The End of Eden
Wild Nature in the Age of Climate Breakdown
by Adam Welz
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Pub Date 26 Sep 2023 | Archive Date 30 Sep 2023
Bloomsbury USA, Bloomsbury Publishing
New Yorker Best Book of the Year
“Exquisite.”—DAVID WALLACE-WELLS “At once an elegy and an exhortation.”—ELIZABETH KOLBERT “A book that goes deeper than any before into the meaning of the climate breakdown for all the rest of creation.”—BILL McKIBBEN “Celebratory and heartbreaking.”—DAVID GEORGE HASKELL
A revelatory exploration of climate change from the perspective of wild species and natural ecosystems--an homage to the miraculous, vibrant entity that is life on Earth.
The stories we usually tell ourselves about climate change tend to focus on the damage inflicted on human societies by big storms, severe droughts, and rising sea levels. But the most powerful impacts are being and will be felt by the natural world and its myriad species, which are already in the midst of the sixth great extinction. Rising temperatures are fracturing ecosystems that took millions of years to evolve, disrupting the life forms they sustain--and in many cases driving them towards extinction. The natural Eden that humanity inherited is quickly slipping away.
Although we can never really know what a creature thinks or feels, The End of Eden invites the reader to meet wild species on their own terms in a range of ecosystems that span the globe. Combining classic natural history, firsthand reportage, and insights from cutting-edge research, Adam Welz brings us close to creatures like moose in northern Maine, parrots in Puerto Rico, cheetahs in Namibia, and rare fish in Australia as they struggle to survive. The stories are intimate yet expansive and always dramatic.
An exquisitely written and deeply researched exploration of wild species reacting to climate breakdown, The End of Eden offers a radical new kind of environmental journalism that connects humans to nature in a more empathetic way than ever before and galvanizes us to act in defense of the natural world before it’s too late.
Average rating from 4 members
This engaging, easy-to-read, and well-researched book offers a unique look at climate change through stories of wildlife struggling to survive in disrupted ecosystems. The intimate portraits build empathy between humans and nature, urging immediate action to protect the natural world.
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