Plows, Plagues, and Petroleum: How Humans Took Control of Climate
The impact on climate from 200 years of industrial development is an everyday fact of life, but did humankind's active involvement in climate change really begin with the industrial revolution, as commonly believed? William Ruddiman's provocative new book argues that humans have actually been changing the climate for some 8,000 years--as a result of the earlier discovery of agriculture.
The "Ruddiman Hypothesis" will spark intense debate. We learn that the impact of farming on greenhouse-gas levels, thousands of years before the industrial revolution, kept our planet notably warmer than if natural climate cycles had prevailed--quite possibly forestalling a new ice age.
Eminently readable and far-reaching in argument, Plows, Plagues, and Petroleum shows us that even as civilization developed, we were already changing the climate in which we lived.
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Review: Plows, Plagues, and Petroleum: How Humans Took Control of ClimateUser Review - Liubov - Goodreads
Really interesting work about climate history. It shows quite fascinating perspective on antropogenic influence of climate change. I would recommend this book to everyone. Read full review
Review: Plows, Plagues, and Petroleum: How Humans Took Control of ClimateUser Review - Noel Sander - Goodreads
Be weary of this book. Ruddiman assumes a high degree of knowledge about historical climate change. It was a hard book to get through, but it was quite fascinating. Read full review