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The God Species: How the Planet Can Survive the Age of Humans

About the Book

Humankind dominants every feature of the Earth's natural system from the water cycle to the movements of pollutants through the sky. We are truly the God Species, and there is no turning back. In a radical departure from the traditional arguments about how to manage the planet, Mark Lynas shows just how it should be done. Building on recent scientific discoveries, Mark Lynas explains that there are nine ‘planetary boundaries' that humanity must not cross if the Earth is to continue to support life and our civilisation. Climate change is one, but others - like ocean acidification, nitrogen use and biodiversity loss - are less well-known, though equally crucial. These boundaries all interact, and we can only hope to manage the planet successfully if we understand how they affect one another.But this is no depressing lamentation of eco-doom. Instead, Lynas presents a radical manifesto that calls for the increased use of controversial but environmentally-friendly technologies, such as genetic engineering and nuclear power, as part of a global effort to protect and nurture the biosphere. Ripping up years of ‘green' orthodoxy, he reveals how the prescriptions of the current environmental movement are likely to hinder as much as help our vitally-needed effort to use science and technology to play God and save the planet.

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780007313426
  • ISBN 10: 000731342X
  • Imprint: Fourth Estate - GB
  • On Sale: 29/09/2011
  • Pages: 288
  • List Price: 27.99 AUD
  • BISAC1: Earth sciences, geography, environment, planning / Earth sciences

The God Species: How the Planet Can Survive the Age of Humans by Mark Lynas

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