The Emerald Planet: How Plants Changed Earth’s History


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The Emerald Planet: How Plants Changed Earth’s History Author: Format: Hardback First Published: Published By: Oxford University Press
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Pages: 312 Illustrations and other contents: 13 line diagrams, and 8pp B&W plate section ISBN: 9780192806024 Category:

A fascinating new analysis, by palaeoclimatology expert Professor David Beerling, of the importance of a changing climate in the evolution of plant life, and of the crucial role played the plants themselves in driving global changes in the environment.

288pp. Hardback with dust-jacket. 16 plates. 13 text figs.

Weight0.71 kg



Within these pages is one of the greatest stories ever told... It is as fascinating as it is important. * New Scientist * Here at last is David Beerling as the Green Knight, revealing the extraordinary story of the construction of our emerald planet. Rigorous science joins hands with an enthusiastic delivery to re-awaken our fascination in plants, while engaging anecdotes provide a thrilling background to an extraordinary story of climate change and our current environmental crisis. * Simon Conway Morris (author of Life's Solution) * Beerling gives us the big picture of how plants have changed our planet - and poses the key question of how we will manage the emerald planet to ensure the kind of future we desire. * Sir Peter Crane (Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, 1999-2006) *

Author Biography

David Beerling is Professor of Palaeoclimatology at the Department of Animal and Plant Sciences University of Sheffield. Before this he held a Royal Society University Research Fellowship, where his work on the evolution of life and the physical environment was recognized by the award of a prestigious Philip Leverhulme Prize in earth sciences (2001). He has published over 100 papers in international scientific journals and is co-author of Vegetation and the Global Carbon Cycle: Modelling the first 400 million years (CUP, 2001).