[Read Online] Facing the Anthropocene: Fossil Capitalism and the Crisis of the Earth SystemAuthor Ian Angus – Carcier.co

very educational my family loved it This short 232 page , accessible book makes a unique contribution among all the books now written on climate change and the ecological crisis Ian Angus summarizes for a popular audience the developments leading to the designation of our time by leading earth scientists as the Anthropocene, a new geological epoch shaped by the destructive actions of human society.Paul Crutzen, the atmospheric chemist who won a Nobel Prize for his work identifying the hole in the ozone layer and its cause, coined the term Anthropocene in 2000, and it rapidly spread It has now been recommended to the International Geological Congress and is pending official adoption.The work leading to this new scientific periodization was carried out by earth scientists in the IGBP the International Geosphere Biosphere Program , formed in 1986 by the International Council of Scientific Unions, and published in 2004 asGlobal Change and the Earth System, edited by Steffen et al, published by Springer.The first section of the book, A No Analog State, summarizes the earth science in a concise and gripping fashion, making clear that the placid, stable period of the Holocene, which made the growth of the human population and the rise of human civilization possible, has now come to an end There will be no new Ice Age the massive CO2 emissions since WWII make that impossible There will be only global warming and potentially catastrophic climate change unless we reverse course.The final piece of the analysis of the Anthropocene is to date its beginning Some have argued for an early date corresponding to the start of capitalism, but Angus conveys the earth scientists conclusion that it was in fact the Great Acceleration after World War Two that clearly marks the beginning of the Anthropocene.The second section of the book, Fossil Capitalism, documents the Great Acceleration in the U.S and then elsewhere, the development of an automobile centered, fossil fuel driven capitalist society, and a massive, oil driven military used to assert control of the globe.The last section of the book, The Alternative, is inevitably the weakest Angus argues for ecosocialism, but of course no one knows exactly what that is or how to create it starting from our current doomed society Angus, along with John Bellamy Foster of Monthly Review Press, advocates a Marxism with an ecological component that was overlooked by most Marxists until recently and that would avoid the ecological disaster of the Soviet Union.Clearly, based on the alarming conclusions of earth science, radical change is urgently required, and we need to act against the Fossil Fuel Industry and fossil capitalism while we debate the contours of the new ecological society A book for our age for this interested in understanding the political and economic crisis of this modern day. thank you Very worthwhile read Lots of important information presented in an engaging way. It is the best book I ve read regarding the threats of global warming and the history of the movements that have identified the dangers It is wonderfully understandable, especially considering there are many references to organizations and scientific factors Everyone in the world should be aware of everything covered in this book, and I can t think of a thorough and understandable reference. Ought to be required reading for every high school junior in the country before they get slammed by last century thinking on the street. Science tells us that a new and dangerous stage in planetary evolution has begunthe Anthropocene, a time of rising temperatures, extreme weather, rising oceans, and mass species extinctions Humanity faces not just pollution or warmer weather, but a crisis of the Earth System If business as usual continues, this century will be marked by rapid deterioration of our physical, social, and economic environment Large parts of Earth will become uninhabitable, and civilization itself will be threatened Facing the Anthropocene shows what has caused this planetary emergency, and what we must do to meet the challengeBridging the gap between Earth System science and ecological Marxism, Ian Angus examines not only the latest scientific findings about the physical causes and consequences of the Anthropocene transition, but also the social and economic trends that underlie the crisis Cogent and compellingly written, Facing the Anthropocene offers a unique synthesis of natural and social science that illustrates how capitalism s inexorable drive for growth, powered by the rapid burning of fossil fuels that took millions of years to form, has driven our world to the brink of disaster Survival in the Anthropocene, Angus argues, requires radical social change, replacing fossil capitalism with a new, ecosocialist civilization I had the general feeling that capitalism was one of the basiccauses for the climate disaster, but not clear as to the mechanisms.This book made the process and reasons for greed at the expenseof life on this planet clear and understandable Well written, highlyadvised. 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