The Living Planet in Crisis
Biodiversity Science and Policy
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|Format:||Paperback / softback, 394 pages|
|Other Information: ||illustrations|
|Published In: ||United States, 23 June 1999|
With a foreword by E.O. Wilson, this book brings together internationally known experts from the scientific, societal, and conservation policy areas who address policy responses to the problem of biodiversity loss: how to determine conservation priorities in a scientific fashion, how to weigh the long-term, often hidden value of conservation against the more immediate value of land development, the need for education in areas of rapid population growth, and how lack of knowledge about biodiversity can impede conservation efforts. United in their belief that conservation of biological diversity is a primary concern of humankind, the contributing authors address the full scope of global biodiversity and its decline - the threatened marine life and extinction of many mammals in the modern era in relation to global patterns of development, and the implications of biodiversity loss for human health, agricultural productivity, and the economy.
Table of Contents
14. Seeing the World as It Really Is: Global Stability and Environmental Change, by Peter H. Raven and Joel Cracraft13. Strange Bedfellows: Why Science and Policy Don't Mesh and What Can Be Done About It, by Jeffrey A. McNeelyIV. What Needs to Be Done12. Convention on Biological Diversity: Program Priorities in the Early Stage of Implementation, by Kalemani J. Mulongoy, Susan Bragdon, and Antonella Ingrassia11. The Facts of Life (on Earth), by Thomas E. Lovejoy10. Saving Biodiversity and Saving the Biosphere, by Norman MyersIII. Biodiversity Science and Policy Formulation9. The Economic Consequences of Biodiversity Loss, by Dominic Moran and David Pearce8. Biodiversity Loss and Its Implications for Security and Armed Conflict, by Arthur H. Westing7. The Implications of Biodiversity Loss for Human Health, by Francesca T. Grifo and Eric Chivian6. Biodiversity, Agricultural Productivity, and People, by John Burnett5. Regional and Global Patterns of Biodiversity Loss and Conservation Capacity: Predicting Future Trends and Identifying Needs, by Joel CracraftII. Consequences of Biodiversity Loss: Science and Society4. Requiem 'ternam: The Last Five Hundred Years of Mammalian Species Extinctions, by Ross D. E. MacPhee and Clare Flemming3. The Medium Is the Message: Freshwater Biodiversity in Peril, by Melanie L. J. Stiassny2. Dimensions of Biodiversity: Targeting Megadiverse Groups, by Norman I. Platnick1. The Magnitude of Global Biodiversity and Its Decline, by Nigel E. StorkI. Science of Diversity and Extinction
About the Author
Joel Cracraft is Curator, Department of Orinthology, American Museum of Natural History and an adjunct professor at the City University of New York. Francesca T. Grifo is Director, Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, American Museum of Natural History.
[A] generally well-integrated volume that achieves both depth and breadth on the complex subject matter... this book illuminates a vital nexus where attention is urgently needed. -- Nina-Marie Lister Environments
|Publisher: ||Columbia University Press|
|Dimensions: ||25.35 x 17.86 x 1.96 centimeters (0.59 kg)|