Here on Earth

Here on Earth

A Natural History of the Planet

Book - 2011
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We stand at a crossroads, where comprehension of ourplace in nature--of our true abilities and of our history--is supremely important. We have formed a global civilizationof unprecedented might, driven forward by the powerof our minds--a civilization that is transforming our Earth. Weare masters of technology, and of comprehension, but it's whatwe believe that may, from now on, determine our fate.

Tim Flannery's first major book since the #1 bestselling TheWeather Makers charts the history of life on our planet. Hereon Earth, which draws its points of departure from Darwin andWallace, Lovelock and Dawkins, is an extraordinary explorationof evolution and sustainability. Our success as a species has haddisastrous effects on many of the Earth's ecosystems and couldlead to our downfall. But equally, Flannery argues, we are nowequipped as never before to explore our true relationship withthe planet on which our biological, economic and cultural futuresdepend. Here on Earth is not just a dazzling account of lifeon our planet. It will change the way you live.

Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins Canada, 2011.
ISBN: 9781554689811
1554689813
Characteristics: xviii, 316 p., [8] p. of plates :,ill. ;,24 cm.

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Jul 21, 2016

What a truly amazing book. Rarely have I encountered a book such as this that is capable of teaching me so many things new, Many things I had never thought of before. And then Flannery stitches all these new ideas together in a totally readable, enjoyable book. I must admit though, that as I read some of his passages from the book, such as for example where he suggests that the cultural glue that holds our society together is based on fast food and populist entertainment. I wonder whether Flannery was writing at least some of his book with his tongue planted firmly in his cheek. Just saying!

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Hanno
May 17, 2011

I think this book is brilliant and explains our situation on this planet better than anything else I have read so far. It should be compulsary reading for all grade 12th students.
If I were Bill Gates I would spend some of my millions on this book and make it available for free for anybody who wants it

debwalker Feb 24, 2011

Flannery, a world-renowned scientist, discoverer, environmental activist and author of The Weather Makers, posits that "humans and the earth system co-evolve in ways analogous to ecosystems and bodies," a co-evolution that is key to a sustainable future.

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