Richly illustrated with nearly five hundred photographs, drawings, and pictures, The Environment of Life provides a wonderfully colorful survey of mankind's ecological saga. It tells the story of human evolution, describing man's complex role in adapting to and shaping his environment, at the same time offering insights into the current state of our planet and the creatures that call it home. As humans we have evolved in mind and body from hunters and gatherers, to farmers and urban dwellers, and presently to the final decision makers in the destruction our conservation of our environment.
In this timely and important book, Colin Tudge draws on the latest findings from the many fields that treat humans and animals in the natural world--on psychology, ethology, ecology, anthropology, agriculture, and conservation--as he takes us on a non-technical guided tour of our environment. In clear, accessible language he offers an open invitation to readers of all levels to follow the unfolding story, step-by-step, beginning with an examination of the animal kingdom, to an overview of ecology and ecosystems, the rise of humanity and civilization, and the emergence of today's pressing concerns for a clean, safe environment. Throughout, The Environment of Life provides a host of keen insights into the intricate relationship between humankind and nature. Tudge describes how scientists are investigating animal behaviors in order to determine the evolutionary significance of what they do and why, and in the process help solve key problems concerning population growth, pollution, industrial encroachment, and the international expansion of western technology. He also takes a closer look at humanity's often destructive impact on delicate ecological systems, and discusses ways of managing the environment that can restore a harmonious balance between modern needs and the natural world. The Environment of Life is a sweeping survey of ecological progression and regression--both our ability to control nature and our pressing need to secure a lasting and peaceful relationship with it. In its breadth and vision--and in its clarity and excellence of presentation--this volume is a panorama of knowledge that anyone concerned with the state of our environment must read.show more