The End of Nature by Bill McKibben

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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.

About Bill McKibben

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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
Published September 3, 2014 by Random House Trade Paperbacks. 226 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Nature & Wildlife, Sports & Outdoors, Science & Math, Business & Economics. Non-fiction

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We have built a greenhouse, a human creation, where once there bloomed a sweet and wild garden."" In a clear, sad, powerful first book, New Yorker writer McKibben describes how we have irrevocably altered nat ure by spewing carbon dioxide and other heat-retaining gases into the air—it is no...

Sep 29 1989 | Read Full Review of The End of Nature

The New Yorker

It came an hour and a half into the march—like thunder after distant lightning, a wall of sound. No speakers? Not quite. More like hundreds of thousands.

Sep 22 2014 | Read Full Review of The End of Nature

Austin Chronicle

Although when speculating on biotechnological ethics McKibben's astonishing envirocentric acuity lists a little romanticward, this powerfully persuasive work invaluably informs our authority of the current intensifying climatic situation.

Nov 12 1999 | Read Full Review of The End of Nature

In recommending a world that is more local — in which provision of food, energy, raw materials and goods are distributed, not centralized — McKibben maintains that political power must be similarly dispersed.

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