Making the Most of the Anthropocene
Facing the FutureBook - 2017
"Ever since Nobel Prize-winning atmospheric chemist Paul Crutzen coined the term "Anthropocene" to describe our current era--one in which human impact on the environment has pushed Earth into an entirely new geological epoch--arguments for and against the new designation have been raging. Finally, an official working group of scientists was created to determine once and for all whether we humans have tossed one too many plastic bottles out the car window and wrought a change so profound as to be on par with the end of the last ice age. After much careful research, the answer came back: Yes. In Making the Most of the Anthropocene, scientist Mark Denny tackles this hard truth head-on and considers many burning questions: How did we reach our present technological and ecological state? How are we going to cope with our uncertain future? Will we come out of this, or are we doomed as a species? Is there anything we can do about what happens next? Denny explains what the Anthropocene is and why it is important, arguing that based on human nature, a technofix is our best hope for the future. With easy-to-grasp scientific, technological, economic, and anthropological analyses, he offers suggestions for minimizing harm, instead of fretting about an impending environmental apocalypse."--Jacket.
Publisher: Baltimore :, Johns Hopkins University Press,, 
Copyright Date: ©2017
Characteristics: 213 pages ; 24 cm