Trees of Life addresses the most urgent environmental issue of our time with up-to-date information and a set of practical recommendations for both governments and individual citizens. —Edward O. Wilson, Harvard University
The second in the World Resources Institute's Guides to the Environment Series, this book adds little new information that isn't covered by such titles as John Nichol's The Mighty Rain Forest (LJ 6/15/90), Stephen Dalton and others' Vanishing Paradise: The Tropical Rainforest, (LJ 12/90), and The Last Rain Forests: A Conservation Atlas ( LJ 1/91). Focusing more on efforts to slow or reverse the destruction of the forests, the authors point to businesses that are becoming environmentally responsible, mention efforts by inhabitants of tropical countries to save their forests, and suggest ways in which readers can become environmentally aware. They also include a chapter on American old-growth forests as well as a bibliography and list of involved organizations. Still, readers can't help but ponder on the number of trees sacrificed to print all these rainforest books.-- Eleanor Maass, Maass Associates, New Milford, Pa.