Living in the Anthropocene - Earth in the Age of Humans

Author(s): John W. Kress (Editor); Jeffrey K. Stine (Editor); Elizabeth Kolbert (Foreword by); Edward O. Wilson (Afterword by); Thomas E. Lovejoy (Contribution by)

Environment

Although we arrived only recently in Earth's timeline, humans are driving major changes to the planet's ecosystems. Even now, the basic requirements for human life--air, water, shelter, food, nature, and culture--are rapidly transforming the planet as billions of people compete for resources. These changes have become so noticeable on a global scale that scientists believe we are living in a new chapter in Earth's story- the Anthropocene, or Age of Humans. Living in the Anthropocene- Earth in the Age of Humansis a vital look at this era. The book contextualizes the Anthropocene by presenting paleontological, historical, and contemporary views of various human effects on Earth. It discusses environmental and biological systems that have been changed and affected; the causes of the Anthropocene, such as agricultural spread, pollution, and urbanization; how societies are responding and adapting to these changes; how these changes have been represented in art, film, television, and literature; and finally, offers a look toward the future of our environment and our own lives.

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  • : 9781588346452
  • : Smithsonian Institution Press
  • : Smithsonian Institution Press
  • : April 2018
  • : .6 Inches X 6 Inches X 8.9 Inches
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : John W. Kress (Editor); Jeffrey K. Stine (Editor); Elizabeth Kolbert (Foreword by); Edward O. Wilson (Afterword by); Thomas E. Lovejoy (Contribution by)
  • : Paperback
  • : English
  • : 551.712
  • : 208