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

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In 2008 Mark Lynas attended a meeting of leading scientists in Sweden when it suddenly dawned on him that what was being discussed represented a revolutionary new approach to maintaining the life of, and life on, our planet. For the first time, these scientists were beginning to understand not only that there are a number of processes, or systems, that are crucial to the stability and sustainability of human life on Earth, and not only that there is a 'boundary' value for each system, a level below which the Earth can function safely, above which it will spiral into catastrophe, but also, critically, that all these systems are intimately linked to each other and can only be properly understood and managed together, not individually. Climate change is just one of these systems; the others include the nitrogen cycle, land use, ocean acidity and so on.

These scientists -- the boundaries team, as Mark calls them are suggesting that we need to move from a world of Mutually Assured Destruction of competing national interests to Mutually Assured Survival of co-operation and shared interest. THE GOD SPECIES is an incredibly important and timely next step in the debate on global warming.

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Mark Lynas is an activist, journalist and traveller. He was editor of the website www.oneworld.net and has made many appearances in the press and TV as a commentator on environmental issues. He also throws custard pies at lunatics who pronounce global warming a fantasy. He is the author of -High Tide: News from a Warming World'. He lives in Oxford.

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'Radical. Will outrage many readers' Independent 'Wonderfully sane and cogent' Guardian `Mark Lynas is one of a growing band of influential figures, along with James Lovelock, Stewart Brand and George Monbiot, who now argue that the approach of most Greens to climate change needs to change... He is wonderfully sane and cogent on difficult issues... He has written the clearest exposition so far of the choices facing us. We may wince at the book's title (it derives from Stewart Brand's remark: "We are as gods and have to get good at it"), but Lynas is not playing God, simply making a passionate pitch for good global resource management.' Peter Forbes, Guardian `An intriguing thesis and Lynas outlines it with clarity and panache' Observer `Planetary boundaries richly merit a popular treatment, and The God Species taps their potential to offer a sharply focused vision of planetary dynamics that goes beyond warming and extinctions.' Financial Times `The power of Lynas's voice comes not just from his deep research but also his authority as a campaigner' Sunday Times `This is a clear-eyed, hard-headed assessment of the ecological challenges facing us - and all the more bracing for it' Evening Standard `Before reading this book, worrying about biodiversity had seemed a chattering class luxury to me'. Independent, Book of the Week `A redemptive manifesto for humanity' New Scientist

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