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The Insatiable Bark Beetle [Hardcover]

Dr. Reese Halter

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Oct. 15 2011 An RMB Manifesto
<p class="book_description">In our ever-warming world, trillions of indigenous bark beetles are killing billions of mature conifers throughout the forests of western North America and around the world, as they embark on their largest and most destructive feeding frenzy in modern times. In areas where cold temperatures traditionally prevented these insects from thriving, our once-healthy but now water-starved trees are becoming more and more vulnerable to the voracious appetites of these destructive pests. With aspects of both our environment and the economy at stake, Dr. Reese Halter's second RMB Manifesto provides information on the various types of beetles negatively impacting trees, descriptions of the ecosystems they currently inhabit, and an accessible look at the future humanity may face if we do not find ways to control greenhouse gas emissions and climate change, which are contributing factors to the ongoing spread of bark beetles.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Rocky Mountain Books (Oct. 15 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1926855663
  • ISBN-13: 978-1926855660
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 12.2 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #428,676 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dr. Reese Halter is an award-winning conservation biologist, syndicated science writer, TV host and father. He is a sought-after public speaker and founder of the international conservation institute Global Forest Science, through which he regularly visits schools and encourages children worldwide to embrace conservation, science exploration and learning. Dr. Reese lives in Los Angeles, California, and can be contacted through

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5.0 out of 5 stars EXCEPTIONAL !! March 16 2013
By Kent Nicolai Scheer - Published on
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This is engaging, detailed, instructive, compelling....and tremendously concerning.

Dr. Reese has a way of writing that keeps you wanting to turn the page even though each page delivers information of increasing concern. It takes professionals like this who are willing to stand up and shout the facts of global warming in ways that make climate deniers look like give some hope that we can move our totally anthropocentric world culture off this course of blind environmental extraction and degradation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Primer in Ecology Oct. 3 2012
By Peter Kelly - Published on
Dr. Reese Halter has prepared a book that should be a must-read for all politicians who still doubt that human-induced climate change is not affecting our planet. In particular the third chapter is an excellent summary of the current evidence for climate change. Throughout the rest of the book, Reese then takes us on a rather sobering exploration of the effect that climate change is having on the world's forest ecosystems. In particular, he explores the effect that bark beetles are having on North America's key forests due to warmer winter temperatures, less moisture and longer growing seasons.

This book would an primer for anyone without a backround in ecology because one cannot finish this book without feeling an overwhelming sense of how everything (flora, fauna, soils, climate etc. etc.) is deeply connected within an ecosystem. But there is also much for those with a background in ecology, as Reese presents the latest data and conclusions gleaned from the academic literature.

The book is also a wonder to look at, as the clever design incorporates beetle 'holes' that have eaten their way through the front cover and through each chapter page to 'reveal' the words on the following page.

I highly recommend 'The Insatiable Bark Beetle' to those interested in ecology and the effects of climate change on our forest ecosystems.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Worthwhile Read May 3 2012
By P. J. Young - Published on
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This is a very worthwhile read. The author gives a concise, yet comprehensive overview of the disease (beetle-kill) that is decimating our forests. I'm amazed, frankly, that this issue isn't making the headlines more. I kept thinking of Jared Diamond's book, COLLAPSE. One of the common denominators of societal collapses, if I recall from Diamond's book, is the systemic loss of trees. Our society may be heading towards such a fate.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Slightly above poor Jan. 14 2014
By madscientists - Published on
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This book is a waste of paper. 1/3 of the book is the same old climate change rage & rant with facts that do little more than regurgitate what most people already know. There is no doubt that the climate is changing and humans are contributing to the galactic cycles of change that will resurface the earth with new evolution's of critters. It is too late for Co2 control and humans will pay for their relentless greed by grossly miss managing all natural resources, as history is full of examples for 5,000 years. Humans are a 500,000 year+ alien experiment spiraling out of control. Eventually...Nature Wins !!

I have read numerous books about the Pine Bark beetle. This one is a waste of time. Read "Empire of the Beetle" by Andrew Nikiforuk... it is excellent.!!

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