Great Plains Natural Science Society


The Prairie Naturalist

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The Prairie Naturalist 49:87; 2017


Published by the Great Plains Natural Science Society. Used by permission.


Energy sprawl affects all the major conservation issues of our age, from habitat loss and fragmentation to anthropogenic noise and climate change. As such, minimizing and solving its associated problems should be a key focus for conservation biologists. Kiesecker and Naugle provide an impressive and compact book that focusses on solving environmental and social problems likely to result from a transition from non- renewable to far less efficient renewable energy sources.

Energy Sprawl Solutions summarizes numerous relevant peer-reviewed academic papers, and outlines management and planning implications of each one, ultimately resolving these into fairly clear prescriptive recommendations for moving forward. The book includes many case studies from across the world and highlights effects of various energy sources, although there is an emphasis on popular renewables such as wind, solar and biofuels. It is formatted into three sections: a (frankly terrifying) outline of the current problem, case studies that illustrate potential solutions, and recommendations for how to make best practices common practices.