Carbon and its domestication


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Pages 1-22
  3. Pages 59-97
  4. Pages 99-130
  5. Pages 163-207
  6. Pages 249-301
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 303-319

About this book


Carbon is chemically versatile and is thus the body and soul of biological, geological, ecological and economic systems. Its appropriation by humans through diversion of its biogeochemical cycle has been a mainstay of development. This domestication is characterized by a number of thresholds: control of fire, development of agriculture, expansion of Europe, fossil-fuel use and biotechnology. All have exacted an environmental toll, not least being climatic change and biodiversity loss. Carbon management now and in the future is a ‘hot’ political issue.

There is no existing book which focuses on the pivotal role of carbon in the environment and society and the ways in which carbon has been domesticated in time and space to generate wealth and political advantage. Students of environmental science, geography, biology and general science will find this work invaluable as a cross-disciplinary text.


Biogeochemistry Carbon Environmental Change Natur People-Environment Relationships biodiversity biology development ecosystem geochemistry technology

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  1. 1.University of ReadingReadingUK

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