The Resource Life in the balance : humanity and the biodiversity crisis, Niles Eldredge ; illustrations by Patricia Wynne

Life in the balance : humanity and the biodiversity crisis, Niles Eldredge ; illustrations by Patricia Wynne

Label
Life in the balance : humanity and the biodiversity crisis
Title
Life in the balance
Title remainder
humanity and the biodiversity crisis
Statement of responsibility
Niles Eldredge ; illustrations by Patricia Wynne
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Botswana's Okavango Delta is considered by many to be one of the last "Edens" left on Earth. There a rich assortment of organisms exist in natural equilibrium." "The same insults in microcosm - encroaching agriculture, water diversion, disease, and pollution - threaten the Okavango that in macrocosm threaten the entire planet. Starting with a sensual journey by plane and boat, Eldredge leads a reader first to the very heart of the Okavango, and then on a tour of Earth's organisms - animals, plants, fungi, and the microbes which underpin all of life - and ecosystems in which these organisms earn their living - from the tundra to the tropics. It is a journey that reveals the twin faces of biodiversity (the 13 million extant species and the ecosystems through which these species transform and exchange the Sun's energy) and the value of biodiversity to the Biosphere as a whole and to our own continued human existence." "Eldredge's tour ends at the Panama Canal, the site of one of humankind's greatest achievements, where, if only by necessity, practical solutions to maintaining biodiversity's delicate balance have been successfully implemented. If his message is not entirely pessimistic, it is not entirely hopeful either. There are a number of difficult actions we must take as a global society if we are to stem an impending Sixth Extinction, and Eldredge outlines these steps in detail."--BOOK JACKET
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Eldredge, Niles
Dewey number
333.95
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
QH75
LC item number
.E58 1998
Literary form
non fiction
NAL call number
QH75.E58
NAL item number
1998
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Biodiversity conservation
  • Human ecology
  • Biodiversité
  • Écologie humaine
  • Biodiversiteit
  • Bedreigde soorten
  • Humanökologie
  • Biodiversität
Label
Life in the balance : humanity and the biodiversity crisis, Niles Eldredge ; illustrations by Patricia Wynne
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Publication
Note
"A Peter N. Nevraumont book."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [216]-218) and index
Contents
  • ch. 5.
  • Biodiversity: a threatened natural treasure
  • ch. 6.
  • Striking a balance
  • ch. 1.
  • Tales from the swamp
  • ch. 2.
  • Biodiversity, evolution, and ecology
  • ch. 3.
  • Tree of life
  • ch. 4.
  • Ecosystem panorama
Extent
1 online resource (xv, 224 pages
Form of item
online
Other physical details
illustrations, maps)
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1035928638
Label
Life in the balance : humanity and the biodiversity crisis, Niles Eldredge ; illustrations by Patricia Wynne
Link
Publication
Note
"A Peter N. Nevraumont book."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [216]-218) and index
Contents
  • ch. 5.
  • Biodiversity: a threatened natural treasure
  • ch. 6.
  • Striking a balance
  • ch. 1.
  • Tales from the swamp
  • ch. 2.
  • Biodiversity, evolution, and ecology
  • ch. 3.
  • Tree of life
  • ch. 4.
  • Ecosystem panorama
Extent
1 online resource (xv, 224 pages
Form of item
online
Other physical details
illustrations, maps)
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1035928638

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