Facing the Anthropocene : fossil capitalism and the crisis of the Earth system / by Ian Angus.

By: Angus, Ian, 1945- [author.]
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Monthly Review Press, [2016]Copyright date: ©2016Description: 1 online resource (277 pages)Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9781583676127; 1583676120Subject(s): Nature -- Effect of human beings on | Capitalism -- Environmental aspects | Global environmental change -- Economic aspects | Global environmental change -- Social aspects | SCIENCE -- Earth Sciences -- Geography | SCIENCE -- Earth Sciences -- Geology | Capitalism -- Environmental aspects | Global environmental change -- Social aspects | Nature -- Effect of human beings onGenre/Form: Electronic books. | Electronic books. Additional physical formats: Print version:: Facing the Anthropocene.DDC classification: 551.6 LOC classification: GF75 | .A64 2016QC903 | .A54 2016ebOnline resources: Click here to access online
Contents:
PART ONE: A NO-ANALOG STATE -- 1. A Second Copernican Revolution -- 2. The Great Acceleration -- 3. When Did the Anthropocene Begin? -- 4. Tipping Points, Climate Chaos, and Planetary Boundaries -- 5. The First Near-Catastrophe -- 6. A New (and Deadly) Climate Regime -- PART TWO: FOSSIL CAPITALISM -- 7. Capital's Time vs. Nature's Time -- 8. The Making of Fossil Capitalism -- 9. War, Class Struggle, and Cheap Oil -- 10. Accelerating into the Anthropocene -- 11. We Are Not All in This Together -- PART THREE: THE ALTERNATIVE -- 12. Ecosocialism and Human Solidarity -- 13. The Movement We Need -- Appendix: Confusions and Misconceptions.
Summary: "Science tells us that a new and dangerous stage in planetary evolution has begun--the Anthropocene, a time of rising temperatures, extreme weather, rising oceans, and mass species extinctions. Humanity faces not just more pollution or warmer weather, but a crisis of the Earth System. If business as usual continues, this century will be marked by rapid deterioration of our physical, social, and economic environment. Large parts of Earth will become uninhabitable, and civilization itself will be threatened. Facing the Anthropocene shows what has caused this planetary emergency, and what we must do to meet the challenge. Bridging the gap between Earth System science and ecological Marxism, Ian Angus examines not only the latest scientific findings about the physical causes and consequences of the Anthropocene transition, but also the social and economic trends that underlie the crisis. Cogent and compellingly written, Facing the Anthropocene offers a unique synthesis of natural and social science that illustrates how capitalism's inexorable drive for growth, powered by the rapid burning of fossil fuels that took millions of years to form, has driven our world to the brink of disaster. Survival in the Anthropocene, Angus argues, requires radical social change, replacing fossil capitalism with a new, ecosocialist civilization"--Provided by publisher.
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"Science tells us that a new and dangerous stage in planetary evolution has begun--the Anthropocene, a time of rising temperatures, extreme weather, rising oceans, and mass species extinctions. Humanity faces not just more pollution or warmer weather, but a crisis of the Earth System. If business as usual continues, this century will be marked by rapid deterioration of our physical, social, and economic environment. Large parts of Earth will become uninhabitable, and civilization itself will be threatened. Facing the Anthropocene shows what has caused this planetary emergency, and what we must do to meet the challenge. Bridging the gap between Earth System science and ecological Marxism, Ian Angus examines not only the latest scientific findings about the physical causes and consequences of the Anthropocene transition, but also the social and economic trends that underlie the crisis. Cogent and compellingly written, Facing the Anthropocene offers a unique synthesis of natural and social science that illustrates how capitalism's inexorable drive for growth, powered by the rapid burning of fossil fuels that took millions of years to form, has driven our world to the brink of disaster. Survival in the Anthropocene, Angus argues, requires radical social change, replacing fossil capitalism with a new, ecosocialist civilization"--Provided by publisher.

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PART ONE: A NO-ANALOG STATE -- 1. A Second Copernican Revolution -- 2. The Great Acceleration -- 3. When Did the Anthropocene Begin? -- 4. Tipping Points, Climate Chaos, and Planetary Boundaries -- 5. The First Near-Catastrophe -- 6. A New (and Deadly) Climate Regime -- PART TWO: FOSSIL CAPITALISM -- 7. Capital's Time vs. Nature's Time -- 8. The Making of Fossil Capitalism -- 9. War, Class Struggle, and Cheap Oil -- 10. Accelerating into the Anthropocene -- 11. We Are Not All in This Together -- PART THREE: THE ALTERNATIVE -- 12. Ecosocialism and Human Solidarity -- 13. The Movement We Need -- Appendix: Confusions and Misconceptions.

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