Nature’s ghosts

Sophie Yeo

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What history can teach us about how to avoid ecological catastrophe

‘Sophie writes fantastically, chronicling the most important issues facing nature conservationists today.’ Chris Packham

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What history can teach us about how to avoid ecological catastrophe

‘Sophie writes fantastically, chronicling the most important issues facing nature conservationists today.’ Chris Packham

For thousands of years, humans have been the architects of the natural world. Our activities have permanently altered the environment – for good and for bad.

Nature’s Ghosts examines how the planet would have looked before humans scrubbed away its diversity: from landscapes carved out by megafauna to the primeval forests that emerged following the last Ice Age, and from the eagle-haunted skies of the Dark Ages to the flower-decked farms of more recent centuries.

It uncovers the stories of the people who have helped to shape the landscape, seeking out their footprints even where it seems there are none to be found. And it explores the timeworn knowledge that can help to fix our broken relationship with the earth.

Along the way it recounts the environmental detective work – archaeological, cultural and ecological – that has allowed us to reconstruct, in stunning detail, the landscapes we have lost.

Today, the natural world is more vulnerable than ever; the footprints of humanity heavier than they have ever been. There is no returning to a Golden Age of nature. But, as this urgent book argues, from the ghosts of the past, we may learn how to build a more wild and ancient future.

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Weight 0.27 kg
Dimensions 24 × 15.9 × 2.3 cm
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Cover

Hardback

Pages

320

Language

English

Edition
Dewey

304.2 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K

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