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The Resource Empire of the beetle : how human folly and a tiny bug are killing North America's great forests, Andrew Nikiforuk

Empire of the beetle : how human folly and a tiny bug are killing North America's great forests, Andrew Nikiforuk

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Empire of the beetle : how human folly and a tiny bug are killing North America's great forests
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Empire of the beetle
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how human folly and a tiny bug are killing North America's great forests
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Andrew Nikiforuk
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Empire of the beetle
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how human folly and a tiny bug are killing North Americas great forests
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eng
Review
  • With equal attention to the destructive actions of insects and humans alike, Canadian journalist Nikiforuk (Tar Sands) describes the decimation of expanses of conifers by bark beetles on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula. Quoting entomologist Stephen L. Wood, who wrote the bible on bark beetles, Nikiforuk explains that in a healthy forest, the beetles act as managers, killing off stagnant trees, recycling them as forest nutrients, and making way for younger, more vigorous trees. But because the beetles' function "competes with human interests" the beetles have been transformed into a dangerously destructive element. Ineffective and forest- and community-destroying policies to fight the beetles, such as poisoning and clear-cutting, and forestry tactics like monoculture, which lower the forests' resilience, combined with global warming—which causes an increase in beetle reproductive cycles and weakens forests with droughts—seem to have turned what was once an essential part of the forest life cycle into an ecological disaster. Nikiforuk leavens this tragic, instructive history with curious facts about the complex, intelligent insect and intriguing experiments using sounds to "defeat scolytids and temper their forest-eating behavior." Nikiforuk's florid language, affection for the beetles, and scorn for the humans in his story are sometimes extravagant, but lighten the tone of what in other hands could be an overwhelmingly depressing topic. (Sept.) --Staff (Reviewed July 4, 2011) (Publishers Weekly, vol 258, issue 27, p)
  • Bark beetles: they are as tiny as a match head, individually fragile, and yet as a swarm more destructive than any forest fire. Nikiforuk (Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of a Continent ) follows bark beetle outbreaks from the last three decades in Alaska and the western United States. Despite its grim title, the book paints a complex picture of bark beetles that showcases their incredible qualities as well as their potentially harmful ones. Nikiforuk argues that bark beetles are a part of western North America's natural ecosystem, but the growing human population and its demands on natural resources place the insects in the role of nuisance. As a pest, however, they are incredibly dangerous to forests and have, to date, killed more than 30 billion trees since the 1980s. VERDICT Nikiforuk tallies the human and ecological costs of bark beetles' destruction of wide swathes of trees, costs that are exacerbated by climate change. His plainspoken writing style is especially poignant as he gives voice to the devastating human experience of lost forests. Recommended.— Marianne Stowell Bracke, Purdue Univ. Libs., West Lafayette, IN --Marianne Stowell Bracke (Reviewed October 1, 2011) (Library Journal, vol 136, issue 16, p97)
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Issued also in electronic format.
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10016679
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1955-
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Nikiforuk, Andrew
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634.9/6768097
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  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
SB945.B3
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N55 2011
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non fiction
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David Suzuki Foundation
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  • Bark beetles
  • Trees
  • Beetles
  • Forest insects
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how human folly and a tiny bug are killing North America's great forests
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Empire of the beetle : how human folly and a tiny bug are killing North America's great forests, Andrew Nikiforuk
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Co-published by the David Suzuki Foundation
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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837468
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22 cm
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230 pages
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9781553655107
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  • (OCoLC)727455341
Label
Empire of the beetle : how human folly and a tiny bug are killing North America's great forests, Andrew Nikiforuk
Publication
Note
Co-published by the David Suzuki Foundation
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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837468
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22 cm
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230 pages
Isbn
9781553655107
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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illustrations, map
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  • (Sirsi) i9781553655107
  • (OCoLC)727455341

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