The Regreening of Earth
Les Johnson, Gregory L. Matloff and C. Bangs
What was our planet like before the advent of our modern civilization? What effect has our civilization had on
the planet and its ecology? Paradise Regained
begins by discussing these questions and then generates a
scenario for the re-greening of Earth. It introduces new and innovative ideas on how humankind could use
the resources of the Solar System for terrestrial benefit.
The environmental challenges facing humanity today are too serious to be resolved simply by conservation
and current technologies. Paradise Regained
highlights the risk of humankind's future extinction from
environmental degradation. Human population growth, climate change, and the diminishing sustainability
of the few remaining habitats for wildlife are all analyzed.
Rather than losing heart, we need to recognize that the answer to these problems lies in the
development of space. Not only will extraterrestrial resources avert a crisis, but they will
also provide the basis for continued technological and societal progress. The resources of the
Solar System will help us meet our projected industrial needs. Space-based power generation
systems will work synergistically with Earth-based conservation. The book concludes with a
discussion on how closed ecological systems in space will function.
This is a book that needs to be read urgently by many, if we are to save ourselves from environmental
disasters and build a prosperous and sustainable future for all the creatures of Earth.
Table of Contents
Synopsis and chapter summaries
Introduction: Welcome to the present
1. Space utilization: A moral imperative
PART I Mythical paradise
2. Fire: Formation of Earth and the Solar System
3. Earth before man: Utopia or nightmare?
PART II Paradise lost?
4. The environmental dilemma: progress or collapse?
5. Exploding population
6. Climate change
7. Vanishing life
8. Diminishing energy
9. Humans before the Industrial Age: A desirable ecological goal?
PART III Paradise regained
10. Raw materials from space
11. Power from the Sun
12. Environmental monitoring from space
13. Protecting Earth
14. Mitigating global warming
15. Settling the Solar System
16. Paradise regained: An optimistic future
Afterword: Why space advocates and environmentalists should work together
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