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The Man Who Planted Trees: The Story of Lost Groves, the Science of Trees, and a Plan to Save the Planet (Hardcover) by Jim Robbins

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The Man Who Planted Trees: The Story of Lost Groves, the Science of Trees, and a Plan to Save the Planet (Hardcover) by Jim Robbins
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More than twenty years ago, David Milarch, a northern Michigan nurseryman, had a near-death experience in which he was shown an image of a devastated Earth: Its trees were dying, and without them, he was told, human life was in jeopardy. He was tasked with cloning the champion trees of the world--the strongest, oldest trees--and reintroducing their hardier genetics into our ailing forests as a way to combat climate change. When New York Times journalist Jim Robbins heard about Milarch's work, he was fascinated but had his doubts. Over the next few years, though, talking to scientists and traveling to the redwoods and sequoias with Milarch, Robbins came to realize how much we don't yet understand about trees: how they filter our air and water, how they communicate, why they die, and the myriad crucial ways they support life on Earth. The Man Who Planted Trees is both a gripping investigation into the cutting-edge science of trees and an inspiring lesson in how each of us can make a difference.

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"Absorbing, eloquent, and loving . . . While [Jim] Robbins's tone is urgent, it doesn't compromise his crystal-clear science . . . . Even the smallest details here are fascinating." --Dominique Browning, The New York Times Book Review

More than twenty years ago, David Milarch, a northern Michigan nurseryman, had a near-death experience in which he was shown an image of a devastated Earth: Its trees were dying, and without them, he was told, human life was in jeopardy. He was tasked with cloning the champion trees of the world--the strongest, oldest trees--and reintroducing their hardier genetics into our ailing forests as a way to combat climate change. When New York Times journalist Jim Robbins heard about Milarch's work, he was fascinated but had his doubts. Over the next few years, though, talking to scientists and traveling to the redwoods and sequoias with Milarch, Robbins came to realize how much we don't yet understand about trees: how they filter our air and water, how they communicate, why they die, and the myriad crucial ways they support life on Earth. The Man Who Planted Trees is both a gripping investigation into the cutting-edge science of trees and an inspiring lesson in how each of us can make a difference.

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"The great poet W. S. Merwin once wrote, 'On the last day of the world I would want to plant a tree.' It's good to see, in this lovely volume, that some folks are getting a head start!" --Bill McKibben, author of Eaarth

"Inspiring . . . Robbins lucidly summarizes the importance and value of trees to planet Earth and all humanity." --The Ecologist

"'Imagine a world without trees,' writes journalist Jim Robbins. It's nearly impossible after reading The Man Who Planted Trees,in which Robbins weaves science and spirituality as he explores the bounty these plants offer the planet." --Audubon

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ISBN 9781400069064
EAN 9781400069064
Publisher Spiegel & Grau
Publish Date Jan 1, 2012
Copyright Date Jan 1, 2012
Binding Hardcover
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