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The Resource Green equilibrium : the vital balance of humans & nature, Christopher Wills

Green equilibrium : the vital balance of humans & nature, Christopher Wills

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Green equilibrium : the vital balance of humans & nature
Title
Green equilibrium
Title remainder
the vital balance of humans & nature
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Christopher Wills
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In this work, the author, a field biologist explains the rules by which ecosystems thrive, shining light on a set of ecological balancing acts that he calls "green equilibria, " rules which keep our world vibrant, verdant, and ecologically intact. To explain the idea of "green equilibrium, " he draws on a range of examples, including coral reefs off the densely populated Philippines, the isolated and thickly forested valleys of Papua New Guinea, the changing Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, and a Californian ranch being allowed to return to a wild state. He travels to Guyana's rainforests and savannahs, for instance, to provide startling vignettes of ecological processes in action. Among other topics, he highlights the snake-head mimicry that swallowtail caterpillars use to scare off predators, the symbiotic relationship between the exceedingly rare Golden Poison-Dart Frog and the tank bromeliad plant, and the invisible world of pathogens and parasites that helps to drive diversity. All these mechanisms, and many more, maintain the "green equilibria" of Guyana's rainforest ecosystems. The author also shows how "green equilibria" have shaped the evolution and history of our own species. We now know that a kind of genetic "green equilibrium" helped populations adapt to changing environmental conditions as they spread out of Africa. Striking new evidence indicates that some modern human populations still carry genes from past hominids (such as the Neanderthals) as well as genetic adaptations to local hazards such as malaria. Traveling to many different ecosystems, from coral reefs to the high Himalayas, and drawing on his own on-the-ground research, the author illuminates ecological laws in action. Perhaps most important, he introduces us to people, in many countries around the world, who are now using this new knowledge to help heal the planet
Summary
Explores the rules that govern such diverse ecosystems as the coral reefs in the Philippines and California's grasslands and looks at the role of human populations in maintaining a healthy balance in the world's ecosystems
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10182231
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BT
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Wills, Christopher
Dewey number
577
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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True
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  • Ecosystem health
  • Human beings
  • Nature
  • Ecology
  • Biotic communities
  • Ecosystem management
Target audience
adult
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the vital balance of humans & nature
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Green equilibrium : the vital balance of humans & nature, Christopher Wills
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 247-267) and index
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volume
Content category
text
Contents
How ecosystems work -- Maintaining a green equilibrium -- Stewardship and its perils -- The challenge of restoration ecology -- Catastrophes of the past -- A blending of genetic equilibria -- Ex-Africa semper aliquid novi -- Blending and balance in our gene pool -- The intertwined histories of humans and their ecosystems -- Learning from our history -- Green equilibria and the origin of our pretty good brains -- Green equilibrium is more than a metaphor -- L'Envoi
Control code
000050719673
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xxviii, 280 p., [16] p. of plates
Isbn
9780199645701
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Other physical details
ill., maps
Label
Green equilibrium : the vital balance of humans & nature, Christopher Wills
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 247-267) and index
Carrier category
volume
Content category
text
Contents
How ecosystems work -- Maintaining a green equilibrium -- Stewardship and its perils -- The challenge of restoration ecology -- Catastrophes of the past -- A blending of genetic equilibria -- Ex-Africa semper aliquid novi -- Blending and balance in our gene pool -- The intertwined histories of humans and their ecosystems -- Learning from our history -- Green equilibria and the origin of our pretty good brains -- Green equilibrium is more than a metaphor -- L'Envoi
Control code
000050719673
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xxviii, 280 p., [16] p. of plates
Isbn
9780199645701
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Other physical details
ill., maps

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