Endangered Species

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Over thirty-five years ago, Greenhaven Press began publishing the Opposing Viewpoints series to help students gain an awareness of current issues and develop critical thinking skills. The Introducing Issues with Opposing Viewpoints series continues that tradition, presenting a wealth of information on contemporary issues in a colorful, easy-to-read format. In addition to pro/con articles, each Introducing Issues with Opposing Viewpoints volume includes appealing features designed to help students understand the ...

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Overview

Over thirty-five years ago, Greenhaven Press began publishing the Opposing Viewpoints series to help students gain an awareness of current issues and develop critical thinking skills. The Introducing Issues with Opposing Viewpoints series continues that tradition, presenting a wealth of information on contemporary issues in a colorful, easy-to-read format. In addition to pro/con articles, each Introducing Issues with Opposing Viewpoints volume includes appealing features designed to help students understand the complexities of current issues:

Full-color photographs, charts, graphs, and cartoons supplement die text

Sidebars present easy-to-understand statistics

Engaging fact boxes provide at-a-glance information

Questions that focus on vocabulary aid reading comprehension

Glossary, annotated bibliography, websites, and organizations to contact supplement student research

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Table of Contents

Foreword 5

Introduction 7

Chapter 1 Is Species Extinction a Serious Problem?

1 Mass Species Extinction Is Imminent Elizabeth Kolbert 12

2 Predictions of Mass Extinction Are Unfounded Stephen Budiansky 20

3 Biodiversity Loss Has Disastrous Consequences for Humankind Richard Conniff 28

4 The Threat of Biodiversity Loss Is Exaggerated Doug L. Hoffman 36

5 The IUCN Red List Is the World's Best Measure of Extinction Risk J.C. Vie Craig Hilton-Taylor Simon N. Stuart 43

6 The IUCN Red List Is a Flawed Measure of Extinction Risk Agence France-Presse (AFP) 50

Chapter 2 What Are the Most Significant Threats to Endangered Species?

1 Climate Change Is a Significant Threat to Plant and Animal Species International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) 55

2 Plant and Animal Species Can Adapt to Climate Change Josef Reichholf, interviewed by Spiegel 63

3 Offshore Oil Drilling Endangers Wildlife Julia Whitty 70

4 The Benefits of Offshore Oil Drilling Outweigh the Risks to Wildlife Ronald Bailey 78

Chapter 3 How Should Humans Respond to Species Decline?

1 The Endangered Species Act Is Effective National Wildlife Federation 86

2 The Endangered Species Act Is Not Effective PR Newswire 93

3 The Giant Panda Should Be Left: to Go Extinct Chris Packham 97

4 The Giant Panda Should Not Be Left to Go Extinct Simon Usborne 102

Facts About Endangered Species 108

Organizations to Contact 112

For Further Reading 120

Index 125

Picture Credits 132

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