Children of the Sun: A History of Humanity’s Unappeasable Appetite For Energy

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W. W. Norton & Company #ad - Crosby reveals the fundamental ways in which humans have transformed the world and themselves in their quest for energy. The greatest advantage from this breakthrough came in its application to food. As they spread over the earth, humans became more complicated harvesters, negotiating alliances with several other species―plant and animal―leading to the birth of agriculture and civilizations.

When they first started, humans found fuel much like other species in the simple harvesting of wild plants and animals. For millennia these civilizations tapped sun energy through the burning of recently living biomass―wood, for instance. A major turn in the human career came with the domestication of fire, an unprecedented achievement unique to the species.

Children of the Sun: A History of Humanity's Unappeasable Appetite For Energy #ad - A found of the field of global history, Crosby gives a book that glows with illuminating power. Cooking vastly increased the store of organic matter our ancestors could tap as food, and the range of places they could live. Fossil fuels have powered our industrial civilization and in turn multiplied our demand for sun energy.

. This is the story of the human species and its dedicated effort to sustain and elevate itself by making the earth’s stores of energy its own. But when the hearth fires started burning in the Paleolithic, humankind broadened the exploitation of food and took one of several great leaps forward. All life on earth is dependent on energy from the sun, but one species has evolved to be especially efficient in tapping that supply.

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The Great Acceleration: An Environmental History of the Anthropocene since 1945

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Belknap Press: An Imprint of Harvard University Press #ad - So far, humans have dramatically altered the planet’s biogeochemical systems without consciously managing them. Where it might lead, no one can say for sure. Three-quarters of the carbon dioxide humans have contributed to the atmosphere has accumulated since World War II ended, and the number of people on Earth has nearly tripled.

This allowed far more economic activity and produced a higher standard of living than people had ever known―but it created far more ecological disruption. We are now living in the Anthropocene. The earth has entered a new age―the Anthropocene―in which humans are the most powerful influence on global ecology.

Before 1700, people used little in the way of fossil fuels, but over the next two hundred years coal became the most important energy source. If we try to control these systems through geoengineering, we will inaugurate another stage of the Anthropocene. The period from 1945 to the present represents the most anomalous period in the history of humanity’s relationship with the biosphere.

The Great Acceleration: An Environmental History of the Anthropocene since 1945 #ad - When oil entered the picture, coal and oil soon accounted for seventy-five percent of human energy use. Harvard University Press. The great acceleration explains its causes and consequences, as well as trends in climate change, highlighting the role of energy systems, urbanization, and environmentalism. More than any other factor, human dependence on fossil fuels inaugurated the Anthropocene.

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The Organic Machine: The Remaking of the Columbia River Hill and Wang Critical Issues

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Hill and Wang #ad - He concentrates on what brings humans and the river together: not only the physical space of the region but also, and primarily, energy and work. In this pioneering study, white explores the relationship between the natural history of the Columbia River and the human history of the Pacific Northwest for both whites and Native Americans.

The Organic Machine: The Remaking of the Columbia River Hill and Wang Critical Issues #ad - The hill and wang critical issues Series: concise, society, affordable works on pivotal topics in American history, and politics. Harvard University Press. It is in this way that white comes to view the Columbia River as an organic machine--with conflicting human and natural claims--and to show that whatever separation exists between humans and nature exists to be crossed.

. For working with the river has been central to Pacific Northwesterners' competing ways of life. Used book in Good Condition.

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A Short History of Progress

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CARROLL & GRAF #ad - The same pattern of overconsumption then took a new form as many of the world's most creative civilizations--Mesopotamia, the Maya, the Roman Empire--fell victim to their own success. A brilliant, sobering, highly readable, and utterly fascinating rumination on the hubris at the heart of human development and the pitfalls we still may have time to avoidEach time history repeats itself, the cost goes up.

