The Human Age

The Human Age

The World Shaped by Us

Large Print - 2014
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"Humans have subdued 75 percent of the land surface, concocted a wizardry of industrial and medical marvels, strung lights all across the darkness. We tinker with nature at every opportunity; we garden the planet with our preferred species of plants and animals, many of them invasive; and we have even altered the climate, threatening our own extinction. Yet we reckon with our own destructive capabilities in extraordinary acts of hope-filled creativity ... Ackerman [explores] our new reality, introducing us to many of the people and ideas now creating--perhaps saving--our future and that of our fellow creatures"--Amazon.com.
Publisher: Farmington Hills, Michigan : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, ©2014.
Edition: Large print edition.
ISBN: 9781410474742
1410474747
Characteristics: 553 pages ;,23 cm.

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LPL_ShirleyB Jan 21, 2015

Ackerman’s rich and evocative nature writing has earned the Henry David Thoreau Prize. She offers hope with inspiring solutions to counter the harmful impact humans have had on our environment. Follow up with Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Kingsolver to become a locavore.

ChristchurchLib Sep 30, 2014

In this exploration of the Anthropocene Epoch - our current geological age, one characterized by the planet-altering activities of humans -- Diane Ackerman, author of An Alchemy of Mind, discusses homo sapiens' pivotal and not always benign role in shaping its environment. From reducing biodiversity to changing the climate, humans have made their mark on the Earth...but for how much longer? Lush, lyrical, and highly literate, The Human Age covers some of the same ground as Elizabeth Kolbert's bestselling The Sixth Extinction. Science and Nature Newsletter October 2014.

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