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Although a young philosophy, conservation has had notable successes, including setting aside vast tracts of wilderness for posterity and saving a selection of beloved species from oblivion. Yet, today conservation faces its greatest test: saving our planet--and ourselves--from a sixth mass extinction. In this age of climate change, vast forest destruction, and marine degradation, scientists are increasingly convinced that without rapid action and societal change, many of the world's species--great and small, ugly and beautiful--will be condemned to early extinction.
In a series of essays, Jeremy Leon Hance, environmental reporter with mongabay.com, explores the challenge of mass extinction and the different ways conservationists, with limited support and funds, are rising to meet it. The essays focus on a wide-variety of topics including efforts to save long-ignored endangered species, such as an ancient venomous rodent; recent research vindicating long-reviled predators, like wolves and lions, as key to an ecosystem's harmony; the rise of the camera trap, a humble new tool that's photographing rarely seen species; and a new theory on how humans view, and even forget, wilderness.
This thought-provoking book raises the question: as the biodiversity crisis spreads from the rainforest canopy to the deepest ocean, how will the world's cleverest species act?
Update: In 2012, Life is Good earned a starred review from Publisher's Weekly, a top book reviewer for the publishing industry.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Jeremy Leon Hance has been writing for mongabay.com since 2007. He graduated from Macalester College with a major in English and from St. John’s College in Santa Fe with a Masters Degree in ‘the Great Books’. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota with his wife, Tiffany; his daughter, Aurelia; and his miniature Schnauzer, Oz.
PRAISE FOR MONGABAY.COM
“Mongabay is the pre-eminent, go-to website for rainforest issues. The articles are always well-researched, well-written, and insightful. Whether you are doing research for a school research paper, looking for cool info on weird jungle creatures, or investigating a corporation that might be harming the tropical environment, Mongabay is ALWAYS the place to start!”
President Amazon Conservation Team
Author, “Tales of a Shaman’s Apprentice”
Distinguished Research Professor & Australian Laureate
Prince Bernhard Chair in International Nature Conservation
Centre for Tropical Environmental & Sustainability Science,
School of Marine & Tropical Biology, James Cook University
Life is Good is printed on-demand, meaning books are only produced as they are ordered, which reduces excess production and waste. Life is Good is printed on acid-free paper stock supplied by an FSC-certified provider. In order to reduce its ecological footprint, Life is Good does not use glossy paper for interior pages.