been destroyed or something worse has happened. The tipping point means that something worse is in store for humans, like the depletion of water or mass death. The first scenario would involve a fight for water, resulting in humans fighting each other for getting access to wherever the water is. The tipping point for the rainforest would result in no trees and intensified heat, resulting in no vegetation. This means that carbon would not be recycled and the temperature would continue rising at faster rates. In the last scenario, they predict that something similar to the death of the dinosaurs would happen and 90% of species would die off. 5.Civilization: Out With a Whimper? is the most interesting forecast in the book, albeit, as the author acknowledges, informed speculation. But he does raise some harrowing ideas here. What is the main argument in this chapter, and what evidence does the author cite tosuggest this end? 6.Application/Research 1: given what you have read in this assignment, what do you think are the main problems facing humans as we change our own world climate? Are some of these problems already causing changes in the country you are researching? If not, whichones will be the worst for that country?
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