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Children's Literature"In just a few decades, human activities have seriously threatened the biodiversity that existed and evolved for over 3 billion years." This is truly an important and beautiful book about our planet. Each double page spread features a spectacular view of our planet by renowned French photographer, Yann Arthus-Bertrand. The topics covered include the need for biodiversity, how heavy population helps us and also hurts us, the disappearing coral reefs, the delicate balance of earth and water, eroding coastlines, disappearing forests, new species, insect infestations, climate changes, floods, monsoons, melting ice caps, giant icebergs, increasing deserts, poverty, scarcity of drinking water, healthcare problems, war, population relocation, soil erosion, feeding the world, over fishing, loss of soil nutrients, living off the land, fair world trade, pollution, traffic problems, land fill sites, nuclear waste, wind power, and the greenhouse effect. The end papers are a map of the countries around the globe, showing population and distribution of water resources. This excellent book is highly recommended. 2003, Harry N Abrams, Ages 7 up.
—Sally J. K. Davies