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In our pages: Earth Day review of 'Here on Earth'

April 22, 2011 | 12:43 pm

April 22 is Earth Day, and for the occasion we've got a review of "Here On Earth" by Tim Flannery. Our review is by environment editor Geoffrey Mohan, who writes, "Earth could use a biography. Tim Flannery has delivered a provocative one in time for Earth Day." 

Mohan continues:

Despite the rising level of greenhouse gases warming the Blue Planet and the failure to unite governments behind efforts to arrest the trend, Flannery is optimistic for Earth's future and that of its most destructive inhabitants: you and me.

That's not to say there aren't reasons to fall into a funk while reading "Here on Earth," the latest work from one of the planet's great field zoologists and thinkers. Flannery doesn't bury the hard facts of climate change. But unlike those who believe the human race has evolved into a species incapable of the long-term thought and unity that can save it from overconsumption, Flannery falls in with those who still believe we can save ourselves, in part by retooling our thinking of evolution itself.

Read the complete review here.


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