Green Planet: How Plants Keep the Earth Alive

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Overview

Green Planet explores the many ways plants sustain life by making oxygen, regulating the greenhouse effect, controlling floods, and producing all the food in the world. Foliage also provides natural habitats for all the world's organisms. Through illustrations, scientific evidence, and engaging writing for nonspecialists, Stanley A. Rice helps general readers realize that if we are to rescue the earth from environmental disaster, we must protect wild plants.
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Editorial Reviews

Distinguished Senior Scientist and project director, Cary Institute of Ecosystem - Steward T. A. Pickett

"Stanley Rice writes with charm and clarity. Not since Corner's Life of Plants has there been a contestant for this role in the world of scientific publishing about plants for general readers."
scientific director, The Eden Project - Sir Ghillean Prance

"If you are not convinced of the critical value of plants to people you will be after reading Stanley Rice's Green Planet. Rice's expertise, paired with his engaging style, awakens readers to the importance of the environmental services provided by plants."
Earth Justice

"An intriguing and deeply passionate account of how plants keep us all alive. Rice explores the numerous ways that plants sustain life in ways more surprising and captivating than anything you'll remember from school. Green Planet explains the nature of plants on a far deeper level. It's fascinating, and more interconnected to all the economic and ecological concerns of today than most recognize."
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"The ecosystems of the planet that humans depend on for fresh air, water, and food are increasingly stressed. The fact that green plants are at the functional core of these ecosystems is not generally appreciated, and the point is clearly and concisely made in this book by Rice. This work is notable for its breadth of coverage of not only how plants directly affect humans but also of how plants affect the functioning of the ecosystems that humans need for a range of goods and services. Highly recommended."
Washington State University - Eldon H. Franz

"The title says it all. Green Planet does for plants what Diane Ackerman's A Natural History of the Senses does for our sensory experiences."
Washington State University

"The title says it all. Green Planet does for plants what Diane Ackerman's A Natural History of the Senses does for our sensory experiences."

— Eldon H. Franz

Earth Justice

"An intriguing and deeply passionate account of how plants keep us all alive. Rice explores the numerous ways that plants sustain life in ways more surprising and captivating than anything you"ll remember from school. Green Planet explains the nature of plants on a far deeper level. It"s fascinating, and more interconnected to all the economic and ecological concerns of today than most recognize."

Choice

"The ecosystems of the planet that humans depend on for fresh air, water, and food are increasingly stressed. The fact that green plants are at the functional core of these ecosystems is not generally appreciated, and the point is clearly and concisely made in this book by Rice. This work is notable for its breadth of coverage of not only how plants directly affect humans but also of how plants affect the functioning of the ecosystems that humans need for a range of goods and services. Highly recommended."

Washington State University

"The title says it all. Green Planet does for plants what Diane Ackerman's A Natural History of the Senses does for our sensory experiences."
— Eldon H. Franz

Earth Justice

"An intriguing and deeply passionate account of how plants keep us all alive. Rice explores the numerous ways that plants sustain life in ways more surprising and captivating than anything you'll remember from school. Green Planet explains the nature of plants on a far deeper level. It's fascinating, and more interconnected to all the economic and ecological concerns of today than most recognize."

Washington State University

"The title says it all. Green Planet does for plants what Diane Ackerman's A Natural History of the Senses does for our sensory experiences."

— Eldon H. Franz

scientific director, The Eden Project - Sir Ghillean Prance FRS
"If you are not convinced of the critical value of plants to people you will be after reading Stanley Rice's Green Planet. Rice's expertise, paired with his engaging style, awakens readers to the importance of the environmental services provided by plants."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813544533
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author


Stanley A. Rice is an associate professor of plant biology at Southeastern Oklahoma State University and is the author of the Encyclopedia of Evolution.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

List of Tables

Introduction Remnants of Paradise 3

Ch. 1 An Injured Paradise 9

Ch. 2 Plants Put the Oxygen in the Air 28

Ch. 3 Greenhouse Earth: Plants Help to Keep the Earth from Overheating 41

Ch. 4 Shade: Trees Make Good Air Conditioners 81

Ch. 5 The Water Cycle: Plants Prevent Droughts and Floods 93

Ch. 6 Plants Feed the World 110

Ch. 7 Plants Create Soil 127

Ch. 8 Plants Create Habitats 138

Ch. 9 Plants Heal the Landscape 171

Ch. 10 How Agriculture Changed the World 196

Ch. 11 Why We Need Plant Diversity 211

Ch. 12 What Can We Do? 228

Notes 249

Bibliography 268

Index 287

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