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Heatstroke: Nature in an Age of Global Warming

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In 2006, one of the hottest years on record, a “pizzly” was discovered near the top of the world. Half polar bear, half grizzly, this never-before-seen animal might be dismissed as a fluke of nature. Anthony Barnosky instead sees it as a harbinger of things to come.
 
In Heatstroke, the renowned paleoecologist shows how global warming is fundamentally changing the natural world and its creatures. While melting ice may have helped produce the pizzly, climate change is more likely to wipe out species than to create them. Plants and animals that have followed the same rhythms for millennia are suddenly being confronted with a world theyre unprepared for—and adaptation usually isnt an option.
 
This is not the first time climate change has dramatically transformed Earth. Barnosky draws connections between the coming centuries and the end of the last ice age, when mass extinctions swept the planet. The differences now are that climate change is faster and hotter than past changes, and for the first time humanity is driving it. Which means this time we can work to stop it.
 
No one knows exactly what nature will come to look like in this new age of global warming. But Heatstroke gives us a haunting portrait of what we stand to lose and the vitality of what can be saved.

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In 2006, one of the hottest years on record, a “pizzly” was discovered near the top of the world. Half polar bear, half grizzly, this never-before-seen animal might be dismissed as a fluke of nature. Anthony Barnosky instead sees it as a harbinger of things to come.

In Heatstroke, the renowned paleoecologist shows how global warming is fundamentally changing the natural world and its creatures. While melting ice may have helped produce the pizzly, climate change is more likely to wipe out species than to create them. Plants and animals that have followed the same

rhythms for millennia are suddenly being confronted with a world theyre unprepared for—and adaptation usually isnt an option.

About the Author

Since 1990, Anthony D. Barnosky has been on the faculty at the University of California, Berkeley, where he currently holds the posts of Professor of Integrative Biology, Curator of Fossil Mammals in the Museum of Paleontology, and Research Paleoecologist in the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology.

Table of Contents

Preface

 

PART I. Recipe for Disaster?

Chapter 1. The Heat Is On

Chapter 2. Behind Nature's Heartbeat

Chapter 3. On Our Watch

Chapter 4. Witnessing Extinction

Chapter 5. No Place to Run To

 

PART II. Normal for Nature

Chapter 6. California Dreaming

Chapter 7. Disturbance in Yellowstone

Chapter 8. Mountain Time in Colorado

Chapter 9. Africa on the Edge

 

PART III. Uncharted Terrain

Chapter 10. Disappearing Act

Chapter 11. Losing the Parts

Chapter 12. Skeleton Crew

Chapter 13. Bad Company

Chapter 14. Geography of Hope

 

Appendix: Slowing Down Global Warming

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781597268172
Author:
Barnosky, Anthony D., Dr.
Publisher:
Shearwater Books
Author:
Barnosky, Anthony D.
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection - General
Subject:
Environmental Studies-Environment
Edition Description:
1
Publication Date:
20100931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Notes, index.
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Science and Mathematics » Environmental Studies » Environment
Science and Mathematics » Environmental Studies » General
Science and Mathematics » Physics » Meteorology

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In 2006, one of the hottest years on record, a “pizzly” was discovered near the top of the world. Half polar bear, half grizzly, this never-before-seen animal might be dismissed as a fluke of nature. Anthony Barnosky instead sees it as a harbinger of things to come.

In Heatstroke, the renowned paleoecologist shows how global warming is fundamentally changing the natural world and its creatures. While melting ice may have helped produce the pizzly, climate change is more likely to wipe out species than to create them. Plants and animals that have followed the same

rhythms for millennia are suddenly being confronted with a world theyre unprepared for—and adaptation usually isnt an option.

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