“Climate Change Is ‘Greatest Challenge Humans Have Ever Faced,’ Author Says”

“This is FRESH AIR. I’m Dave Davies, in for Terry Gross, who’s off this week. If you want to hear some alarming facts about climate change, Bill McKibben has them. He writes in his new book that as the Earth warms, we’re now seeing lethal heatwaves in some parts of the world and that the largest physical structures on our planet – the ice caps, coral reefs and rainforests – are disappearing before our eyes. McKibben’s been writing about and advocating for action on climate change since the 1980s, but his new book isn’t just a warning of impending disaster. And it isn’t just about climate change. McKibben says there are also threats to humanity as we know it from human genetic engineering and from the unbridled development of artificial intelligence. Bill McKibben has written 15 books and is the founder of the environmental organization 350.org. His new book, which offers some dark visions of the future and hope for real change, is called “Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?””


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