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Nature Is Dead. Long Live Nature! (2013)


In his best-selling and influential 1989 book The End of Nature, Bill McKibben surveyed nature and found it dead. "By the end of nature," he wrote, "I do not mean the end of the world ... I mean a certain set of human ideas about the world and our place in it." For McKibben, the nail in nature's coffin was human-induced climate change: "By changing the weather, we make every spot on the earth man-made and artificial." His pronouncements were boldly stated, but they reflected the conclusions of many ecological thinkers at the time. The years since the publication of The End of Nature have proved McKibben's prescient warnings about the escalating consequences of humaninduced climate change depressingly accurate. But was his vision of the death of nature similarly prophetic - or greatly exaggerated?


Description On the author's personal experience with endangerd species and his evaluation of the current state of the dangers to the environment.

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Authors & Contributors
Lewis, Michael
Stoll, Mark R.
Stoll, Steven
Miller, Angela
Miller, Char
Sutter, Paul S.
Ethics, Place and Environment
Osiris: A Research Journal Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Journal of Design History
Journal of American Culture
History of Science
Science as Culture
Oxford University Press
Gainesville University Press of Florida
University of Pittsburgh Press
Cornell University Press
Rutgers University Press
Environmental protection
Nature and its relationship to culture; human-nature relationships
Environmental history
Science and politics
Science and literature
Pinchot, Gifford
Muir, John
Sagan, Carl
Wright, Russel
Carson, Rachel Louise
Richards, Ellen Henrietta Swallow
United States
Hawaii (U.S.)
Florida (U.S.)
New York (U.S.)
Oregon (U.S.)
20th century, late
21st century
20th century
19th century
United States. National Park Service
ZKM Center for Art and Media

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