State of the Wild
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In wild places where nature thrives, humanity prospers; our well-being is inextricably linked with that of the planet's web of life. In fact, one could argue that the state of the world can be measured by the state of the wild.
But how do we gauge the state of earth's wildlife, wildlands, and oceans? State of the Wild is a new series that brings together some of the world's most renowned conservationists and writers-George Schaller, Alan Rabinowitz, Sylvia Earle, Rick Bass, Bill McKibben, Tom Lovejoy, and many others-to assess wildlife and wilderness, and to provide insights into how humans can become better stewards of the wild.
This new series combines evocative writings with a fascinating tour of news highlights and vital statistics from around the world. One-third of each volume will focus on a topic of particular concern to conservationists working to protect wildlife and our last wild places. This 2006 edition explores the impacts of hunting and the wildlife trade through a range of essays: Ted Kerasote traces the history of hunting in North America; Carl Safina, Eric Gilman, and Wallace J. Nichols quantify the toll taken by commercial fishing on seabirds, turtles, and other marine species; James Compton and Samuel K. H. Lee explore the global reach of the wildlife trade for traditional Asian medicine.
Contributors also examine other pivotal conservation issues, from the reasons why one in eight of the world's birds are endangered, to the impacts of global climate change, to the complexity of conserving seals, flamingos, zebras, and other wide-ranging species. The book's closing essay, "The Relative Wild," considers what exactly it means for a place to be "wild," where even the most remote corners of the planet have been altered by human activities.
Uniquely structured with magazine-like features up front, conservation news in the middle, and essay contributions from eminent authors and biologists throughout, this landmark series is an essential addition to any environmental bookshelf.
"No one can remain complacent after reading this book; the problems are real and they threaten our very existence, but the stories of successful conservation efforts give hope that we can still preserve what remains. Future editions in this series are sure to be eagerly anticipated."
"The value of this overstuffed volume (the premier edition of a series) is twofold: One, it provides a no-bullshit roundup and analysis of the year's major environmental stories—a regular physical for the planet. And two, it gives experts like Carl Safina and essayists like Rick Bass and Ted Kerasote ample room to explain why it all so desperately matters."
"Offering thorough documentation of the impact of the human species on the globe, the contributors are hopeful but also realistic in their perspective. State of the Wild 2006 belongs in every public, school, academic, and government library."
"The wild helps to define us as human, and our efforts to conserve the wild help to demonstrate how civilized we are. State of the Wild 2006 contains some alarming figures about the loss of the wild but balances these with aspiring stories of efforts to maintain the wilderness areas that inspire so many of us to conserve the diversity of our planet."
Jeffrey A. McNeely, chief scientist, IUCN-The World Conservation Union, Gland, Switzerland
Chapter 1. State of the Wild
Chapter 2. Mapping the Wild: The Human Footprint
Chapter 3. By the Numbers: Hunted, Traded and Eaten into Extinction
Chapter 4. The Rarest of the Rare: Some of the World's Most Endangered Animals Global News Highlights
Chapter 5. Africa, Asia, Australia/Pacific
Chapter 6. Europe
Chapter 7. Central and South America
Chapter 8. Middle East/ North Africa
Chapter 9. North America Hunting and the Wildlife Trade
Chapter 10. Wildlife Trade within East Asia: Supply and Demand for Traditional Oriental Medicine
Chapter 11. Twine and the Ancient Mariners: Albatrosses, Sea Turtles, and Fishing Gear Encounters
Chapter 12. Ebola, SARS, and Other Diseases that Imperil People and Animals Conservation Controversies: Hunting
Chapter 13. Let Them Eat Cake? Some Skeptical Thoughts on Conservation Strategies in the Bushmeat Range States
Chapter 14. Biting the Hand that Feeds You: The Consumption of Nature and Natural Resources in the Tropics Wildlife, Wildlands, and Oceans
Chapter 15. Species in Focus: Saving Jaguars throughout Their Range
Chapter 16. Climate Change and the Wild
Chapter 17. The Gathering Wave of Ocean Extinctions People and Culture
Chapter 18. Culturally Determined Wildlife Populations: The Problem of the Designer Ark The Art and Practice of Conservation
Chapter 19. Conservation and Conflict: The Importance of Continuing Conservation Work during Political Upheaval and Armed Conflict
Chapter 20. Captive Breeding: Miracle Under Fire