562 pages, 44 halftones, 63 line drawings, 27 tables
Emerging Threats to Tropical Forests reveals the remarkably diverse panoply of perils to tropical forests and their biota, with particular emphasis on recent dangers. William F. Laurance and Carlos A. Peres identify four categories of emerging threats: those that have only recently appeared, such as the virulent chytrid fungus that is decimating rainforest amphibians throughout the tropical world; those that are growing rapidly in importance, like destructive surface fires; those that are poorly understood, namely global warming and other climatic and atmospheric changes; and environmental synergisms, whereby two or more simultaneous threats-such as habitat fragmentation and wildfires, or logging and hunting-can dramatically increase local extinction of tropical species. In addition to documenting the vulnerability of tropical rainforests, the volume focuses on strategies for mitigating and combating emerging threats. A timely and compelling book intended for researchers, students, and conservation practitioners, Emerging Threats to Tropical Forests will interest anyone concerned about the fate of the world's most threatened tropical ecosystems.
Emerging Threats to Tropical Forests provides cutting-edge and up-to-date chapters written by leading scientists. . . . . [It] is written lucidly and provides topical information on issues of great interest to conservation biologists. It is intended to be cross-cutting and should appeal to a wide audience, including resource managers, conservationists, economists and students, in addition to biologists and scientists. This book is yet another reminder that efforts to conserve tropical forests should intensify if their current decline is to be halted, or even reversed.-Navjot S. Sodhi, Trends in Ecology and Evolution
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