The Human Age

The Human Age

The World Shaped by Us

Large Print - 2014
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A New York Times Bestselling AuthorDiane Ackerman is justly celebrated for her unique insight into the natural world and our place in it. In this landmark book, she confronts the unprecedented reality that one prodigiously intelligent and meddlesome creature, Homo sapiens, is shaping the future of planet Earth. With her gift for making scientific discovery intelligible to the layperson, Ackerman takes us on an exhilarating journey through our new reality.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2014
Edition: Large print ed
ISBN: 9781410474742
Characteristics: 553 p. (large print) ; 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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