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Inheritors of the Earth

How Nature Is Thriving in an Age of Extinction
Narrated by: Bob Reed
Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
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Human activity has irreversibly changed the natural environment. But the news isn't all bad.

It's accepted wisdom today that human beings have permanently damaged the natural world, causing extinction, deforestation, pollution, and, of course, climate change. But in Inheritors of the Earth, biologist Chris Thomas shows that this obscures a more hopeful truth - we're also helping nature grow and change. Human cities and mass agriculture have created new places for enterprising animals and plants to live, and our activities have stimulated evolutionary change in virtually every population of living species. Most remarkably, Thomas shows, humans may well have raised the rate at which new species are formed to the highest level in the history of our planet.

Drawing on the success stories of diverse species, from the ochre-colored comma butterfly to the New Zealand pukeko, Thomas overturns the accepted story of declining biodiversity on Earth. In so doing, he questions why we resist new forms of life and why we see ourselves as unnatural. Ultimately, he suggests that if life on Earth can recover from the asteroid that killed off the dinosaurs, it can survive the onslaughts of the technological age. This eye-opening book is a profound reexamination of the relationship between humanity and the natural world.

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©2017 Chris D. Thomas (P)2017 Hachette Audio

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understanding evolution is hard enough, but to think about ways the Anthropocene changes will impact species evolution is harder. This book is essential for an accurate, up to date look at the possibilities of the future of animals.

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A Much-Needed Dose of Optimism

In a time of oft repeated doom and gloom about the natural world and the damage we have (and continue to) wrought, “Inheritors of the Earth” offers a much-needed perspective on life on our planet and our place as its stewards and contributing environmental force.

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