The human planet : how we created the Anthropocene

Lewis, Simon L. author

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  • Creator Simon L. Lewis and Mark A. Maslin
  • Format Books
  • Contributors
  • Publication New Haven ; London : Yale University Press, 2018.
  • Physical Details
    • xiii, 465 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
  • ISBNs 9780300232172, 0300232179
  • OCLC on1002129750


  • "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.


  • "Original edition first published by Penguin Books Ltd, London"--Title page verso.
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 417-448) and index.


  • The meaning of the Anthropocene -- The hidden history of the Anthropocene -- How to divide geological time -- Down from the trees -- Farming, the first energy revolution -- Globalization 1.0, the modern world -- Fossil fuels, the second energy revolution -- Globalization 2.0, the great acceleration -- Living in epoch-making times -- Defining the Anthropocene -- How we became a force of nature -- Can Homo dominatus become wise?
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