The New Wild

Paperback $20.00

Apr 05, 2016 | 264 Pages

Hardcover $26.95

Apr 07, 2015 | 272 Pages

Ebook $26.95

Apr 07, 2015 | 272 Pages

  • Paperback $20.00

    Apr 05, 2016 | 264 Pages

  • Hardcover $26.95

    Apr 07, 2015 | 272 Pages

  • Ebook $26.95

    Apr 07, 2015 | 272 Pages


“[Pearce] hits the nail on the head… [He] brings the balanced perspective of a seasoned, freethinking environmental reporter, pushing points that need to be made.”
Kirkus Reviews

Praise for The New Wild

“Pearce shows that biodiversity actually increases more frequently than it decreases when newer wildlife marches in. Must reading for environmentalists of every stripe, and an optimistic report on the resilience of nature in a world of constantly shifting ecosystems.”

“Pragmatic conservation has to begin with undogmatic, realistic ecology, which shows that alien-invasive plants and animals almost always increase biodiversity—and therefore nature’s general health and robustness. Fred Pearce’s ‘new wild’ suggests a matching ‘new conservation.’”          
—Stewart Brand, author of Whole Earth Discipline
“I wholly agree with Fred Pearce’s argument for rewilding. Life, from the smallest bacterium to the whole living planet, is dynamic. Species do not belong in a planet-sized zoo. We should let Gaia evolve.”
—James Lovelock, author of The Vanishing Face of Gaia and A Rough Ride to the Future
Praise for Fred Pearce

The Land Grabbers

“Terrific… [Pearce has] produced a work of required reading for anyone concerned about global justice in the twenty-first century.”
—Raj Patel, author of The Value of Nothing
When the Rivers Run Dry

“An enriching and farsighted work.”
—Jai Singh, San Francisco Chronicle

Table Of Contents


On Language vii

Acronyms ix

Introduction: Nature in a World of Humans xi

Part One: Alien Empires

Chapter 1 On Green Mountain 3

Chapter 2 New Worlds 19

Chapter 3 All at Sea 39

Chapter 4 Welcome to America 51

Chapter 5 Britain: A Nation Tied in Knotweed 71

Part Two: Myths and Demons

Chapter 6 Ecological Cleansing 87

Chapter 7 Myths of the Aliens 103

Chapter 8 Myths of the Pristine 121

Chapter 9 Nativism in the Garden of Eden 135

Part Three: The New Wild

Capter 10 Novel Ecosystems 153

Chapter 11 Rebooting Conservation in the Urban Badlands 165

Chapter 12 Call of the New Wild 179

Latin Names 195

Acknowledgments 201

Notes 203

Index 231

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