Half-Earth: Our Planet's Fight for Life

Half-Earth: Our Planet's Fight for Life

by Edward O. Wilson

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781631492525
Publisher: Liveright Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 04/04/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 159,083
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Edward O. Wilson is widely recognized as one of the world’s preeminent biologists and naturalists. The author of more than thirty books, includingHalf-Earth,The Social Conquest of Earth, The Meaning of Human Existence, and Letters to a Young Scientist, Wilson is a professor emeritus at Harvard University. The winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, he lives with his wife, Irene Wilson, in Lexington, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Prologue 1

Part I The Problem

1 The World Ends, Twice 7

2 Humanity Needs a Biosphere 11

3 How Much Biodiversity Survives Today? 19

4 An Elegy for the Rhinos 29

5 Apocalypses Now 35

6 Are We As Gods? 47

7 Why Extinction is Accelerating 53

8 The Impact of Climate Change: Land, Sea, and Air 65

9 The Most Dangerous Worldview 71

Part II The Real Living World

10 Conservation Science 83

11 The Lord God Species 95

12 The Unknown Webs of Life 101

13 The Wholly Different Aqueous World 113

14 The Invisible Empire 121

15 The Best Places in the Biosphere 133

16 History Redefined 155

Part III The Solution

17 The Awakening 169

18 Restoration 175

19 Half-Earth: How to Save the Biosphere 185

20 Threading the Bottleneck 189

21 What Must Be Done 209

Sources and Further Reading 213

Glossary 227

Appendix 2:9 Illustration Credits 233

Acknowledgments 237

Index 239

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