Only by understanding our pattern of progress and disaster, Wright contends, can we hope to change our ways and ensure that civilization has a longterm future. Ronald wright is an historical philosopher with a profound understanding of other cultures. Jan morris"a wise, timely, and brilliant book. Toronto globe and Mail Harvard University Press.

A Short History of Progress #ad - We live at a time of runaway growth in human numbers, consumption, and technology. Ronald wright argues that our modern predicament, though new in scale, is as old as humankind. A short history of progress is nothing less than a concise history of the world since Neanderthal times, elegantly written, brilliantly conceived, and stunningly clear in its warming to us now.

Wright shows how human beings have a way of walking into "progress traps, " beginning with the worldwide slaughter of big game in the Stone Age. The great question we now face is how, and whether, this can go on.

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Learning to Think Environmentally: While There Is Still Time

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SUNY Press #ad - Used book in Good Condition. Harvard University Press. This book explains the interdependency and delicate balance of biological, geological, and chemical systems as environmental scientists now understand them. Used book in Good Condition. It communicates a new way of thinking. Written in everyday language as a conversation between two neighbors, Learning to Think Environmentally is illustrated with cartoons by Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Tom Toles.

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This new way of thinking is urgently needed in our public discourse if we are to take a sustainable pathway to the future.

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The Human Web: A Bird's-Eye View of World History

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W. W. Norton & Company #ad - Harvard University Press. Whether small or large, and money within and across cultures, power, societies, these webs have provided the medium for the movement of ideas, loose or dense, goods, and nations. R. Avoiding any determinism, open-ended, the McNeills give us a synthesizing picture of the big patterns of world history in a rich, environmental or cultural, concise account.

Used book in Good Condition. Mcneill and William H. Used book in Good Condition. Mcneill show human webs to be a key component of world history and a revealing framework of analysis. Why did the first civilizations emerge when and where they did? how did islam become a unifying force in the world of its birth? What enabled the West to project its goods and power around the world from the fifteenth century on? Why was agriculture invented seven times and the steam engine just once? World-historical questions such as these, and others, David Landes, the subjects of major works by Jared Diamond, are now of great moment as global frictions increase.

The Human Web: A Bird's-Eye View of World History #ad - W w norton Company. In a spirited and original contribution to this quickening discussion, cooperation and competition, two renowned historians, father and son, explore the webs that have drawn humans together in patterns of interaction and exchange, since earliest times. From the thin, and timbuktu, through the denser, more interactive metropolitan webs that surrounded ancient Sumer, localized webs that characterized agricultural communities twelve thousand years ago, Athens, to the electrified global web that today envelops virtually the entire world in a maelstrom of cooperation and competition, J.

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The Death of Ramon Gonzalez: The Modern Agricultural Dilemma, Revised Edition

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University of Texas Press #ad - Harvard University Press. The death of ramón gonzález has become a benchmark book since its publication in 1990 The book has also been used at the university of california-Santa Cruz as a model of interdisciplinary work and at the University of Iowa as a model of fine journalism, films, and has inspired numerous other books, theses, and investigative journalism pieces.

This revised edition of the Death of Ramón González updates the science and politics of pesticides and agricultural development. In a new afterword, and nafta, trade liberalization, angus wright reconsiders the book's central ideas within the context of globalization, showing that in many ways what he called "the modern agricultural dilemma" should now be thought of as a "twenty-first century dilemma" that involves far more than agriculture.

The Death of Ramon Gonzalez: The Modern Agricultural Dilemma, Revised Edition #ad - W w norton Company. Used book in Good Condition. It has been taught in undergraduate and graduate courses in every social science discipline, ecology, and Mexican, sustainable and alternative agriculture, environmental studies, public health, Latin American, ethnic studies, and environmental history. Used book in Good Condition.

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Limits to Growth: The 30-Year Update

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Chelsea Green Publishing #ad - Limits to growth: the 30 year update is a work of stunning intelligence that will expose for humanity the hazy but critical line between human growth and human development. Overshoot cannot be sustained without collapse. Used book in Good Condition. But, as the authors are careful to point out, there is reason to believe that humanity can still reverse some of its damage to Earth if it takes appropriate measures to reduce inefficiency and waste.

