Rambunctious Garden Saving Nature in a Post-Wild World

ISBN-10: 160819454X
ISBN-13: 9781608194544
Edition: 2013
Authors: Emma Marris
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List price: $17.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Publication date: 8/20/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 5.57" wide x 8.14" long x 0.74" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

A paradigm shift is roiling the environmental world. For decades people have unquestioningly accepted the idea that our goal is to preserve nature in its pristine, pre-human state. But many scientists have come to see this as an outdated dream that thwarts bold new plans to save the environment and prevents us from having a fuller relationship with nature. Humans have changed the landscapes they inhabit since prehistory, and climate change means even the remotest places now bear the fingerprints of humanity. Emma Marris argues convincingly that it is time to look forward and create the "rambunctious garden," a hybrid of wild nature and human management.In this optimistic book, readers meet leading scientists and environmentalists and visit imaginary Edens, designer ecosystems, and Pleistocene parks. Marris describes innovative conservation approaches, including rewilding, assisted migration, and the embrace of so-called novel ecosystems.Rambunctious Gardenis short on gloom and long on interesting theories and fascinating narratives, all of which bring home the idea that we must give up our romantic notions of pristine wilderness and replace them with the concept of a global, half-wild rambunctious garden planet, tended by us.

Emma Marris grew up in Seattle, Washington. Since 2004, she has written for the world's foremost science journal, Nature, on ecology, conservation Biology and other topics. Her articles have also appeared in Wired, the Christian Science Monitor, and Conservation. She currently lives in Columbia, Missouri, with her husband and daughter.

Weeding the Jungle
The Yellowstone Model
The Forest Primeval
Radical Rewilding
Assisted Migration
Learning to Love Exotic Species
Novel Ecosystems
Designer Ecosystems
Conservation Everywhere
A Menu of New Goals
Acknowledgments
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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