The Last Extinction / Edition 2

The Last Extinction / Edition 2

by Les Kaufman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0262111799

ISBN-13: 9780262111799

Pub. Date: 11/19/1993

Publisher: MIT Press


"The essays are united by the authors' passionate commitment to preserving the natural diversity, both genetic and esthetic, of the earth's myriad plant and animal species. As this book demonstrates...when we kill these other species, either directly or by destroying their habitats, we kill a bit of ourselves."
-- Dorian Sagan,

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"The essays are united by the authors' passionate commitment to preserving the natural diversity, both genetic and esthetic, of the earth's myriad plant and animal species. As this book demonstrates...when we kill these other species, either directly or by destroying their habitats, we kill a bit of ourselves."
-- Dorian Sagan, The New York Times Book Review (review of the first edition)
The Last Extinction was one of the first books on biodiversity and species loss, and today there is a new and more widespread awareness of what some consider to be the great tragedy of our time -- organisms which took many thousands or even millions of years to evolve are being snuffed out permanently owing to human activity. Environmentalist Norman Myers has added a new chapter on whales to this edition to address the critical issue of habitat destruction (which for whales involves over 70% of the Earth) from a host of insults. These include oil spills, toxic chemical runoffs that foster oxygen depriving algae bloom, the destruction of plankton by ultraviolet rays, the filling of coastal zones, and boat traffic.

Contents

  • Why the Ark is Sinking, Les Kaufman.
  • Mass Extinctions: New Answers, New Questions, David Jablonski.
  • The Amazon: Paradise Lost?, Ghillian T. Prance.
  • Vanishing Species in Our Own Backyard, James D. Williams and Ronald M. Nowak.
  • Riders of the Last Ark, Thomas J. Foose.
  • Sharing the Earth with Whales, Norman Myers.
  • Life in the Next Millennium - Who Will be Left in Earth's Community?, David Ehrenfeld.


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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262111799
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
11/19/1993
Edition description:
second edition
Pages:
250
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Preface
Preface to the First Edition
1Why the Ark is Sinking1
2Mass Extinctions: New Answers, New Questions47
3The Amazon: Paradise Lost?69
4Vanishing Species in Our Own Backyard: Extinct Fish and Wildlife of the United States and Canada115
5Riders of the Last Ark: The Role of Captive Breeding in Conservation Strategies149
6Sharing the Earth with Whales179
7Life in the Next Millennium: Who Will Be Left in Earth's Community?195
Beyond the Last Extinction: Environmental Organization for Biodiversity215
Contributors225
Index227

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