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The Bookshelf: Sept. 21, 2016

In this week's Bookshelf, our content partner Kirkus Reviews highlights Dangerous Years.

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DANGEROUS YEARS: Climate Change, the Long Emergency, and the Way Forward

by David Orr

Orr observes that we’re almost certainly heading for a time of woe thanks to climate destabilization, projecting 50-50 odds that we’ll somehow figure out a way around the worst of the physical and social effects. “For perspective,” he writes, “no sane person would get in a car with those odds of a fatal accident.” ... As the author notes, though throughout most of history, “each generation left things more or less as they found them,” we live in a more fraught time of uncreative destruction. … while humanities scholars ought to have something to say about this, it seems a touch unhelpful to suggest wistfully that we need to be more thoughtful citizens who “broaden and deepen the local conversation on sustainability.”

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