The Frontiers Collection

Humans on Earth

From Origins to Possible Futures

Authors: Santos, Filipe Duarte

  • An impressive study of how we got here and what options the future holds Provides a comprehensive survey of the factors affecting earth's future A leading scientist offers persuasive discussion of mankind's role and responsibility for our planet

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About this book

This is a wide-ranging and persuasive book written by an undisputed expert. Beginning with a broad history of the Universe, Earth, Life, and Man, it considers the origins and rise of science and technology, before moving on to discuss the present state of the world and its/our possible futures. Humans on Earth then addresses the main challenges for  social and economic development in the 21st century in the context of global  change. It presents a detailed but non-technical analysis of questions relating to climate change, our dependence on fossil fuels, deforestation, loss of biodiversity, desertification, and air, water, soil, and ocean pollution, as well as problems related to overpopulation, poverty, social and economic inequalities, and conflict potential. The three main, but largely mutually exclusive, discourses on human development and the environment are described and discussed. The main emphasis is on the risks and uncertainties of the short-term future – the next 50 to 100 years – with regard to environmental degradation and the sustainability of our growth paradigm.

 

 "... a sweeping, thoughtful view of the role of humans in shaping our modern world."
Paul Epstein, Center for Health and the Global Environment, Harvard Medical School

About the authors

    Filipe Duarte Santos is professor of physics and environmental sciences at the University of Lisbon. He has been visiting professor or visiting researcher at the universities of Oxford, Surrey, Munich (LMU), Vrije (Amsterdam), North Carolina (Chapel Hill), Wisconsin (Madison), and Indiana, among others. He is presently review editor of the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report, Vice-Chair of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space in 2008-2009 and elected for 2012-2013, and Director of the Ibero-American Program CYTED for Science, Technology, and Development in the field of Sustainable Development, Ecosystems, and Global Change.

Reviews

From the reviews:

"Professor Filipe Duarte Santos, a physicist and scholar of environmental sciences at the University of Lisbon, provides a sweeping, thoughtful view of the role of humans in shaping our modern world. Beginning with a short history of the universe, he crafts an easily accessible narrative, weaving together an exploration of the laws of physics, an examination of human evolution, and an illuminating discussion of the roles played by art, religion, science, and technology."

From the Foreword by Paul Epstein, Center for Health and the Global Environment, Harvard Medical School

“In Humans on Earth, Santos … begins with an exploration of the past to look at future risks, uncertainties, and challenges for Homo sapiens. … The entire book is an overview that briefly touches on many themes, ranging from Hinduism and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to biodiversity and anthropogenic change, to describe human evolution. … Summing Up: Recommended. Lower- and upper-division undergraduates and general readers.” (W. K. Bauchspies, Choice, Vol. 49 (11), July, 2012)


Table of contents (3 chapters)

  • A Very Brief History of the Universe, Earth, and Life

    Filipe Duarte Santos

    Pages 41-119

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  • The Contemporary Situation

    Filipe Duarte Santos

    Pages 121-264

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  • Human Development and Environmental Discourses

    Filipe Duarte Santos

    Pages 297-338

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Hardcover 52,70 €
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Softcover 52,70 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-642-27126-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Humans on Earth
Book Subtitle
From Origins to Possible Futures
Authors
Series Title
The Frontiers Collection
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-05360-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-05360-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-642-05359-7
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-27126-7
Series ISSN
1612-3018
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 410
Topics