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Paradise Regained

The Regreening of Earth

von: Greg Matloff, C Bangs, Les Johnson

26,99 €

Verlag: Copernicus
Format: PDF
Veröffentl.: 17.07.2010
ISBN/EAN: 9780387799865
Sprache: englisch
Anzahl Seiten: 180

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What was our planet like before the advent of our modern civilization? What effects has our civilization had on the planet and its ecological systems? Paradise Regained discusses these questions and then creates a scenario for the re-greening of Earth. The authors introduce new and innovative ideas on how humankind might use the resources of the solar system for terrestrial benefit. Earth would then become a place for a technologically advanced human civilization to live in synchronization, if not in harmony, with the environment which gave us birth.
Since the formation of our solar system, the resources and ecological state of Earth have undergone many changes. The environmental challenges facing humanity today, as the authors posit them, will not be resolved simply by conservation and Earth-based alternative technologies. Paradise Regained considers the environmental dilemma and highlights the risk of humankind's future extinction from environmental degradation. Human population growth, climate change, and the strained sustainability of the few remaining habitats for wild life are all discussed.
The authors, however, are not discouraged and offer a potential solution through the development of space. Not only will extraterrestrial resources help avert environmental disaster, but will also provide the basis for continued technological and societal progress. The resources of the solar system will help meet our projected industrial needs and feed our industry once terrestrial sources are depleted. Space-based power generation systems will work synergistically with Earth-based conservation. Paradise Regained concludes with the discussion on how closed ecological systems in space will help us to build a prosperous and sustainable future for all humanity.
What was our planet like before the advent of our modern civilization? What effects has our civilization had on the planet and its ecological systems? This compelling book discusses these questions and then creates a scenario for the re-greening of Earth.
Introduction: Welcome to the Present.-
Part I: Mythical Paradise - Fire: Formation of the Earth and Solar System. The Earth Before Man: Utopia or Nightmare?-
Part II: Paradise Lost? The Environmental Dilemma: Progress or Collapse? Exploding Population. Climate Change. Vanishing Life. Diminishing Energy. Humans Before the Industrial Age: A Desirable Ecological Goal?-
Part III: Paradise Regained. Raw Materials from Space. Power from the Sun. Environmental Monitoring from Space. Protecting the Earth. Mitigating Global Warming. Settling the Solar System. Paradise Regained: An Optimistic Future.-
Afterword: Why Space Advocates and Environmentalists Should Work Together.
What was our planet like before the advent of our modern civilization? What effect has our civilization had on the planet and its ecology? Paradise Regained begins by discussing these questions and then generates a scenario for the re-greening of Earth. It introduces new and innovative ideas on how humankind could use the resources of the Solar System for terrestrial benefit.

The environmental challenges facing humanity today are too serious to be resolved simply by conservation and current technologies. Paradise Regained highlights the risk of humankind's future extinction from environmental degradation. Human population growth, climate change, and the diminishing sustainability of the few remaining habitats for wildlife are all analyzed.

Rather than losing heart, we need to recognize that the answer to these problems lies in the development of space. Not only will extraterrestrial resources avert a crisis, but they will also provide the basis for continued technological and societal progress. The resources of the Solar System will help us meet our projected industrial needs. Space-based power generation systems will work synergistically with Earth-based conservation. The book concludes with a discussion on how closed ecological systems in space will function.

This is a book that needs to be read urgently by many, if we are to save ourselves from environmental disasters and build a prosperous and sustainable future for all the creatures of Earth.
In a compelling fashion marries the ideals and goals of environmentalists and space technology advocates
Suggests unique solutions to the problems of global warming and environmental degradation
Describes how the development of space can preserve our society and help it continue to grow
Shows how a pristine, non-polluted environment can be created and sustained!
Advocates the working together of the green movement and the space development communities

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