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'Radical. Will outrage many readers' Independent 'Wonderfully sane and cogent' Guardian 'Mark Lynas is one of a growing band of influential figures, along with James Lovelock, Stewart Brand and George Monbiot, who now argue that the approach of most Greens to climate change needs to change... He is wonderfully sane and cogent on difficult issues... He has written the clearest exposition so far of the choices facing us. We may wince at the book's title (it derives from Stewart Brand's remark: "We are as gods and have to get good at it"), but Lynas is not playing God, simply making a passionate pitch for good global resource management.' Peter Forbes, Guardian 'An intriguing thesis and Lynas outlines it with clarity and panache' Observer 'Planetary boundaries richly merit a popular treatment, and The God Species taps their potential to offer a sharply focused vision of planetary dynamics that goes beyond warming and extinctions.' Financial Times 'The power of Lynas's voice comes not just from his deep research but also his authority as a campaigner' Sunday Times 'This is a clear-eyed, hard-headed assessment of the ecological challenges facing us - and all the more bracing for it' Evening Standard 'Before reading this book, worrying about biodiversity had seemed a chattering class luxury to me'. Independent, Book of the Week 'A redemptive manifesto for humanity' New Scientist --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Fourth Estate (GB); 1st edition (July 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 000731342X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007313426
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #521,774 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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24 of 25 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Chelsea on July 24, 2013
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This is a really great book. I often suffer from green angst, agonizing over every choice I make and its environmental implications. Feeling bad that I was born in the US and my lifestyle is destroying the entire earth. But the constant sadness and guilt was starting to remind me of religion (and I started to notice a factual inaccuracy here and there coming from the organic food movement) This book was a wonderful anticdote to all that. Mark Lynas explains the major environmental concerns of our time, but without the moralistic overtones that are usually present. Yes we must act immediatly to avert a catastrophe, but you don't have to give up showers, light bulbs, medicine, TV in order to save the earth as we know it. Its a very refreshing viewpoint. I hope he is right.
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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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By Larry on May 25, 2014
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As concerned laymen, this takes all the racket present in environmental dialogue and respectfully outline arguments on both sides. The need to be good stewards is undeniable, but understanding where to lay one's support can be confusing. Too many people are 'one issue' environmentalists. This books inter-relates the various concerns, and draws more than a few conclusions, with the objective of getting enough consensus, in enough time, to make a difference. Get my top recommendation for an objective look that anyone can relate to.
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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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