The Human Age

The Human Age

The World Shaped by Us

Book - 2014
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In this landmark book, Ackerman confronts the unprecedented reality that one prodigiously intelligent and meddlesome creature, Homo sapiens, is now the dominant force shaping the future of planet Earth and takes her readers on an exhilarating journey through this new reality, introducing many of the people and ideas now creating -- perhaps saving -- our future and that of our fellow creatures.
Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton, [2014]
ISBN: 9780393240740
0393240746
Branch Call Number: 304.2 ACKERMAN
Characteristics: viii, 344 pages ; 24 cm

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ChristchurchLib Sep 30, 2014

In this exploration of the Anthropocene Epoch - our current geological age, one characterized by the planet-altering activities of humans -- Diane Ackerman, author of An Alchemy of Mind, discusses homo sapiens' pivotal and not always benign role in shaping its environment. From reducing biodiversity to changing the climate, humans have made their mark on the Earth...but for how much longer? Lush, lyrical, and highly literate, The Human Age covers some of the same ground as Elizabeth Kolbert's bestselling The Sixth Extinction. Science and Nature Newsletter October 2014.

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