The bad news (not news to most): Many wild species are under severe duress.

The good news (total news to most): “Nature is thriving in an age of 

Ecologist and evolutionary biologist Chris Thomas has examined a little-noticed 
phenomenon: an unintentional byproduct of massive human impact is that 
biodiversity is increasing in pretty much every region of the world.  Evolution 
has sped up.  Wild populations are on the move, sometimes in response to 
climate change, often hitch-hiking on us.  Hybridization is rampant, leading at 
times to whole new species.  The Anthropocene, evidently, is a mass speciation 

An ardent conservationist, Thomas makes the case that conservation efforts are 
most effective when we acknowledge—and study— what nature is really up to, and 
work with that.

Chris Thomas is a professor in the Department of Biology at the University of 
York in England and author of Inheritors of the Earth: How Nature Is Thriving 
in an Age of Extinction (02017).

"Are We Initiating The Great Anthropocene Speciation Event?" Chris D. Thomas, 
SFJAZZ Center, Hayes Valley, San Francisco, 7pm, Tuesday June 19.  The show 
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