|aThe human planet : |bhow we created the Anthropocene / |cSimon L. Lewis, Mark A. Maslin.
|aHow we created the Anthropocene
|aNew Haven ; |aLondon : |bYale University Press, |c2018.
|axiii, 465 p. : |bill. ; |c21 cm.
|a"Original edition first published by Penguin Books Ltd, London"--Title page verso.
|aIncludes bibliographical references (p. 417-448) and index.
|a"A remarkable exploration of the science, history, and politics of the Anthropocene, one of the most important scientific ideas of our time, from two world-renowned experts. Meteorites, mega-volcanoes, and plate tectonics--the old forces of nature--have transformed Earth for millions of years. They are now joined by a new geological force--humans. Our actions have driven Earth into a new geological epoch, the Anthropocene. For the first time in our home planet's 4.5-billion-year history a single species is increasingly dictating Earth's future. To some the Anthropocene symbolizes a future of superlative control of our environment. To others it is the height of hubris, the illusion of our mastery over nature. Whatever your view, just below the surface of this odd-sounding scientific word, the Anthropocene, is a heady mix of science, philosophy, and politics linked to our deepest fears and utopian visions. Tracing our environmental impacts through time, scientists Simon Lewis and Mark Maslin reveal a new view of human history and a new outlook for the future of humanity in the unstable world we have created"--Dust jacket.
An engrossing analysis of the pseudo-democratic methods employed by despots around the world to retain control Throughout our planet’s past, events such as meteorite collisions, super volcano eruptions, and the movement of tectonic plates have conspired to make the Earth we inhabit. Given our current impacts on the Earth, have we too become a geological superpower? In this compelling book, leading scientists Simon Lewis and Mark Maslin argue the answer is a resounding yes. The geological time within which farming, cities, and the modern world developed—called the Holocene Epoch—is over. Using the Greek words for “humans” and “recent time,” scientists have named this new period the Anthropocene. Lewis and Maslin offer an accessible overview of the evidence for this view, including a start date for this period, the year 1610, when the impacts of the newly globalized economy were first felt worldwide. In doing so, they show we have entered an unstable time, with huge repercussions for our home planet and how we live.
Simon L. Lewis is professor of global change science at the University College London and the University of Leeds. Mark A. Maslin is professor of climatology and environmental sciences at the University College London.