Inheritors of the Earth: How Nature Is Thriving in an Age of Extinction Read Online Free - Human activity has irreversibly changed the natural environment. But the news isn't all bad.
It's accepted wisdom today that human beings have permanently damaged the natural world, causing extinction, deforestation, pollution, and of course climate change. But in Inheritors of the Earth, biologist Chris Thomas shows that this obscures a more hopeful truth--we're also helping nature grow and change. Human cities and mass agriculture have created new places for enterprising animals and plants to live, and our activities have stimulated evolutionary change in virtually every population of living species. Most remarkably, Thomas shows, humans may well have raised the rate at which new species are formed to the highest level in the history of our planet.
Drawing on the success stories of diverse species, from the ochre-colored comma butterfly to the New Zealand pukeko, Thomas overturns the accepted story of declining biodiversity on Earth. In so doing, he questions why we resist new forms of life, and why we see ourselves as unnatural. Ultimately, he suggests that if life on Earth can recover from the asteroid that killed off the dinosaurs, it can survive the onslaughts of the technological age. This eye-opening book is a profound reexamination of the relationship between humanity and the natural world.
|Title||:||Inheritors of the Earth: How Nature Is Thriving in an Age of Extinction|
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August 21, 2017
4 solid stars even though I have (temporarily) DNF'd @39%.
....'the story of life on Earth is one of never-ending change'...
Inheritors of the Earth will be moved to my 'started but pick up again later' shelf as I have the upmost respect for the unique way our ever-changing world is portrayed by ec...
December 08, 2017
An important book. He writes well, and is good at skewering the illogical "certainties" of certain conservationist "activists". He spends a lot of time pointing out that all is not gloom and doom. Life is flexible, and successful species, well, *succeed*. Humans have profoundly altered ecosystems...
January 26, 2018
We are living through the sixth great extinction event in the earth's history but that doesn't mean every species is going extinct. Just like some businesses can thrive through a major economic depression some species can thrive in a major extinction shock. This book explores life's winners in li...
November 12, 2017
I want to thank the author, the publisher, and NetGalley for providing me a free copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Another great book on the expanded view of the so-called "sixth extinction", in the vain of The Ends of the World: Volcanic Apocalypses, Lethal Oceans, a...
January 01, 2018
An interesting read - definitely worth reading for anyone interested in conservation. However, I don't agree with much of it, and I do think it risks undermining conservation efforts.
Firstly, part of Chris' argument is that alien species rarely cause local species to go extinct, and so in general...
July 02, 2017
Most natural history books focus heavily on losses in biological diversity, with some arguing we are in the middle of a sixth mass extinction. In Inheritors of the Earth, Thomas describes how our planet is changing as a result of human activity.
“We have altered the great chemical cycles of the E...
February 17, 2018
Not an easy read. Sometimes it is wordy and the transitions wide which I think is a mistake in non-fiction as the narrower the focus the better. BUT, and this is the larger exception to that stricture- because this holds a wide subject matter re "ages of extinction" at its core.
Common sense and p...
November 04, 2017
This is by far the most fascinating book I have read in a while. If you are a Darwinist and believe in natural selection, how on earth could you object to how humans are affecting our planet? You can't believe in "survival of the fittest" and then object to the possible endangerment of the lesser...
February 03, 2018
If you are ever in Los Angeles, visit the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum. It is an oil deposit that rises to the surface of earth; all the lighter fractions of petroleum have evaporated, and only the tar remains. Animals have been getting stuck in it for thousands of years, dying and sinking into th...
November 08, 2017
This is a totally brazen book which will (repetitively) instruct you to stop worrying and learn to love invasive species, hybridization, release of GMOs, global warming and other man-made changes, even as it claims to not be doing so. Man *is* nature. It gives one something to think about. I thou...