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In the tradition of Elizabeth Kolbert and Barry Lopez, a powerful, poetic, and deeply absorbing account of the “lung” at the top of the world.

For the last 50 years, the trees of the boreal forest have been moving north. The Treeline takes us along this critical frontier of our warming planet from Norway to Siberia, Alaska to Greenland, to meet the scientists, residents, and trees confronting huge geological changes. Only the hardest species survive at these latitudes including the ice-loving Dahurian larch of Siberia, the antiseptic Spruce that purifies our atmosphere, the Downy birch conquering Scandinavia, the healing Balsam poplar that Native Americans use as a cure-all and the noble Scots Pine that lives longer when surrounded by its family.

It is a journey of wonder and awe at the incredible creativity and resilience of these species and the mysterious workings of the forest upon which we rely for the air we breathe. Blending reportage with the latest science, The Treeline is a story of what might soon be the last forest left and what that means for the future of all life on earth.

A Macmillan Audio production from St. Martin's Press

©2022 Ben Rawlence (P)2022 Macmillan Audio

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A surprising find

Rarely do you discover a book that is observational, historical, prophetic, and hopeful. These stories of treeline around the globe, of the places and the people are just that. The epilogue left me writing and sharing quotes and I continue to ponder the lessons on my daily forest walks. I am changed by this book.

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Of Critical importance

As the Earth continues to warm and stable climates and ecosystems unravel we humans will require the information in this book.