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Earth in Human Hands: Shaping Our Planet's Future (2016 original; edició 2016)

de David Grinspoon (Autor)

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For the first time in Earth's history, our planet is experiencing a confluence of rapidly accelerating changes prompted by one species: humans. Climate change is only the most visible of the modifications we've made--up until this point, inadvertently--to the planet. And our current behavior threatens not only our own future but that of countless other creatures. By comparing Earth's story to those of other planets, astrobiologist David Grinspoon shows what a strange and novel development it is for a species to evolve to build machines, and ultimately, global societies with world-shaping influence. Without minimizing the challenges of the next century, Grinspoon suggests that our present moment is not only one of peril, but also great potential, especially when viewed from a 10,000-year perspective. Our species has surmounted the threat of extinction before, thanks to our innate ingenuity and ability to adapt, and there's every reason to believe we can do so again. Our challenge now is to awaken to our role as a force of planetary change, and to grow into this task. We must become graceful planetary engineers, conscious shapers of our environment and caretakers of Earth's biosphere. This is a perspective that begs us to ask not just what future do we want to avoid, but what do we seek to build? What kind of world do we want? Are humans the worst thing or the best thing to ever happen to our planet? Today we stand at a pivotal juncture, and the answer will depend on the choices we make.… (més)
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Títol:Earth in Human Hands: Shaping Our Planet's Future
Autors:David Grinspoon (Autor)
Informació:Grand Central Publishing (2016), Edition: Illustrated, 544 pages
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Earth in Human Hands: Shaping Our Planet's Future de David Grinspoon (2016)

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I picked up this book expecting somthing grim... and instead, I finished it with a sense of optimism about the future and the ingenuity of humanity. This is a compelling look at how humans are affecting the planet that we live on. But more than that, it's a look at our place in the universe -- the author does a phenomenal job of "zooming out" and putting our existence in the context of, well, the vastness of space.

From pollution to comet explosions to extraterrestrial life to robots, this book covers the wonders (and horrors) of life, our role in them, and what our future could look like. Well-written, so informative, and highly recommended. ( )
  bucketofrhymes | Dec 13, 2017 |
Astrobiologist Grinspoon here concentrates his attention on Earth, a planet being affected by _Homo sapiens_ in a way that has so far been anything but sapient. He accepts as useful and scientific the concepts of Gaia and the Anthropocene epoch (and even a Sapiezoic Eon). He is cautious about geoengineering, prefers restrained ecomodernism to traditional conservationism, and approves of SETI but is cautious about active SETI. I wonder if his insistent optimism about Earth's future would have been lessened by foreknowledge of Donald Trump's perniciously retrogressive policies on energy and climate.
  fpagan | May 19, 2017 |
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For the first time in Earth's history, our planet is experiencing a confluence of rapidly accelerating changes prompted by one species: humans. Climate change is only the most visible of the modifications we've made--up until this point, inadvertently--to the planet. And our current behavior threatens not only our own future but that of countless other creatures. By comparing Earth's story to those of other planets, astrobiologist David Grinspoon shows what a strange and novel development it is for a species to evolve to build machines, and ultimately, global societies with world-shaping influence. Without minimizing the challenges of the next century, Grinspoon suggests that our present moment is not only one of peril, but also great potential, especially when viewed from a 10,000-year perspective. Our species has surmounted the threat of extinction before, thanks to our innate ingenuity and ability to adapt, and there's every reason to believe we can do so again. Our challenge now is to awaken to our role as a force of planetary change, and to grow into this task. We must become graceful planetary engineers, conscious shapers of our environment and caretakers of Earth's biosphere. This is a perspective that begs us to ask not just what future do we want to avoid, but what do we seek to build? What kind of world do we want? Are humans the worst thing or the best thing to ever happen to our planet? Today we stand at a pivotal juncture, and the answer will depend on the choices we make.

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