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The great acceleration how the world is getting faster, faster by Robert Colvile

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Written in English


  • Social aspects,
  • Technological innovations,
  • Technology and civilization

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Colvile inspects the various ways in which the pace of life in our society is increasing and examines the evolutionary science behind our need for constant acceleration, as well as why it"s unlikely we"ll be able to slow down--or even want to.

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (pages 329-374) and an index.

StatementRobert Colville
LC ClassificationsHM846.C65 G72 2016
The Physical Object
Pagination390 pages
Number of Pages390
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL27212329M
ISBN 10163286455X
ISBN 109781632864550

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This is the conclusion made visible in a set of 24 global indicators, or a "planetary dashboard”, charting the "Great Acceleration" in human activity from the start of the industrial revolution in to , and the subsequent changes in the Earth System – e.g. greenhouse gas levels, ocean acidification, deforestation and biodiversity. The Great Acceleration book. Read 5 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. The Earth has entered a new age--the Anthropocene--in which h /5. Drawing from an incredibly rich trove of global data, this groundbreaking book reveals that human progress has been slowing down since the early s. Danny Dorling uses compelling visualizations to illustrate how fertility rates, growth in GDP per person, increases in life expectancy, and even the. Downloads Great Acceleration Data (excel , kB) Great Acceleration Powerpoint (powerpoint, MB) Books Global Change and the Earth System (Steffen et al, ) (pdf, MB).

  The Great Acceleration is really an excellent book” – Daniel Finkelstein, Book of the Week, The Times “Colvile is an entertaining writer and his subject is a fascinating one” – Evening Standard “Compulsive, illuminating and ever-so-slightly terrifying” – James Delingpole, Mail on Sunday. The ‘Great Acceleration’ graphs, originally published in to show socio-economic and Earth System trends from to , have now been updated to The term “Great Acceleration” was first used in a working group of a Dahlem Conference on the history of the human-environment relationship (Hibbard et al. ). The term echoed Karl Polanyi’s phrase “The Great Transformation”, and in his book by the same name (Polanyi ) Polanyi put forward a holistic understandingCited by:   Notes on The Great Acceleration, by JR McNeil and Peter Engelke Posted on July 6, July 7, by spatialhuman6 “One can find reasons, as this book does, to prefer a more recent date for the beginning of the Anthropocene.