Ten Billion

Author: Stephen Emmott

  • Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Published: 11 Jul 2013
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Ten Billion is Stephen Emmott's shocking message showing why time is running out for humanity unless we radically change our behaviour - now

We're facing an emergency.

By the end of this century the population will be over 10 billion. And there aren't enough resources for everyone.

This book won't tell you to 'do your bit for the environment'.

It won't tell you to recycle.

It won't tell you to buy an electric car.

It's too late for that.

Stephen Emmott, the acclaimed scientist, shows us why time is running out. And what we really need to do about it.

[Praise for Ten Billion, the stage production]:

'This is an hour of Matrix moments, of reminders of what underlies our daily lives. It's freeing to face the facts as well as alarming ... It informs, unsettles, provokes. Job done' The Times

'Professor Emmott argues his case with an implacable logic. He is quiet, humane and deeply concerned and when he says... 'I think we're fucked' you have to believe him' Michael Billington, Guardian

'Possibly the most down-to-earth, no-nonsense production you'll see all year ... Emmott scythes down everything from governments ... [to ]the importance of the Higgs Boson discovery ... it's refreshing to witness such an unfussy marriage of science and art' Whatsonstage.com

'A new kind of talk ... a daring one-man show in which Emmott desperately strives to pull together into one grand and devastating portrait the many ways we are impacting the planet ... a brisk and bracing tour through our own history and use of Earth's resources' New Scientist

Stephen Emmott is Head of Computational Science at Microsoft. His work and the work of his interdisciplinary Laboratory is focused on making fundamental advances in our understanding of complex systems - from biological computation to global ecosystems - through new conceptual and computational ideas, methods and tools. His solo stage performance of Ten Billion at the Royal Court Theatre, London in 2012 was widely acclaimed.

Product details

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9780141976327
  • Size: 111 x 181mm
  • Pages: 208
  • Published: 11 Jul 2013
  • Publisher: Penguin
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