The Global Forest

The Global Forest

Book - 2010
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A gorgeously-written exploration of the natural world and the peril of ignoring our disappearing forests

One of the world's experts on how trees chemically affect the environment, Canadian scientist Diana Beresford-Kroeger is on a mission to save the planet- one newly planted tree at a time. In this new book, she skillfully weaves together ecology, ethnobotany, horticulture, spirituality, science, and alternative medicine to capture the magic spell that trees cast over us, from their untapped ecological and pharmaceutical potential to the roles they have played in our cultural heritage. Trees not only breathe and communicate; they also reproduce, provide shelter, medicine, and food, and connect disparate elements of the natural world. In celebrating forests' function and beauty, Beresford-Kroeger warns what a deforested world would look like. Her revolutionary bioplan proposes how trees can be planted in urban and rural areas to promote health and counteract pollution and global warming, main­taining biodiversity in the face of climate change.

Presented in short interconnected essays, The Global Forest draws from ancient storytelling traditions to present an unforgettable work of natural history. Beresford-Kroeger is an imaginative thinker who writes with the precision of a scientist and the lyricism of a poet. Her indisputable passion for her subject matter will inspire readers to look at trees with newfound awe.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2010.
ISBN: 9780670021741
Branch Call Number: 398. 242 BER
Characteristics: 175 p.


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Dec 28, 2015

The Lorax is alive and well in Diana Beresford-Kroeger, a storyteller in the old Irish tradition and a medical biochemist, who applies her experience and knowledge to the propagation and preservation of trees and forests worldwide. Further, she is committed to sharing the wisdom of trees whether it comes from ancient histories or modern scientific findings. Her writing is beautiful and her stories as spellbinding as those of the best storytellers. Is it any wonder that she maintains a world-wide network for finding extinct or near extinct trees, propagating those sent to her and then sending them back out into the world to rise again? Set some quiet time aside to fully savor and digest these essays. Then check out her website to read all about her work as well as the time some Hell’s Angels came to visit. Enjoy!

Jul 02, 2015

It seems as if the Critics are ill informed as to the accuracy of Diana's work.

After having reviewed 18 peer reviewed papers this week on forests it seems that Diana is only guilty of being a little a head of her peers and that she can surely be forgiven.

Apr 11, 2012

This is from an Irish gal who is a biochemist, and a biologist and knows here globe trees stuffs. Excellent to read to kids and short chapters are great in a busy lifestyle to read easily each day in transit or before bed. I support her science facts, and her proof is just the truth. Bravo for the girls--we have her!

Apr 03, 2012

Of all Diana Beresford-Kroeger books this is the least flashy. Excellent book.

Cdnbookworm Sep 06, 2011

Beresbord-Kroeger is a botanist and medical biochemist and an expert on medicinal, environmental, and nutritional properties of trees.
This book links that knowledge with a poetic style to celebrate trees, mourn losses, and educate the reader. Told in short chapters that echo traditional storytelling, Beresford-Kroeger shows how trees are a part of the larger environment, giving examples of how they interact with other plants, insects, animals and man. She shows how trees help each other out, and explains the role of mother trees in a forest. She tells us how they breathe, providing us with the oxygen we need and converting or storing our waste carbon. She shows how the trees green chlorophyll echoes our own red hemoglobin in function and movement through the living. She shows how they provide food, shelter, medicine, and comfort to other living entities, including us. The connections she explains are eye-opening. She makes several arguments for change in how we treat these important elements of the earth, and hopefully we are listening.
A wonderful lyrical read, although it did have me reaching for my dictionary from time to time for scientific terms and other wonderfully new words. The short chapters offer just enough to ponder upon before going on the the next one.

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