"A concise, lucidly penetrating examination of mankind's maddening mix of feelings -- love, hate, fear and infatuation -- for the multitude of other residents of the planet....Speaks eloquently to the issues raised as the exploding human population pushes on every habitable corner of earth."--San Francisco Chronicle
"A fascinating, in-depth study....Highly recommended"--Booklist
"Dramatic....Fascinating...reveals there may be some hope after all"--The Oregonian
"Botkin provides fascinating insight relevant to a huge greenhouse issue--how the world's forests and wildlife will respond to the coming climate change"--James E. Hansen, Director of the Institute for Space Studies, NASA/Goddard Flight Center
"In the iconoclastic tradition of Aldo Leopold, Rachel Carson, and James Lovelock, Daniel Botkin has used a lifetime of research in the ecological sciences as a basis for reexamining the human-nature relationship. Discordant Harmonies will be provocative to historians and philosophers as well as scientists. It is a book to pack in our intellectual baggage as we prepare for the journey into the 21st century"--Roderick Frazier Nash, author of Wilderness and the American Mind
"Those interested in broad environmental questions but not abreast of the most recent papers in ecology will find this book an important overview of what appears to be an emerging consensus."--Choice
"This book is well-written and deeply provocative. It presents a realistic point of view of the world we live in. If this is going to be the environmental decade, then Botkin has given us a marvelous opening statement suggesting what we have to do and what we have to learn. Every scientist who is concerned with the environment ought to read this book and make sure his or her friends do so as well." --BioScience
"Delightful, instructive, provocative."--Adolf G. Glindersen, Texas AandM Univ.
"Groundbreaking study of environmental issues....Botkin draws on some revealing case-studies...in order to illuminate his argument."--Ethology Ecology and Evolution
About the Author
Daniel B. Botkin is on the faculty of the University of California, Santa Barbara. He won the 1991 Mitchell International Prize for Sustainable Development for his work on the environment.