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The great acceleration : an environmental history of the anthropocene since 1945

Author: John Robert McNeill; Peter Engelke
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, [2014]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book explains the scale, scope, pace, and character of environmental change around the world since the middle of the twentieth century as well as the reasons behind it. From the biology of the deep ocean to the chemistry of the stratosphere, and almost everywhere in between, human actions have led to ecological alterations great and small. While our species has exerted environmental impacts, occasionally  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Robert McNeill; Peter Engelke
ISBN: 9780674545038 0674545036
OCLC Number: 926050454
Notes: Originally published as Chapter 3 of Global Interdependence : the world after 1945 / edited by Akira Iriye. Cambridge, MA : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2014.
Description: 275 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: Energy and population --
Climate and biological diversity --
Cities and the economy --
Cold war and environmental culture.
Other Titles: Environmental history of the anthropocene since 1945
Responsibility: J.R. McNeill and Peter Engelke.

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The pace of energy use, greenhouse gas emissions, and population growth has thrust the planet into a new age-the Anthropocene. Humans have altered the planet's biogeochemical systems without  Read more...

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Among the first scholarly works to make explicit use of the geological framework of the Anthropocene for the purpose of rethinking the grand narratives of global economic change.--Fredrik Albritton Read more...

 
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