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Conservation Biology for Allby Navjot S. Sodhi
Synopses & Reviews
Hope on Earth is the thought-provoking result of a lively and wide-ranging conversation between two of the worldand#8217;s leading interdisciplinary environmental scientists: Paul R. Ehrlich, whose book The Population Bomb shook the world in 1968 (and continues to shake it), and Michael Charles Tobias, whose over 40 books and 150 films have been read and/or viewed throughout the world. and#160;Hope on Earth offers a rare opportunity to listen in as these deeply knowledgeable and highly creative thinkers offer their takes on the most pressing environmental concerns of the moment.
Both Ehrlich and Tobias argue that we are on the verge of environmental catastrophe, as the human population continues to grow without restraint and without significant attempts to deal with overconsumption and the vast depletion of resources and climate problems it creates. Though their views are sympathetic, they differ in their approach and in some key moral stances, giving rise to a heated and engaging dialogue that opens up dozens of new avenues of exploration.and#160; They both believe that the impact of a human society on its environment is the direct result of its population size, and through their dialogue they break down the complex social problems that are wrapped up in this idea and attempts to overcome it, hitting firmly upon many controversial topics such as circumcision, religion, reproduction, abortion, animal rights, diet, and gun control.and#160; For Ehrlich and Tobias, ethics involve not only how we treat other people directly, but how we treat them and other organisms indirectly through our effects on the environment. and#160;University of California, Berkeley professor John Harte joins the duo for part of the conversation, and his substantial expertise on energy and climate change adds a crucial perspective to the discussion of the impact of population on global warming.
This engaging and timely book invites readers into an intimate conversation with some of the most eminent voices in science as they offer a powerful and approachable argument that the ethical and scientific issues involved in solving our environmental crisis are deeply intertwined, while offering us an optimistic way forward. Hope on Earth is indeed a conversation we should all be having.
Nearly every major topic of ecological and ethical substance is touched upon in this finely tuned debate by very serious and compassionate scientists and humanists. This unique project shows how scientists approach the great ethical problems of our time without the jargon and complexity that can intimidate some readers. Their audience includes all readers concerned about saving the environment, the treatment of animals, and the fate of the planet for future generations.and#160; Itand#8217;s a powerful and ultimately positive book which in its brevity has something in to surprise, provoke and inspire nearly everyone.Though Ehrlich and Tobias come from the same ethical space, ecologically-speaking, there are marked differences in their approaches and data sets; differing moral positions and heated stances that set their worldviews sufficiently apart to make for fascinating and insightful points that are accessible to the general reader.
Conservation Biology for All provides cutting-edge but basic conservation science to a global readership. A series of authoritative chapters have been written by the top names in conservation biology with the principal aim of disseminating cutting-edge conservation knowledge as widely as possible. Important topics such as balancing conversion and human needs, climate change, conservation planning, designing and analyzing conservation research, ecosystem services, endangered species management, extinctions, fire, habitat loss, and invasive species are covered. Numerous textboxes describing additional relevant material or case studies are also included.
The global biodiversity crisis is now unstoppable; what can be saved in the developing world will require an educated constituency in both the developing and developed world. Habitat loss is particularly acute in developing countries, which is of special concern because it tends to be these locations where the greatest species diversity and richest centres of endemism are to be found. Sadly, developing world conservation scientists have found it difficult to access an authoritative textbook, which is particularly ironic since it is these countries where the potential benefits of knowledge application are greatest. There is now an urgent need to educate the next generation of scientists in developing countries, so that they are in a better position to protect their natural resources.
About the Author
Navjot S. Sodhi is currently a Professor of Conservation Ecology at the National University of Singapore. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Saskatchewan (Canada). He has been studying the effects of rain forest loss and degradation on Southeast Asian fauna and flora for over 13 years. He has published over 100 scientific papers in international and regional scientific journals such as Nature, Science, Trends in Ecology and Evolution, Annual Review of Ecology, Conservation Biology, Biological Conservation, and Biodiversity and Conservation. He has written/edited several books/monographs such as Tropical Conservation Biology (2007, Blackwell). He has also spent time at Harvard University as a Bullard Fellow (2001-02) and Hrdy Fellow (2008-09) where he now holds an adjunct position. He currently (or has been) is an Associate Editor/Editor of prestigious journals such as Conservation Biology, Biological Conservation, Animal Conservation, the Auk and Biotropica.
Paul R. Ehrlich is Bing Professor of Population Studies and professor of biology at Stanford University and a Fellow of the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics. His research has ranged from the evolution of DDT resistance in fruit flies, the theory of systematics, the dynamics of butterfly populations, and the behaviour of birds and reef fishes to the conservation of mammal populations and human cultural evolution. He is co-founder of the field of coevolution. He is the author or co-author of over 40 books, and some 1000 scientific papers and articles. Ehrlich is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society, and past president of the American Institute of Biological Sciences, and a recipient of numerous international honors, including the Crafoord Prize (given by the Royal Swedish Academy as an explicit equivalent of a Nobel in fields where the Nobel is not given) and a MacArthur "genius award".
Table of Contents
Introduction, Navjot S. Sodhi and Paul R. Ehrlich
1. Conservation Biology: Past and Present, Curt Meine
2. Biodiversity, Kevin J. Gaston
3. Ecosystem Functions and Services, Cagan H. Sekercioglu
4. Habitat Destruction: Death of a Thousand Cuts, William F. Laurance
5. Habitat Fragmentation and Landscape Change, Andrew F. Bennett and Denis A. Saunders
6. Overharvesting, Carlos A. Peres
7. Invasive Species, Daniel Simberloff
8. Climate Change, Thomas E. Lovejoy
9. Fire and Biodiversity, David M. J. S. Bowman and Brett P. Murphy
10. Extinctions and the Practice of Preventing Them, Stuart L. Pimm and Clinton N. Jenkins
11. Conservation Planning and Priorities, Thomas Brooks
12. Endangered Species Management: The US Experience, David Wilcove
13. Conservation in Human-Modified Landscapes, Lian Pin Koh and Toby A. Gardner
14. The Roles of People in Conservation, C. Anne Claus, Kai M. A. Chan, and Terre Satterfield
15. From Conservation Theory to Practice: Crossing the Divide, Madhu Rao and Joshua Ginsberg
16. The Conservation Biologist's Toolbox - Principles for the Design and Analysis of Conservation Studies, Corey J. A. Bradshaw and Barry W. Brook
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