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This Is How Human Extinction Could Play Out

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The stubs of corn stalks that were chopped down because heat and lack of rain ruined the crop, litter a field in Nebraska. 2012 saw the highest recorded temperatures in American history. Over the summer most of the mid-west experienced a tremendous drought, where hot weather and the lack of rain destroyed crops and grazing land. In the high plains of Western Nebraska's cattle lands, this created ideal conditions for wild fires, which spread across the land sparked by single bolts of lightning. (Photo by Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images)
The stubs of corn stalks that were chopped down because heat and lack of rain ruined the crop, litter a field in Nebraska. 2012 saw the highest recorded temperatures in American history. Over the summer most of the mid-west experienced a tremendous drought, where hot weather and the lack of rain destroyed crops and grazing land. In the high plains of Western Nebraska's cattle lands, this created ideal conditions for wild fires, which spread across the land sparked by single bolts of lightning. (Photo by Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images)

Food-system collapse, sea-level rise, disease. In his new book “Falter,” Bill McKibben asks, “Is it Too Late?”

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