Catastrophic Failure of the Planet

Date
2020
Authors
Fletcher, Chip
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Honolulu: University of Hawaiʻi Press and the Center for Biographical Research
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Humans have altered 70% of the world’s lands with mines, roads, farms, and cities while eliminating 40% of the original forests. Since 1970, this damage has fed a 45% rise in per capita consumption, a 200% rise in extraction of living materials from nature, and a 300% growth in GDP. Coal produces 36% of global power, and renewable energy only 10%. We are overwhelming the capacity of Earth to renew itself, and threatening the socioeconomic framework of human life. What does this hold in store for Hawai‘i?
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climate change, global warming, heat waves, extreme weather, habitat destruction
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