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Half-Earth: Our Planet's Fight for Life

Half-Earth: Our Planet's Fight for Life

Refusing to accept the mass extinction of species as an inevitability, the world s greatest naturalist (Jeffrey Sachs) proposes a plan to save Earth s imperiled biosphere.

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ISBN 9781631490828
Barcode 9781631490828
Published 28 March 2016 by WW Norton & Co
Format Hardback
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Author(s) By Wilson, Edward O.
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ISBN-13 9781631490828
ISBN-10 1631490826
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher WW Norton & Co
Imprint Liveright Publishing Corporation
Publication Date 28 March 2016
International Publication Date 7 March 2016
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Wilson, Edward O.
Category Environmentalist Thought & Ideology
Number of Pages 272
Dimensions Width: 165mm
Height: 244mm
Spine: 25mm
Weight 520g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Endangered species, Nature conservation, Wildlife conservation, Environmental degradation
NBS Text Environment & Ecology: General Interest
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 333.701
Catalogue Code 657962

Description of this Book

Half-Earth resoundingly concludes the best-selling trilogy begun by The Social Conquest of Earth and The Meaning of Human Existence, a National Book Award finalist.History is not a prerogative of the human species, Edward O. Wilson declares in Half-Earth, a brave work that becomes a radical redefinition of human history. Demonstrating that we blindly ignore the histories of millions of other species, Wilson warns of a point of no return that is imminent. Angrily challenging the fashionable theories of Anthropocenes, who contend that humans can survive alone in an Edenic bubble engineered for their own survival, Wilson documents that the biosphere does not belong to us. Yet, refusing to believe that our extinction is, as so many fear, predetermined, Wilson has written Half-Earth as a cri de coeur, proposing that the only solution to our impending Sixth Extinction is to increase the area of natural reserves to half the surface of the earth. Suffused with a profound Darwinian understanding of our planet s fragility, Half-Earth is a transformative work that reverberates with an urgency like few other books.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review If humankind finds a way to live in peace together, and in harmony with nature, Wilson will have played a unique role in that deliverance.--Jeffrey Sachs
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Edward O. Wilson is widely recognized as one of the world's preeminent biologists and naturalists. The author of more than thirty books, including Half-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.

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