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The Global Warming Reader: A Century of Writing about Climate Change

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From John Muir to David Brower, from the creation of Yellowstone National Park to the Endangered Species Act, environmentalism in America has always had close to its core a preservationist ideal. Generations have been inspired by its ethosandmdash;to encircle nature with our protection, to keep it apart, pristine, walled against the march of human development. But we have to face the facts. Accelerating climate change, rapid urbanization, agricultural and industrial devastation, metastasizing fire regimes, and other quickening anthropogenic forces all attest to the same truth: the earth is now spinning through the age of humans. After Preservation takes stock of the ways we have tried to both preserve and exploit nature to ask a direct but profound question: what is the role of preservationism in an era of seemingly unstoppable human development, in what some have called the Anthropocene?

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Ben A. Minteer and Stephen J. Pyne bring together a stunning consortium of voices comprised of renowned scientists, historians, philosophers, environmental writers, activists, policy makers, and land managers to negotiate the incredible challenges that environmentalism faces. Some call for a new, post-preservationist model, one that is far more pragmatic, interventionist, and human-centered. Others push forcefully back, arguing for a more chastened and restrained vision of human action on the earth. Some try to establish a middle ground, while others ruminate more deeply on the meaning and value of wilderness. Some write on species lost, others on species saved, and yet others discuss the enduring practical challenges of managing our land, water, and air.

From spirited optimism to careful prudence to critical skepticism, the resulting range of approaches offers an inspiring contribution to the landscape of modern environmentalism, one driven by serious, sustained engagements with the critical problems we must solve if weandmdash;and the wild garden we may now keepandmdash;are going to survive the era we have ushered in. and#160;

Contributors include: Chelsea K. Batavia, F. Stuart (Terry) Chapin III, Norman L. Christensen, Jamie Rappaport Clark, William Wallace Covington, Erle C. Ellis, Mark Fiege, Dave Foreman, Harry W. Greene, Emma Marris, Michelle Marvier, Bill McKibben, J. R. McNeill, Curt Meine, Ben A. Minteer, Michael Paul Nelson, Bryan Norton, Stephen J. Pyne, Andrew C. Revkin, Holmes Rolston III, Amy Seidl, Jack Ward Thomas, Diane J. Vosick, John A. Vucetich, Hazel Wong, and Donald Worster.and#160;

Synopsis:

Our most widely respected environmental writer brings together the essential voices on global warming, from its 19th-century discovery to the present

With the rise of extreme weather events worldwide--witness the devastation wrought by Hurricanes Sandy, Irene, and Katrina, and the sustained drought across the American West--global warming has become increasingly difficult to deny.

What is happening to our planet? And what can we do about it? The Global Warming Reader provides more than thirty-five answers to these burning questions, from more than one hundred years of engagement with the topic. Here is Elizabeth Kolbert's groundbreaking essay "The Darkening Sea," Michael Crichton's skeptical view of climate change, George Monbiot's biting indictment of those who are really using up the planet's resources, NASA scientist James Hansen's testimony before the U.S. Congress, and clarion calls for action by Al Gore, Arundhati Roy, Naomi Klein, and many others. The Global Warming Reader is a comprehensive resource, expertly edited by someone who lives and breathes this defining issue of our time.

 

About the Author

Bill McKibben is the author of The End of Nature, and The Age of Missing Information. He is a frequent contributor to such publications as Outside, The New York Times, and The New York Review of Books, and a former staff writer at the New Yorker.

Table of Contents

Writing on Stone, Writing in the Wind

Ben A. Minteer and Stephen J. Pyne

Restoring the Nature of America

Andrew C. Revkin,

Nature Preservation and Political Power in the Anthropocene

J. R. McNeill

Too Big for Nature

Erle C. Ellis

After Preservation?and#160; Dynamic Nature in the Anthropocene

Holmes Rolston III

Humility in the Anthropocene

Emma Marris

The Anthropocene and Ozymandias

Dave Foreman

The Higher Altruism

Donald Worster

The Anthropocene: Disturbing Name, Limited Insight

John A. Vucetich, Michael Paul Nelson, and Chelsea K. Batavia

Ecology and the Human Future

Bryan Norton

A Letter to the Editors:and#160; In Defense of the Relative Wild

Curt Meine

When Extinction Is a Virtue

Ben A. Minteer

Pleistocene Rewilding and the Future of Biodiversity

Harry W. Greene

The Democratic Promise of Nature Preservation

Mark Fiege

Green Fire Meets Red Fire

Stephen J. Pyne

Restoration, Preservation, and Conservation: An Example for Dry Forests of the West

William Wallace Covington and Diane J. Vosick

Preserving Nature on US Federal Lands: Managing Change in the Context of Change

Norman L. Christensen

After Preservationandmdash;the Case of the Northern Spotted Owl

Jack Ward Thomas

Celebrating and Shaping Nature: Conservation in a Rapidly Changing World

F. Stuart Chapin III

Move Over Grizzly Adamsandmdash;Conservation for the Rest of Us

Michelle Marvier and Hazel Wong

Endangered Species Conservation: Then and Now

Jamie Rappaport Clark

Resembling the Cosmic Rhythms: The Evolution of Nature and Stewardship in the Age of Humans

Amy Seidl

Coda

Bill McKibben

Notes

Contributors

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780143121893
Author:
Mckibben, Bill
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Author:
Minteer, Ben A.
Author:
Pyne, Stephen J.
Author:
McKibben, Bill
Subject:
Meteorology
Subject:
Physics-Meteorology
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20120331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
18 halftones, 1 line drawing
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in
Age Level:
from 18

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Our most widely respected environmental writer brings together the essential voices on global warming, from its 19th-century discovery to the present

With the rise of extreme weather events worldwide--witness the devastation wrought by Hurricanes Sandy, Irene, and Katrina, and the sustained drought across the American West--global warming has become increasingly difficult to deny.

What is happening to our planet? And what can we do about it? The Global Warming Reader provides more than thirty-five answers to these burning questions, from more than one hundred years of engagement with the topic. Here is Elizabeth Kolbert's groundbreaking essay "The Darkening Sea," Michael Crichton's skeptical view of climate change, George Monbiot's biting indictment of those who are really using up the planet's resources, NASA scientist James Hansen's testimony before the U.S. Congress, and clarion calls for action by Al Gore, Arundhati Roy, Naomi Klein, and many others. The Global Warming Reader is a comprehensive resource, expertly edited by someone who lives and breathes this defining issue of our time.

 

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