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Win-Win Ecology: How the Earth's Species Can Survive in the Midst of Human Enterprise 1st Edition

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"In thoughtful and elegant prose, peppered with humor and bits of philosophy, Rosenzweig presents...a hopeful, fresh vision.... The book is a wonderful source of motivation and inspiration, entertaining and thought-provoking for lay and professional audiences alike. Even the most skeptical readers will likely be convinced of the need to rethink conservation strategy."--Science


"Rosenzweig is marvelous! With vast erudition he has brought to life a novel sub-field of ecology. Win-Win Ecology focuses on saving species just as all hope seems gone! He demonstrates, with many fascinating examples, how humans can at least sometimes construct new ecological niches to replace those that human activity has destroyed. It doesn't always work but it works often enough to supply some hope for the world's future biodiversity. It is not a rosy pipe dream future but a realistic lantern of hope presented in lovely prose. It is necessary reading." --Lawrence Slobodkin, Founding Chair of the Department of Ecology and Evolution, SUNY-Stony Brook, and author of A Citizen's Guide to Ecology


"A wonderful contribution to a new wave of ecological thinking, a focus on how to preserve biodiversity in habitats already hosting high levels of human activity. Working to make such habitats more hospitable for other organisms is a critical accompaniment to ongoing efforts to protect them in reserves. Everyone should be aware of this hopeful trend." --Paul R. Ehrlich, President, Center for Conservation Biology, Stanford University


"Rosenzweig has done it all--elegant experiments and continent-wide summaries of ecological patterns. He combines those essential experiences with passionate and thoughtful writing to make a compelling case that we can and must live with Nature, not fence her off in reservations." --Stuart Pimm, Doris Duke Chair of Conservation Ecology, Duke University, and author of The World According to Pimm: A Scientist Audits the Earth


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Michael L. Rosenzweig is Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Arizona and a Fellow of the Morris K. Udall Center for Public Policy.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (April 24, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195156048
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195156041
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 0.8 x 6.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #857,544 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By John Kwok HALL OF FAME on February 21, 2009
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One of our most brilliant, thoughtful, and persuasive, ecologists, Michael Rosenzweig has looked at virtually every major facet of ecology over an illustrative career spanning more than four decades, focusing primarily on evolutionary, population and community ecology. This tremendous range, from studying continent-wide species diversity patterns to understanding community ecology in the surrounding Sonoran (Arizona) desert, and finally, to interpreting major aspects of the fossil record from an ecological perspective, has led to the development of important, often novel, insights not only in ecology, but indeed, for much of evolutionary biology. For example, in the early 1970s, independently of evolutionary biologist Leigh Van Valen (who would coin the term), Rosenzweig stumbled upon the Red Queen's Hypothesis. In his latest book, "Win-Win Ecology", Rosenzweig is a most infectious optimist, arguing persuasively for a new kind of conservation ecology, reconciliation ecology, that, by striving to strike a balance between humanity's demographic and economic pressures and the desire to save as much of Earth's biodiversity as possible, may become ultimately, the best - if not the sole - means of saving this biodiversity.

Rosenzweig passionately believes it is possible for humanity to live in harmony with nature. Moreover, he offers elegant proof that it is being done now, beginning with a most memorable vignette; discovering an "undersea" restaurant at the Israeli Red Sea port of Eilat, whose adjacent reef has been constructed, offering a new refuge to the port's exceedingly rich coral reef biodiversity.
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This is a brilliant book. Rosenzweig points out that there are only two major tools in use for conservation: Preservation and restoration. Both work, but preservation requires relatively pristine habitats, and restoration requires at least some of the original components of the ecosystem. Unfortunately this leaves out much of the landscape, especially in urban, suburban, and agricultural lands. The epiphany is that we have a third way of saving nature, reconciliation, that is the alteration of the human landscape to make it once again usable by native species. The book presents compelling evidence that reconcilation is a powerful and worthwhile tool that can eliminate or reduce conflicts between humans and nature as well as preserve imperiled species. The concept is particularly well illustrated through success stories.

One of the greatest mysteries in conservation is why this book is not owned by every natural resources agency and every NGO conservation group on the planet.
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By MJ Sun on December 9, 2013
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The book Win-Win Ecology: How the Earth’s Species Can Survive in the Midst Of Human Enterprise (Michael L. Rosenzweing, 2003) introduced the unique and new idea of ecology that will benefit both human and animals: reconciliation ecology. In other words, by practicing reconciliation ecology we human will not have to give up on our economy in order to save our natural resources. It sounds ideal and wonderful as the author of this book, Michael L. Rosenzweing, the professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology in University of Arizona, proudly describes the different cases and inspiring examples of success in reconciliation ecology. One example he gave was about the underground restraint in the city of Eilat, Isreal called the Red Sea Star Restaurant where there was fantastic collaboration of nature in undersea world of coal reef and human economy world of service. According to the author, reconciliation ecology fits in between development and conservation. Moreover, the author claims that reconciliation is more effective than reservation or restoration in the way that by sharing works in one ground and spending less money on recovery in ecology. From this book, if there were governmental support, this new idea will be perfect in trying out for this ecology because it benefits not only human economy but also ecology at the same time.
Michael L. Rosenzweing has shown throughout the book that he is very passionate about reconciliation ecology. However, I would like to point out that ecology is a complex process and hence him not having a firm understanding of how to conduct this ecology specifically or not actually knowing how much it will benefit the Earth globally, means that his argument is very weak and raises fears of “what if’s.
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The world of today is one dominated by constant complaints about the terrible state of the natural environment, especially its species and ecosystems. Almost every environmentalist out there is a prophet of doom who appears to have lost all faith in humanity. Little wonder then that all they preach about is extinction, extinction, and more extinction. The fact that conserving the few remaining species from extinction (as opposed to restoring endangered species to previous populations) is arguably the best solution most of these environmentalists have come up with, speaks volumes of their lack of faith in the ability of humans to reverse the current trend of species extinction. Based on these harsh realities, I can be forgiven for being extremely surprised on reading a book reeking of optimism titled Win-Win Ecology. What, an optimistic Ecologist? Such were the thoughts that instantly flooded my mind on reading Michael Rosenzweig's concept of Reconciliation Ecology. According to Rosenzweig, reservation (e.g. reserves protecting endangered species) and restoration (e.g. reforestation) are not sufficient conservation practices if the issue of species extinction is to be effectively tackled. He argues that the key to effectively slowing down or preventing extinction all-together lies in a strategy he termed "reconciliation ecology"--deliberately sharing our habitats with other species.
I must say that although I find his concept of reconciliation ecology applicable to an extent, I sincerely doubt that it is as broadly applicable as he argues for two reasons. Firstly, lets consider the example he gives in Chapter 3, of how the long-leaf pine forest in Florida's Eglin Air Force Base was prevented from extinction by starting man-made fires to kill off the species' competition.
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