"Bill Ruddiman's provocative suggestion of early human influence on the atmosphere will draw fire. But I stand with Ruddiman: the simultaneous upward departures of CO2 and CH4 from climate indicators, unique in 420,000 years, is probably an early footprint of humankind."--James Hansen, Director of NASA's Goddard Institute of Space Studies
"First came Rats, Lice and History--next, Guns, Germs, and Steel. Now we have Plows, Plagues, and Petroleum, a book sure to inspire further thinking about the nature of anthropogenic climate change. Even those who question Ruddiman's central thesis--that pre-industrial humans caused enough climate change to head off a minor glaciation--will find that it serves as a great organizing principle for a thoroughly delightful and accessible romp through the physics of climate."--Ray Pierrehumbert, Professor of Geophysical Sciences, University of Chicago
"Bill Ruddiman has long been considered one of the world's top paleoclimatologists. In Plows, Plagues, and Petroleum, he caps a career at the cutting edge with a great new scientific debate. The book makes for good reading, too. Humans have a long record of altering their climate system and are now changing the climate system like never before. What's more, we're doing it knowingly."--Jonathan T. Overpeck, Director, Institute for the Study of Planet Earth and Professor of Geosciences, University of Arizona
"Plows, Plagues, and Petroleum boldly and creatively revisits the role of humans in climate change. Progress in science requires innovation, and when dealing with science, Ruddiman is world-class. This book is certain to be controversial, but even if all the bold new ideas presented here don't survive intact, it will have substantially moved our dialogue on the Earth forward and focused a bright light on the role of humans--for better or for worse--in taking control over our planet."--Stephen H. Schneider, Melvin and Joan Lane Professor for Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies and Co-Director, Center for Environmental Science & Policy at the Stanford Institute for International Studies, Stanford University
"Bill Ruddiman, one of the giants of climate history, presents a controversial hypothesis for early human influence on Earth. Our ancestors clearly altered their environment in many ways, and Ruddiman proposes that humans even affected the composition of the atmosphere. Vigorous research is testing this new idea, and should lead to an improved understanding of the world, and of ourselves."--Richard Alley, Evan Pugh Professor of Geosciences, Pennsylvania State University, author of The Two-Mile Time Machine
"This book represents a major and welcome endeavor to bridge the gap between the sciences and history. The two are brought together to achieve a greater understanding of climate change, which seems to be of increasing importance to our species. Few persons could accomplish these goals, but Ruddiman does so, and he does it well."--David C. Smith, Professor Emeritus of History at the Climate Change Institute, University of Maine, author of H. G. Wells: Desperately Mortal
Never the less, Ruddiman has presented an intriguing hypothesis as well as produced a very well written book.
He makes a compelling case that small additional inputs of carbon dioxide and methane into the atmospheric system will eventually create large global warming effects.
What I found most interesting, however, was the adherence to scientific rigor in the debate and test of the hypothesis.
That humans started affecting climate already in stone age with early agriculture was a great insight for me. I think that W.F. Ruddiman's book is very important. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Bjarne Däcker
The science Fox claims does not exist. Full of gems to tell your uncle until he starts yelling over you at Thanksgiving.Published 4 months ago by Haley Smith
The author has his own biases and blind spots. He assumes for instance that Homo sapiens in pre civilizational formations were in some way much worse off in terms of welfare,... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Nirmalan Dhas
it is a book i got my friend for his class and i plan on reading it when i get the chance after he doesPublished 9 months ago by AJ
As a professor of geology for four decades with extensive research on the topics covered in Ruddiman's book, I was astonished that he was able to get such junk science published... Read morePublished 12 months ago by dBunny
I bought this product for school. I liked this product, it was shipped quickly and was exactly how it was described in the description.Published 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
As a scientist, I appreciate the amount attention put into this book and into this life-long study of climate change. Read morePublished on September 17, 2012 by Cake2585
WARNING: If you are a politician, tree hugger or a flack for energy polluters, ignore this book -- it is too clear, concise and logical to be of use in the current extremist... Read morePublished on August 31, 2011 by Theodore A. Rushton
This book is a classic and a one stop read to understand the big picture of climate change- not just current changes. Read morePublished on January 17, 2011 by Erle Ellis