Dodging Extinction: Power, Food, Money, and the Future of Life on Earth

Dodging Extinction: Power, Food, Money, and the Future of Life on Earth

by Anthony D. Barnosky

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Overview

Paleobiologist Anthony D. Barnosky weaves together evidence from the deep past and the present to alert us to the looming Sixth Mass Extinction and to offer a practical, hopeful plan for avoiding it. Writing from the front lines of extinction research, Barnosky tells the overarching story of geologic and evolutionary history and how it informs the way humans inhabit, exploit, and impact Earth today. He presents compelling evidence that unless we rethink how we generate the power we use to run our global ecosystem, where we get our food, and how we make our money, we will trigger what would be the sixth great extinction on Earth, with dire consequences.

Optimistic that we can change this ominous forecast if we act now, Barnosky provides clear-cut strategies to guide the planet away from global catastrophe.
In many instances the necessary technology and know-how already exist and are being applied to crucial issues around human-caused climate change, feeding the world’s growing population, and exploiting natural resources. Deeply informed yet accessibly written, Dodging Extinction is nothing short of a guidebook for saving the planet.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520292642
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 08/16/2016
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 903,894
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Anthony D. Barnosky is a Professor in the Department of
Integrative Biology, Curator in the Museum of Paleontology, and Research Paleoecologist in the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of Heatstroke: Nature in an Age of Global Warming (Island Press) and editor of Biodiversity Response to Climate Change in the Middle Pleistocene (UC Press).

Table of Contents

Preface
1. The Last Ones Standing
2. It’s Not Too Late (Yet)
3. A Perfect Storm
4. Power
5. Food
6. Money
7. Resuscitation
8. Back from the Brink
Acknowledgments
Notes

Index

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