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The New Ecology:
Rethinking a Science for the Anthropocene
Oswald J. Schmitz

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"Schmitz uses short, fascinating case studies to explain how a science that once focused solely on nature has expanded to encompass the global socio-ecological system in which we humans and all of nature are entwined. A curative to simplistic or overly pessimistic thinking, The New Ecology explains why environmental problems are so complex--but also why that doesn't mean they are unsolvable."--Emma Marris, author of Rambunctious Garden: Saving Nature in a Post-Wild World

"In this book, Os Schmitz has succeeded in presenting a user-friendly explanation of the science of ecology as an ally to human beings striving for a more sustainable world. The new ecology helps us fully understand that we are a part of nature, and that nature provides essential life-support services. This book inspires us to work with nature to ensure that this life support will be available to us and to future generations."--Julia Marton-Lefèvre, former director general of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

"The New Ecology is an indispensable book for all those interested in the flourishing of the life systems of our planet. Os Schmitz brings together the latest ecological thinking on the interdependence of the natural and human worlds. He has illuminated these interconnections with lyrical and engaging stories. A must read!"--Mary Evelyn Tucker, coauthor of Journey of the Universe

"At last: a wonderful introduction to the new ecology and its promise and imperative to reconcile nature and humanity to mutual benefit. The New Ecology is a remarkable distillation that should be required reading for all."--Thomas E. Lovejoy, George Mason University

"The New Ecology brings together the many recent developments in ecological thought and provides substantial treatments of some of the major traditional underpinnings of ecology. To my knowledge, there is no other book that covers this material in such a cohesive and synthetic manner."--Harold Mooney, coeditor of Ecosystems of California

"Timely, well written, and easy to read. Schmitz argues that the science of ecology has undergone a major change, one in which the idea that there are two separate worlds on Earth--the natural and the human--is being abandoned. The new ecology seeks to ensure that people can continue to benefit from nature without denying future generations the same opportunities."--Shahid Naeem, coeditor of Biodiversity, Ecosystem Functioning, and Human Wellbeing: An Ecological and Economic Perspective

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