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Biodiversity and Conservation (Routledge Introductions to Environment: Environment and Society Texts) [Kindle Edition]

Michael J. Jeffries
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  • Print ISBN-10: 0415342996
  • Print ISBN-13: 978-0415342995
  • Edition: 2
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Book Description

This revised second edition provides an introductory guide through the maze of interdisciplinary themes that comprise 'biodiversity.' It combines biological sciences with insights into the origins, variety and distribution of biodiversity, analysis of the social and political context, and the threats to, and opportunities for, the survival of natural systems.

Whilst retaining its existing structure, this updated new edition reflects advances that have demonstrated the importance of living systems as drivers of environmental services vital to human health and security. The final chapter has been revised to tackle more explicitly the contrasting approaches to conservation, and throughout, the book has been updated to reflect new research and developments.

With highly original international case studies and ample illustrations to explain difficult topics clearly, this excellent book remains the only introductory text which brings together the full range of theory and practice of ‘biodiversity’ and ‘conservation’.

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'A comprehensive introduction to this relativelty recent concept...a text which is far-reaching in scope and detail...a valuable elementary text' - Environmental Education and Information

'I was struck by the lively, enthusiastic and informative approach which sets this book apart from so many of the same genre...I fully intend to recommend this book to all my undergraduate students.' - Progress in Physical Geography

About the Author

Michael J. Jeffries is a Lecturer in Ecology and Environment at Northumbria University.

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  • File Size: 9690 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (July 13, 2006)
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  • Language: English
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I was pleasantly surprised by the second edition of this book from the Routledge Introductions to Environment Series (and not just because, unexpectedly, I appeared in one of the photos!). In recent years there has been a plethora of texts on one or other of these subjects (biodiversity and conservation) and many have tended to be, if not repetitive, somewhat clichéd and tedious to read. I admit, though, that in view of the magnitude of the impediments to our successful custodianship of the world's natural diversity, it is hard not to sound cynical or hectoring when writing about its loss. Here the author redistributes praise and blame where it is due without an excess of accusatory finger-wagging. The book is nicely divided into a manageable five theme-based chapters and is presented in a nice size and format (yes, size matter in books, too). I do dislike books that are divided into two columns of text per page.
The term biodiversity arose in the mid 1980s and since then there has been a fairly rapid acceptance of the concept and absorption of the term into the global vocabulary (though only very recently was it acknowledged in the Microsoft Word spell check!). Chapter one leads with this conceptual history, including the 1992 Rio Summit and the continuing post Rio degradation of the environment. The importance of biodiversity is emphasised and an overview of the history of life is followed by the central issue: extinction. The author explains that this is a natural phenomenon. However, the situation today is that of an anthropogenic-induced catastrophe where extinctions leave already stressed species in degraded or polluted habitats, leading to what has been termed `the extinction vortex'.
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