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Deforestation. Desertification. Species extinction. Global warming. Growing threats to food and water. The driving issues of our times are the result of one huge problem: us.

Just over two hundred years ago, there were one billion humans on Earth. There are now over seven billion of us.And, sometime this century, the world population will reach at least ten billion.

As the population continues to grow, our problems will increase. And this means that every way we look at it, a planet of ten billion people is likely to be a nightmare.

Stephen Emmott, a scientist whose lab is at the forefront of research into complex natural systems, sounds the alarm. The Billion is a snapshot of our planet—and our species—approaching a crisis, and it serves as a stark analysis of where this leaves us. The Billion is not another climate book. Ten Billion is a book about us.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The cumulative effect of [Emmott’s] uncluttered, unadorned prose, buttressed with graphs and illustrations, is significant…A spine-chilling warning of the environmental disaster that awaits the Earth.” 

    Daily Telegraph (London)

  • “Powerful…Compelling…The shift in thinking that will be needed if we are to prepare ourselves for living in a different world begins with reading Emmott’s indispensable book.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “A valuable contribution to rekindling a discussion on global population that has waxed and waned in the two centuries since Thomas Robert Malthus first brought the issue to public attention.”

    Financial Times (London)

  • “A rallying call to arms…Succinct and righteously pessimistic… [with] an indispensable message to galvanize a world in potential crisis.” 

    Kirkus Reviews

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About the Author

Stephen Emmott is head of computational science at Microsoft Research. He leads a broad scientific research program, at the center of which is an interdisciplinary team of new kinds of scientists, pioneering new approaches to tackle fundamental problems in science. He is also visiting professor of computational science at University of Oxford; visiting professor of biological computation at University College London; and distinguished fellow of the UK National Endowment of Science, Technology and the Arts.

About the Narrator

Jonathan Cowley is a British actor hailing from Eastbourne, East Sussex, but he currently calls Los Angeles home. He received AudioFile Earphones Awards for his narration of The Science of Evil by Simon Baron-Cohen and The Tower, the Zoo, and the Tortoise by Julia Stuart. He has narrated many audiobooks and can also be heard on both sides of the Atlantic narrating film trailers and documentaries.