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Canopy of Titans

The Life and Times of the Great North American Temperate Rainforest
Paperback Book
OR Books
October, 2022
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"Trees are crucial in preserving a liveable future.Canopy of Titansmakes an eloquent plea for saving one of North America's last great forests."
Elizabeth Kolbert, author ofThe Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

Canopy of Titans examines the global importance of the Pacific Coastal Temperate Rainforest that stretches from Northern California to Alaska and catalogs the threats to this vital environmental resource.

The product of years of on-the-ground reporting, this richly illustrated book celebrates the beauty and complexity of one of the worlds great forests. It provides readers with easy-to-grasp insights into the science behind carbon sequestration and the value of forests as climate mitigation. The story is organized along two broad narratives: A geographical arc runs from south-to-north beginning with the redwood forest of Northern California and ending in the Tongass National Forest in Alaska. A temporal arc starts with wildfires raging across the American West in the summer of 2020 and ends at the UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow in November 2021, with many historical flashbacks in between.

Along the way, Applegate and Koberstein pull back the curtain on policies of governmental bodies that have seriously diminished the rainforests capacity to store carbon, and uncover industry practices that have led to the destruction of swaths of a major ecological resource. Additionally, using an environmental justice perspective, the book shines a light on the indigenous communities that have lived in the rainforest for millennia, and the impact forest policies have had on their lives.

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