A ground-breaking and beautifully written investigation into the Arctic Treeline with an urgent environmental message.
‘Evocative, wise and unflinching’ Jay Griffiths, author of Wild
The Arctic treeline is the frontline of climate change, where the trees have been creeping towards the pole for fifty years already.
Scientists are only just beginning to understand the astonishing significance of these northern forests for all life on Earth. At the treeline, Rawlence witnesses the accelerating impact of climate change and the devastating legacies of colonialism and capitalism. But he also finds reasons for hope. Humans are creatures of the forest; we have always evolved with trees and The Treeline asks us where our co-evolution might take us next.
SHORTLISTED FOR THE JAMES CROPPER WAINWRIGHT PRIZE
‘A moving, thoughtful, deeply reported elegy for our vanishing world and a map of the one to come’ Nathaniel Rich, author of Losing Earth
‘A lyrical and passionate book… The Treeline is a sobering, powerful account of how trees might just save the world, as long as we are sensible enough to let them’ Mail on Sunday
‘Ben Rawlence circumnavigates the very top of the globe – returning with a warning, in this enthralling and wonderfully written book’ Mark Lynas, author of Six Degrees
[An] urgent investigation into the Arctic treeline... a meticulously researched and compellingly presented read. -- Hannah Beckerman * Observer * [A] lyrical and passionate book... The Treeline is a sobering, powerful account of how trees might just save the world. -- Kathryn Hughes * Mail on Sunday * Twill rightly provoke fear, but also a sense of wonder ... A beautiful and evocative portrait of the natural world. It is essential reading for those hoping to better understand our changing planet. -- Tom Lathan * Spectator * [A] sweeping account of the Arctic forest that circles the world in an almost unbroken ring. * Financial Times * Rawlence is a fine ecologist and an excellent writer... The Treeline is timely, salutary and eminently readable. Excellent. -- Colin Tudge * Resurgence & Ecology *
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