Inheritors of the Earth

By Chris D. Thomas
Last Updated: Monday 09 October 2017 | 10:44:02 AM

It is accepted wisdom today that human beings have irrevocably damaged the natural world.

We have altered our climate, acidified our oceans and we are in the process of causing the sixth mass extinction. Yet what if this gloomy narrative obscures a more hopeful truth? In Inheritors of the Earth, renowned ecologist and environmentalist Chris D. Thomas overturns this loss-only view of the world's biodiversity, revealing how many animals and plants have benefited from the human-altered planet. Our actions have even raised the rate at which new species are formed to possibly the highest level in our planet's history. From Costa Rican tropical forests to Pacific archipelagos to the thoroughly transformed British landscape, nature is coping surprisingly well in the human era. 

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