Something New Under the Sun: An Environmental History of the Twentieth-Century World (The Global Century Series)

Author: J. R. McNeill

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 9780393075892

Category: Science

Page: 416

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"Refreshingly unpolemical and at times even witty, McNeill's book brims with carefully sifted statistics and brilliant details."—Washington Post Book World The history of the twentieth century is most often told through its world wars, the rise and fall of communism, or its economic upheavals. In his startling new book, J. R. McNeill gives us our first general account of what may prove to be the most significant dimension of the twentieth century: its environmental history. To a degree unprecedented in human history, we have refashioned the earth's air, water, and soil, and the biosphere of which we are a part. Based on exhaustive research, McNeill's story—a compelling blend of anecdotes, data, and shrewd analysis—never preaches: it is our definitive account. This is a volume in The Global Century Series (general editor, Paul Kennedy).
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Something New Under the Sun

An Environmental History of the Twentieth-century World

Author: John Robert McNeill

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780140295092

Category: Human ecology

Page: 421

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In the course of the 20th century the human race, without intending anything of the sort, undertook a giant, uncontrolled experiment on the earth. In time, according to John McNeill in his new book, the environmental dimension of 20th century history will overshadow the importance of its world wars, the rise and fall of communism, and the spread of mass literacy. Contrary to the wisdom of Ecclesiastes that there is nothing new under the sun, McNeill sets out to show that the massive change we have wrought in our physical world has indeed created something new. To a degree unprecedented in human history, we have refashioned the earth's air, water and soil, and the biosphere of which we are a part.
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Cultures of Energy

Power, Practices, Technologies

Author: Sarah Strauss,Stephanie Rupp,Thomas Love

Publisher: Left Coast Press

ISBN: 1611321662

Category: Nature

Page: 360

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This path-breaking volume explores cultures of energy, the underlying but under-appreciated dimensions of both crisis and innovation in resource use around the globe. Theoretical chapters situate pressing energy issues in larger conceptual frames, and ethnographic case studies reveal energy as it is imagined, used, and contested in a variety of cultural contexts. Contributors address issues including the connection between resource flows and social relationships in energy systems; cultural transformation and notions of progress and collapse; the blurring of technology and magic; social tensions that accompany energy contraction; and sociocultural changes required in affluent societies to reduce dependence on fossil fuels. Each of five thematic sections concludes with an integrative and provocative conversation among the authors. The volume is an ideal tool for teaching unique, contemporary, and comparative perspectives on social theories of science and technology in undergraduate and graduate courses.
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The Human Journey

A Concise Introduction to World History

Author: Kevin Reilly

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1442213876

Category: History

Page: 240

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The Human Journey offers a truly concise yet satisfyingly full history of the world from ancient times to the present. Its themes include not only the great questions of the humanities—nature versus nurture, the history and meaning of human variation, the sources of wealth, and causes of revolution—but also the major transformations in human history: agriculture, cities, iron, writing, universal religions, global trade, industrialization, popular government, justice, and equality. Beginning with our most important questions and searching all of our past for answers, this is world history in a grand humanistic tradition.
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Study Guide to accompany Environment, 4th Edition

Author: Peter H. Raven,Linda R. Berg,John Aliff

Publisher: Wiley

ISBN: 9780471444947

Category: Science

Page: 451

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Work more effectively and gauge your progress as you go along! This Study Guide that is designed to accompany Raven’s Environment, 4th Edition includes study outlines, key terms, and practice questions in a variety of formats (multiple choice, matching, short answer, and discussion/critical thinking). The key to a sustainable future lies with the students. It is their passion, their understanding of the issues, and most of all their choices that will shape the future of our planet. As it has through three previous editions, Peter Raven and Linda Berg’s Environment gives students all the skills and tools they need to make the right choices for a sustainable environment! Covering the enormous environmental challenges facing our world today, this Fourth Edition helps readers think critically about these challenges and understand the concepts that underlie environmental problems.
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Ecological revolution

the political origins of environmental degradation and environmental amelioration : patterns, processes, outcomes; a comparative study of Japan, China, and Europe

Author: Mark Douglas Whitaker

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category:

