HEATSTROKE
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In 2006, one of the hottest years on record, a “pizzly” was discovered near the top of the world. Half polar bear, half grizzly, this never-before-seen animal might be dismissed as a fluke of nature. Anthony Barnosky instead sees it as a harbinger of things to come.

In Heatstroke, the renowned paleoecologist shows how global warming is fundamentally changing the natural world and its creatures. While melting ice may have helped produce the pizzly, climate change is more likely to wipe out species than to create them. Plants and animals that have followed the same rhythms for millennia are suddenly being confronted with a world they’re unprepared for—and adaptation usually isn’t an option.

This is not the first time climate change has dramatically transformed Earth. Barnosky draws connections between the coming centuries and the end of the last ice age, when mass extinctions swept the planet. The differences now are that climate change is faster and hotter than past changes, and for the first time humanity is driving it. Which means this time we can work to stop it.

No one knows exactly what nature will come to look like in this new age of global warming. But Heatstroke gives us a haunting portrait of what we stand to lose and the vitality of what can be saved.

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Since 1990, Anthony D. Barnosky has been on the faculty at the University of California, Berkeley, where he currently holds the posts of Professor of Integrative Biology, Curator of Fossil Mammals in the Museum of Paleontology, and Research Paleoecologist in the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology.

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Preface

PART ONE: RECIPE FOR DISASTER?

Chapter 1: The Heat Is On

Chapter 2: Behind Nature’s Heartbeat

Chapter 3: On Our Watch

Chapter 4: Witnessing Extinction

Chapter 5: No Place to Run To

PART TWO: NORMAL FOR NATURE

Chapter 6: California Dreaming

Chapter 7: Disturbance in Yellowstone

Chapter 8: Mountain Time in Colorado

Chapter 9: Africa on the Edge

PART THREE. UNCHARTED TERRAIN

Chapter 10: Disappearing Act

Chapter 11: Losing the Parts

Chapter 12: Skeleton Crew

Chapter 13: Bad Company

Chapter 14: Geography of Hope

Appendix: Slowing Down Global Warming

Notes

Index

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