Our species has transitioned from being one among millions on Earth to the species that is single handedly transforming the entire planet to suit its own needs The New Ecology shows how today s ecology can provide the insights we need to appreciate the crucial role we play in this era of unprecedented global environmental transition Oswald Schmitz describes how the science of ecology is evolving to provide a better understanding of how human agency is shaping the natural world, often in never before seen ways The new ecology emphasizes the importance of conserving species diversity and envisions humans taking on new roles as thoughtful stewards of the environment It offers the ecological know how to maintain and enhance our planet s environmental performance and ecosystem production for the benefit of current and future generations Informative and engaging, this book provides the best available introduction to what this new ecology is all about and why it matters than ever before....
|Title||:||The New Ecology: Rethinking a Science for the Anthropocene|
|Publisher||:||Princeton University Press Reprint edition November 10, 2018|
|Number of Pages||:||256 pages|
|File Size||:||669 KB|
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The New Ecology: Rethinking a Science for the Anthropocene Reviews
Great book for anyone curious about how human and environmental prosperity are intertwined. For transparency, I know Dr. Schmitz well and am very familiar with his research and academic writing. I am thoroughly impressed by this book's ability to distill complex ecological and social issues into a narrative that anyone can read and appreciate.
This is a brilliant, well-timed, little masterpiece. Oswald Schmitz cuts right through the debate over a good anthropocene vs. a bad anthropocene, offering a new paradigm of understanding that transcends traditional ecological thinking, which, in so many respects, has become a rebuke of man. In place of this rebuke, Os presents --in simple, visceral and readable prose-- another alternative, a third way, between the quest to return to pristine nature (the rebuke of modernity) and the journey to transcend it (the celebration of modernity). This third way of thinking is the best hope we have of generating a habitable future. Oz makes clear that we needn't be afraid of transgressing natural limits nor working within them. He inspires with a call for human-directed opportunity. And by book's end, has us believing that we can do it, will do it, and that, in fact, the new era for people and planet driven by this third way of thinking has already begun. I loved this book. couldn't put it down. I recommend it highly and it will now be required reading in my classes.
Ecology is the science of the living world, and Oswald J. Schmitz is one of its most distinguished practitioners; his experimental and theoretical research over the past three decades has expanded the frontiers of the discipline and (among other things) changed our understanding of how top predators affect not just their prey, but whole ecosystems. A hallmark of Schmitz's scientific work is its broad outlook -- that all threads are somehow interwoven in the rich tapestry of life, and that tugging on one will change the picture in those that remain. In this engaging book, Schmitz presents this outlook to a much broader audience, providing an introduction to modern ecology that is both personal and authoritative. This is a great book for anybody curious about the natural world, how it works, and how scientists have made increasing sense of it. I suspect it will be especially useful for those who are just starting to explore the field, or who are searching for a scientific foundation from which to better understand the continual barrage of media reports about climate change, the 'Sixth mass extinction', and other looming environmental crises. Although Schmitz sees environmental degradation as an existential threat to both nature and humankind, the tone of his book is distinctly hopeful. In lieu of despair over the state of the world, we instead come to understand one expert's cautious optimism that the problems, though severe, can be curbed and their worst consequences averted. In Schmitz's view, enlightenment is the path to salvation: by understanding the rules that govern the assembly of any machine with a lot of moving parts (nature included), we can not only tell when it is broken, but also know better how to fix it. And as we progress through Schmitz's guided tour of what he calls the New Ecology, it becomes increasingly clear that we are on the brink of major breakthroughs in ecological understanding, as fresh concepts and new technologies combine with time-tested wisdom in a potentially explosive brew. Yet the fate of the New Ecology rests at least as much with the people as much as it does with scientists, because science can only proceed with public understanding and support. To that end, books like Schmitz's are essential, and reading this one will help any citizen, regardless of his or her scientific background, engage in an informed way with ongoing public discussions and debates about environmental issues. You might consider gifting a copy to your Mayor or Congressperson, while you're at it.
Terrific book by Dr. Schmitz that details how ecology and ecologists are adapting to break down the human/nature divide and understand humanity and ecosystems' dynamic interplay. I highly recommend the book for anyone interested in better understanding how humans are changing ecosystems and how the scientists studying ecology are beginning to form new insights into the critical services that nature provides. Dr. Schmitz writes clearly and passionately and this book is well suited for all audiences.
Professor Schmitz provides the reader with a very clear, insightful and practical understanding of our planet's finite natural resources ,our worldwide interconnectedness, and the consequences of our exploitation of our natural resources. This book was enlightening, sobering and hopeful as he explains that our situation is not irreversible and that sustainability is achievable. Michael
A serious ecology book that's actually enjoyable to read! I was lucky enough to read a copy of this brilliant book before the release date. What a brilliant, timely book Mr Schmitz has produced. As humans begin taking over the natural world in unavoidable ways, we need a new way of understanding our planet - and this book breaks down the evolving science of ecology. We are moments away from not only reshaping our earth in irreversible ways, we're also on the brink of a human-propagated, mass extinction event. It's not all doom and gloom - the author also includes a suite of efforts to conserve our ecology. Extremely well-researched and well-argued.