This important book for scientists and nonscientists alike calls attention to a most urgent global problem: the rapidly accelerating loss of plant and animal species to increasing human population pressure and the demands of economic development. Based on a major conference sponsored by the National Academy of Sciences and the Smithsonian Institution, Biodiversity creates a systematic framework for analyzing the problem and searching for possible solutions.
Table of Contents
|The Current State of Biological Diversity||1-18|
|Part 1: Challenges to the Preservation of Biodiversity||19-76|
|Part 2: Human Dependence on Biological Diversity||77-116|
|Part 3: Diversity at Risk: Tropical Forests||117-154|
|Part 4: Diversity at Risk: The Global Perspective||155-190|
|Part 5: The Value of Biodiversity||191-224|
|Part 6: How is Biodiversity Monitored and Protected?||225-260|
|Part 7: Science and Technology: How Can They Help?||261-308|
|Part 8: Restoration Ecology: Can We Recover Lost Ground?||309-352|
|Part 9: Alternatives to Destruction||353-390|
|Part 10: Policies to Protect Diversity||391-418|
|Part 11: Present Problems and Future Prospects||419-462|
|Part 12: Ways of Seeing the Biosphere||463-490|
|Part 13: Epilogue||491-496|
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