Three species are said to disappear every hour. We are in a global biodiversity crisis and if nothing is done, future generations may talk of rainforests in the past tense. Biologist John Spicer explains why he values biodiversity so highly, giving the reader a thorough insight into the myriad of organisms that surround us. Blending fact, explanation and personal account seamlessly, he guides us from mass extinction and difficulties of definition, to the intrinsic value of nature and conservationist strategies.
Steven C. Stearns - Edward P. Bass Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Yale University""Spicer combines his broad understanding of biodiversity with a passion to preseve it. I recommend it to anyone concerned about biodiversity."Ahmed Djoghlaf - Assistant Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme and Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biodiversity"A stimulating, authoritative and deeply rewarding read that makes you think about the natural world in a novel way."Randal Keynes - great-great-grandson of Charles Darwin and author of 'Annie's Box: Charles Darwin, His daughter and Human Evolution.'"This is science for the general reader at its very best - clear, committed, fascinating and laser-focused on the crisis we face."
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