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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