Harrowing journeys of animals and plants—fleeing skyrocketing temperatures and mega-droughts—reported from the frontlines of the greatest migration of species since the Ice Age
As humans accelerate global warming while laying waste to the environment, animals and plants must flee to the margins: on scattered nature reserves, between major highways, or among urban sprawl. And when even these places become too hot and inhospitable, wildlife is left with only one path to survival: an often-formidable journey toward the poles as they race to find a new home in a warming world. Tropical zones lose their inhabitants, beavers settle in Alaska, and gigantic shoals of fish disappear—just to reappear along foreign coastlines.
Award-winning environmental journalist Benjamin von Brackel traces these awe-inspiring journeys and celebrates the remarkable resilience of species around the world. But the lengths these plants and animals must go to avoid extinction are as alarming as they are inspirational: Sea animals—like fish—move on average 45 miles a decade to cooler regions, while land animals—like beavers and butterflies—move 11 miles. As even the poles of the Earth heat up, we’re left with a stark and irreversible choice: Halt the climate emergency now, or face a massive die-off of species, who are increasingly left with nowhere else to go.
“In Nowhere Left to Go, Benjamin von Brackel brings to life the reality of how climate change is affecting the biological world. It’s a fascinating read, and particularly pertinent for anyone who is concerned about the future of biodiversity.”—Professor Chris D. Thomas, author of Inheritors of the Earth, and director of the Leverhulme Centre for Anthropocene Biodiversity
“Written like a thriller, this book is full of surprising observations of how plants and animals are already responding to climate change. I have seldom read such a successful combination of flawless research and linguistic dexterity.”—Wolfgang Kießling, lead author of the IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Report
“This lively book chronicles the challenges conservationists face to chart a new future where species can adapt and cope. Humanity needs to do an environmental U-turn if we are to save the Earth’s biota and ourselves.”—Eric Dinerstein, Director of Biodiversity and Wildlife Solutions at RESOLVE and author of What Elephants Know
“A changing climate will rearrange all life on Earth. In Nowhere Left to Go, Benjamin von Brackel examines what that rearrangement will mean not only for people—from indigenous whale hunters and global health experts to kelp collectors—but also for the species themselves, whose very existence is at stake.”—Zach St. George, author of The Journeys of Trees