What was causing a horrific smell and strangely common illnesses in a suburb of Los Angeles? Why were sea stars (aka starfish) pulling off their limbs and then liquefying? What was killing animals and people in West Virginia? How are the new “meatless meats” made and why? These are just a few of the ten topics covered in Second Nature.
Is de-extinction, a la Jurassic Park, a good or a bad thing? The creations would not be the exact same creature. They would be a manmade version of the extinct bird, animal, or plant. Does anyone else feel a shiver of horror at that idea? In Second Nature, the cutting-edge ideas in climate change and what used to be called ecology are presented in a compellingly readable format. No science education is necessary for a full understanding of each topic.
I highly recommend this book! Everyone should read it. Some chapters are uplifting and some genuinely sad—but all are enthralling. 5 stars and a favorite!
Thanks to MCD, Farrar, Straus and Giroux and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.