Biodiversity

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Biodiversity is part of the Global Issues series, which is designed to be a first-stop resource for research on the key challenges facing the world today. Each volume contains three sections, beginning with an introduction that clearly defines the issue, followed by detailed case studies of the issue's impact in the United States and several other countries or regions. The second section draws together significant U.S. and international primary source documents, and the third section gathers useful research tools...

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Overview

Biodiversity is part of the Global Issues series, which is designed to be a first-stop resource for research on the key challenges facing the world today. Each volume contains three sections, beginning with an introduction that clearly defines the issue, followed by detailed case studies of the issue's impact in the United States and several other countries or regions. The second section draws together significant U.S. and international primary source documents, and the third section gathers useful research tools such as brief biographies, facts and figures, an annotated bibliography, and more. A foreword written by an expert in the field complements each volume. A chronology, glossary, and index provide additional help.

The species with which we share Earth are integral to our ability to live on this planet, yet one need look no further than the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 to understand the destruction humans routinely inflict upon nature. In fact, while virtually no portion of the globe has been left untouched or unspoiled by unnatural excursions, each day humans demand more and more of Earth's ecosystems, leading to an ever-increasing threat to myriad species. As these threats show no sign of abating, the need to understand the importance of biodiversity to a healthy planet is as strong as ever.

This volume begins with an introduction to biodiversity, discusses its importance and history, the difficulties in maintaining it, and past and current efforts to protect ecosystems from greater destruction. Biodiversity then presents five specific case studies, in the United States, Indonesia, New Zealand, Madagascar, and Costa Rica. Each describes the history and current status of biodiversity, obstacles to maintaining it, and conservation efforts in the relevant country.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816082421
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/1/2011
  • Series: Facts on File Global Issues Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 362
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Julie L. Lockwood ix

List of Maps, Tables, and Graphs xi

List of Acronyms xiii

Part I At Issue

Chapter 1 Introduction 3

What Is Biodiversity 5

Extinction 18

The Sixth Mass Extinction 25

Causes of Current Biodiversity Loss 29

Is Conservation (or Preservation) Possible? 52

Conclusion 58

Chapter 2 Focus on the United States 67

Historical Background 68

The Rise of Conservation 74

Current Situation: Threats to U.S. Biodiversity 90

Counterstrategies 98

Chapter 3 Global Perspectives 105

Indonesia 105

New Zealand 112

Madagascar 119

Costa Rica 129

Part II Primary Sources

Chapter 4 United States Documents 143

Chapter 5 International Documents 191

International 191

Indonesia 212

New Zealand 214

Madagascar 216

Costa Rica 218

Part III Research Tools

Chapter 6 How to Research Biodiversity 223

Book Research 224

Periodicals Research 224

Internet Searches 226

Assessing Information 229

Legal Issues 232

Chapter 7 Facts and Figures 235

General 235

United States 248

Global Perspectives 252

Chapter 8 Key Players A to Z 257

Chapter 9 Organizations and Agencies 267

Chapter 10 Annotated Bibliography 283

Biodiversity and Conservation Biology 283

Biodiversity and Climate Change 289

Endangered Species 291

Evolution 293

Extinction 295

Invasive Species 297

Nonprint Resources 299

Web Sites and Documents 303

Chronology 311

Evolution of Life on Earth 311

Historical Chronology 316

Glossary 325

Index 331

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