Climate change has been discussed during much of the 21st century and in many circles has become a political hot button. Setting politics aside, in “The Race of Our Lives Revisited,” (Grantham’s original “Race of Our Lives” was published in 2013) Grantham provides a data-driven and detailed discussion of the long-term, slow-burning problems that threaten us today: climate change, population growth, increasing environmental toxicity. His analysis focuses on the impact of all these three on the future ability to feed the 11 billion people projected for 2100, and highlights the severe implications of these issues if they are not resolved. Grantham notes that one material advantage in addressing these issues is in the accelerating burst of green technologies, which may in the future be able to offset much of the accelerating damage from climate change and other problems. Yet despite these surprising technological advances, we seem to have still been losing ground for the last few decades, particularly in the last few years. One way or another, we must find a way to do better through leadership, science and engineering, great effort, and hopefully some luck.
As Grantham’s detailed version of “The Race of Our Lives Revisited” is 35 pages, we have attached the abridged version here as food for thought.