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Rewilding the World: Dispatches from the Conservation Revolution

Caroline Fraser.
Publisher Metropolitan  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.4 x 1.25 inches
ISBN 9780805078268
Pages/Publication Date 400/2009
Daedalus Item Code 21713
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Scientists worldwide are warning of the looming extinction of thousands of species, from tigers and polar bears to rare flowers, birds, and insects; a third of all plants and animals could disappear in less than 40 years, impacting ecosystems that provide our food, water, medicine, and natural defenses against climate change. This gripping account by the author of the New York Times Notable Book God's Perfect Child chronicles an ambitious and visionary campaign called rewilding that restores wild habitats and, just as importantly, links them together. Caroline Fraser reports on such vast projects as connecting multinational parks throughout Africa to restore vital elephant routes, turning former Iron Curtain zones into a European greenbelt, and linking protected areas from the Yukon to Mexico.

"Less a conservationist's utopian vision than a roadmap for the way we must learn to live on earth. As Caroline Fraser carefully explains, humans will survive only in a world as wild as the one that created us. If you want to live, read this book."—Doug Peacock

"Though the poisons of pollution and the encroachment of climate change are continuing environmental threats, it's the acceleration of biodiversity loss that most alarms [Caroline] Fraser in this well-sourced study of worldwide attempts to knit together enough ecosystems to keep life alive. The problem: the disappearance of nature itself—the mass extinction of species, from lumbering polar bears to fragile flowers—that could see half of all nonhuman life extinct by the end of this century. The solution: rewilding—a nascent resurrection ecology that designs wildlife refuges (cores) and, more importantly, creates corridors connecting one refuge to another so that species such as elephants, tigers and wolves can range more wildly, a key to survival. Successful rewilding in North America, the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative, has led to a rebound in mountain lion and bear populations; more unexpectedly, the demilitarized zone between South and North Korea, a narrow 155-mile-long corridor uninhabited by humans for 55 years, has seen an ecological rebirth and is now home to 67 endangered species.... [This] story of grassroots activism paired with the scientific is environmentally inspirational."—Publishers Weekly

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