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When humanity first glimpsed planet Earth from space - the unity of the system that supports humankind entered the popular consciousness. The concept of the Earths atmosphere - biosphere - oceans - soil - and rocks operating as a closely interacting system has rapidly gained ground in science. This new field - involving geographers - geologists - biologists - oceanographers - and atmospheric physicists - is known as Earth System Science. In this Very Short Introduction - Tim Lenton considers how a world in which humans could evolve was created; 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 - Lenton asks whether Earth System Science can help guide us onto a sustainable course before we alter the Earth system to the point where we destroy ourselves and our current civilisation. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly.Our expert authors combine facts - analysis - perspective - new ideas - and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.... Please click here to ask a question
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