Suhrkamp/Insel, Germany’s largest paperback publishers, are bringing out Stephen Emmott’s “Zehn Milliarden” on September 9th at about 15 euros.
Here’s an extract from the blurb (my translation):
“For the production of a burger It takes 3000 litres of water to make a hamburger. We produce more soot every year than was produced in the entire Middle Ages. This year we will fly six trillion kilometres. Our grandchildren will have to share the planet with ten billion people. Do we have a future?
With “Ten Billion”, Stephen Emmott, head of Microsoft Research Laboratory and professor at Oxford, has created something unique: for the first time an expert draws a coherent, comprenensible picture of our current situation. There’s no theoretical framework, no moralistic finger-pointing, just the facts. And the clear message: ‘We won’t make it’.
Stephen Emmott draws on the latest, in part unpublished, research, and shows that the ground has long been disappearing from under our feet. His book is dramatic, but what we have done to the earth is more drastic still. Ten billion is our last wake-up call. We cannot ignore it.”
Also coming out in September, in Dutch for 9.99 euros:
“TIEN MILJARD : DE AARDE IS BIJNA VOL” (“The earth is nearly full”).
“Aan het eind van deze eeuw zullen minstens 10 miljard mensen de aarde bevolken, verwacht Stephen Emmott. En dat gaat niet goed aflopen, dat kan de aarde niet aan. Hoe kon dit gebeuren? Kunnen we er nog iets aan doen? Wanneer Emmott aan een collega vraagt hoe hij zich het best kan voor? bereiden op deze toekomst, is het cynische antwoord: `Leer je kinderen een wapen gebruiken”.
(My approximate translation with the aid of Google):
“By the end of this century at least 10 billion people will inhabit the earth, according to Stephen Emmott. This can’t end well for the earth. How could this come about? Can we still do something about it? When Emmott asked a colleague how best to prepare prepare for this future, the cynical answer came: ‘Teach your children to use a weapon’.”
And from the Singapore newspaper Straits Times
Boon Chan reports on British director Peter Webber’s (“Hannibal Rising”, “Girl With A Pearl Earring”) latest film “Emperor”, and adds:
“Next up for him is a documentary film, ‘Ten Billion’, based on scientist Stephen Emmott’s work on the consequences of over-population. It certainly makes for quite a change from a drama set in post-World War II Japan.”
There’s a short publicity animation produced for Doubleday /Knopf at
which contains two outrageous lies in just 90 seconds:
“The population has exploded, and there’s no slowdown in sight.”
“The sheer amount of energy for all this [producing stuff] is crippling our planet.”
[Added 29 May]
There’s a short publicity interview with Emmott at
Annoyingly, the German translator talks over Emmott, making it difficult to understand either speaker. Emmott gets in his “we’re fucked” line at the end though.
There’s also an Italian translation which will be published by Feltrinelli in September. The blurb at
“In 1800 there were one billion people on Earth, in 1950 three billion and today we are seven billion – and already global warming, food production, scarcity of water and of energy resources are bringingus to the point of global collapse. We all know that the problems of resource depletion, pollution of the environment and our lifestyle is threatening the equilibrium of the planet But if the situation is difficult now, what will be like when there are ten billionof us? The answer given by Stephen Emmott, professor of computational science at Oxford and head of the Department of Computational Science at Microsoft, is that the situation will be inevitably catastrophic, unless we change immediately our economic and social model. Telling as many people as possible all we know about the dangers of the present and the terrible realities that await us in the future is perhaps the only way to avert disaster.
“Emmott first assembled and presented his data in the form of a play, and has now written a book, complete with graphs, images and photographs, to convey his message of alarm”.