There are those who believe in the primacy of the economy over nature. To these people who consider themselves to be economic realists, nature is almost a supine thing that can be molded to their desire and exploited ad infinitum.
For these economic realists, who do accept that anthropogenic human induced global warming is happening, their answer is that technology will allow us to easily adapt. On the other hand, there is the camp that believes that the environment must always come first, as the economy simply cannot exist without it. To the honest environmentalist, this really means a reduction in living standards as we use less energy. Personally, as the reader may have guessed, I belong to this second camp. The End of Nature argues that the environment, no matter what political agreements are reached for a reduction in emissions, has changed irrevocably.
Moreover, human activity has so changed the environment that we have now seen an end of nature as we know it. McKibben highlights our determination to completely re-wire nature by discussing the freakish inventions of bio-technology.
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