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Heatstroke: Nature in an Age of Global Warming

Heatstroke: Nature in an Age of Global Warming [Kindle Edition]

Anthony D. Barnosky
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"This fascinating and frightening book begins where others on global warming leave off. Anthony Barnosky shows that we're not just heating up the planet, but changing its basic character: today's familiar animals and wild places may not be here tomorrow. For anyone who has grown attached to nature as we know it, this is an essential, eye-opening read."--Paul R. Ehrlich "Bing Professor of Population Studies, Stanford University "

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In 2006, one of the hottest years on record, a “pizzly” was discovered near the top of the world. Half polar bear, half grizzly, this never-before-seen animal might be dismissed as a fluke of nature. Anthony Barnosky instead sees it as a harbinger of things to come.
In Heatstroke, the renowned paleoecologist shows how global warming is fundamentally changing the natural world and its creatures. While melting ice may have helped produce the pizzly, climate change is more likely to wipe out species than to create them. Plants and animals that have followed the same rhythms for millennia are suddenly being confronted with a world they’re unprepared for—and adaptation usually isn’t an option.
This is not the first time climate change has dramatically transformed Earth. Barnosky draws connections between the coming centuries and the end of the last ice age, when mass extinctions swept the planet. The differences now are that climate change is faster and hotter than past changes, and for the first time humanity is driving it. Which means this time we can work to stop it.
No one knows exactly what nature will come to look like in this new age of global warming. But Heatstroke gives us a haunting portrait of what we stand to lose and the vitality of what can be saved.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2450 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Shearwater; 1 edition (1 Mar 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004GKM2EC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,113,314 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Gives a new insight into the damage we have inflicted on our beautiful planet
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Clear Explanation of the Effects of Climate Change on Nature 13 Feb 2014
By Cole Willingham - Published on
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Paleoecologist Anthony D. Barnosky is one of the top researchers in the relatively new field of what might be called “ecological climatology.” His contributions to the professional scientific literature have included true paleobiological papers, discussions of the current extinction crisis, and an examination of a state shift in the Earth’s biosphere. In “Heatstroke: Nature in an Age of Global Warning” he has written a very readable and valuable summation of the current state of knowledge vis-à-vis climate change and nature. The book is certainly not for everybody, but it will hopefully inspire interested laypeople to join the fight to save what’s left of the planet, and it is exactly these people who are needed if that fight is to succeed. My only complaints were as follow: 1. despite clearly explaining what can only be described as a dire state of affairs for biodiversity, his prognosis for the future was overly optimistic, and 2. his section on actions that individuals can take was too trite. While it is possible that these decisions were driven by the publisher (since nobody wants to buy a book that contains too much bad news and most people don’t want to be told they need to make drastic changes to their lifestyles), in both cases my concern is that readers may under-react to the seriousness of the situation. Notwithstanding these issues, I highly recommend this book as a refresher for those who have been keeping up with the latest advances in the scientific literature, and as a primer for those who are just beginning to wake up to these issues.
29 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great presentation of important information 21 Jan 2011
By Mark Baker - Published on
Heard the author in a radio interview and knew this was a book I had to read. The presentation of information is methodical, and not at all "preachy". This book cites genuine scientific data in an accessible and interesting way. The data is taken from actual studies - there is no speculation. Connections to Global Warming are made but the text sticks to a presentation of facts. The only shortcoming for me was that the chapter devoted to purposed responses was too short. But I expect that is outside the author's area of expertise - and perhaps we all need to consider what a sensible response should be... Bought a copy for each of my children as I feel this an essential read for anyone who wants to understand the current state of decline of ecosystems worldwide.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eye and Mind opening reading 27 April 2009
By Andrea B - Published on
This was an engaging and compelling book. Dr. Barnoski describes the impacts that global warming are having on plants and animals around us and in places far from human activity. I never realized that the human-accelerated warming is too fast for nature to adjust and that many species will be unable to cope. While other books address CO2 and global warming, this book talks about the effects on nature and the large-scale consequences we need to be prepared for.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling. 10 Aug 2009
By Emma J - Published on
This book kept me engaged throughout. Gives a very thorough explanation of why the warming we are experiencing now is different from other global warming events in the past. Instead of just throwing scary statistics at you, this book does a great job of describing the painstaking processes used to come up with those statistics, without making it too complicated for someone, like me, who does not have a strong science background.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heatstoke is a great read! 4 Oct 2009
By Nancy - Published on
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Heatstroke reveals in very understandable terms the impacts of change on the natural world. It was a compelling read that was both very personal, based on Dr. Barnusky's research, and global, the author presents climate changes in the context of planet Earth. I learned a great deal and appreciated the author's science-based findings. Dr. Barnusky stays on message, and without being alarmist or speculative, he lays out the status of the world in which we find ourselves. I've ordered the book for friends and family and would urge those who are interested in the evolution of the planet and climate change through the ages to read this book.
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