The Future of Life

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Vintage Books, 2003 - Nature - 229 pages
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One of the world’s most important scientists, Edward O. Wilson is also an abundantly talented writer who has twice won the Pulitzer Prize. In this, his most personal and timely book to date, he assesses the precarious state of our environment, examining the mass extinctions occurring in our time and the natural treasures we are about to lose forever. Yet, rather than eschewing doomsday prophesies, he spells out a specific plan to save our world while there is still time. His vision is a hopeful one, as economically sound as it is environmentally necessary. Eloquent, practical and wise, this book should be read and studied by anyone concerned with the fate of the natural world.
 

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There weren't very many surprises in this book for someone who considers themselves an environmentalist and follows environmental news. But the surprises that were there were whoppers. For instance ... Read full review

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A great "state of the planet" survey circa 2002 covering species extinctions and the environment. In the end Wilson is optimistic with solutions. I came away with the desire to buy a microscope and ... Read full review

Contents

CHApt ER I TO THE ENDS OF EARTH
22
NATURES LAST STAND
42
THE PLANETARY KILLER
79
FOR THE LOVE OF LIFE
129
THE SOLUTION
149
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Edward O. Wilson was born in Birmingham, Alabama in 1929. He is the author of two Pulitzer Prize-winning books, On Human Nature (1978) and The Ants (1990, with Bert Holldobler), as well as many other groundbreaking works, including Consilience, Naturalist, and Sociobiology. A recipient of many of the world's leading prizes in science and conservation, he is currently Pellegrino University Research Professor and Honorary Curator in Entomology of the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University. He lives in Lexington, Massachusetts, with his wife, Renee.

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