Deep Future The Next 100,000 Years of Life on Earth

Curt Stager

St. Martin's Griffin



Trade Paperback

304 Pages


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Imagine a world where North American and Eurasian navies are squaring off over shipping lanes through an acidified, ice-free Arctic. Centuries later, their northern descendants retreat southward as the recovering sea freezes over again. And later still, future nations plan how to avert an approaching Ice Age by burning what remains of Earth's fossil fuels.

These are some of the events that human civilization is likely to face in the next 100,000 years. Choices made and actions taken in this century will affect that future more than those of any previous generation. We are living at the dawn of the Age of Humans; the only question is how long that age will last.       

Few have yet asked, “What happens after global warming?” Drawing upon the latest, groundbreaking works of a handful of climate visionaries, Deep Future looks beyond A.D. 2100 to the next hundred millennia of life on Earth. 


Praise for Deep Future

"Deep Future is a clear, concise, and thought provoking work, one that takes a refreshingly frank look at the science behind global warming and, more importantly, what is coming next. In a field where hyperbolic claims and bitter skepticism prevail, the clarity and unflappability of Stager’s account is like a breath of fresh, slightly heated air."—The Faster Times

“Amid all the ranting, confusing, and contradicting books on climate change, at last here's one that does something truly useful: Clearly and engagingly, scientist Curt Stager guides us into back into the atmosphere's history, letting us compare it to the present and draw informed ideas about what to expect in the future. It's heartening to know that he expects us to have one.”—Alan Weisman, author, The World Without Us

 “Deep Future is a richly informative and deeply persuasive book—one that will be relevant for generations.”—Elizabeth Kolbert, author of Field Notes from a Catastrophe

Deep Future is like one of Jared Diamond’s magisterial accounts, except set in the future, not the past.”—Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature and Eaarth

“A highly entertaining, carefully balanced, and deeply sobering look at our climate future.”—William F. Ruddiman, author of Plows, Plagues, and Petroleum

“Fascinating and measured—at last someone is taking the long view.”—Mark Lynas, author of Six Degrees

“This intriguing and thought-provoking view of the far future is an essential read for all interested in the full force of climate change. ”—Paul Andrew Mayewski, Director of the Climate Change Institute, and author of The Ice Chronicles

"A probing exploration of the impact of climate change over geological time . . . Essential reading."—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"A thoughtful, if controversial, approach to an over-heated subject."—Publishers Weekly

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CURT STAGER is an ecologist, paleoclimatologist, and science writer with a Ph.D. in biology and geology from Duke University. He has published more than three dozen climate- and ecology-related articles in major journals including Science and Quaternary Research, and has written for popular audiences in periodicals such as National Geographic. He teaches at Paul Smith’s College in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York and holds a research associate post at the University of Maine’s Climate Change Institute, where he investigates the long-term history of climate

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  • Curt Stager

  • Curt Stager earned his Ph.D. in biology and geology from Duke University and has published more than three dozen articles in major journals, including Science and Quaternary Research. He has also written for popular magazines, such as Fast Company and National Geographic, and is cohost of Natural Selections, a weekly science program on public radio. He currently teaches at Paul Smith’s College in upstate New York, and holds a research associate post at the University of Maine’s Climate Change Institute.
  • Curt Stager
    Curt Stager