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Wednesday, June 19, 2024

The End of Eden: Wild Nature in the Age of Climate Breakdown by Adam Welz - 2023 - 288 Pages


The End of Eden: Wild Nature in the Age of Climate Breakdown by Adam Welz - 2023 - 288 Pages 

There is more and more focus on climate change in the news broadcasts and on YouTube videos.  There is almost no mention about how these changes impact the  nonhumans with whom we share the earth.  The End of Eden: Wild Nature in the Age of Climate Breakdown by Adam Welz does a brilliant, beautiful highly edifying account of how every thing from red tail Hawks, to ticks, moose and elephants are finding their very existence challenged by forces set in motion by carbon emissions.  The End of Eden: Wild Nature in the Age of Climate Breakdown by Adam Welz is full of fascinating matters it would be hard to find elsewhere.  

"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 " from Bloomsbury Publishing 

Adam Welz is an enthusiastic naturalist and widely traveled environmental writer, photographer, and filmmaker. His work has appeared in The Guardian, Yale Environment 360, The Atlantic, Ensia, and many other outlets worldwide. He's a recipient of a Middlebury Fellowship in Environmental Journalism and currently lives in Cape Town with his wife, Sarah, and triplet daughters.

Mel Ulm
The Reading Life 

1 comment:

Buried In Print said...

Sounds like essential reading: thanks for the rec!