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The Resource The big ratchet : how humanity thrives in the face of natural crisis : a biography of an ingenious species, Ruth DeFries

The big ratchet : how humanity thrives in the face of natural crisis : a biography of an ingenious species, Ruth DeFries

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The big ratchet : how humanity thrives in the face of natural crisis : a biography of an ingenious species
Title
The big ratchet
Title remainder
how humanity thrives in the face of natural crisis : a biography of an ingenious species
Statement of responsibility
Ruth DeFries
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Our species' pervasive presence on the planet is the combined result of two powerful forces: earth's rich natural endowments and humanity's ability to manipulate nature. From our ability to control fire to our expertise in breeding palatable plants, from our capacity to ship fertilizer across the Atlantic to our skill in selectively tinkering with plant genomes, DeFries describes the ingenious manipulations of nature that have enabled humankind to nourish and flourish. Throughout history humans have been able to ratchet up populations, survive the hatchets that threaten the species, and pivot to a new strategy for survival"--
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DeFries, Ruth S
Dewey number
304.2
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
GF75
LC item number
.D44 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Nature
  • Human ecology
  • Physical anthropology
  • Human evolution
  • Social evolution
  • Survival
  • SCIENCE
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • Human ecology
  • Human evolution
  • Nature
  • Physical anthropology
  • Social evolution
  • Survival
Label
The big ratchet : how humanity thrives in the face of natural crisis : a biography of an ingenious species, Ruth DeFries
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references 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
A bird's-eye view -- Planetary beginnings -- Enter human ingenuity -- Conundrums of settled life -- Ratchets from afar -- Smash open the bottlenecks -- Monocultures march across the midwest -- Competition for the bounty -- The revolution goes global -- Farmer to urbanite
Control code
ocn883747822
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xii, 273 pages
Isbn
9780465044979
Lccn
2014017777
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)883747822
  • (Sirsi) a1835068
Label
The big ratchet : how humanity thrives in the face of natural crisis : a biography of an ingenious species, Ruth DeFries
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references 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
A bird's-eye view -- Planetary beginnings -- Enter human ingenuity -- Conundrums of settled life -- Ratchets from afar -- Smash open the bottlenecks -- Monocultures march across the midwest -- Competition for the bounty -- The revolution goes global -- Farmer to urbanite
Control code
ocn883747822
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xii, 273 pages
Isbn
9780465044979
Lccn
2014017777
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)883747822
  • (Sirsi) a1835068

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