With the world’s population set to climb to 10 billion, or even higher, before the end of the century, Microsoft scientist Stephen Emmott has some tough talk about what that number means. With fierce analysis delivered in a punchy format – lots of graphs and pictures breaking up pages with minimal text — this brief book lays out the basic elements of the coming crisis: growing population leading to environmental breakdown and increased conflict over food and energy resources. Is there any good news? No. This is not a problem that new technologies will fix, and there is little political or popular will for the kind of radical change required to stave off disaster. Grim but essential reading for anyone still unaware of the mess we’re in.