Synopses & Reviews
Three out of four Americans now think of themselves as environmentalists. Millions of children are busy with projects to save the Earth. But we all would be more effective at resolving today's pressing environmental issues if we had a clearer understanding of the ecological principles behind them. With this lively guide to the essentials of ecology, Ernest Callenbach provides a pocket-sized introduction to the wonderful complexity of life on Earthand#151;and our part in it.
Callenbach uses everyday, nontechnical language to explain sixty basic ecological concepts. These brief, information-packed entries are arranged alphabetically and amply cross-referenced. Thus the reader can move freely around a dynamic network of ideas, gaining easy access to the new thinking that scientists, environmentalists, politicians, government officials, business people, and concerned citizens everywhere are using to seek a sustainable future for humanity.
As timely as today's news, Ecology includes current findings on the microscopic beings that first made plant and animal life possible and now regulate global temperature and oxygen levelsand#151;a dramatic new story of the intricate interconnections of all life on Earth. Finally we have a book that equips us to take informed personal and political action with the ecological wisdom needed for the twenty-first century.
"An environmental science program would do well to put this volume into the hands of each student and teacher."--Nsta Recommends
"Each entry is a small gem. . . . Callenbach's short essays are enjoyable and thought-provoking reading."--Science Scope
"Enjoyable and thought-provoking."--Science Teacher
"Lively compact book. . . . A dynamic web of ideas that can be entered at any point or read straight through."--Life After 50
Offering essential environmental wisdom for the twenty-first century, this lively, compact book explains more than sixty basic ecological concepts in an easy-to-use A-to-Z format. From Air and Biodiversity to Restoration and Zoos, Ecology: A Pocket Guide forms a dynamic web of ideas that can be entered at any point or read straight through. An accessible, informative guide to achieving ecoliteracy, it tells the story of the amazing interconnectivity of life on Earth and along the way provides the ecological understanding necessary for fighting environmental degradation. This new edition has been updated throughout and features five new essays on the topics of biotechnology, global warming, migration, smell, and tourism.
"A graceful, lucid, and judicious book that belongs in the back pocket of every planetary citizen."and#151;Evan Eisenberg, author of The Ecology of Eden
"For you readers who hate science and never read it, Ecology: A Pocket Guide excites your understanding and gently shows you what you have been missing. For the rest of us, this book confirms our love for and respect for scientific insight as a major way of knowing."and#151;Lynn Margulis, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
About the Author
Ernest Callenbach is the author of Bring Back the Buffalo! (1996), Ecotopia Emerging (1981), and Ecotopia (1975). He lives in the Bay Area.
Table of Contents
Ecology: Planetary to Microscopic Scales (drawings)
A Postscript: The Power of Words