Apocalyptic Planet

Apocalyptic Planet

Field Guide to the Everending Earth

Book - 2012
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A commentator for NPR's Morning Edition discusses the planet's inherent instability and susceptibility toward violent natural disasters and climate extremes, challenging beliefs about apocalyptic inevitabilities while revealing how to change humanity's place within the planet's cycles.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780307379092
Characteristics: xvii, 343 p. ; 25 cm.

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Jul 29, 2018

Lyrical, almost poetic, writing takes the sting out of what could be a thoroughly depressing subject. Couple that with the total insanity of some of the exploits described and this book becomes irresistible.

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Feb 07, 2013

I really enjoyed this. It was interesting, engaging, and brought the science to a human level.

ChristchurchLib Dec 18, 2012

With five mass extinctions under its belt and a sixth currently underway, Earth is no stranger to disaster. Travelling the world in search of the planet's most extreme environments, science writer Craig Childs explores the planet's dynamic past -- e.g. the ancient watering hole that is now Mexico's Sonoran desert, the once ice-free plain now submerged beneath the Bering Sea -- in order to catch a glimpse of its future. However, unlike previous apocalyptic events, the latest is human-made, according to Childs, who visits such diverse locales as Northern Patagonia, where the world's last nonpolar glaciers are retreating in the face of climate change, and Iowa, whose biodiversity has been replaced, via genetically modified corn, by a monoculture where wildlife can no longer survive.

Nature and Science newsletter December 2012
http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=581853

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