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Can we survive the 21st Century?

Surviving C21 cover

Author Julian Cribb

How humanity can overcome the existential threats it has created.

"Our quintessential wisdom is the wisdom of the survivor"
— Julian Cribb
NEW YORK, USA, September 21, 2016 / -- Human civilisation is facing its sternest challenge in the history of our species. This consists of ten huge, man-made threats, which are now combining to imperil our future.
"Surviving the 21st Century" (Springer International Publishing 2017) is a powerful new book exploring these risks – ecological collapse, resource depletion, weapons of mass destruction, climate change, global poisoning, food crises, population and urban overexpansion, pandemic disease, dangerous new technologies and self-delusion – and what we can and should do to limit them.
Citing the world’s latest and most authoritative science, author Julian Cribb explains clearly the focal issue of our time – and what humanity as a whole and we, as individuals, can do about it.
“I'm constantly meeting well-educated, well-informed people – scientists, parents and grandparents and young people especially – who are worried we may be entering the end game of human history. That civilisation, and possibly even our species, will not survive the compound dangers we are building for ourselves with our numbers and demands upon the planet,” the Australian science writer explains.
“ ‘Surviving the 21st Century’ assesses whether they are right or wrong. It surveys the objective evidence for these ten mega-issues – and what we can and should do as a species and as individual citizens to overcome them,” he says.
The third volume in Cribb’s trilogy on the human future, ‘Surviving the 21st Century’ explores in detail the scientific basis for the ten intersecting existential threats, and the importance of developing cross-cutting solutions that do not make matters worse.
Surviving the 21st Century also identifies uplifting and positive solutions, being developed around the world, to our most pressing problems. And it explores two paradigm-shattering developments in society – the evolution of the human ability to ‘think as a species’ through global connections made at lightspeed on the internet and social media, and the emergence of women as world leaders for a safer, more sustainable future.
Finally, it proposes a ‘report card’ which will enable everyone in the world to judge our collective progress towards either extinction - or a safer, cleaner, more sustainable future.

More information and review copies:
Sher Saini, Publisher, Springer International, US. Email:

The author:
Julian Cribb FTSE is an Australian science writer and former newspaper editor, with over thirty awards for journalism to his credit. The author of 9 books and 8000 media articles, his other works in this series include ‘The Coming Famine’ (UCP 2010), chosen as a ‘Book of the Times’ by the NY Times, and ‘Poisoned Planet’ (Allen&Unwin 2014).

The book:
‘Surviving the 21st Century: humanity’s ten great challenges and how we can overcome them’ is published by Springer International, 2017. ISBN 978-3-319-41269-6. DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-41270-2 It is available online in e-book format from this week and softback from October 10 from following suppliers and from quality book shops:

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