Tickets for the Ark (Hardback)

From wasps to whales – how do we choose what to save?

Rebecca Nesbit

A popular science title about conservation. What should we conserve and why in this age of extinctions? Who should get tickets for the ark?

'A fascinating read for anyone interested in the future of the planet' Adam Hart, author and BBC science presenter

Our planet hasn't seen the current rate of extinction since the demise of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago, and global conservation efforts are failing to halt this. As a society, we face choices which will determine the fate of Earth's estimated 8.7 million species, including humans. As wildlife declines, conservation needs to make trade-offs. But what should we conserve and why?

Are we wrong to love bees and hate wasps? Are native species more valuable than newcomers (aka invasives)? Should some animals be culled to protect others, and what do we want the 'natural world' to look like? There are many surprising answers in Rebecca Nesbit's lively, stimulating book, which sows the seeds of a debate we urgently need to have.

Publication date: 17/02/2022

£14.99

ISBN: 9781788167079

Imprint: Profile Books

Subject: Science & Mathematics

Tickets for the Ark (Ebook)

From wasps to whales – how do we choose what to save?

Rebecca Nesbit

A popular science title about conservation. What should we conserve and why in this age of extinctions? Who should get tickets for the ark?

'A fascinating read for anyone interested in the future of the planet' Adam Hart, author and BBC science presenter

Our planet hasn't seen the current rate of extinction since the demise of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago, and global conservation efforts are failing to halt this. As a society, we face choices which will determine the fate of Earth's estimated 8.7 million species, including humans. As wildlife declines, conservation needs to make trade-offs. But what should we conserve and why?

Are we wrong to love bees and hate wasps? Are native species more valuable than newcomers (aka invasives)? Should some animals be culled to protect others, and what do we want the 'natural world' to look like? There are many surprising answers in Rebecca Nesbit's lively, stimulating book, which sows the seeds of a debate we urgently need to have.

Publication date: 17/02/2022

£12.99

ISBN: 9781782838067

ISBN 10 / ASIN: B098R9G2Q9

Imprint: Profile Books

Subject: Science & Mathematics

Reviews for Tickets for the Ark

'Thought-provoking and topical ... an illuminating analysis of where human efforts may best be directed'

 Observer

'Amazing ... important'

 Birdwatching

'Thought-provoking ... Nesbit challenges some widely held assumptions, many I held myself, and is skillful in doing so ... a welcome antidote to the simplistic and divisive thinking that can sometimes taint the well-meaning world of conservation.'

Katie Burton Geographical

'Conservation often requires tough decisions. Rebecca Nesbit takes an entertaining and unflinching look at one of the toughest decisions of all - what do we save if we can't save everything. A fascinating read for anyone interested in the future of the planet'

Adam Hart, author and BBC science presenter 

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Praise for Rebecca Nesbit:

Clear-headed and with a strictly fact-based view of the issue, it highlights the complexities inherent in understanding the multiple ways in which plant genetic engineering can and has been used in the real world. If you want to get beyond post-truth on the issue of GMOs, Nesbit's book is a great place to start

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Mark Lynas 

Rebecca Nesbit

Rebecca Nesbit

Rebecca Nesbit is an ecologist and author, writing on science and the ethical questions it raises, in particular in relation to conservation. She is the author of Is that Fish in your Tomato?, which explored the benefits and the risks of genetically modified foods. After graduating from Durham University, she worked in scientific research, chiefly on butterfly migrations, before working on a program training honeybees to detect explosives. She has worked for the Royal Society of Biology and Nobel, and is a contributor to Scientific American, The Biologist and Popular Science.