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Author DeFries, Ruth S. author.

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

Publication Info. New York : Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group, [2014]


Location Call No. Status
 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 3rd Floor    304.2 DEF    Available
Description xii, 273 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
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"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Nature -- Effect of human beings on.
Human ecology.
Physical anthropology.
Human evolution.
Social evolution.
ISBN 9780465044979 (hbk.)
0465044972 (hbk.)

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