Wednesday, February 01, 2012
New at ORI Library: the God species: how the planet can survive the age of humans
In this book, the author, Mark Lynas posits that although we humans are God species, paradoxically, we are both creators and destroyers of life. The author explains that there are nine planetary boundaries that humanity must not cross if Earth is to continue to support life and our civilisation. Although climate change is one, others like ocean acidification, nitogen use and biodiversity loss-are less known although crucial. His response to these challenges is that we must use our technological mastery over nature to save the planet from ourselves.