Discordant Harmonies A New Ecology for the Twenty-First Century

ISBN-10: 0195074696
ISBN-13: 9780195074697
Edition: N/A
Authors: Daniel B. Botkin
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Book details

List price: $29.99
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/30/1992
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.704
Language: English

Global warming, acid rain, the depletion of the rainforests, the polluting of our atmosphere and oceans - the threats to our environment are growing at an alarming pace. It's certainly easy to indulge the kinds of desperate, hand-wringing environmentalism that point to problems without suggesting solutions. Thankfully, however, Daniel Botkin is able to pinpoint areas of concern and suggest potential cures. In his groundbreaking study of environmental issues, Discordant Harmonies, Botkin suggests that the real barrier to solving the crisis in the environment is not lack of scientific knowledge but the persistance of mythological and metaphoric ways of perceiving the natural world. A seasoned scientist (and pioneer of the use of computers to predict ecological trends), Botkin draws on some revealing case-studies - of predator/prey relationships; of forests evolving over centuries; of species nearing extinction; of examples of well-intentioned mistakes in conservation - in order to illuminate his argument. Radical, stimulating, and insightful, Discordant Harmonies suggests a manifesto for environmentalism in the coming decade and beyond.

Acknowledgements
The Current Dilemma
A view from a marsh: myths and facts about nature
Why the elephants died: breakdown in the management of living resources
Moose in the wilderness: stability and the growth of populations
Oaks in New Jersey: machine age forests
Background to Crisis
Mountain lions and mule deer: nature as Divine Order
Earth as a fellow creature: organic views of nature
In Mill Hollow: nature as the great machine
Evolving Images
The forest in the computer: new metaphors for nature
Within the moose's stomach: nature as the biosphere
Fire in the forest: managing living resources
Resolutions For Our Time
Winds on Mauna Loa: how to approach managing the biospehere
The moon in the nautilus shell: nature in the 21st century
Postscript: A guide to action
Chapter notes
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