|Beginning in his kayak in his home waters of eastern Long Island, Carl Safina's The View from Lazy Point takes
us through the four seasons to the four points of the compass, from the
high Arctic south to Antarctica, across the warm belly of the tropics
from the Caribbean to the west Pacific, then home again. We meet
Eskimos whose way of life is melting away, explore a secret global seed
vault hidden above the Arctic Circle, investigate dilemmas facing
foraging bears and breeding penguins, and sail to formerly devastated
reefs that are resurrecting as fish graze the corals algae-free.
He shows how problems of the environment drive very real matters of human justice, well-being, and our prospects for peace.
"Each time science tightens a coil in the slack of our understanding,"
Safina writes, "it elaborates its fundamental discovery:
In Safina's hands, nature's continuous renewal points toward our
future. His lively stories grant new insights into how our world is
changing, and what our response ought to be.
The View from Lazy
A Natural Year in an Unnatural World
by Carl Safina
Henry Holt and Co., 2011
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