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This vivid, terrifying, and galvanizing novel reveals our future world after previous generations failed to halt climate change—perfect for fans of The Drowned World and World War Z.

2084: Global warming has proven worse than even the direst predictions scientists had made at the turn of the century. No country—and no one—has remained unscathed. Through interviews with scientists, political leaders, and citizens around the globe, this riveting oral history describes in graphic detail the irreversible effects the Great Warming has had on humankind and the planet.

In short chapters about topics like sea level rise, drought, migration, war, and more, The 2084 Report brings global warming to life, revealing a new reality in which Rotterdam doesn’t exist, Phoenix has no electricity, and Canada is part of the United States. From wars over limited resources to the en masse migrations of entire countries and the rising suicide rate, the characters describe other issues they are confronting in the world they share with the next two generations.

Simultaneously fascinating and frightening, The 2084 Report will inspire you to start conversations and take action.
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Divestment from Fossil Fuel Companies: A Moral Imperative

Letter to the Editor of The New York Times, 2/24/20

Re “Why Hasn’t Harvard Stopped Investing in Fossil Fuels?,” by Devi Lockwood (Op-Ed, nytimes.com, Jan. 29):

In 2013, responding to student and alumni demands that Harvard divest from fossil fuel companies, Drew Gilpin Faust, then the president of Harvard, favored “engagement over withdrawal.” In 2019, Lawrence Bacow, the current president, wrote that Harvard still prefers “engaging with industry” to divestment.

During those six years, global temperature and carbon dioxide emissions rose in concert, and extreme weather events increased in number and intensity. Scientists agreed that global warming is due to human activities, and the United States joined and then withdrew from the Paris climate accord.

Harvard would have to conclude that its strategy has not worked. This is no surprise, since the university has [disclosed] only some $5.6 million invested in fossil fuel companies, a drop in the bucket of the budgets of the giant fossil fuel companies.

The fundamental principle of endowment management is that future student generations should benefit to the same extent as the current generation. By investing in the very companies whose products cause dangerous global warming, Harvard violates that principle and bets that it can profit from the success of those companies.

But the more they succeed, the more humanity, its universities and its future alumni will lose.

James L. Powell
Buellton, Calif.

The writer, a former college president, is the author of the forthcoming book “The 2084 Report: An Oral History of the Great Warming.”

Anthropogenic Global Warming: Publishing Scientists Unanimous

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Powell, J. (2019). Scientists Reach 100% Consensus on Anthropogenic Global Warming. Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society. https://doi.org/10.1177/0270467619886266
The article is free to download or read online.
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