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Numerous books discuss climate change, but in this intelligent, fascinating and terrifying new analysis, David Biello, contributing editor for Scientific American and TED’s science curator, examines what it means to live in a world that human forces have transformed. He explores how people are trying to coexist with an environment they have permanently, fundamentally changed. Biello examines the ways humans generate energy, pollute the environment, change the climate, and attempt to deal with changes beyond their understanding and, possibly, beyond redemption. He vividly describes attempts to geoengineer Earth, even as people fail to understand the damage their actions have done to the planet. getAbstract recommends this groundbreaking overview to those interested in climate change, the future or how massive change affects society. Read it to prepare for life on a planet humans have irrevocably transformed.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How humanity has changed the world’s environment,
  • What that change means and
  • How people are adapting to living in a transformed world.
 

About the Author

David Biello, a Scientific American contributing editor, is TED’s science curator.

 

Summary

Changing the Earth

When astronauts first saw the Earth from space, it changed how they thought of the planet. The photograph of this view helped fuel the emerging “environmental movement.” This shift in perspective brought forward a new idea: Instead of being subject to natural forces, humanity is now a “world-changing force of nature.”


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