Extraction to Extinction

David Howe

David Howe is a retired academic who has studied both Earth sciences social sciences. He has written books on psychology, relationships and social work. His passions include walking, popular science, and writing, and he is the author of two previous non-fiction books, including Rocks and Rain, Reason and Romance: The Landscape, History and People of the Lake District.

Extraction to Extinction

Rethinking our relationship with Earth's natural resources

by David Howe

  • RRP: £9.99 (print) / £6.99 (ebook)
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781913393274
  • Ebook ISBN: 9781913393298
  • Publication date: September 2, 2021

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Everything we use started life in the earth, as a rock or a mineral vein, a layer of an ancient seabed, or perhaps the remains of a 400-million-year-old volcano.

Humanity’s ability to fashion nature to its own ends is by no means a new phenomenon – we have been inventing new ways to help ourselves to its bounty for tens of thousands of years. But today, we mine, quarry, pump, cut, blast and crush the Earth’s resources at an unprecedented rate. We have become a dominant, even dangerous, force on the planet.

In Extraction to Extinction, David Howe traces our environmental impact through time to unearth how our obsession with endlessly producing and throwing away more and more stuff has pushed our planet to its limit. And he considers the question: what does the future look like for our depleted planet?

REVIEWS OF Extraction to Extinction

“A lyrical and questing narrative of how humans have used and abused natural resources down the ages … long-brewed technical knowledge combined with an easy story-teller’s acumen, fluency and wisdom.” MICHAEL LEEDER, Professor Emeritus at UEA Norwich, author of Measures for Measure: Geology and the Industrial Revolution