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The New Wild: Why Invasive Species Will Be Nature's Salvation Hardcover – Apr 7 2015

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Beacon Press (April 7 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807033685
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807033685
  • Product Dimensions: 15.8 x 2.3 x 23.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 522 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
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“[Pearce] hits the nail on the head… [He] brings the balanced perspective of a seasoned, freethinking environmental reporter, pushing points that need to be made.”
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“Pearce shows that biodiversity actually increases more frequently than it decreases when newer wildlife marches in. Must reading for environmentalists of every stripe, and an optimistic report on the resilience of nature in a world of constantly shifting ecosystems.”
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“Pragmatic conservation has to begin with undogmatic, realistic ecology, which shows that alien-invasive plants and animals almost always increase biodiversity—and therefore nature’s general health and robustness. Fred Pearce’s ‘new wild’ suggests a matching ‘new conservation.’”          
—Stewart Brand, author of Whole Earth Discipline
 
“I wholly agree with Fred Pearce’s argument for rewilding. Life, from the smallest bacterium to the whole living planet, is dynamic. Species do not belong in a planet-sized zoo. We should let Gaia evolve.”
—James Lovelock, author of The Vanishing Face of Gaia and A Rough Ride to the Future
 
Praise for Fred Pearce

The Land Grabbers

“Terrific… [Pearce has] produced a work of required reading for anyone concerned about global justice in the twenty-first century.”
—Raj Patel, author of The Value of Nothing
 
When the Rivers Run Dry

“An enriching and farsighted work.”
—Jai Singh, San Francisco Chronicle

About the Author

Fred Pearce is an award-winning author and journalist based in London. He has reported on environmental, science, and development issues from eighty-five countries over the past twenty years. Environment consultant at New Scientist since 1992, he also writes regularly for the Guardian newspaper and Yale University’s prestigious e360 website. Pearce was voted UK Environment Journalist of the Year in 2001 and CGIAR agricultural research journalist of the year in 2002, and he won a lifetime achievement award from the Association of British Science Writers in 2011. His many books include With Speed and Violence, Confessions of an Eco-Sinner, The Coming Population Crash, and The Land Grabbers.

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This book provides a useful perspective on the issue of the the presence and role of volunteer plants (and animals) in our day-to-day environment. The main lesson is that all species are always seeking the habitats in which they can best survive and that many of the "invasive" are merely taking up residence in disturbed environments to which they can adapt and others can't. Many of the disturbances to the original habitat are caused by humans who are also very good dispersal agents for plants and animals from away. With global warming we will probably see the migration of plant and animal species to new territories. Do we see change as just that or do we see it as an invasion because it changes how "things should be" from our limited human perspective.
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Are environmentalists commonly prejudiced? Do they practice environmental cleansing for the sake of environmental purity? Pearce gives a critical look at our latest wave of wars on plants and animals: the supposedly ecological battles to eliminate foreign species, protect native life forms from competition, and perhaps restore pieces of the landscape to how they were at some point in the distant past. For Pearce, all this bears a disturbing resemblance to our efforts at ethnic cleansing or our traditionalist movements for restoring human cultures to how they were generations ago. He makes a rational, well researched case for going with the flow and letting the most successful creatures succeed, rather than fighting an uphill battle to keep life from changing.
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An eye opener and my community forest group's board moved to buy 6 copies for the board members. It clarifies so much about what might apply to logging practices.
Wish it had more about North American forest matters but the European and tropical still apply. A must read. And hard dot put down as well.
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A well written and informative book.
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I liked the book. There is alot of information. Fred's journalists style comes through.
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