The New Wild

Fred Pearce

Language: English

Publisher: Beacon Press

Published: Feb 18, 2015


A provocative exploration of the "new ecology" and why most of what we think we know about alien species is wrong

For a long time veteran environmental journalist Fred Pearce thought in stark terms about invasive species: they were the evil interlopers spoiling pristine "natural" ecosystems. Most conservationists and environmentalists share this view. But what if the traditional view of ecology is wrong--what if true environmentalists should be applauding the invaders?

In The New Wild, Pearce goes on a journey to rediscover what conservation in the twenty-first century should be about. He explores ecosystems from remote Pacific Islands to the San Francisco Bay, digs into questionable estimates of the cost of invader species, and reveals the outdated intellectual sources of our ideas about the balance of nature. The case for keeping out alien species, he finds, looks increasingly flawed. There is a growing group of scientists looking freshly at...