Stock Image

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

McNeill, J. R., Engelke, Peter

33 ratings by Goodreads
ISBN 10: 0674545036 / ISBN 13: 9780674545038
Published by Belknap Press: An Imprint of H, 2016
Used Condition: Very Good Soft cover
From Murray Media (North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)

AbeBooks Seller Since September 26, 2013

Quantity Available: 2

Buy Used
Price: US$ 46.91 Convert Currency
Shipping: Free Within U.S.A. Destination, rates & speeds
Add to basket

30 Day Return Policy

About this Item

Great condition with minimal wear, aging, or shelf wear. Bookseller Inventory # P020674545036

Ask Seller a Question

Bibliographic Details

Title: The Great Acceleration: An Environmental ...

Publisher: Belknap Press: An Imprint of H

Publication Date: 2016

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Very Good

About this title

Synopsis:

The Earth has entered a new age―the Anthropocene―in which humans are the most powerful influence on global ecology. Since the mid-twentieth century, the accelerating pace of energy use, greenhouse gas emissions, and population growth has thrust the planet into a massive uncontrolled experiment. The Great Acceleration explains its causes and consequences, highlighting the role of energy systems, as well as trends in climate change, urbanization, and environmentalism.

More than any other factor, human dependence on fossil fuels inaugurated the Anthropocene. 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. When oil entered the picture, coal and oil soon accounted for seventy-five percent of human energy use. 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 period from 1945 to the present represents the most anomalous period in the history of humanity’s relationship with the biosphere. 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. So far, humans have dramatically altered the planet’s biogeochemical systems without consciously managing them. If we try to control these systems through geoengineering, we will inaugurate another stage of the Anthropocene. Where it might lead, no one can say for sure.

About the Author:

J. R. McNeill is University Professor in the Department of History and School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Store Description

Visit Seller's Storefront

Terms of Sale:

We guarantee the condition of every book as it's described on the Abebooks web sites. If you're dissatisfied with your purchase (Incorrect Book/Not as Described/Damaged) or if the order hasn't arrived, you're eligible for a refund within 30 days of the estimated delivery date. If you've changed your mind about a book that you've ordered, please use the Ask bookseller a question link to contact us and we'll respond within 2 business days.


Shipping Terms:

Shipping costs are based on books weighing 2.2 LB, or 1 KG. If your book order is heavy or oversized, we may contact you to let you know extra shipping is required.

List this Seller's Books

Payment Methods
accepted by seller

Visa Mastercard American Express