Over the past three decades, population growth and global warming have forged on with a striking semblance to the scenarios laid out by the World3 computer model in the original Limits to Growth. Citing climate change as the most tangible example of our current overshoot, the scientists now provide us with an updated scenario and a plan to reduce our needs to meet the carrying capacity of the planet.

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Harvard University Press. Ships from Vermont. In many ways, the message contained in Limits to Growth: The 30-Year Update is a warning.

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Banana Cultures: Agriculture, Consumption, and Environmental Change in Honduras and the United States

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University of Texas Press #ad - Soluri also looks at labor practices and workers' lives, changing gender roles on the banana plantations, the effects of pesticides on the Honduran environment and people, and the mass marketing of bananas to consumers in the United States. Used book in Good Condition. He then shows how rising demand led to changes in production that resulted in the formation of major agribusinesses, spawned international migrations, and transformed great swaths of the Honduran environment into monocultures susceptible to plant disease epidemics that in turn changed Central American livelihoods.

Used book in Good Condition. Ships from Vermont. Marketplace, soluri examines the tensions between the small-scale growers, who dominated the trade in the early years, and the shippers. Winner, have been linked to miss chiquita and carmen miranda, george perkins marsh award for best Book in Environmental History, 2007Bananas, American Society for Environmental History, "banana republics, the most frequently consumed fresh fruit in the United States, " and Banana Republic clothing stores—everything from exotic kitsch, to Third World dictatorships, to middle-class fashion.

Banana Cultures: Agriculture, Consumption, and Environmental Change in Honduras and the United States #ad - . W w norton Company. University of Texas Press. His multifaceted account of a century of banana production and consumption adds an important chapter to the history of Honduras, as well as to the larger history of globalization and its effects on rural peoples, local economies, and biodiversity. Harvard University Press.

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Water: A Natural History

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Basic Books #ad - Ships from Vermont. Tracking provided on most orders. It shows how human-engineered dams, canals and farms replaced nature's beaver dams, prairie dog tunnels, and buffalo wallows. Used book in Good Condition. Notes: brand new from publisher! 100% satisfaction guarantee. An environmental engineer turned ecology writer relates the history of our waterways and her own growing understanding of needs to be done to save this essential natural resource.

Water: a natural history takes us back to the diaries of the first Western explorers; it moves from the reservoir to the modern toilet, from the grasslands of the Midwest to the Everglades of Florida, through the guts of a wastewater treatment plant and out to the waterways again. Buy with confidence! Millions of books sold!

Water: A Natural History #ad - W w norton Company. Step by step, outwater makes clear what should have always been obvious: while engineering can de-pollute water, only ecologically interacting systems can create healthy waterways. Important reading for students of environmental studies, prairie dog towns that increase the amount of rainfall that percolates to the groundwater, public lands with hundreds of millions of beaver-built wetlands, and a plan that can restore them to their former glory: a land of living streams, the heart of this history is a vision of our land and waterways as they once were, and forests that feed their fallen trees to the sea.

University of Texas Press. Isbn13: 9780465037803. Harvard University Press.

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Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human

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Basic Books #ad - Condition: New. Isbn13: 9780465037803. Used book in Good Condition. Cooking became the basis for pair bonding and marriage, created the household, and even led to a sexual division of labor. Used book in Good Condition. University of Texas Press. Notes: brand new from publisher! 100% satisfaction guarantee. Tracing the contemporary implications of our ancestors' diets, intelligent, Catching Fire sheds new light on how we came to be the social, and sexual species we are today.

The groundbreaking theory of how fire and food drove the evolution of modern humansEver since Darwin and The Descent of Man, the evolution and world-wide dispersal of humans has been attributed to our intelligence and adaptability. In short, once our ancestors adapted to using fire, humanity began. Ships from Vermont.

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