Living in the anthropocene Earth in the age of humans

Elizabeth Kolbert, Edward O. Wilson, Richard B. Alley

Book - 2017

A collection of thirty-two essays by leading thinkers across the disciplines. These essays explore the Anthropocene from scientific, anthropological, social, artistic, and economic points of view. They seek to understand the drivers of human-induced environmental change as well as how people and planetary systems are adapting to such change. Each writer offers invaluable insight into Earth's future as the Anthropocene accelerates.

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Washington, DC : Smithsonian Books, in association with Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press [2017]
Physical Description
x, 198 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Other Authors
Elizabeth Kolbert (-), Edward O. Wilson, Richard B. Alley
  • Foreword / Elizabeth Kolbert
  • Introduction / W. John Kress and Jeffrey K. Stine
  • A changing planet. The advent of the Anthropocene / J. R. McNeill
  • Thinking like a mountain in the Anthropocene / Scott L. Wing
  • The underwater Anthropocene / Douglass J. McCauley
  • What will it mean to be human? / Rick Potts
  • Rethinking economic growth / Paula Caballero and Carter J. Brandon
  • Drivers of change. The fire that made the future / Stephen J. Pyne
  • A new dream of the Earth / Wade Davis
  • Locating ourselves in relation to the natural world / Lindsay L. Clarkson
  • Temperate forests: A tale of the Anthropocene / Sean M. McMahon
  • Urban nature / Human nature / Peter Del Tredici
  • Atmospherics and the Anthropocene / Kelly Chance
  • Beyond the biosphere: Expanding the limits of the human world / Lisa Ruth Band
  • Responding to change. Archaeology and the future of our planet / Torben C. Rick
  • Living on a changing planet: Why indigenous voices matter / Igor Krupnik
  • Black and green: The forgotten commitment to sustainability / Lonnie G. Bunch III
  • Forest succession and human agency in an uncertain future / Robin L. Chazdon
  • Ocean 2.0 / J. Emmett Duffy
  • The Earth is a garden / Ari Novy, Peter H. Raven, and Holly H. Shimizu
  • Human health in the Anthropocene / George E. Luber
  • Visual culture. The city in the sea: Alexis Rockman's Anthropocene imaginings / Joanna Marsh
  • African art and the Anthropocene / Karen E. Milbourne
  • Why polar bears? Seeing the Arctic anew / Subhankar Banerjee
  • The return of the boomerang / Luc Jacquet
  • Filmmaking in the Anthropocene / John Grabowska
  • Picturing planetary peril: Visual media and the environmental crisis / Finis Dunaway
  • The way forward. Dragons in the greenhouse: The value of knowledge and the danger of uncertainty / Richard B. Alley
  • Why scientists and engineers must work together / G. Wayne Clough
  • Hazards to our heritage: choices and solutions / Corine Wegner
  • The unequal anthropocene / Rob Nixon
  • The global commons / Naoko Ishii
  • Can we redefine the Anthropocene? / Thomas E. Lovejoy
  • Afterword / Edward O. Wilson.