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Life Stories: World-Renowned Scientists Reflect on their Lives and the Future of Life on Earth

Biography / Memoir
Sobering testament from a gallery of conservationists

Edited By: Heather Newbold

234 pages, B/w photos

University of California Press

Paperback | Mar 2000 | #110932 | ISBN: 0520218965
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Hardback | Dec 2000 | #110930 | ISBN: 0520211146
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About this book

Presents testimony from some of the world's top environmental scientists who have seen firsthand the sobering effects of rapid global change: the extinction of species, worldwide damage to ecosystems, and the increasing alienation of human life from the natural world. A moving celebration of nature, and a tribute to the role of science in preserving our endangered future, this exceptional collection presents the personal and professional reflections of sixteen eminent scientists. Their views on the meaning and relevance of their work are interwoven with inspiring autobiographical accounts of how formative life experiences led to their research, conclusions, and activities. Contributors include: Lester Brown; Paul Ehrlich; John Firor; Martin Holdgate; Henry Kendall; Thomas Lovejoy; James Lovelock; Norman Myers; Max Nicholson; Elliott Norse; Ruth Patrick; Peter Raven; Joseph Rotblat; Sherwood Rowland; David Suzuki; and George M. Woodwell.


Contents

Preface 1. Gaia, Our Living Earth, James Lovelock 2. Life-Support Systems, Paul Ehrlich 3. Primary Producers, Peter Raven 4. Biological Diversity, Thomas Lovejoy 5. The Nature of Things, David Suzuki 6. Toxic Food Web, George M. Woodwell 7. Water Pollution, Ruth Patrick 8. Marine Biodiversity, Elliott Norse 9. Nature Conservancy, Max Nicholson 10. World Conservation Union, Martn Holdgate 11. Ozone Hole, Sherwood Rowland 12. Cliamte Change, John Firor 13. Worldwatch, Lester Brown 14. Global Security, MormanMeyers 15. The End, John Rotblat 16. Union of Concerned Scientists' Warnings, Henry Kendall Contributors: Lester Brown Paul Ehrlich John Firor Martin Holdgate Henry Kendall Thomas Lovejoy James Lovelock Norman Myers Max Nicholson Elliott Norse Ruth Patrick Peter Raven Joseph Rotblat Sherwood Rowland David Suzuki George M. Woodwell

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