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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Fourth Estate (GB) (July 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 000731342X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007313426
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,221,702 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Mark Lynas is an activist, journalist and traveller. He was editor of the website www.oneworld.net and has made many appearances in the press and TV as a commentator on environmental issues. He is the author of High Tide and Six Degrees.

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Bob LaVelle on August 15, 2011
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I could not put it down. The book is well researched, well organized, practical and thorough. We've made a mess by changing the chemistry of the air, soil and water. The God Species may very well show us a path to a more sustainable way of life. The book will certainly not please all the Greens all the time, but, in my view, Lynas gets it just about right. Like Lynas, in the past I've been anti-gmo, anti-nuke and so on. But after reading scientists like James Hansen, James Lovelock, and now Mr. Lynas, I'm more sure than ever that we will need whatever comparatively safe energy sources are presently available to us if we are to have a chance of sustaining civilization while at the same time adapting to and mitigating the obvious and disastrous effects of climate change upon biodiversity, the weather, the oceans, and so on. Vital reading.

Where I differ from Mr. Lynas is in his idea that economic growth on a finite planet can continue indefinitely. He says, "I hope this book has shown convincingly that whilst ecological limits are real, economic limits are not." I am not convinced. To approach an eager worldwide economic community of corporate mountain top removers, frackers, and drillers who rely on pulling the natural world through their operations in order to create economic growth with the news that economic growth can go on forever is unhelpful. Mr. Lynas appropriately identifies Tim Jackson's book Prosperity Without Growth as "thoughtful." He is right, it is exceedingly thoughtful. As Mr. Jackson sensibly asserts, '"...a continually expanding subsystem of a finite system carries within it the seeds of its own demise. An ever expanding economy divided into a finite planet does not compute. It's as simple as that." Mr.
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10 of 15 people found the following review helpful By James Euclid on July 19, 2011
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Mark Lynas' latest book has converted me to the power of logic in tackling humanity's greatest chaalenge for survival. Some of his conclusions are painful to digest but when compared with the consequences of ignoring reality leaves me converted to his pragmatic survival guide for humanity
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Optimistic environmentalism. Our biggest challenges seen together and with a positive outcome. Mark Lynas is in the forefront of modern greens.
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Does the environmentalist movement conflict with the anti-GMO movement? With anti-nuclear power?
Yes, I'm afraid it does. And Mark Lynas points out exactly why.

And, this book may by the only voice for the 'other side' of the environmentalist argument.
You may disagree with him, but you can't deny the cogency of Mark's arguments. They need to be made and they just may be the solutions we're looking for.
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2 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Peter S. Mizla on April 30, 2012
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Lynas has come a long way from his 2007 book 'Six Degrees'. With C02 soaring to near 400ppm- he writes garbage like this. I guess he needed a publisher to print his trash. Well Mark your book has not sold-- good luck.
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