Springer, Dordrecht


410 Pages

ISBN 978-94-007-7352-3

A world after climate change and culture-shift

Edited by

Jim Norwine

In this book, an international team of environmental and social scientists explain two powerful current change-engines and how their effects, and our responses to them, will transform Earth and humankind into the 22nd-century (c.2100). 

This book begins by detailing the current state of knowledge about these two ongoing, accelerating and potentially world-transforming changes: climate change, in the form of global warming, and a profound emerging shift of normative cultural condition toward the assumptions and values often associated with so-called postmodernity,such as tolerance, diversity, self-referentiality, and dubiety replaced with certainty. Next, the contributors imagine, explain and debate the most likely consequent transformations of human and natural ecologies and economies that will take place by the end of the 21st-century.

In 16 compellingly original, provocative and readable chapters, A World after Climate Change and Culture-Shift presents a one-of-a-kind vision of our current age as a "hinge" or axial century, one driven by the most radical combined change of nature and culture since the rise of agriculture at the end of the last Ice Age some 10 millennia ago. This book is highly recommended to scholars and students of the environmental and social sciences, as well as to all readers interested in how changes in nature and culture will work together to reshape our world and ourselves.    

Publication details

DOI: 10.1007/978-94-007-7353-0

Full citation:

Norwine, J. (ed) (2014). A world after climate change and culture-shift, Springer, Dordrecht.

Table of Contents


Norwine Jim


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Smith Jonathan M


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Global climate change

North Gerald R.


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An evolving worldview

Bruner Michael S.; Davenport John; Norwine Jim


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Field notes from the future

Jennings Michael


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Getting from here to there

Warner Koko


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The good, the bad, and the ugly

Davenport John


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Europe 2050–2100

Tu Huynh Niem; Uhlenwinkel Anke


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The projected death of the fertile crescent

Alpert Pinhas; Jin Fengjun; Kitoh Akio


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The future of the middle East

Kaya Ilhan; Ari Yilmaz; Yazici Hakkı


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Imagined lifeways in North America ca. 2100

Bjelland Mark; Bruner Michael S.; Davenport John


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The postmodern environment

Pappin Gladden J.


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Blissful devolution

Nemeth David J.


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The guilt of hollow men

Smith Jonathan M


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Colliding with reality

Gare Arran


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Harriss Robert


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