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Silent Earth: Averting the Insect Apocalypse

Silent Earth: Averting the Insect Apocalypse

Written by Dave Goulson

Narrated by Dave Goulson


Silent Earth: Averting the Insect Apocalypse

Written by Dave Goulson

Narrated by Dave Goulson

ratings:
3.5/5 (13 ratings)
Length:
9 hours
Publisher:
Released:
Sep 28, 2021
ISBN:
9780063088269
Format:
Audiobook

Description

In the tradition of Rachel Carson’s groundbreaking environmental classic Silent Spring, an award-winning entomologist and conservationist explains the importance of insects to our survival, and offers a clarion call to avoid a looming ecological disaster of our own making.


Drawing on thirty years of research, Goulson has written an accessible, fascinating, and important book that examines the evidence of an alarming drop in insect numbers around the world. “If we lose the insects, then everything is going to collapse,” he warned in a recent interview in the New York Times—beginning with humans’ food supply. The main cause of this decrease in insect populations is the indiscriminate use of chemical pesticides. Hence, Silent Earth’s nod to Rachel Carson’s classic Silent Spring which, when published in 1962, led to the global banning of DDT. This was a huge victory for science and ecological health at the time.

Yet before long, new pesticides just as lethal as DDT were introduced, and today, humanity finds itself on the brink of a new crisis. What will happen when the bugs are all gone? Goulson explores the intrinsic connection between climate change, nature, wildlife, and the shrinking biodiversity and analyzes the harmful impact for the earth and its inhabitants.  

Meanwhile we have all read stories about hive collapse syndrome affecting honeybee colonies and the tragic decline of monarch butterflies in North America, and more. But it is not too late to arrest this decline, and Silent Earth should be the clarion call. Smart, eye-opening, and essential, Silent Earth is a forceful call to action to save our world, and ultimately, ourselves.

Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook.

Publisher:
Released:
Sep 28, 2021
ISBN:
9780063088269
Format:
Audiobook

About the author

Dave Goulson studied biology at Oxford University and is now a professor of biological sciences at the University of Stirling. He founded the Bumblebee Conservation Trust in 2006, whose groundbreaking conservation work saw him win the Heritage Lottery Award for Best Environmental Project and “Social Innovator of the Year” from the Biology and Biotechnology Research Council in 2010.


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  • (4/5)
    Sobering look at the state of insect biodiversity, especially in Britain, which looks like a ravaged moonscape compared with New Zealand. But our monoculture farming is probably just as bad, and we're certainly using heaps of glyphosate and neonicotinoids, so the reckoning is likely coming. Goulson uses the in-depth research into insect decline and its causes, which has advanced quite a bit since the first alarming data from Germany, to lay out a general environmental programme that ticks all the Green boxes. Will hopefully push some people off the fence. He still can't spell Fiordland though.
  • (3/5)
    A salutary warning about the alarming decline in the insect population and its consequences for ecosystems, the future of the planet and of the human population. If anything the author is too apologetic