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Inheritors of the Earth : how nature is thriving in an age of extinction

Author: C D Thomas
Publisher: New York : Public Affairs, 2017.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : 1st U.S. edView all editions and formats
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It is accepted wisdom today that human beings have irrevocably damaged the natural world. Yet what if this narrative obscures a more hopeful truth? In "Inheritors of the Earth", renowned ecologist and environmentalist Chris D. Thomas overturns the accepted story, revealing how nature is fighting back. Many animals and plants actually benefit from our presence, raising biological diversity in most parts of the world  Read more...
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Thomas, C.D.
Inheritors of the Earth.
New York : Public Affairs, 2017
(OCoLC)968312172
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: C D Thomas
ISBN: 9781610397285 1610397282 9781610399012 1610399013
OCLC Number: 1003109080
Description: 1 online resource : illustrations, maps
Contents: Part I. Opportunity. Prologue: Gains and losses ; Biogenesis --
Part II. New Pangea. Prelude ; Fall and rise ; Never had it so good ; Steaming ahead ; Pangea reunited --
Part III. Genesis six. Prelude ; Heirs to the world ; Evolution never gives up ; The Pangean archipelago ; Hybrid --
Part IV. Anthropocene Park. Prelude ; The new natural ; Noah's Earth --
Epilogue: One million years AD.
Responsibility: Chris D. Thomas.

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It is accepted wisdom today that human beings have irrevocably damaged the natural world. Yet what if this narrative obscures a more hopeful truth? In "Inheritors of the Earth", renowned ecologist and environmentalist Chris D. Thomas overturns the accepted story, revealing how nature is fighting back. Many animals and plants actually benefit from our presence, raising biological diversity in most parts of the world and increasing the rate at which new species are formed, perhaps to the highest level in Earth's history. From Costa Rican tropical forests to the thoroughly transformed British landscape, nature is coping surprisingly well in the human epoch. Chris Thomas takes us on a gripping round-the-world journey to meet the enterprising creatures that are thriving in the Anthropocene, from York's ochre-coloured comma butterfly to hybrid bison in North America, scarlet-beaked pukekos in New Zealand, and Asian palms forming thickets in the European Alps. In so doing, he questions our irrational persecution of so-called 'invasive species', and shows us that we should not treat the Earth as a faded masterpiece that we need to restore. After all, if life can recover from the asteroid that killed off the dinosaurs, might it not be able to survive the onslaughts of a technological ape?

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An immensely significant book. It is fluently written, carefully thought through, ruthlessly argued, neatly illustrated with case studies - and shockingly contrarian -- Matt Ridley * The Times (Book Read more...

 
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