Rainforest (Paperback)

Dispatches from Earth's Most Vital Frontlines

By Tony Juniper

Island Press, 9781642830729, 456pp.

Publication Date: September 19, 2019

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Description

Rainforests have long been recognized as hotspots of biodiversity—but they are crucial for our planet in other surprising ways. Not only do these fascinating ecosystems thrive in rainy regions, they create rain themselves, and this moisture is spread around the globe. Rainforests across the world have a powerful and concrete impact, reaching as far as America’s Great Plains and central Europe. In Rainforest: Dispatches from Earth’s Most Vital Frontlines, a prominent  conservationist provides a comprehensive view of the crucial roles rainforests serve, the state of the world’s rainforests today, and the inspirational efforts underway to save them.

In Rainforest, Tony Juniper draws upon decades of work in rainforest conservation. He brings readers along on his journeys, from the thriving forests of Costa Rica to Indonesia, where palm oil plantations have supplanted much of the former rainforest. Despite many ominous trends, Juniper sees hope for rainforests and those who rely upon them, thanks to developments like new international agreements, corporate deforestation policies, and movements from local and Indigenous communities.    

As climate change intensifies, we have already begun to see the effects of rainforest destruction on the planet at large. Rainforest provides a detailed and wide-ranging look at the health and future of these vital ecosystems. Throughout this evocative book, Juniper argues that in saving rainforests, we save ourselves, too.


About the Author

Tony Juniper is a writer, sustainability adviser and long-serving environmentalist. He has published several successful and award-winning books, including the bestseller What Has Nature Ever Done for Us? and Saving Planet Earth. He has worked on efforts to conserve tropical forests for more than thirty years, including with BirdLife International, Friends of the Earth, and as an Advisor to The Prince's Rainforests Project. He is currently the Chair of Natural England, the country’s official government conservation agency.


Praise For Rainforest: Dispatches from Earth's Most Vital Frontlines

"[Juniper] tackles the rain forest as a topic from multiple angles in this heavily researched, smartly written, and singularly important title...This is science writing at its best, an immersive read with a powerful message about why what happens in one part of the world matters to all of us."

— Booklist

"A thoughtful exploration, scientific and political, of the ecological web from raindrop to global climactic system...[Juniper] writes with a lightly worn but deep understanding of ecology, conservation biology, and population dynamics. He lucidly explains such matters as how to enlist rural populations in sustaining rainforests, identifying a host of big-picture problems such as poverty and political corruption, and making a strong case for 'the idea that in combating climate change there [is] no more effective step than halting deforestation.' A sturdy primer for anyone interested in learning about tropical rainforests and why it's essential to keep them healthy."

— Kirkus

 "This book is essential reading for anyone who wants a better future for our planet."

— Choice

"People take action when they are inspired. And this is exactly what Tony's book does. It is an incredible, firsthand account of one of the most important environmental battles of our time, one that we simply cannot afford to lose. Because a fight for the rainforests is a fight for Planet Earth and for the peoples of the world."

— Erik Solheim, Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme, 2016-2018