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  • Series: R.M.B. Manifestos
  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Rocky Mountain Books (October 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1926855663
  • ISBN-13: 978-1926855660
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 4.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,105,366 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As someone who regularly shares science with a wide audience, including children, Halter does an excellent job in this 161-page-book of explaining how a rise in temperatures, even one degree, has the capacity to wreak havoc on every ecosystem on the planet, and in this case, how it has opened the door for bark beetles to become overachievers. --Rocky Mountain Outlook

Halter draws us, still with immense articulate detail, into piñon, whitebark and limber pines and their elegant, tortuously interconnected ecosystems. His final elaboration on these ancient mountaineers and one very obviously close to his heart ... is perhaps one of his finest pieces of writing. --Pam Asheton, Trek Online

The Insatiable Bark Beetle, by Dr. Reese Halter, is a well-written, systematic examination of the growing challenges we humans face by hiding behind the intellectual wall of informed denial and social irresponsibility with respect to global warming. --Chris Maser, zoologist, coauthor of Economics and Ecology: United for a Sustainable World

Halter draws us, still with immense articulate detail, into piñon, whitebark and limber pines and their elegant, tortuously interconnected ecosystems. His final elaboration on these ancient mountaineers and one very obviously close to his heart ... is perhaps one of his finest pieces of writing. --Pam Asheton, Trek Online

Dr. Reese Halter has written a new "must-read" book. It is jam-packed with fascinating information and awe-inspiring stories that portray the intricacy and complexity of our forest ecosystems, their vulnerability to climate change, and the many services they provide to mankind. Dr. Reese draws on his vast knowledge about tree physiology, forest ecology, climate change and conservation biology, and takes us on a grand ride to some of the wonders of planet Earth and how we all can help retain them for many generations to come. --Professor Gerhard Gries, NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Insect Communication Ecology, Simon Fraser University

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Dr. Reese Halter is an award-winning conservation biologist, syndicated science writer, TV host and father. He is a sought-after public speaker and founder of the international conservation institute Global Forest Science, through which he regularly visits schools and encourages children worldwide to embrace conservation, science exploration and learning. Dr. Reese lives in Los Angeles, California, and can be contacted through


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'Dr. Reese Halter is a distinguished conservation biologist, award-winning science communicator and author. He is a sought-after public speaker. Earth Dr. Reese lives in Los Angeles, California.'

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kent Nicolai Scheer on March 16, 2013
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This is engaging, detailed, instructive, compelling....and tremendously concerning.

Dr. Reese has a way of writing that keeps you wanting to turn the page even though each page delivers information of increasing concern. It takes professionals like this who are willing to stand up and shout the facts of global warming in ways that make climate deniers look like fools...to give some hope that we can move our totally anthropocentric world culture off this course of blind environmental extraction and degradation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peter Kelly on October 3, 2012
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Dr. Reese Halter has prepared a book that should be a must-read for all politicians who still doubt that human-induced climate change is not affecting our planet. In particular the third chapter is an excellent summary of the current evidence for climate change. Throughout the rest of the book, Reese then takes us on a rather sobering exploration of the effect that climate change is having on the world's forest ecosystems. In particular, he explores the effect that bark beetles are having on North America's key forests due to warmer winter temperatures, less moisture and longer growing seasons.

This book would an primer for anyone without a backround in ecology because one cannot finish this book without feeling an overwhelming sense of how everything (flora, fauna, soils, climate etc. etc.) is deeply connected within an ecosystem. But there is also much for those with a background in ecology, as Reese presents the latest data and conclusions gleaned from the academic literature.

The book is also a wonder to look at, as the clever design incorporates beetle 'holes' that have eaten their way through the front cover and through each chapter page to 'reveal' the words on the following page.

I highly recommend 'The Insatiable Bark Beetle' to those interested in ecology and the effects of climate change on our forest ecosystems.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. J. Young on May 3, 2012
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This is a very worthwhile read. The author gives a concise, yet comprehensive overview of the disease (beetle-kill) that is decimating our forests. I'm amazed, frankly, that this issue isn't making the headlines more. I kept thinking of Jared Diamond's book, COLLAPSE. One of the common denominators of societal collapses, if I recall from Diamond's book, is the systemic loss of trees. Our society may be heading towards such a fate.
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By madscientists on January 14, 2014
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This book is a waste of paper. 1/3 of the book is the same old climate change rage & rant with facts that do little more than regurgitate what most people already know. There is no doubt that the climate is changing and humans are contributing to the galactic cycles of change that will resurface the earth with new evolution's of critters. It is too late for Co2 control and humans will pay for their relentless greed by grossly miss managing all natural resources, as history is full of examples for 5,000 years. Humans are a 500,000 year+ alien experiment spiraling out of control. Eventually...Nature Wins !!

I have read numerous books about the Pine Bark beetle. This one is a waste of time. Read "Empire of the Beetle" by Andrew Nikiforuk... it is excellent.!!
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