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‘Climate Fire and Human Evolution’ With best wishes Andrew 18-10-2015 Reviews…
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‘Climate Fire and Human Evolution’ With best wishesAndrew18-10-2015   Reviews Will Steffen, Australian National University”This is a most innovative and challenging book. One of its most interesting features is the explicit use of the stratigraphic record  – the timeline of Earth History – to trace (or infer) the evolution of life on the planet (and not just human evolution). The co-evolution of life and the geosphere is fascinating. It certainly gave rise to the inter-discipline of biogeochemistry (the great element cycles of the planet), which in turn has become a key component of Earth System science. Importantly, this book uses the frame of Earth System science throughout, and shows the close nexus between the long-term geological record and Earth System science in its broadest sense.” Lesley Hughes, Macquarie University “Andrew Glikson and Colin Groves’ new book “Climate, Fire, and Human Evolution” traces the fascinating and complex history of the Earth over the past 4 billion years. It explores the fundamental context of the Earth’s climate system, the cycles of carbon, oxygen and nitrogen, and the crucial role of fire, to provide the critical baseline for our understanding of how a single species, Homo sapiens, has changed the atmosphere, oceans and biosphere. The fate of our species, and all the others with which the share this planet, is now in peril from the unintended consequences of our development, and especially our use of energy. I commend this scholarly yet readable work as a vital reference for understanding our past and present, and hopefully, for saving our future.”Victor Gostin, University of Adelaide:”This masterful and overarching book could only have been written by geoscientists that had delved into both the earliest evidence preserved on Earth and into the youngest perturbations of our human-overwhelmed biosphere. Beginning with the earliest Earth systems, the crucial presence of liquid water and the dawn of simple life, the book traces the explosions of Phanerozoic life, interrupted only by several mass extinctions. And so, genetic evolution leads to the cultural evolution of humanity involving the iconic mastery of fire, the agricultural revolution and the explosion of human populations. The accelerating effects of human activities on the ecology and therefore on human health have become the focus of our modern world: the Anthropocene. Finally, this book tackles the perennial question, “Are we alone in this Universe” that involves the evolution of intelligence in the context of randomness or chaos.  Congratulations to both authors.”

Hugh Davies, University of Papua New Guinea:”This book is about the Earth, how its systems work, how it has evolved and where it may be heading. ”
“The writing is clear and the sources of information are well documented, making this an excellent resource book for anyone who seeks a clear picture of the evolution of life on Planet Earth, and the forces that control our climate now, and have controlled our climate in the past. The book closes with consideration of the future and some philosophical words about human nature, the present situation, how it developed and how we have responded.”

Colin L. Soskolne, University of Alberta “With the continuing accumulation of CO2 in the upper atmosphere now exceeding the 400 ppm worrisome barrier with no sign of a diminishing trend, Andrew Glikson’s extended edition provides a timely and perhaps final alarm. It includes an anthropological dimension by Colin Groves that better contextualizes his message of grave concern and places it ever more firmly where it belongs: on the shoulders of those people who are complicit in promoting, directly and indirectly, the demise of life on Earth.” Dr Andrew GliksonEarth and Paleo-climate scienceANU School of Anthropology and ArchaeologyANU Climate Change InstituteANU Planetary Science Institute Honorary Associate Professor, Geothermal Energy Centre of Excellence, University of QueenslandE-mails.; Ph/fax 02 6296 3853; Mobile 0439085833; P.O. Box 3698 Weston A.C.T. 2611
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