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The Accidental Ecosystem: People and Wildlife in American Cities (MP3 CD)

The Accidental Ecosystem: People and Wildlife in American Cities By Peter S. Alagona, Matt Godfrey (Read by) Cover Image
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The Accidental Ecosystem tells the story of how cities across the United States went from having little wildlife to filling, dramatically and unexpectedly, with wild creatures. Today, many of these cities have more wild animals living in them than at any time in at least the past 150 years. Why have so many cities--the most artificial and human-dominated of all Earth's ecosystems--grown rich with wildlife, even as wildlife has declined in most of the rest of the world? And what does this paradox mean for people, wildlife, and nature on our increasingly urban planet? The Accidental Ecosystem is the first book to explain this phenomenon from a deep historical perspective, and its focus includes a broad range of species and cities. Digging into the natural history of cities and unpacking our conception of what it means to be wild, this book provides fascinating context for why animals are thriving more in cities than outside of them. Considering what it means to live in diverse, multispecies communities and exploring how human and non-human members of communities might thrive together, Peter S. Alagona goes beyond the tension between those who embrace the surge in urban wildlife and those who think of animals as invasive or as public safety hazards.

Product Details
ISBN: 9798874651770
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Publication Date: July 18th, 2023
Language: English