The Biodiversity Crisis offers general audiences a clear understanding of the present threat to life on Earth posed by the current mass extinction in Earth's history, which has taken place over the last five hundred years. Unlike prior extinctions, this one is clearly a direct result of human activity, not of natural phenomena. Yet the public remains unaware of the crisis in sustaining biodiversity -- the variety and interdependence of all living things on Earth.
This text offers the general reader an understanding of the current threat to life on earth precipitated by one of the fastest mass extinctions in the Earth's history. It defines biodiversity and stresses its importance to life as we know it.
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An American Museum of Natural History Book
New Press, The
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Michael J. Novacek
American Museum of Natural History Staff
"Crammed with attractive drawings, photos and large-type sidebars. . . . [Novacek] has assembled a squadron of top guns from relevant fields-- among them evolutionary biology, paleontology, environmental chemistry and economics--to explain what's gone wrong in various ecosystems and how the damage might be mitigated." -- Publishers Weekly