Ever Green: Saving Big Forests to Save the Planet

Ever Green: Saving Big Forests to Save the Planet

Ever Green: Saving Big Forests to Save the Planet

Ever Green: Saving Big Forests to Save the Planet


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One of Kirkus Review's Best Nonfiction Books of 2022

Clear, provocative, and persuasive, Ever Green is an inspiring call to action to conserve Earth’s irreplaceable wild woods, counteract climate change, and save the planet.

Five stunningly large forests remain on Earth: the Taiga, extending from the Pacific Ocean across all of Russia and far-northern Europe; the North American boreal, ranging from Alaska’s Bering seacoast to Canada’s Atlantic shore; the Amazon, covering almost the entirety of South America’s bulge; the Congo, occupying parts of six nations in Africa’s wet equatorial middle; and the island forest of New Guinea, twice the size of California.

These megaforests are vital to preserving global biodiversity, thousands of cultures, and a stable climate, as economist John W. Reid and celebrated biologist Thomas E. Lovejoy argue convincingly in Ever Green. Megaforests serve an essential role in decarbonizing the atmosphere—the boreal alone holds 1.8 trillion metric tons of carbon in its deep soils and peat layers, 190 years’ worth of global emissions at 2019 levels—and saving them is the most immediate and affordable large-scale solution to our planet’s most formidable ongoing crisis.

Reid and Lovejoy offer practical solutions to address the biggest challenges these forests face, from vastly expanding protected areas, to supporting Indigenous forest stewards, to planning smarter road networks. In gorgeous prose that evokes the majesty of these ancient forests along with the people and animals who inhabit them, Reid and Lovejoy take us on an exhilarating global journey.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781324006039
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 03/29/2022
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 672,062
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

John W. Reid is a conservationist and economist whose writing has appeared in the New York Times, Atlantic, and Scientific American. He lives in Sebastopol, California.

Thomas E. Lovejoy was a pioneering biologist who led and championed forest conservation efforts for over 50 years.

Table of Contents

List of Maps ix

A Note on Weights and Measures xiii

Prologue Anastasia's Woods 1

1 The Forest System 13

2 Mapping the Root Forests 29

3 The North Woods 40

4 The Jungles 65

5 Forests of Thought 113

6 Guardians 134

7 Forests and the Real Economy 162

8 Money Trees 178

9 The People's Forest 193

10 Less Roads Traveled 214

11 Making Nature 235

12 An Invitation 248

Acknowledgments 257

Notes 263

Index 291

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