The Resource Something new under the sun : an environmental history of the twentieth-century world, J.R. McNeill

Something new under the sun : an environmental history of the twentieth-century world, J.R. McNeill

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Something new under the sun : an environmental history of the twentieth-century world
Title
Something new under the sun
Title remainder
an environmental history of the twentieth-century world
Statement of responsibility
J.R. McNeill
Title variation
  • Environmental history of the twentieth-century world
  • Environmental history of the 20th century world
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"In the course of the twentieth century the human race, without intending anything of the sort, has undertaken a giant, uncontrolled experiment on the earth. In time, according to J.R. McNeill in his startling new book, the environmental dimension of twentieth-century history will overshadow the importance of events like the world wars, the rise and fall of communism, and the spread of mass literacy. Contrary to the wisdom of Ecclesiastes that "there is nothing new under the sun," McNeill sets out to show that the massive change we have wrought in our physical world has indeed created something new. To a degree unprecedented in human history, we have refashioned the earth's air, water, and soil, and the biosphere of which we are a part." "McNeill's work is a fruitful compound of history and science. McNeill infuses a substrate of ecology with a lively historical sensibility to the significance of politics, international relations, technological change, and great events. He charts and explores the breathtaking ways in which we have changed the natural world with a keen eye for character and a refreshing respect for the unforeseen in history."--Jacket
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DLC
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McNeill, John Robert
Dewey number
304.2/8/0904
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
GF13
LC item number
.M39 2000
Literary form
non fiction
NAL call number
GF13
NAL item number
.M39 2000
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
NLM call number
GF 13 M39 2000
Series statement
Global century series
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  • Human ecology
  • Nature
  • Écologie humaine
  • Homme
  • Human ecology
  • Nature
  • Milieuverandering
  • Ecology
  • Environment
  • Nature
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Something new under the sun : an environmental history of the twentieth-century world, J.R. McNeill
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 363-404) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 1. Prologue: Peculiarities of a prodigal century : Economic growth since 1500 ; Population growth since 10,000 B.C. ; Energy history since 10,000 B.C. -- pt. 1. The music of the spheres. 2. The lithosphere and pedosphere: the crust of the earth : The basics of the earth's crust ; Soil alchemy ; Soil pollution ; Earth movers -- 3. The atmosphere: urban history : The basics of the atmosphere ; Air pollution before 1900 ; Air pollution since 1900 ; Coal cities ; Smog cities ; Megacities ; Recovering cities -- 4. The atmosphere: regional and global history : Regional air pollution since 1870 ; Acid rain ; Further consequences of air pollution ; Climate change and stratospheric ozone ; Space pollution -- 5. The hydrosphere: the history of water use and water pollution : Water basics ; World water use and supply ; Urban water ; River water ; Lakes and eutrophication ; Seas and oceans -- 6. The hydrosphere: depletions, dams, and diversions : Groundwater ; Dams and diversions ; Taming floods and draining wetlands ; Coastlines -- 7. The biosphere: eat and be eaten : Microbiota: the first lords of the biosphere ; Land use and agriculture -- 8. The biosphere: forests, fish, and invasions : Forests ; Whaling and fishing ; Biological invasions ; Biodiversity and the sixth extinction
  • pt. 2. Engines of change. 9. More people, bigger cities : Population growth ; Migration ; The footprints and metabolisms of cities -- 10. Fuels, tools, and economics : Energy regimes and the environment ; Technological change and the environment ; Economic changes and the environment -- 11. Ideas and politics : Big ideas ; Environmental ideas ; International politics and war ; Enivironmental politics and policies -- 12. Epilogue: So what?
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
1 online resource (xxvi, 421 pages
Form of item
online
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations)
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1036950521
Label
Something new under the sun : an environmental history of the twentieth-century world, J.R. McNeill
Link
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 363-404) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 1. Prologue: Peculiarities of a prodigal century : Economic growth since 1500 ; Population growth since 10,000 B.C. ; Energy history since 10,000 B.C. -- pt. 1. The music of the spheres. 2. The lithosphere and pedosphere: the crust of the earth : The basics of the earth's crust ; Soil alchemy ; Soil pollution ; Earth movers -- 3. The atmosphere: urban history : The basics of the atmosphere ; Air pollution before 1900 ; Air pollution since 1900 ; Coal cities ; Smog cities ; Megacities ; Recovering cities -- 4. The atmosphere: regional and global history : Regional air pollution since 1870 ; Acid rain ; Further consequences of air pollution ; Climate change and stratospheric ozone ; Space pollution -- 5. The hydrosphere: the history of water use and water pollution : Water basics ; World water use and supply ; Urban water ; River water ; Lakes and eutrophication ; Seas and oceans -- 6. The hydrosphere: depletions, dams, and diversions : Groundwater ; Dams and diversions ; Taming floods and draining wetlands ; Coastlines -- 7. The biosphere: eat and be eaten : Microbiota: the first lords of the biosphere ; Land use and agriculture -- 8. The biosphere: forests, fish, and invasions : Forests ; Whaling and fishing ; Biological invasions ; Biodiversity and the sixth extinction
  • pt. 2. Engines of change. 9. More people, bigger cities : Population growth ; Migration ; The footprints and metabolisms of cities -- 10. Fuels, tools, and economics : Energy regimes and the environment ; Technological change and the environment ; Economic changes and the environment -- 11. Ideas and politics : Big ideas ; Environmental ideas ; International politics and war ; Enivironmental politics and policies -- 12. Epilogue: So what?
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
1 online resource (xxvi, 421 pages
Form of item
online
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations)
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1036950521

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