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Silent Earth : averting the insect apocalypse / Dave Goulson.

Goulson, Dave, (author.).

Available copies

  • 2 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

Current holds

1 current hold with 2 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Detroit Lakes Public Library 595.717 GOU (Text) 33500013467469 New Available -
Greenbush Public Library 595.717 GOU (Text) 35500006513186 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780063088207
  • ISBN: 0063088207
  • Physical Description: 328 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First U.S. edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2021]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 303-317) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Introduction: a life with insects -- Why insects matter. A brief history of insects ; The importance of insects ; The wonder of insects -- Insect declines. Evidence for insect declines ; Shifting baselines -- Causes of insect declines. Losing their home ; The poisoned land ; Weed control ; The green desert ; Pandora's box ; The coming storm ; Bauble Earth ; Invasions ; The known and unknown unknowns ; Death by a thousand cuts -- Where are we headed?. A view from the future -- What can we do?. Raising awareness ; Greening our cities ; The future of farming ; Nature everywhere ; Actions for everyone.
Summary, etc.:
An award-winning entomologist and conservationist, drawing on thirty years of research, examines the evidence of an alarming drop in insect numbers around the world, which could cause an ecological disaster.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2021 July #1
    *Starred Review* Most people dislike bugs. With few exceptions (butterflies), our initial impulse is to swat, squish, or spray the little creatures. But the prodigious work an estimated five million insect species perform is vastly underappreciated. They pollinate crops, control pests, keep soil healthy, recycle (leaves, dung, corpses), and are a major food source for bigger animals. In this terrific book about the weird, perilous, and wondrous world of bugs, biologist Goulson (A Buzz in the Meadow, 2015) warns, As insects become more scarce, our world will slowly grind to a halt, for it cannot function without them. Insect populations have decreased by an estimated 75% in the last 50 years. Some reasons for their decline include destruction of natural habitats, pesticides, parasites and infections, and possibly climate change. Goulson writes with urgency and affection, describing butterflies as airheaded and bumblebees as the intellectual giants of the insect world. Facts fly: Ants alone outnumber humans roughly one million to one. A queen termite can live longer than 50 years. Goulson rightly worries, We are committing ecocide on a biblical scale, but offers solutions. A thoughtful explanation of how the dramatic decline of insect species and numbers poses a dire threat to all life on earth. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Insects > Ecology.
Insects > Conservation.
Insect populations.

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