Seventy thousand years ago, a species consisting of scattered populations of no more than a few hundred individuals lived – for the most part, peacefully – in a corner of Africa. Today, this species numbers eight billion and is fundamentally changing the planet. We are that species.
The emissions of greenhouse gases and the depletion of biodiversity, for which we are responsible, have so far occurred in a miniscule amount of time when set against the earth’s long history. Yet they are so extensive that they will affect our planet on a geological time scale of many hundreds of thousands of years.
Dag O. Hessen, consequently, does not mince words. Drawing exclusively on hard research and avoiding sensationalist fearmongering, he lays out just how the natural world and the climate are faring today – and how bad things can get. The greatest risk to our planet comes from various feedback mechanisms that could amplify already occurring changes.
Yet human culture is also constantly changing. Could our culture, here and now, also be at a turning point? Will we be able to turn the tide in time and avert worst-case outcomes? This book makes a powerful argument that we must do more – and above all, that we have to do it faster.

Dag O. Hessen
Die Welt auf der Kippe

CHF 20.00CHF 30.00

Kommode Verlag
Publishing date October 2023
280 pages, 14×21 CM
softcover, paperback, thread binding
ISBN 978-3-905574-18-0
EUR 26.00

Translated by Karoline Hippe and Günther Frauenlob