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Rescuing the Planet

Protecting Half the Land to Heal the Earth

by Tony Hiss

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Rescuing the Planet by Tony Hiss
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    Mar 2021, 320 pages

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Journalist Tony Hiss offers stories of urgency and hope in Rescuing the Planet, which suggests one possible solution to our "other" environmental crisis—the mass extinction of thousands of species.

We all have heard a lot about the urgent need for countries, corporations and individuals to act on climate change (and rightly so!). That problem is dire and is not going away anytime soon. But, as journalist and former New Yorker writer Tony Hiss notes in his new book Rescuing the Planet, the climate emergency is only part of the story when we talk about the current crises facing the Earth. "As a direct result of humanity's destructive actions on the landscape," Hiss writes, "1 million species of plants and animals are likely to go extinct, many within the next few decades." This massive reduction in biodiversity has been referred to as the sixth extinction (meaning the sixth instance in our planet's history of a "mass extinction," an event in which a majority of species are wiped out). However, as Hiss splendidly outlines, there is one possible human-led path to drastically altering ...

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