Earth in Human Hands: Shaping Our Planet's Future

Earth in Human Hands Shaping Our Planet s Future For the first time in Earth s history our planet is experiencing a confluence of rapidly accelerating changes prompted by one species humans Climate change is only the most visible of the modificatio

  • Title: Earth in Human Hands: Shaping Our Planet's Future
  • Author: David Grinspoon
  • ISBN: 9781455589128
  • Page: 499
  • Format: Hardcover
  • For the first time in Earth s history, our planet is experiencing a confluence of rapidly accelerating changes prompted by one species humans Climate change is only the most visible of the modifications we ve made up until this point, inadvertently to the planet And our current behavior threatens not only our own future but that of countless other creatures By comparinFor the first time in Earth s history, our planet is experiencing a confluence of rapidly accelerating changes prompted by one species humans Climate change is only the most visible of the modifications we ve made up until this point, inadvertently to the planet And our current behavior threatens not only our own future but that of countless other creatures By comparing Earth s story to those of other planets, astrobiologist David Grinspoon shows what a strange and novel development it is for a species to evolve to build machines, and ultimately, global societies with world shaping influence.Without minimizing the challenges of the next century, Grinspoon suggests that our present moment is not only one of peril, but also great potential, especially when viewed from a 10,000 year perspective Our species has surmounted the threat of extinction before, thanks to our innate ingenuity and ability to adapt, and there s every reason to believe we can do so again.Our challenge now is to awaken to our role as a force of planetary change, and to grow into this task We must become graceful planetary engineers, conscious shapers of our environment and caretakers of Earth s biosphere This is a perspective that begs us to ask not just what future do we want to avoid, but what do we seek to build What kind of world do we want Are humans the worst thing or the best thing to ever happen to our planet Today we stand at a pivotal juncture, and the answer will depend on the choices we make.

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    1. Are you scared that Earth is screwed? Do you feel helpless and sad about it? As a parent, my approach has been mostly wistful and grasping. “Let’s go see Florida before it’s gone!” “Let’s go see the Great Barrier Reef before it’s gone!”I have long wished that someone who knows what’s going on would explain the whole situation to me, and now I have gotten that gift.Grinspoon is an astrobiologist, which means that he studies life, and the possibility of life, on other planets. Si [...]

    2. David Grinspoon, astrobiologist and Senior Scientist, Planetary Science Institute, is the author of two well-known books, Venus Revealed and Lonely Planets: The Natural Philosophy of Alien Life. His latest book that came out in 2016, Earth in Human Hands: Shaping Our Planet's Future offers some interesting thoughts. Milankovič cycles were first described by a Serbian geophysicist and astronomer Milutin Milanković in the 1920s. These periods are due to the eccentricity of the planetary orbit, [...]

    3. This is an important and enjoyable read that will entertain and inform. Grinspoon is one of those authors who knows how to engage and provoke the scientific community while not leaving the rest of us behind. He writes with urgency and deep intellectual fluency. And without placing blame, he guides us to understand the most important issue of our our modern day; preserving our earth. With a flare for communicating sophisticated scientific interplanetary investigations, he guides us through the ne [...]

    4. There has been a lot of buzz in academic circles in recent years about a new epoch that the planet is entering called the "Anthropocene" dominated by the human impact on geology, climate, and biodiversity. Epochs are time periods that typically last a few million years, and there have been dozens and dozens of them. Above epochs are periods, above periods are eras, and above eras are 4 big eons, each lasting hundreds of millions of years. David Grinspoon says we are entering not just a new epoch [...]

    5. Are you scared that Earth is screwed? Do you feel helpless and sad about it? As a parent, my approach has been mostly wistful and grasping. “Let’s go see Florida before it’s gone!” “Let’s go see the Great Barrier Reef before it’s gone!”I have long wished that someone who knows what’s going on would explain the whole situation to me, and now I have gotten that gift.Grinspoon is an astrobiologist, which means that he studies life, and the possibility of life, on other planets. Si [...]

    6. Thanks to and the publisher for a free copy of Earth in Human Hands!I picked up this book expecting somthing grim and instead, I finished it with a sense of optimism about the future and the ingenuity of humanity. This is a compelling look at how humans are affecting the planet that we live on. But more than that, it's a look at our place in the universe -- the author does a phenomenal job of "zooming out" and putting our existence in the context of, well, the vastness of space.From pollution t [...]

    7. Wanted to love it, but found myself identifying whole paragraphs and sections that presented only a slight recast of earlier ideas. Would have been great less about 100 pages.

    8. I saw Grinspoon at The Conference of World Affairs earlier this year. He rambled a lot, mostly about things I like. I bought his book to see if his written thoughts were more organized than his speaking style. There were so many things to like about this book, but I got really bogged down and would have preferred two or three smaller books to this long one. I was hoping that this would be a good place to begin reading about climate change, but it didn't really go too deeply into that.Grinspoon i [...]

    9. I was provided a copy from NetGalley for an honest review. I'm torn over this book. There were some great elements. The content is relevant and important, the writing is well-researched, engaging, and informative, and the message is clear: We need to figure out how we're going to drive the run-away vehicle Earth before we crash into whatever's in front of us. There were also some not-so-great elements. This book is written for the non-technical person. As someone who work in a very technical fie [...]

    10. There is an awful lot to be learned from reading this book, and while I know the author, and would have read it in any case, I am highly recommending it to people who have not read it.The thing that I like most about it is something that is also true of the author in general. It is optimistic. The evidence for climate change is overwhelming and long standing. It goes back literally a century or more. So he doesn't engage with those who want to go down that rabbit hole. It is all about how to add [...]

    11. An interesting discourse on whether the human species can transcend our usual diverse squabbling in order to address controlling the planet's environment, to address the climate change crisis and the impact of our growing population. Grinspoon is a bit too fond of long discourses on scientific developments, and is a bit repetitious. This gave a good perspective on the current work in the field, and how explorations in astronomy and physics are informing our views of changes in our own Earth.

    12. This book required me to take my time. I appreciate the positive approach he has taken to climate change and I loved the perspective. This is worth the time and effort. He managed to cone several topics that I'm passionate about into a single experience and I'm so glad I own this book.

    13. I listened to David's book on the drive back and forth to work which he reads himself. I enjoyed it since David is an outstanding scientist, a great friend, and has some pretty spectacular things happen to him which he folds in as part of the history of planetary science. I love the history too!

    14. While more than a little rambling at times, I did like the author's take on the future and how humanity would need to adapt for it. I didn't always agree, but he defended his ideas very well.

    15. It is a good balance of understanding the urgency of caring for the Earth that we have and optimism that it is possible to think globally and push into what he referenced has planetary changes of a fourth kind, the idea that we change the planet for the better with intent. He pushes more for playing the long game for generations down the road.

    16. Are you scared that Earth is screwed? Do you feel helpless and sad about it? As a parent, my approach has been mostly wistful and grasping. “Let’s go see Florida before it’s gone!” “Let’s go see the Great Barrier Reef before it’s gone!”I have long wished that someone who knows what’s going on would explain the whole situation to me, and now I have gotten that gift.Grinspoon is an astrobiologist, which means that he studies life, and the possibility of life, on other planets. Si [...]

    17. The positive tone of this book takes it from 4 stars to 5. It ends with a Star Trek like optimistic view of the future. Humans are accountable. We can responsibly shape the future of the earth. We can make a difference. That's a beautiful message that needs to reverberate far and wide. The book is scientifically and intellectually presented. We go from the science explaining the beginning of the earth and ends with a hopeful outlook for our future. I enjoyed the anecdotes the author shared of hi [...]

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