Wild Solutions / Edition 2

Wild Solutions / Edition 2

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by Andrew J. Beattie, Paul R. Ehrlich, Christine Turnbull, Christine Turnbull
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300105061

ISBN-13: 9780300105063

Pub. Date: 08/01/2004

Publisher: Yale University Press

We live on an unexplored planet, ignorant of more than eighty percent of the species that share our world. In this fascinating and abundantly illustrated book, two eminent ecologists discuss the biological diversity of the Earth, showing how the natural systems that surround us play an essential role in protecting our basic life-support systems.

Andrew Beattie

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Overview

We live on an unexplored planet, ignorant of more than eighty percent of the species that share our world. In this fascinating and abundantly illustrated book, two eminent ecologists discuss the biological diversity of the Earth, showing how the natural systems that surround us play an essential role in protecting our basic life-support systems.

Andrew Beattie and Paul Ehrlich tell us about the millions of species providing ecosystem services that maintain the quality of our air and water and the fertility of the soil, dispose of domestic, industrial, and agricultural waste, and protect crops from pests. The authors also describe how biological diversity opens the way for new medicines, pharmaceuticals, construction materials and designs, and manufactured goods. They point to innovative industries that harness species for the biological repair of damaged landscapes, biological mining, biological pest control, and biomonitoring of the environment. The organisms upon which these activities are founded—although often microscopic, obscure, or bizarre—provide natural capital that is worth infinitely more than anyone has previously guessed. The authors urge us to protect the biological wealth of our Earth and keep it from being destroyed by human activity.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300105063
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
08/01/2004
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
276
Sales rank:
737,526
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.62(d)

Table of Contents

1Introduction1
2Exploring a little-known planet9
3Basic survival39
4The natural Internet52
5Thirst : ecosystems and the world's water supply69
6Garbage red in tooth and claw77
7Natural enemies are best friends107
8Naturally selected125
9Miners' canaries and sentinel pigs143
10Chemical engineers161
11Blueprints and inspiration from the wild181
12Wild medicine202
13Savings and loans222

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