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The End of Nature: Tenth Anniversary Edition Paperback – August 5, 1997
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The author's basic thesis, now well validated by over a decade of dramatically documented data regarding the globe's climate changes, is that though our massive intrusion into the delicate balance of gases, fluids, and temperature gradients so important in determining the world's weather patterns, we have altered and fragmented the earth's natural balance in an order of magnitude so large and so overwhelming that it has now permanently negated nature's capacity to operate autonomously, independently, and naturally.Read more ›
If, by dint of technology and sheer ingenuity, we manage to avoid the consequences of the ongoing overshoot, what then? Imagine, if you can, a world in which we, our pets (and pests) and a carefully selected handful of bioengineered plants and animals live on, and in which almost everything else dies. Without wilderness, without even a semblance of connection to our origins, we probably could continue some form of human civilization. The question, however, is why, as individuals, we would want to.
The groundwork for this sort of dessicated world is already well-laid, given our very American demands for paved roads and air conditioning everywhere we go, along with our ceaseless demands for more stuff - and make that bigger and cheaper, too. McKibben does harbor some optimism that we can choose to take a more difficult path. I only wish I could share that optimism. Read and remember this important book!
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Bill lays out in no uncertain terms the choice before us. It's not extinction vs permanence, it's accepting limits vs forever managing the planet's life support systems ourselves. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Quinton Zondervan
everyone should read this if they care about what we are doing to our earth...Published 4 months ago by robin jo
The book got here a day before I thought it would which was great, but it has a lot of stuff underlined in it which I'm not a fan of.Published 5 months ago by Fred
This is a great book. McKibben's approach to the environmental situation that we are currently in and the disaster we are headed towards is definitely on par with Silent Spring,... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Seth
Long, long ago, in scorching-hot 1988, Bill McKibben was busy writing The End of Nature, a book that cranked up the global warming warning sirens. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Richard Reese (author of Understanding Sustainability)
Really interesting book and important for a generation that began with environmental awareness, but offer no really options to think alternativelyPublished 18 months ago by Erik M. Brenes M.
Exceptional book, one all conservation minded individuals should have in their collection.Published 19 months ago by Sean T.
if you like overtly religious novalized propoganda, this is for you. Not an ounce of science in the entire book.
But I guess its from the 1980's...