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Half-Earth: Our Planet's Fight for Life

Half-Earth: Our Planet's Fight for Life

by Edward O. Wilson
Half-Earth: Our Planet's Fight for Life

Half-Earth: Our Planet's Fight for Life

by Edward O. Wilson


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"An audacious and concrete proposal…Half-Earth completes the 86-year-old Wilson’s valedictory trilogy on the human animal and our place on the planet." —Jedediah Purdy, New Republic

In his most urgent book to date, Pulitzer Prize–winning author and world-renowned biologist Edward O. Wilson states that in order to stave off the mass extinction of species, including our own, we must move swiftly to preserve the biodiversity of our planet. In this "visionary blueprint for saving the planet" (Stephen Greenblatt), Half-Earth argues that the situation facing us is too large to be solved piecemeal and proposes a solution commensurate with the magnitude of the problem: dedicate fully half the surface of the Earth to nature. Identifying actual regions of the planet that can still be reclaimed—such as the California redwood forest, the Amazon River basin, and grasslands of the Serengeti, among others—Wilson puts aside the prevailing pessimism of our times and "speaks with a humane eloquence which calls to us all" (Oliver Sacks).

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ISBN-13: 9781631492525
Publisher: Liveright Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 04/04/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 137,508
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Edward O. Wilson (1929-2021) was the author of more than thirty books, including AnthillLetters to a Young Scientist, and The Conquest of Nature. The winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, Wilson was a professor emeritus at Harvard University and lived with his wife 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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