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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: RMB | Rocky Mountain Books (Oct. 15 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1926855663
  • ISBN-13: 978-1926855660
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 1.8 x 18 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
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Do you have a gut-feeling about the deterioration of many of your favorite trees, a suspicion that humans must be the problem? As Dr. Reese makes clear, the beetles and the fungi are only symptoms. We must look to ourselves to safeguard our remarkable planet for future generations.―Dr. James Hansen, director of NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, author of Storms of my Grandchildren


Dr. Halter presents a convincing picture of the effects of global warming from an unusual perspective. If anyone still has doubts about climate change, they need only read The Insatiable Bark Beetle to see one of the consequences developing as pine bark beetles expand their range and destroy our temperate forests.―Dr. Gordon Moore, co-founder and chairman emeritus of Intel Corporation


A superb science communicator on his home territory, the forests. Dr. Halter’s text is infused with passion, vision and an up-to-the-minute knowledge of the signatures of change that global warming is bringing to Earth’s forest ecosystems. A stunning exposé of recent science from around the globe that is woven in with the author’s deep knowledge of forests to sound the warning of further devastation to our forests unless we can curtail our climate-warming activities. We must heed Dr. Reese’s call so that generations to follow will be able to do what he does and find a special, sacred place in nature where, with just a little practice, you can feel, smell, hear and even taste the wild, untamed, universal energy that courses throughout our planet.―Dr. Chris Weston, Department of Forest & Ecosystem Science, University of Melbourne


Dr. Reese Halter’s love of nature and despair at the devastation that man is wreaking on the Earth’s wild places ring out passionately from the pages of this book. With the world changing so quickly it is hard to know which way to look, but Dr. Reese’s pause to take in the tragedy threatening the ancient forests of North America puts the immediate and immense threat of global warming into sharp focus. As chilling as a howl in a moonlit wood, The Insatiable Bark Beetle is a desperate plea for sense to prevail.―Steve Payne, editor, Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Organic Gardener


In this lucid and information-rich book, Dr. Reese Halter tells the story of an ancient relationship gone awry, perhaps the most dramatic example to date of how climate change is disrupting and unbalancing the Earth’s ecosystems.―David Perry, professor emeritus, Oregon State University, coauthor of Forest Ecosystems


The Insatiable Bark Beetle, by Dr. Reese Halter, is a well-written, systematic examination of the growing challenges we humans face by hiding behind the intellectual wall of informed denial and social irresponsibility with respect to global warming.―Chris Maser, zoologist, coauthor of Economics and Ecology: United for a Sustainable World


Can it be true that a handful of fertile soil contains more microorganisms than the total number of humans who have ever lived? Can beetles, birds and trees be linked in a way that can transform our world? This small book has huge implications for our global future.―Robyn Williams, award-winning Australian science journalist and broadcaster, author of True Story Waiting to Happen


Dr. Reese Halter has done it again. Not satisfied with bringing global attention to what honeybees have been trying to tell us, in his most recent book The Insatiable Bark Beetle, he is acting as microphone for the tiny bark beetles. Read Dr. Reese’s new book, in which he beautifully and compassionately tells these stories, and then do something to help fight climate change.―Doug Larson, professor emeritus, University of Guelph, author of Storyteller Guitar


This is not a pleasant read. In fact, it is frightening ― and meant to be so. Most commentary in the popular media is about what might be the future impact of global warming on human welfare. Dr. Reese Halter shifts the emphasis to what has already occurred, present and past, as a result of human–induced global warming, with particular emphasis on the impact of exploding populations of bark beetles on forested ecosystems in North America.... The passion (and despair) of the author pervades the book. There may be the temptation by some to mistake the passion for ideology. This would be a mistake. The book is backed by quality science. Politicians and policy makers should read this book. I thoroughly recommend it.―Roger Sands, professor emeritus, University of Canterbury, author of Forestry in a Global Context


Dr. Reese Halter provides compelling evidence that climate change, bark beetles, forest fires and dying forests are incredibly intertwined. He has shown us a frightening but all too real scenario of our future. The Insatiable Bark Beetle is a warning that the unintended consequences of climate change are already with us and are reaching deep into our forests. The balance of nature between plants and insects he describes is fascinating, and an important reminder of the interconnectedness of life on Earth. A great read!―Robert Teskey, distinguished research professor, Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources, University of Georgia


Dr. Reese Halter has written a new must-read book. It is jam-packed with fascinating information and awe-inspiring stories that portray the intricacy and complexity of our forest ecosystems, their vulnerability to climate change, and the many services they provide to mankind. Dr. Reese draws on his vast knowledge about tree physiology, forest ecology, climate change and conservation biology, and takes us on a grand ride to some of the wonders of planet Earth and how we all can help retain them for many generations to come.―Professor Gerhard Gries, NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Insect Communication Ecology, Simon Fraser University


His words, his advice, are powerful but always encouraging and full of hope for our society. Dr. Reese has a knack to simplify complex situations and describe in a poetic, simple and inviting manner the enchanting areas of the world he has studied or visited. To all busy and curious human beings I recommend reading a few pages of Dr. Reese’s stories on a regular basis. It will give you a positive outlook on life.―Aldo Bensadoun, founder and CEO of the ALDO Group


Halter draws us, still with immense articulate detail, into piñon, whitebark and limber pines and their elegant, tortuously interconnected ecosystems. His final elaboration on these ancient mountaineers and one very obviously close to his heart ... is perhaps one of his finest pieces of writing.―Pam Asheton, Trek Online


As someone who regularly shares science with a wide audience, including children, Halter does an excellent job in this 161-page-book of explaining how a rise in temperatures, even one degree, has the capacity to wreak havoc on every ecosystem on the planet, and in this case, how it has opened the door for bark beetles to become overachievers.―Rob Alexander, Rocky Mountain Outlook


We leave this book, as much a global-warming compendium as a bark-beetle narrative, wanting to warn the poor animals. “Swim North earlier to catch the plankton!” “Evacuate the midden before there’s a forest fire!” By throwing the earth into fresh relief, Halter reinvigorates our desire to save it.―Jake Abrahamson,


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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HASH(0x9e9a6d2c) 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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HASH(0x9e9a6f78) 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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e9a6f3c) out of 5 stars An Excellent Primer in Ecology Oct. 3 2012
By Peter Kelly - Published on
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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.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e9a8450) 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.!!