224 pages, 36 line illus
Coherent and compelling general account of the biodiversity crisis by the renowned palaeontologist (The Miner's Canary, Time Frames and the superb Reinventing Darwin). Eldredge demonstrates the importance of maintaining biodiversity and takes the reader on a journey which reveals its twin faces - over thirty million living species and the ecosystems through which these species transform the sun's energy into life-sustaining matter - and the many threats to biodiversity presented by virtually all human interaction with the earth.
The most important science book of the year. Publishers Weekly [Life in the Balance] is a natural history of the world seen through the eyes of a latter-day prophet... The text is a delight, written as if the story in all its intricate detail has been bottled up and is bursting to get out. -- David Bellamy New Scientist [Niles Eldredge] is at his best telling his readers about the rich web of life that exists in the Okavango Delta in Botswana... This remarkable area is one that he knows well and loves deeply. -- Peter H. Raven Scientific American A graceful and scholarly account. In particular, Eldredge's passionate description of one of the few 'Edens' left to us ... is a damning chronicle of what our world should be but is not. The Times Literary Supplement The story of man's dominion over nature and his subsequent abuse of power cannot be told too often, and Eldredge...has provided one of the most succinct accounts yet. -- Richard Fortey The New York Times Book Review ...a superb primer on why we should worry about biodiversity ... a clear, concise and beautifully illustrated tour of modern biology... -- Susan Okie The Washington Post Book World
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