Biodiversity: A Reference Handbook
This timely volume explores the multiple issues surrounding biological diversity. In addition to an overview of the major issues in biodiversity, this book features a chronology and biographical sketches of important individuals in the field. Readers also will find related statistics, documents, and illustrations, as well as a directory of organizations that includes web site addresses. A glossary and detailed listing of print and electronic sources complete an informative volume that students, librarians, policy makers, environmentalists, and others will welcome as an invaluable addition to academic and public libraries.
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To his dismay, many of the "nature preserves" protected by the Illinois Forest
Preserve District had become trash- and weed-filled wastelands. Packard had
read a description by prairie ecologist Robert Betz of these ecosystems in their
Early TNC members plied wealthy friends for funds to buy and manage land that
seemed "natural" enough to preserve. ... land that would help preserve genetic
diversity — land that supported endangered species and ecological communities
The editors of this volume decry the economic overtones given to recent
conservation management strategies, claiming that biodiversity should be
preserved for its intrinsic worth, not for its potential economic benefit to humans.
They criticize ...
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - KeithAkers - LibraryThing
This is a good book even if it is over a decade old. It gives a good overview of what biodiversity is. I liked the analysis of the different ways of defining biodiversity and what the threats are to ... Read full review
Biodiversity: a reference handbookUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
Biological diversity, or biodiversity for short, is a hot topic. Early in this decade, only a handful of books on the subject were available; since the mid-1990s, however, as interest in such topics ... Read full review