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Plows, plagues, and petroleum : how humans took control of climate

Author: W F Ruddiman
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. ; Woodstock : Princeton University Press, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Traces the historical sweep of human interaction with Earth's climate. This book takes readers through 3 stages of human history: when nature was in control; when humans began to take control,  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: W F Ruddiman
ISBN: 9780691133980 0691133980
OCLC Number: 166626312
Notes: Originally published: 2005.
Description: xiv, 202 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: pt. 1. What has controlled earth's climate? --
Climate and human history --
pt. 2. Nature in control --
Slow going for a few million years --
Linking earth's orbit to its climate --
Orbital changes control ice-age cycles --
Orbital changes control monsoon cycles --
Stirrings of change --
pt. 3. Humans begin to take control --
Early agriculture and civilization --
Taking control of methane --
Taking control of CO2 --
Have we delayed glaciation? --
Challenges and responses --
pt. 4. Disease enters the picture --
But what about those CO2 "wiggles"? --
The horsemen of the apocalypse : Which one? --
Pandemics, CO2, and climate --
pt. 5. Humans in control --
Greenhouse warming : Tortoise and hare --
Future warming : Large or small? --
From the past into the distant future --
Epilogue --
Global-change science and politics --
Consuming earth's gifts.
Responsibility: William F. Ruddiman.

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The activities of Stone Age farmers may have altered Earth's climate. This is the exciting but controversial theory conveyed by palaeoclimatologist William Ruddiman in his well-written book Plows, Read more...

 
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