Hurricane Lizards and Plastic Squid: How the Natural World is Adapting to Climate Change


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Hurricane Lizards and Plastic Squid: How the Natural World is Adapting to Climate Change Author: Format: Hardback First Published: Published By: Icon Books Ltd Pages: 304 Language: English ISBN: 9781785788475 Categories: , ,

A fascinating insight into climate change biology around the globe, as well as in our own backyards. Hurricane Lizards and Plastic Squid is the first major book by a biologist to focus on the fascinating story of how the natural world is adjusting, adapting, and sometimes measurably evolving in response to climate change. Lyrical and thought-provoking, this book broadens the climate focus from humans to the wider lattice of life. Bestselling nature writer Thor Hanson – author of Buzz (a Radio 4 ‘Book of the Week’) – shows us how Caribbean lizards have grown larger toe pads to grip trees more tightly during frequent hurricanes; and how the ‘plasticity’ of squid has allowed them to change their body size and breeding habits to cope with altered sea temperatures. Plants and animals have a great deal to teach us about the nature of what comes next, because for many of them, and also for many of us, that world is already here.

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'Nature-lovers ... will marvel at the incredible ingenuity of creatures across the globe.' * Publishers Weekly * 'This compelling read will spark the interest of everyone who cares about what is happening to the natural world.' * Library Journal (starred review) * A masterful storyteller, Hanson interweaves his own formative experiences into the narrative ... The book's forward-looking approach seems intended to encourage readers' curiosity about climate change, with the notion that, once suitably informed, they will feel compelled to take action. * Science * Hanson is an affable guide and storyteller, with a knack for analogy, a sense of humor and the natural curiosity of a scientist. * New York Times *

Author Biography

Thor Hanson is a biologist whose previous books include The Impenetrable Forest, Feathers (longlisted for the Samuel Johnson prize), The Triumph of Seeds, and Buzz. He lives on an island in the Pacific Northwest, USA.