Earth in Human Hands: Shaping Our Planet's Future

Version: Unabridged
Author: David Grinspoon
Narrator: [No Narrators Added]
Genres: Science & Technology, Animals & Nature
Publisher: Hachette Book Group
Published In: December 2016
# of Units: 16 CDs
Length: 9 hours
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Overview

NASA astrobiologist and renowned scientist Dr. David Grinspoon brings listeners an optimistic message about humanity's future in the face of climate change.For the first time in Earth's history, one species--humans--is knowingly altering our planet's evolution, exerting increasing influence, and attempting stewardship. How we handle this juncture may very well determine the fate not just of our species, but of life, and the planet. Without minimizing the challenges of the next century, Grinspoon shows how the 10,000-year view is both essential and hopeful. Having spent his career studying the ways in which planets undergo catastrophic changes, he suggests that the present moment is not only one of peril, but also great potential. We need a new vision of the future, one in which we have embraced our role as planet-shapers, and learned to use our technological skills to enhance the survival prospects not just of humanity but of all life on Earth.

Author Details

Author Details

Grinspoon, David

David Grinspoon is principal scientist in the Department of Space Studies at the South-west Research Institute, and adjunct professor of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences at the University of Colorado. His previous book, Venus Revealed, was a Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist. An adviser for NASA on space exploration strategy, he lectures widely and has appeared on numerous television and radio programs. His writing has appeared in Astronomy, Nature, Science, Scientific American, Natural History, and The Sciences. He maintains the Funky Science Web site at www.funkyscience.net.