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Facing the Anthropocene: Fossil Capitalism and the Crisis of the Earth System

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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 ...more
Paperback, 280 pages
Published July 1st 2016 by Monthly Review Press
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Kevin
Essential synthesis of the climate crisis (especially drawing from the past 20 years of Earth System science) + the political economy that drives it (global capitalism):

The Brilliant:
--I love systems-level analysis and multi-disciplinary synthesis, as opposed to division-of-labor compartmentalization and reductionism; we are so conditioned to neglect the big picture.

The Great Acceleration from Holocene to Anthropocene:
--A crucial aspect of the big picture (Earth System) of the climate crisis is
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Martin Empson
Jun 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
By starting with the science and linking it to a Marxist understanding of capitalism and society's metabolic interaction with nature, Ian Angus has written an important book that will help to strengthen and develop the left's understanding of these issues. It ought to be widely read.

Full review: http://resolutereader.blogspot.co.uk/...
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Joe
Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Does an excellent job at presenting the evidence of anthropogenic climate change and how capitalism has lead us to the brink of existential disaster. By the end of I was so convinced of the pressing need for societal change that I was hoping for some concrete proposals rather than a discussion of the nature of the movement needed to enact change but I guess that is a topic for elsewhere.
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Apr 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Síntese excepcional da ciência e da economia política do Antropoceno.
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Excellent
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Excellent!
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A good overview of how we got to where we are with climate change, and what can be done.
Blair Emsick
Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very accessible and covers a lot of ground but Angus ain’t really saying anything new here😬😬
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Deeply informative. What we know deep down but are too scared to believe. Feeling helpless in an ignorant world going mad.
Rhys
Nov 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
A solid description of the anthropocene, human cumulative impacts on the planet, social justice, and an ecosocialist vision of a future that includes human civilization. It makes you wonder where the rich think they can hide.
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