Category “Nature & Environment”

The Shepherd’s Life

James Rebanks (2015)

I don’t know what it is about Brits and nature writing … but they punch above their weight. Instant classic.

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Cry of the Kalahari

Mark & Dalia Owens (1984)

Brim full of nostalgia.

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It’s Never Too Late To Give Up

Sante Poromaa (2019)

I liked the beginning.

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One River

Wade Davis (1996)

Mesmerizing, but also shocking for its utter disregard of the responsibility ethnobotanists have for having ‘globalised’ indigenous cultures & plants.

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What Darwin Got Wrong

Jerry Fodor & Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini (2010)

Brace yourself for a more extensive summary than usual.

Boisterous diatribe to the contrary, ‘science’ is far from free of taboos. Nietzsche remains right about that. Examples: questioning the potential merits of astrology, or links between ‘race’ (however ill-defined) and particular traits. First off, kudos to J&M for having the cajones to put this work out, under such a provocative title. It is hard, even for established intellectuals, to criticise the theory of Darwinian evolution and escape ostracism. And as it turned out, J&M did not escape their un/fair (?) share of ostracization.

J&M think that the Theory of Natural Selection (‘TNS’) is flawed. They come at it with a dual-barreled attack, and the two barrels can be quite cleanly divided. » Continue reading “What Darwin Got Wrong”

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The New Wild

Fred Pearce (2015)

fredpearce_thenewwild “Here we face a central paradox of conservation in the 21st century and beyond. Traditional wild lands – the old-growth forests and other historic habitats – will in future be the places most dependent on human intervention for their survival. In a world of climate change, where the old wild is hemmed in by human activity, these ecosystem islands will increasingly resemble museum pieces, time capsules and experimental labs for scientists. They will not be ‘wild’ in any true sense. On the other hand, the novel ecosystems, the make-do-and-mend places, will be the ones able to stand on their own two feet. They will be the new wild.”

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The Klamath Knot

David Rains Wallace (1983)

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The Carbon Crunch

Dieter Helm (2012)

DieterHelm_TheCarbonCrunch A case for gas as a bridging fuel to a renewable future.

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Natural Capital

Dieter Helm (2015)

DieterHelm_NaturalCapital Thin. Very thin.

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Hyperobjects

Timothy Morton (2013)

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