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The environmental crisis from the perspective of the stars

Earth in Human Hands – Shaping Our Planet's Future
The day we help rather than disrupt the climate, we can talk about the "mature anthropocene".

David Grinspoon is an astrobiologist, and thus belongs to a new and strange subject that studies hypothetical life on other planets. Most people get news from the search for life on Mars, but few are aware that the field of comparative planetology, where astrobiology is a subdivision, is growing explosively. An annual conference was held recently in San Francisco with over 20 000 attendees. There are two reasons why this interdisciplinary field has become so popular: First, we are discovering more and more planets outside the solar system – so-called exoplanets – and learning more about our own solar system. Second, the climate crisis has made planetology a form of theoretical civilization first aid. The premise of the book Earth in Human Hands is that humanity in order to survive must understand how planets work – both in the short and the long run.

Grinspoon mixes the pathos-filled issues with a disarming irony, in which he describes himself and his colleagues as geeks, full of a youthful enthusiasm for space and with a science-fiction feel. . .

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