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Plows, plagues, and petroleum : how humans took control of climate, William F. Ruddiman

Label
Plows, plagues, and petroleum : how humans took control of climate
Title
Plows, plagues, and petroleum
Title remainder
how humans took control of climate
Statement of responsibility
William F. Ruddiman
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The impact on climate from 200 years of industrial development is an everyday fact of life, but did humankind's active involvement in climate change really begin with the industrial revolution, as commonly believed? William Ruddiman's provocative new book argues that humans have actually been changing the climate for some 8,000 years--as a result of the earlier discovery of agriculture. The "Ruddiman Hypothesis" will spark intense debate. We learn that the impact of farming on greenhouse-gas levels, thousands of years before the industrial revolution, kept our planet notably warmer than if natural climate cycles had prevailed--quite possibly forestalling a new ice age. Plows, Plagues, and Petroleum is the first book to trace the full historical sweep of human interaction with Earth's climate. Ruddiman takes us through three broad stages of human history: when nature was in control; when humans began to take control, discovering agriculture and affecting climate through carbon dioxide and methane emissions; and, finally, the more recent human impact on climate change. Along the way he raises the fascinating possibility that plagues, by depleting human populations, also affected reforestation and thus climate--as suggested by dips in greenhouse gases when major pandemics have occurred. The book concludes by looking to the future and critiquing the impact of special interest money on the global warming debate. Eminently readable and far-reaching in argument, Plows, Plagues, and Petroleum shows us that even as civilization developed, we were already changing the climate in which we lived
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NLE
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1943-
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Ruddiman, W. F.
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Princeton science library
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  • Climatic changes
  • Global temperature changes
  • Greenhouse effect, Atmospheric
  • TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING
  • SCIENCE
  • Climatic changes
  • Global temperature changes
  • Greenhouse effect, Atmospheric
  • Klimaatveranderingen
  • Menselijke invloed
  • Landbouw
  • Ziekten
  • Industriële revolutie
  • Klimaänderung
  • Treibhauseffekt
  • Industriële revolutie
  • Klimaatveranderingen
  • Landbouw
  • Menselijke invloed
  • Ziekten
Target audience
specialized
Label
Plows, plagues, and petroleum : how humans took control of climate, William F. Ruddiman
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Previous edition: 2005
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
pt. 1. What has controlled earth's climate? -- pt. 2. Nature in control -- pt. 3. Humans begin to take control -- pt. 4. Disease enters the picture -- pt. 5. Humans in control
Control code
ocn860422983
Edition
  • New ed. /
  • with a new afterword by the author
Extent
1 online resource (xiv, 226 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781400834730
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other control number
9786612579516
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)860422983
Label
Plows, plagues, and petroleum : how humans took control of climate, William F. Ruddiman
Publication
Note
Previous edition: 2005
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
pt. 1. What has controlled earth's climate? -- pt. 2. Nature in control -- pt. 3. Humans begin to take control -- pt. 4. Disease enters the picture -- pt. 5. Humans in control
Control code
ocn860422983
Edition
  • New ed. /
  • with a new afterword by the author
Extent
1 online resource (xiv, 226 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781400834730
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other control number
9786612579516
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)860422983

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