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About Guy R. McPherson
McPherson is professor emeritus of conservation biology at the University of Arizona, where he taught and conducted research for twenty award-winning years. His scholarly work has produced more than a dozen books and hundreds of articles. It has also generated hate mail from across the political spectrum, and the titles of "anarchist" and "eco-terrorist" from high-ranking members of the Obama administration.
Born in 1960 in the heart of the Aryan Nation -- northern Idaho -- McPherson grew up in a small, backwoods, redneck logging town. Surrounded by the bounty and beauty of the natural world, he grew up hunting and fishing, and witnessed the final years of the age of economic expansion, along with the final log drive down the Clearwater River.
McPherson received a forestry degree at the University of Idaho, and paid his way through college as a wildland firefighter. He completed his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees at Texas Tech University and, following a brief postdoctoral experience at the University of Georgia and a visiting assistant professor position at Texas A & M University, he began his tenure-track experience in Tucson. McPherson was promoted to full professor before he turned 40 years of age.
During his tenure in Tucson, McPherson also taught at the University of California in Berkeley, Grinnell College in Iowa, and Southern Utah University. He was the inaugural director of the David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellowship Program, which is now administered by the Society for Conservation Biology. His pioneering activities in the classroom and in the field led to opportunities to speak at many colleges and universities, and garnered numerous accolades (e.g., http://ag.arizona.edu/~grm/awards.html).
Horrified by American Empire and his role within it, the professor left active service at the university in 2009. Only 49 years of age when he assumed emeritus status, McPherson established a homestead in rural, southern New Mexico. After a move to Belize, and then another back to the country of his birth, he continued his prolific writing and public speaking from Westchester County, New York. Finally, in November, 2019, he moved to a suburb of Orlando, Florida, where he now lives.
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It tells the story of a ladybug and a honeybee who find each other after losing their entire families to the poisonous fogs the humans are spraying. The unlikely duo pursues a safe haven from the poisonous fog and are aided by lightning bugs, a mysterious dragonfly, and even cockroaches along the adventure of a lifetime. They encounter doubting ticks, denying termites, and a slug desperately resigned to his fate along their way, but they never give up in their seemingly hopeless quest.
Guy McPherson forscht seit beinahe 20 Jahren zu diesem Thema und hat über mehrere Jahre akribisch seine Ergebnisse zusammengetragen. In den hier gebündelt vorliegenden Aufsätzen 'Überblick und Update über den Klimawandel' und 'Das Aussterben: Vorhergesagt und Ignoriert' erarbeitet er, warum es nicht nur gefährlich ist, etwas dagegen zu tun (vgl. Global Dimming oder Risiken des Geoengineering), sondern wie drastisch und vielfältig die Gefahren des abrupten Klimawandels sind. Einmal angestoßen greifen die von ihm erarbeiteten über 60 Rückkopplungseffekte wie ein Rädchenwerk ineinander und führen in die schneller und schneller ablaufende, ultimative Katastrophe für den Planeten.
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Killing the Natives connects the world of economics, the government, and social justice--three enterprises that are inextricably linked despite the appearance given by laissez-faire economic policies. The intersection of environmental protection, social justice, and the human economy represents rich but essentially uncharted territory. Author Guy R. McPherson explains, in readily accessible language, how we can "wake up" from our self-induced nightmare and stop the massacre.
Much of the country’s recent population growth is situated in exurban areas. By many accounts exurbanization has become the dominant pattern of land development in the country and there is no indication it will slow in the foreseeable future (Theobald 2005; Brown et al. 2005; Glennon and Kretser 2005). By definition, exurban development takes place beyond the metropolitan fringe, often in rural and remote areas. The development of new exurban communities is a growing trend, especially in the West. In this case, developers and homebuilders seek large tracts of land, up to thousands of acres, in rural areas (typically within 50 miles of a large city) where they plan entire communities consisting of commercial, retail and residential land uses. Recreational amenities such as golf courses and hiking/biking trails are often included in these master-planned developments.
Our philosophy is reflected in the book’s two objectives. First, we seek to document the extent and impacts of exurban development across the country. At issue is demonstrating why planners and the public-at-large should be concerned about exurbanization. We will demonstrate that even though exurbanization favors amenity rich regions, it affects all areas of the country through the loss of agricultural and grazing lands, impacts to watersheds and land modification. A summary of environmental impacts is presented, including the loss of wildlands and agricultural productivity, land modification, soil erosion, impacts to terrestrial hydrologic systems, the loss of biodiversity, nonnative and endangered species and other topics.
Our second aim is to provide readers from diverse (nonscientific) backgrounds with a working knowledge of how and why exurbanization impacts environmental systems. This is accomplished by working closely to ensure contributors follow a specific outline for each chapter. First, contributors will spell out fundamental concepts, principles and processes that apply to their area of expertise (e.g., riparian areas). Contributors will move beyond a cursory understanding of ecological processes without overwhelming readers with the dense material found typically in specialized texts. For this reason, visuals and other support materials will be integral to each chapter. We have chosen contributors carefully based on their record as research scientists and acumen as educators. Second, once the mechanics have been laid out, authors will explain how and why land development in nearby areas influences ecosystems. Issues of interdependency, modification and adaptation, spatial scale and varying time horizons will be featured. Third, contributors will weigh in on the pros and cons of various land-development schemes. Fourth, authors will share their thinking on the merits of conservation devices such as wildlife corridors, open-space requirements and watershed management districts. Finally, each chapter will conclude by identifying pitfalls to avoid and highlighting "best practices" that will mitigate environmental problems or avoid them altogether. In sum, after completing each chapter, readers should have a firm grasp of relevant concepts and processes, an understanding of current research and know how to apply science to land-use decisions.