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The human age : the world shaped by us

Author: Diane Ackerman
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, 2014.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Environmental science
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Diane Ackerman
ISBN: 9780393240740 0393240746 9780393351644 0393351645
OCLC Number: 887450822
Description: viii, 344 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Welcome to the Anthropocene : Apps for apes ; Wild heart, anthropocene mind ; Black marble ; Handmade landscapes ; A dialect of stone ; Monkeying with the weather ; Gaia in a temper ; Brainstorming from equator to ice ; Blue revolution --
In the house of stone and light : Asphalt jungles ; A green man in a green shade ; House plants? How passé ; Opportunity warms --
Is nature "natural" anymore? : Is nature "natural" anymore? ; The slow-motion invaders ;"They had no choice" ; Paddling in the gene pool ; For love of a snail --
Nature, pixilated : An (un)natural future of the senses ; Weighing in the nanoscale ; Nature, pixilated ; The interspecies Internet ; Your passion flower is sexting you ; When robots weep, who will comfort them? ; Robots on a date ; Printing a rocking horse on Mars --
Our bodies, our nature : The (3D-printed) ear he lends me ; Cyborgs and chimeras ; DNA's secret doormen ; Meet my maker, the mad molecule ; Conclusion: Wild heart, anthropocene mind (revisited).
Responsibility: Diane Ackerman.

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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."--Jacket.

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