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Sparing Nature: The Conflict Between Human Population Growth and Earth's Biodiversity

By: Jeffrey K McKee

210 pages, Figs, tabs, maps

Rutgers University Press

Paperback | Mar 2005 | #155534 | ISBN: 0813535581
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Hardback | Feb 2003 | #133362 | ISBN: 0813531411
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McKee contends that explosive human population growth has led to the extinction of countless species in the earth's plant and animal communities. He demonstrates that nature is too sparing to accommodate both a richly diverse living world and a rapidly expanding population. He looks at the past and finds that humans and their ancestors have had negative impacts on species biodiversity for nearly two million years and that extinction rates have accelerated since the origins of agriculture.
`Jeff McKee is bringing to Sparing Nature the same graceful writing style combined with the insights of a fine scientist that I found in The Riddled Chain. Furthermore, his timing is exquisite, since the close relationship of human population growth and the decay of biodiversity has not been brought to popular audiences in far too long.' Paul Erhlich, Stanford University

McKee] argues that preserving biodiversity is essential to the health of the planet, and consequently to the long-term survival of the human species.... With an elegant and earnest writing style more common among nature writers than academics, McKee tallies the value of a balance ecosystem. - Nation; "Jeff McKee is bringing to Sparing Nature the same graceful writing style combined with the insights of a fine scientist that I found in The Riddled Chain. Furthermore, his timing is exquisite, since the close relationship of human population growth and the decay of biodiversity has not been brought to popular audiences in far too long." - Paul Ehrlich, Bing Professor of Population Studies, Stanford University"


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Biography

Jeffrey K. McKee is a professor in the department of anthropology as well as the department of evolution, ecology, and organismal biology at Ohio State University. He is the author of The Riddled Chain: Chance, Coincidence, and Chaos in Human Evolution.

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