Synopses & Reviews
United in their belief that the conservation of biological diversity is a primary concern of humankind, the editors of this book bring together internationally known, similarly- minded experts from the scientific, societal, and conservation policy areas who address policy responses to the problem of biodiversity loss.
With a foreword by Edward O. Wilson, this book brings together internationally known experts from the scientific, societal, and conservation policy areas who address policy responses to the problem of biodiversity loss: how to determine conservation priorities in a scientific fashion, how to weigh the long-term, often hidden value of conservation against the more immediate value of land development, the need for education in areas of rapid population growth, and how lack of knowledge about biodiversity can impede conservation efforts.
United in their belief that conservation of biological diversity is a primary concern of humankind, the contributing authors address the full scope of global biodiversity and its decline -- the threatened marine life and extinction of many mammals in the modern era in relation to global patterns of development, and the implications of biodiversity loss for human health, agricultural productivity, and the economy. The Living Planet in Crisis is the result of a conference of the American Museum of Natural History's Center for Biodiversity and Conservation.
Table of Contents
The magnitude of global biodiversity and its decline / Nigel E. Stork -- Dimensions of biodiversity: targeting megadiverse groups / Norman I. Platnick -- The medium is the message: freshwater biodiversity in peril / Melanie L.J. Stiassny -- Requiem ¥ternam: the last five hundred years of mammalian species extinctions / Ross D.E. MacPhee and Clare Flemming / Perspective: soil biodiversity- life in soil / Diana H. Wall -- Perspective: Petruchio's paradox: the oyster or the pearl? / G. Carleton Ray -- Regional and global patterns of biodiversity loss and conservation capacity: predicting future trends and identifying needs / Joel Cracraft -- Biodiversity, agricultural productivity, and people / Joel Burnett -- The implications of biodiversity loss for human health / Francesca T. Grifo and Eric Chivian -- Biodiversity loss and its implications for security and armed conflict / Arthur H. Westing -- The economic consequences of biodiversity loss / Dominic Moran and David Pearce -- Perspective: biodiversity in agricultural and forestry systems / David Pimentel -- Saving biodiversity and saving the biosphere / Norman Myers -- The facts of life (on earth) / Thomas E. Lovejoy -- Convention on biological diversity: program priorities in the early stage of implementation / Kalemani J. Mulongoy, Susan Bragdon, and Antonella Ingrassia -- Strange bedfellows: why science and policy don't mesh and what can be done about it / Jeffrey A. McNeely -- Seeing the world as it really is: global stability and environmental change / Peter H. Raven and Joel Cracraft -- Perspective: scientists' public responsibilities / Strachan Donnelly.