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Plows, Plagues, and Petroleum:
How Humans Took Control of Climate
William F. Ruddiman

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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

List of Illustrations ix
Preface xiii

Part One: What Has Controlled Earth’s Climate?

Chapter One: Climate and Human History 5

Part Two: Nature in Control

Chapter Two: Slow Going for a Few Million Years 17
Chapter Three: Linking Earth’s Orbit to Its Climate 25
Chapter Four: Orbital Changes Control Ice-Age Cycles 35
Chapter Five: Orbital Changes Control Monsoon Cycles 46
Chapter Six: Stirrings of Change 55

Part Three: Humans Begin to Take Control

Chapter Seven: Early Agriculture and Civilization 65
Chapter Eight: Taking Control of Methane 76
Chapter Nine: Taking Control of CO 2 84
Chapter Ten: Have We Delayed a Glaciation? 95
Chapter Eleven: Challenges and Responses 106

Part Four: Disease Enters the Picture

Chapter Twelve: But What about Those CO 2 “Wiggles”? 119
Chapter Thirteen: The Horsemen of the Apocalypse: Which One? 127
Chapter Fourteen: Pandemics, CO 2 , and Climate 139

Part Five: Humans in Control

Chapter Fifteen: Greenhouse Warming: Tortoise and Hare 151
Chapter Sixteen: Future Warming: Large or Small? 159
Chapter Seventeen: From the Past into the Distant Future 169
Epilogue
Chapter Eighteen: Global-Change Science and Politics 179
Chapter Nineteen: Consuming Earth’s Gifts 190

Bibliography 195
Figure Sources 197
Index 199

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