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Half-Earth : our planet's fight for life /

by Wilson, Edward O [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W.W. Norton & Company, [2016]Edition: First edition.Description: 259 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.ISBN: 9781631490828.Subject(s): Nature conservation | Biodiversity conservation
List(s) this item appears in: Earth Day
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<p>History is not a prerogative of the human species, Edward O. Wilson declares in Half-Earth. Demonstrating that we blindly ignore the histories of millions of other species, Wilson warns us that a point of no return is imminent. Refusing to believe that our extinction is predetermined, Wilson has written Half-Earth as a cri de coeur, proposing that the only solution to our impending "Sixth Extinction" is to increase the area of natural reserves to half the surface of the earth. Half-Earth is a resounding conclusion to the best-selling trilogy begun by the "splendid" (Financial Times) The Social Conquest of Earth (ISBN 978 0 87140 363 6) and "engaging and highly readable" (Times Higher Education) The Meaning of Human Existence (ISBN 978 0 87140 100 7).</p>

Includes bibliographical references (pages 213-226) and index.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Prologue (p. 1)
  • Part I The Problem
  • 1 The World Ends, Twice (p. 7)
  • 2 Humanity Needs a Biosphere (p. 11)
  • 3 How Much Biodiversity Survives Today? (p. 19)
  • 4 An Elegy for the Rhinos (p. 29)
  • 5 Apocalypses Now (p. 35)
  • 6 Are We As Gods? (p. 47)
  • 7 Why Extinction is Accelerating (p. 53)
  • 5 The Impact of Climate Change: Land, Sea, and Air (p. 65)
  • 9 The Most Dangerous Worldview (p. 71)
  • Part II The Real Living World
  • 10 Conservation Science (p. 83)
  • 11 The Lord God Species (p. 95)
  • 12 The Unknown Webs of Life (p. 101)
  • 13 The Wholly Different Aqueous World (p. 113)
  • 14 The Invisible Empire (p. 121)
  • 15 The Best Places in the Biosphere (p. 133)
  • 16 History Redefined (p. 155)
  • Part III The Solution
  • 17 The Awakening (p. 169)
  • 18 Restoration (p. 175)
  • 19 Half-Earth: How to Save the Biosphere
  • 20 Threading the Bottleneck (p. 189)
  • 21 What Must Be Done (p. 209)
  • Sources and Further Reading (p. 213)
  • Glossary (p. 227)
  • Appendix (p. 229)
  • Acknowledgments (p. 237)
  • Index (p. 239)

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Library Journal Review

Wilson (Letters to a Young Scientist) sets forth a possible solution to save the earth-putting aside half of the earth's surface for nature-and sets out his arguments for what actions are necessary and why. Wilson appeals to listeners' emotions with wonderful stories of various species and to our analytical side with detailed statistics and trends. There is a lot of information here, and listeners will hear the urgency of Wilson's call for reform to help our planet. Because of the vast amount of supporting data, the audiobook might not be the ideal format for those who prefer to refer back to facts and figures. It is a very good work, read extremely well by Jonathan Hogan; recommended for those with an interest in humans' role in preserving the earth. -VERDICT This would be a good place to start for anyone interested in gaining an understanding of biodiversity and the intricate web of interdependence of species.-Eric D. Albright, Tufts Health Sciences Lib., Boston © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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