Half-Earth: Our Planet's Fight for Life

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"An audacious and concrete proposal…Half-Earth completes the 86-year-old Wilson’s valedictory trilogy on the human animal and our place on the planet." ―Jedediah Purdy, New Republic

In his most urgent book to date, Pulitzer Prize–winning author and world-renowned biologist Edward O. Wilson states that in order to stave off the mass extinction of species, including our own, we must move swiftly to preserve the biodiversity of our planet. In this "visionary blueprint for saving the planet" (Stephen Greenblatt), Half-Earth argues that the situation facing us is too large to be solved piecemeal and proposes a solution commensurate with the magnitude of the problem: dedicate fully half the surface of the Earth to nature. Identifying actual regions of the planet that can still be reclaimed―such as the California redwood forest, the Amazon River basin, and grasslands of the Serengeti, among others―Wilson puts aside the prevailing pessimism of our times and "speaks with a humane eloquence which calls to us all" (Oliver Sacks).

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3 comments on “Half-Earth: Our Planet's Fight for Life”

  1. Every reason on earth to be mad Edward O. Wilson is angry, and so is his book. No one is listening and things have gotten unbelievably worse. There’s no evidence to provide any real hope. He describes future paleontologists easily identifying the sedimentary layers of our era by the amount of chemicals and plastics in the soil strata, by the fragments of machines and weapons everywhere, and the lack of varied species identified. This is our legacy.As I have written elsewhere, it took the Earth four billion years...

  2. Half-Earth should get 25 stars! Edward O. Wilson’s writing never ceases to amaze me. I love the way he sets up a statement and then takes the reader on an adventure through it to arrive at the point. Every high school and college writing class should use Half-Earth or any of his previous books as examples of how to do great writing. His sentences are exquisitely and eloquently expressed. His depth of knowledge is as vast as the universe and he imparts it with such clarity wisdom.One of his most profound quotable quotes...

  3. Save your money and pick up a used copy of Biophilia instead Is E.O just getting old? Is he just getting greedy? Did he forget to proofread? There are literally sentences and paragraphs that directly contradict prior statements, even within the same page. He uses ecological terms that the layman may not know, and doesn't bother to define them until after he's been using them for several chapters.I also couldn't tell who his target audience was. If it's a skeptical public, he isn't about to convince anyone of anything. Maybe a handful...

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