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The nature of nature : why we need the wild

Author: Enric Sala; Charles, Prince of Wales; Edward O Wilson
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, [2020]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In this book, world-renowned marine ecologist Enric Sala illuminates the many reasons why preserving Earth's biodiversity makes logical, emotional, and economic sense. Using key moments from his own scientific awakening, Sala reveals that our survival depends on all species. The natural world, he explains, is a perfect circular economy, where every species, in life and in death, sustains everything else. Sala also
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Sala, Enric,
The nature of nature
Washington : National Geographic, 2020.
(DLC) 2020005808
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Enric Sala; Charles, Prince of Wales; Edward O Wilson
ISBN: 9781426221019 1426221010
OCLC Number: 1129778655
Description: 255 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Re-creating nature --
What's an ecosystem? --
The smallest ecosystem --
Succession --
Boundaries --
Are all species equal? --
The biosphere --
How are we different? --
Diversity is good --
Protected areas --
Rewilding --
The moral imperative --
The economics of nature --
Why we need the wild --
Epilogue: The nature of coronavirus.
Responsibility: Enric Sala.

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In this book, world-renowned marine ecologist Enric Sala illuminates the many reasons why preserving Earth's biodiversity makes logical, emotional, and economic sense. Using key moments from his own scientific awakening, Sala reveals that our survival depends on all species. The natural world, he explains, is a perfect circular economy, where every species, in life and in death, sustains everything else. Sala also builds a cogent argument for the practical value of preserving our planet's wild places, demonstrating the long-lasting economic benefits of establishing wilderness preserves on land and no-catch zones in the ocean. And, in a timely epilogue, Sala shows how saving nature can save us all, by reversing conditions that led to the coronavirus pandemic and preventing other global catastrophes.-- adapted from book jacket

"The Nature of Nature explores how the natural world works, outlines the consequences of its unraveling by our activities, and offers practical solutions-with a description of societal and economic benefits. The first ten chapters of this book are a step-by-step crash course in ecology-you might call it "ecology for people in a hurry": what species do, how they co-exist, and how the natural world self-assembles and works, compared to our human-built environment-with ideas on how to run our society and economy more efficiently. Chapter 11 discusses the moral case for the conservation of life on Earth, because utility cannot be the only lens through which we see the world. In other words: Do other creatures have a right to exist, and why? And finally, Chapter 12 explains why it makes more economic sense to protect more of the natural world than to degrade it. By talking to the brain and the heart, and at the same time reaching into the pocket, this book illuminates an inner appreciation for all life on Earth, instills a greater sense of humility, and helps us understand why we need a world with wild places"--

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