The Last Extinction / Edition 2by Les Kaufman
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."… See more details below
-- Dorian Sagan,
"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."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.
-- Dorian Sagan, The New York Times Book Review (review of the first edition)
- 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.
- MIT Press
- Publication date:
- Edition description:
- second edition
- Product dimensions:
- 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)
- Age Range:
- 18 Years
Table of Contents
|Preface to the First Edition|
|1||Why the Ark is Sinking||1|
|2||Mass Extinctions: New Answers, New Questions||47|
|3||The Amazon: Paradise Lost?||69|
|4||Vanishing Species in Our Own Backyard: Extinct Fish and Wildlife of the United States and Canada||115|
|5||Riders of the Last Ark: The Role of Captive Breeding in Conservation Strategies||149|
|6||Sharing the Earth with Whales||179|
|7||Life in the Next Millennium: Who Will Be Left in Earth's Community?||195|
|Beyond the Last Extinction: Environmental Organization for Biodiversity||215|
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