521 pages, Col & b/w photos, tabs
This important book for scientists and nonscientists alike calls attention to a most urgent global problem: the rapidly accelerating loss of plant and animal species to increasing human population pressure and the demands of economic development. Based on a major conference sponsored by the National Academy of Sciences and the Smithsonian Institution, "Biodiversity creates a systematic framework for analyzing the problem and searching for possible solutions.
"If humanity survives to look back on the 20th century, future historians will regard the mass extinctions of plant and animal species, now under way, as the development with the most lasting consequences for us. This volume summarizes under one cover the many faces of the extinction crisis: whether and how fast it is happening, why it makes a difference, and whether we can reverse or avoid it."
- Jared M Diamond
"This is the most comprehensive book, by the most distinguished group of scholars, ever published on one of the most important subjects of our (and all) times"
- Stephen Jay Gould.
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