The End of the Wild (Boston Review Books) Stephen M. Meyer

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The End of the Wild (Boston Review Books) by Stephen M. Meyer
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With the extinction rate at 3000 species a year and accelerating, we can now predictthat as many as half of the Earths species will disappear within the next 100 years. The speciesthat survive will be the ones that are most compatible with us: theMoreWith the extinction rate at 3000 species a year and accelerating, we can now predictthat as many as half of the Earths species will disappear within the next 100 years.

The speciesthat survive will be the ones that are most compatible with us: the weedy species--from mosquitoesto coyotes--that thrive in continually disturbed human-dominated environments.The End of the Wild isa wake-up call. Marshaling evidence from the last ten years of research on the environment, StephenMeyer argues that nothing--not national or international laws, global bioreserves, localsustainability schemes, or wildlands--will change the course that has been set.

Like it or not, wecan no longer talk about conserving nature, only managing what is left. The race to savebiodiversity is over.But that doesnt mean our work is over. The End of the Wild is also a call toaction. Without intervention, the surviving ecosystems we depend on for a range ofservices--including water purification and flood and storm damage control--could fail and the globalspread of invasive species (pests, parasites, and disease-causing weedy species) could explode.

Ifhumanity is to survive, Meyer argues, we have no choice but to try to manage the fine details. Wemust move away from the current haphazard strategy of protecting species in isolation and createtrans-regional meta-reserves, designed to protect ecosystem functions rather than species-specifichabitats.



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