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Earth System Science

Tim Lenton

Published in print February 2016 | ISBN: 9780198718871
Published online February 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780191788338 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/actrade/9780198718871.001.0001

Series: Very Short Introductions

Earth System Science

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The concept of the Earth’s atmosphere, biosphere, oceans, soil, and rocks operating as a closely interacting system has rapidly gained ground in science. Earth System Science: A Very Short Introduction considers how a world in which humans could evolve arose; how, as a species, we are now reshaping that world; and what a sustainable future for humanity within the Earth system might look like. Drawing on elements of geology, biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics, it asks whether Earth system science can help guide us on to a sustainable course before we alter the Earth system to the point where we destroy ourselves and our current civilization.

Keywords: biosphere; boreal forest; carbon dioxide; climate change; climate sensitivity; Earth System Science; Gaia hypothesis; geology; greenhouse effect; snowball Earth; solar energy

Book.  168 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Earth Sciences and Geography

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Recycling in Earth System Science

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Regulation in Earth System Science

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Revolutions in Earth System Science

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