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Hurricane lizards and plastic squid : the fraught and fascinating biology of climate change  Cover Image Book Book

Hurricane lizards and plastic squid : the fraught and fascinating biology of climate change / Thor Hanson.

Hanson, Thor, (author.).

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  • ISBN: 9781541672420
  • ISBN: 1541672429
  • Physical Description: xvii, 280 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Basic Books, Hachette Book Group, 2021.

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Introduction: Thinking about it -- Part 1: The culprits (change and carbon) -- 1. Nothing stays the same -- 2. Mephitic air -- Part 2: the challenges (and opportunities) -- 3. Right place, wrong time -- 4. The nth degree -- 5. Strange bedfellows -- 6. The bare necessities -- Part 3: The responses -- 7. Move -- 8. Adapt -- 9. Evolve -- 10. Take refuge -- Part 4: The results -- 11. Pushing the envelope -- 12. Surprise, surprise -- 13. That was then, this is now -- Conclusion: Everything you can.
Summary, etc.:
"As a young biologist, Hanson by his own admission watched with some detachment as our warming planet presented plants and animals with an ultimatum: change or face extinction. But his detachment turned to both concern and awe, as he observed the remarkable narratives of change playing out in each plant and animal he studied. In Hurricane Lizards and Plastic Squid, Hanson tells the story of how nature-both plants and animals, from beech trees to beetles-are meeting the challenges of rapid climate change head-on, adjusting, adapting, and sometimes noticeably evolving... As global warming transforms and restructures the ecosystems in which these animals and others live, Hanson argues, we are forced to conclude that climate change will not have just one effect: Some transformations are beneficial. Others, and perhaps most, are devastating, wiping out entire species. One thing is constant: with each change an organism undergoes, the delicate balance of interdependent ecosystems is tipped, forcing the evolution of thousands more species, including us. To understand how, collectively, these changes are shaping the natural world and the future of life, Hanson looks back through deep time, examining fossil records, pollen, and even the tooth enamel of giant wombats and mummified owl pellets. Together, these records of our past tell the story of ancient climate change, shedding light on the challenges faced by today's species, the ways they will respond, and how these strategies will determine the fate of ecosystems around the globe.-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Bioclimatology.
Adaptation (Biology)
Biotic communities.
Global environmental change.
Climatic changes.
SCIENCE / Natural History.
SCIENCE / Global Warming & Climate Change.
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Evolution.
Adaptation (Biology)
Biotic communities.
Climatic changes.
Global environmental change.

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East Grand Forks Campbell Library 577.2 HANSON 2021 (Text) 521216 Non-Fiction Available -

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