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Human Planet: How We Created the Anthropocene

by Simon Lewis and Mark Maslin Yale University Press
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Hbk 480 pages
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A powerful argument that humans have so greatly altered the planet that we are now a force of nature that is increasingly dictating Earth’s future
“Profound and thought-provoking, this book does a remarkable job explaining where the current proposal to define a new human dominated era properly fits.”—Thomas E. Lovejoy, winner of the Blue Planet Prize and editor of Climate Change and Biodiversity

“Is the “age of humans” a disaster? Or will Homo sapiens wise up? Join Lewis and Maslin on a voyage of discovery deep into the beating heart of the Anthropocene.”—Erle C. Ellis, author of Anthropocene: A Very Short Introduction

“I'm left with a dizzying feeling of our good fortune to be here at all, and a powerful sense of our responsibility, as Maslin notes, to earn our species name: ‘Wise’."—Brian Cox, on Mark Maslin’s The Cradle of Humanity

"Understanding what it means for humans to have become a geological force reshaping the workings of the Earth is both a deep intellectual challenge and a political necessity. Richly thought through and provocative from its title onwards, The Human Planet rises to that challenge, bringing together Earth history and human history in a new way. Its reassessment of the past will equip its readers to understand the future—and perhaps to improve it."—Oliver Morton, author of The Planet Remade: How Geoengineering Could Change the World

"Today scientists increasingly believe that we have entered a new era, the Anthropocene. In this succinct but sweeping re-evaluation of the human story, Simon Lewis and Mark Maslin show exactly why this abstract-sounding contention should radically affect our views of today and tomorrow. The Human Planet packs more ideas into a small space than I would have thought possible."—Charles C. Mann, author of The Wizard and the Prophet