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The Moon in the Nautilus Shell: Discordant Harmonies Reconsidered: From Climate Change to Species Extinction, How Life Persists in an Ever-Changing World

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In a world constantly confronted by global environmental problems, establishing effective ecological policies is more important than ever. Our natural ecological systems are constantly fluctuating and our plans, policies, and laws governing the environment must change to reflect our new understanding.
Poised to be a core text of the twenty-first century environmental movem
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Hardcover, 424 pages
Published September 14th 2012 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published August 10th 2012)
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Exceptionally knowledgeable, exceptionally intelligent book about nature and about the often misguided ways we regard nature, written by a very experienced ecologist. Not for someone looking for a romantic view or politicized proselytizing. This is for people interested in ecological patterns, amply supported by details and research. For those readers, there is a lot here to enjoy and think about. To a large extent, the book is about common failures to understand those ecological patterns, ...more
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Daniel Botkin is a scientist, biologist, ecologist, physicist, professor, author and journalist. Renowned for his scientific contributions in ecology and environment, he has also worked as a professional journalist and has degrees in physics, biology, and literature. He is best known for the development of the first successful computer simulation in ecology, a computer model of forest growth that ...more
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“Life has had to deal with environmental change, especially climate change, since the beginning of its existence on Earth. Species adjust or go extinct, and both have happened. For life-forms with our kinds of cells—eukaryotic, the kind with distinct organelles—the average existence of a species is about 1 million years, and, on average, one species goes extinct a year, at least of the species we have named and know, including those we know only from fossil records."

-Dan Botkin, excerpt from THE MOON IN THE NAUTILUS SHELL.”
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