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Rewilding

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Wednesday, December 3, 2014/Categories: natural history, sustainability, environment

It isn't possible to re-introduce wooly mammoths to Arctic tundra, but the ecological success of wolves released back into greater Yellowstone showed how tropic cascades could be restored.   Rewilding  is an exciting idea from conservation biology now gaining traction.

The concept envisions taking degraded landscapes and restoring them to a wild state by directed interventions, usually by reintroducing a top ecosystem component, a predator or grazer, that affects everything below . George Monbiot , an environmental writer for The Guardian, explains in a short video.


George Monbiot on Rewilding (credit: TED conferences)

It is nice thought that a 'silent spring' could lead to a 'wild summer'.

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