El Antropoceno. Editorial CSIC-La Catarata, Madrid. ISBN 978-84-00-10314-9. February 2018. A popular book in Spanish about the proposal for a new geological epoch characterized by the global impact of human activities on the Earth system. The book documents the historical origin of the ‘Anthropocene’ concept and name, explains the current status of its eventual formalization as a stratigraphic unit and examines the debate about the convenience or not of such formalization.
La Isla de Pascua. Una visión científica. Editorial CSIC-La Catarata, Madrid. ISBN 978-84-00-10150-3. December 2016. A popular book in Spanish about the environmental, ecological and cultural history of Easter Island during the last millennia. The main aim of this book is to provide a scientific view based on empirical evidence, in contrast with many popular accounts on Easter Island’s history relying on myths and unfounded explanations.
Science and Society Insights. A compilation of papers on Science & Society issues published between 2009 and 2017 in EMBO Reports and other journals. Contents: 1) Beyond us; 2) The candid approach; 3) Who needs a greener revolution?; 4) Food security: green revolution drawbacks; 5) The myth of sustainable development; 6) Sustainability, capitalism and evolution; 7) Research efficiency in relation to investment; 8) Time, evolution and physical reductionism; 9) Towards a scientific force: some insights and a manifesto; 10) Are we willing to build a better future?; 11) Science in Spain: a historical debt; 12) Conservation, human values and democracy; 13) The most important application of science; 14) The social utility of science; 15) Free science under threat, 16) The ‘Anthropocene’: neglects, misconceptions and possible futures, 17) The ‘Anthropocene’ uncovered.
SciFor 2.0. A Manifesto for a Global Science Force. Botanic Institute of Barcelona, Barcelona. January 2014. A booklet describing my view of science as a global force. Scientific knowledge has profound impact on humanity and, therefore, involves a great deal of societal responsibility. Rather than being merely an advisory entity, science should participate in human decisions with the same status and executive power than political, economic and other forces, especially when global topics are discussed.