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  • Published: 18 January 2022
  • ISBN: 9781787332256
  • Imprint: Jonathan Cape
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $35.00

The Treeline

The Last Forest and the Future of Life on Earth




A powerful blend of reportage, nature, travel and science writing, deeply researched and beautifully written, underpinned by a startling and urgent message for our time.

'The very treeline is on the move: a devastating image. This book is an evocative, wise and unflinching exploration of what it will mean for humanity.' Jay Griffiths

The Arctic Treeline is the shifting region of forest that encircles the globe in an almost unbroken green ring. It is the second largest biome on our planet and is - quite literally - on the frontline of global warming.

The six trees that characterise this little-known region (Larch, Spruce, Mountain Ash, Downy Birch, Poplar and Scots Pine) form the protagonists of Ben Rawlence's story. He travels to Scotland, northern Scandinavia, Siberia, Canada, Alaska and Greenland to discover what these trees and the people who live and work with them have to tell us about the future of our planet. The significance of this ring of forest and its rich biome has only recently begun to be understood. How the species in this zone respond to warming will shape the ability of the boreal forest to produce the fresh air and fresh water that sustains life on earth.
The Treeline offers insights into the nature of our changing climate over the coming decades and a stark vision of the future. This is a spellbinding blend of reportage, nature, travel and science writing, deeply researched and beautifully written, underpinned by a startling and urgent environmental message.

  • Published: 18 January 2022
  • ISBN: 9781787332256
  • Imprint: Jonathan Cape
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $35.00

About the author

Ben Rawlence

Ben Rawlence is the author of City of Thorns: Nine Lives in the World’s Largest Refugee Camp (Granta) and Radio Congo: Signals of Hope from Africa’s Deadliest War (Oneworld). He grew up in England and studied Swahili at the universities of London and Dar-es-Salaam (Tanzania) and then an MA in International Relations at the University of Chicago. He worked for Human Rights Watch in Africa for seven years, when he became fascinated by the Dadaab refugee camp, a place that would later become the topic of his 2016 book, City of Thorns. In 2013, Rawlence left his job and devoted himself full-time to writing and speaking. Ben has written for the Guardian, London Review of Books, New York Times, New York Times Book Review, New Yorker and many other publications. He has appeared on BBC News, Channel Four, PBS, Al-Jazeera, CBC and many other TV and radio broadcasts.

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