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The Blueprint: Averting Global Collapse
by Daniel Rirdan   

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Science

Publisher:  CreateSpace ISBN-10:  1470135884 Type: 
Pages: 

493

Copyright:  June 22, 2012 ISBN-13:  9781470135881
Non-Fiction

From a broad spectrum of disciplines, scientists urge us to change our ways
radically if we are to save our ecosystem and the man-made world. Global strategist Daniel Rirdan offers an ambitious blueprint that shows us how.

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We are faced with an impending calamity that threatens to bankrupt the planetary ecosystem and with it much of the manmade world. In this book, Rirdan submits a plan that truly goes the distance: a highly detailed, planetary-wide blueprint that lays out a new course for our technological and industrial engines. It calls for sweeping adjustments in the way every person thinks and lives. Rirdan takes existing key stressors—from climate change to land degradation to fossil fuel shortages—that are afflicting the planet, and offers solutions that put its survival at the center. The plan is grounded in over five hundred peer-reviewed articles, communication with scores of other top experts, advanced computations, and simulations. Rirdan offers immediately employable designs that lay down new paths for our economy, technology, industry, and politics. The plan includes renewables that in tandem can provide 24/7 power for the entire electrical grid; a radically altered economy, based on regenerative management of existing resources; and the use of rotational, intensive grazing of livestock as part of the effort to rewild nature. Furthermore, the book illustrates why a carbon neutral economy is inadequate at this late stage and introduces a practical plan to capture hundreds of billions of tons of carbon from the air over the span of a few decades. The author writes clearly and comprehensively, carefully exploring the logistics and infrastructure changes required in moving forward. The Blueprint is a call to arms, an argument for remaking the world and reclaiming the future for our children.


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It boggles the mind to realize that about one thousand million
(one billion) people were added in just over a ten year period. There
were but six billion of us in 1999.
Every year, there are about seventy-eight million more people
walking the streets and frequenting the food stores. Every week, a
population the size of San Diego is coming online—once those who
die are accounted for. Every four years, the equivalent of the entire
United States population is added on.
That is to say, every four years, we add about twenty-five billion
kilograms of human biomass, which in turn displaces a comparable—
in truth, far larger—biomass of other living things.1 This cannot work
out any other way.
The planetary ecosystem has only so much energy to go around.
The net amount of plant matter produced each year via photosynthesis
is the basis for the existence of all higher life forms. Given the fixed
surface area of Earth and the fixed amount of solar radiation reaching
it in any given moment, the volume of plant matter is capped. In turn,
this sets a cap on the amount of animals that graze on the plant matter
and in turn on the number of predators that feed on the herbivores.
The more people who are placed on the game board, the less there is
room for other animals competing for the same resources. A model
by Brian Maurer projects that if we reach a population of fifteen billion,
we will consume two-thirds of the global primary production.
Consequently, we will experience a drastic decline in biodiversity.2 At
a theoretically impossible twenty billion people strong, the human
family would consume all energy for itself with nothing left over.
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Professional Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
“Rirdan’s prescriptive nonfiction debut provides suggestions to ensure the planet’s continued environmental health. The author sets forth his plan for salvation, ambitiously addressing every major threat to the environment: climate change, deforestation, overfishing, wetlands drainage and excess consumption. His scope is broader than most environmentalist writers, including Al Gore in his seminal book on climate change....Rirdan’s thorough, readable treatment of the questions society must confront makes this book an essential addition to any environmentalist’s reading list.”

David Suzuki
“Books and websites may tout “ten easy ways to save the planet”....The way to avoid the catast­rophe that confronts us is not going to be easy or simple, but urgently imperative. For all who care about the future for our children and our species, Rirdan’s book must be read so we can follow his recommendations. We have no choice and time is terrifyingly short.”


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