years (100 kyr), tens of millions of cubic kilometres of ice were piled up on the northern continents. Where Chicago, Glasgow and Stockholm now stand there was ice over a kilometre thick. Sea levels were as much as 130 metres lower since huge amounts of water were locked up in the ice sheets, and vast areas of what is now continental shelf were exposed for tens of thousands of years.

This is especially true of anything to do with ice sheets. As they waxed and waned they scoured the landscape clean of soil and the attendant vegetation. Around their margins, evidence of changing weather and shifting vegetation types was either removed for some periods, or during the coldest intervals there was no identifiable build-up of deposits. So, much of the evidence was obliterated and forming an accurate local picture of the sequence of past events is difficult or impossible. Nevertheless, inklings of 26 T H E C L I M A T E O F T H E P A S T 1 0 0 0 0 0 Y E A R S shorter-term climatic changes were evident in early studies.

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