Living in the Anthropocene

Living in the Anthropocene

The Earth in the Age of Humans

Book - 2017
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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 Humans is 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.
Publisher: Washington, DC : Smithsonian Books, in association with Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781588346018
Branch Call Number: 304.2 L7614 2017
Characteristics: x, 198 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Kress, W. John
Stine, Jeffrey K.


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