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La Biodiversité de Crise en Crise [Biodiversity from Crisis to Crisis]

By: Patrick De Wever(Author), Bruno David(Author), Allain Bougrain-Dubourg(Preface By)
306 pages, b/w illustrations, tables
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Language: French

Every day, species of animals and plants disappear from the face of the earth. The current biodiversity is at risk. Should we be worried? In reality, the current extinction is not a novelty! This is the sixth extinction hitting our planet. The most famous one caused the disappearance of the dinosaurs, which continue to exist today in the guise of birds. Yet, the one that marked the end of the primary era, much misunderstood, was far more catastrophic, as for example 95% of marine fauna disappeared.

Climate change, volcanism, natural disasters, conflict between species ... In four billion years, the Earth's biodiversity has been alternating between destructive crises, and explosive appearances of new species. But the extinctions we know we not triggered by mankind.

Understanding the history of biodiversity is to understand the need for it to be there, and, nowadays, to protect it; it also guards against the dangers of emotion and takes us back to a basic scientific approach. As written in his preface by Allain Bougrain-Dubourg, "It is in this climate, one more of concern than of curiosity, that scientists must leave their laboratory ... as Patrick De Wever and Bruno David are demonstrating in this book. They invite us to explore the fantastic epic of life ... some 3 500 million years of it "

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Chaque jour, des espèces, animaux et plantes, disparaissent de la surface de la terre. La biodiversité actuelle est en péril. Faut-il s’en inquiéter ? En réalité, l’extinction en cours n’est pas une nouveauté ! C’est la sixième qui frappe notre planète. La plus célèbre, à la fin du secondaire, a provoqué la disparition des dinosaures, dont il ne subsiste aujourd’hui que les oiseaux. Pourtant, celle qui marqua la fin de l’ère primaire, bien plus méconnue, fut largement plus catastrophique puisque par exemple 95% de la faune marine y a disparu.

Changements climatiques, volcanisme, catastrophes naturelles, lutte entre espèces… En quatre milliards d’années, la biodiversité terrestre a ainsi alterné crises destructrices et apparition explosive de nouvelles espèces. Mais l’extinction que nous connaissons n’a-t-elle pas l’espèce humaine pour principal élément déclencheur ?

Comprendre l’histoire de la biodiversité, c’est comprendre la nécessité qu’il y a, de nos jours, à la protéger ; c’est aussi se prémunir contre les dangers de l’émotion et revenir à une approche scientifique fondamentale. Comme l’écrit dans sa préface Allain Bougrain-Dubourg, « c’est dans ce climat, plus empreint d’inquiétude que de curiosité que les scientifiques doivent sortir de leur laboratoire… Patrick De Wever et Bruno David en font la preuve dans cet ouvrage qui nous invite à explorer la fantastique épopée du vivant... soit quelque 3 500 millions d’années ! »

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By: Patrick De Wever(Author), Bruno David(Author), Allain Bougrain-Dubourg(Preface By)
306 pages, b/w illustrations, tables
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