Page: 530

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A History of the World

Author: Andrew Marr

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 0230767532

Category: History

Page: 500

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Fresh, exciting and vividly readable, this is popular history at its very best. Our understanding of world history is changing, as new discoveries are made on all the continents and old prejudices are being challenged. In this truly global journey Andrew Marr revisits some of the traditional epic stories, from classical Greece and Rome to the rise of Napoleon, but surrounds them with less familiar material, from Peru to the Ukraine, China to the Caribbean. He looks at cultures that have failed and vanished, as well as the origins of today’s superpowers, and finds surprising echoes and parallels across vast distances and epochs. A History of the World is a book about the great change-makers of history and their times, people such as Cleopatra, Genghis Khan, Galileo and Mao, but it is also a book about us. For ‘the better we understand how rulers lose touch with reality, or why revolutions produce dictators more often than they produce happiness, or why some parts of the world are richer than others, the easier it is to understand our own times.’
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Earth-honoring Faith

Religious Ethics in a New Key

Author: Larry L. Rasmussen

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199986843

Category: Philosophy

Page: 480

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Grand Winner of the 2014 Nautilus Book Awards Thoughtful observers agree that the planetary crisis we now face-climate change; species extinction; the destruction of entire ecosystems; the urgent need for a more just economic-political order-is pushing human civilization to a radical turning point: change or perish. But precisely how to change remains an open question. In Earth-honoring Faith, Larry Rasmussen answers that question with a dramatically new way of thinking about human society, ethics, and the ongoing health of our planet. Rejecting the modern assumption that morality applies to human society alone, Rasmussen insists that we must derive a spiritual and ecological ethic that accounts for the well-being of all creation, as well as the primal elements upon which it depends: earth, air, fire, water, and sunlight. He argues that good science, necessary as it is, will not be enough to inspire fundamental change. We must draw on religious resources as well to make the difficult transition from an industrial-technological age obsessed with consumption to an ecological age that restores wise stewardship of all life. Earth-honoring Faith advocates an alliance of spirituality and ecology, in which the material requirements for planetary life are reconciled with deep traditions of spirituality across religions, traditions that include mysticism, sacramentalism, prophetic practices, asceticism, and the cultivation of wisdom. It is these shared spiritual practices that can produce a chorus of world faiths to counter the consumerism, utilitarianism, alienation, oppression, and folly that have pushed us to the brink. Written with passionate commitment and deep insight, Earth-honoring Faith reminds us that we must live in the present with the knowledge that the eyes of future generations will look back at us.
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Contemporary Authors New Revision Series

A Bio-Bibliographical Guide to Current Writers in Fiction, General Non-Fiction, Poetry, Journalism, Drama, Motion Pictures, Television, & Other Fields

Author: Linda Metzger

Publisher: Gale / Cengage Learning

ISBN: 9780787646073

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 502

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In response to the escalating need for up-to-date information on writers, Contemporary Authors New Revision Series brings you the most recent data on the world's most-popular authors, making it easy for you to identify what your patrons are reading and who they'll be studying next. These exciting and unique author profiles are essential to your holdings because sketches are entirely revised and up-to-date, and completely replace the original Contemporary Authors "RM" entries. A softcover cumulative index is sent with each odd-numbered volume.
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History of Palaeobotany

Selected Essays

Author: A. J. Bowden,C. V. Burek,R. Wilding

Publisher: Geological Society of London

ISBN: 9781862391741

Category: Science

Page: 304

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Often regarded as the 'Cinderella' of palaeontological studies, palaeobotany has a history that contains some fascinating insights into scientific endeavour, especially by palaeontologists who were perusing a personal interest rather than a career. The problems of maintaining research facilities in universities, especially in the modern era, are described and reveal a noticeable absence of a national UK strategy to preserve centres of excellence in an avowedly specialist area. Accounts of some of the pioneers demonstrate the importance of collaboration between taxonomists and illustrators. The importance of palaeobotany in the rise of geoconservation is outlined, as well as the significant and influential role of women in the discipline. Although this volume has a predominantly UK focus, two very interesting studies outline the history of palaeobotanical work in Argentina and China.
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