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The end of nature /

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Language: English
Published: Random House, 1989
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Reissued on the tenth anniversary of its publication, this classic work on our environmental crisis features a new introduction by the author, reviewing both the progress and ground lost in the fight to save the earth. This impassioned plea for radical and life-renewing change is today still considered a groundbreaking work in environmental studies. McKibben's argument that the survival of the globe is dependent on a fundamental, philosophical shift in the way we relate to nature is more relevant than ever. McKibben writes of our earth's environmental cataclysm, addressing such core issues as the greenhouse effect, acid rain, and the depletion of the ozone layer. His new introduction addresses some of the latest environmental issues that have risen during the 1990s. The book also includes an invaluable new appendix of facts and figures that surveys the progress of the environmental movement. More than simply a handbook for survival or a doomsday catalog of scientific prediction, this classic, soulful lament on Nature is required reading for nature enthusiasts, activists, and concerned citizens alike.

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At best, a decidedly futile attempt to emulate Rachel Carson's epic Silent Spring (1962) or maybe even Aldo Leopold's Sand County Almanac (1949). The author focuses on hydro- and chlorofluoro-carbons (among other atmospheric pollutants) and their effects on the global (and hence local) atmosphere. Although the author's use of timely, critical information is laudatory, his overly simplistic journalistic style makes it difficult for those who would like to verify accuracy of representation or to pursue a matter in greater detail. The often highly personalistic ruminations about life in the Adirondacks are highly distracting from what is presumed to be the primary objective--a "silent spring" warning about our climatic environment. No bibliography or illustrations. The rather rambling, often redundantly repetitive, iteration of the climatic woes of the world leaves one frustrated. This is indeed a serious matter, but the seriousness gets lost in peregrinations in the author's back yard. Not recommended for academic libraries. -E. J. Kormondy, University of Hawaii at Hilo

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McKibben explores and explains the environmental cataclysms and global climate changes (known as the greenhouse effect) facing planet Earth.

From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.

Bill McKibben grew up in Lexington, Massachusetts. He was president of the Harvard Crimson newspaper in college. Immediately after college he joined the New Yorker magazine as a staff writer, and wrote much of the "Talk of the Town" column from 1982 to early 1987. After quitting this job, he soon moved to the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York.

His first book, The End of Nature, was published in 1989 by Random House after being serialized in the New Yorker. It is regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change, and has been printed in more than 20 languages. Several editions have come out in the United States, including an updated version published in 2006.

His next book, The Age of Missing Information, was published in 1992. It is an account of an experiment: McKibben collected everything that came across the 100 channels of cable tv on the Fairfax, Virginia system (at the time among the nation's largest) for a single day. He spent a year watching the 2,400 hours of videotape, and then compared it to a day spent on the mountaintop near his home. This book has been widely used in colleges and high schools, and was reissued in 2006. McKibben's latest book is entitled, Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet.

Bill currently resides with his wife, writer Sue Halpern, and his daughter, Sophie in Ripton, Vermont. He is a scholar in residence at Middlebury College. 030 (Bowker Author Biography)

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