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.
Copyright © 1988 by the National Academy of Sciences.
- EDITOR'S FOREWORD
- The Current State of Biological Diversity
CHALLENGES TO THE PRESERVATION OF BIODIVERSITY
- The Loss of Diversity Causes and Consequences
- Tropical Forests and Their Species Going, Going … ?
- Ecological Diversity in Coastal Zones and Oceans
- Diversity Crises in the Geological Past
- Estimating Reductions in the Diversity of Tropical Forest Species
- Challenges to Biological Diversity in Urban Areas
- HUMAN DEPENDANCE ON BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY
DIVERSITY AT RISK: TROPICAL FORESTS
- Our Diminishing Tropical Forests
- The Tropical Forest Canopy The Heart of Biotic Diversity
- Tropical Dry Forests The Most Endangered Major Tropical Ecosystem
- Deforestation and Indians in Brazilian Amazonia
- Primate Diversity and the Tropical Forest Case Studies from Brazil and Madagascar and the Importance of the Megadiversity Countries
- DIVERSITY AT RISK: THE GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE
THE VALUE OF BIODIVERSITY
- Economics and the Preservation of Biodiversity
- Commodity, Amenity, and Morality The Limits of Quantification in Valuing Biodiversity
- The Rise of the Global Exchange Economy and the Loss of Biological Diversity
- Why Put a Value on Biodiversity?
- What Mainstream Economists Have to Say About the Value Biodiversity
- HOW IS BIODIVERSITY MONITORED AND PROTECTED
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY: HOW CAN THEY HELP
- Can Technology Aid Species Preservation?
- Conservation of Biological Diversity in Botanical Gardens
- Using Science and Technology to Reestablish Species Lost in Nature
- Intensive Technology in the Care of Ex Situ Populations of Vanishing Species
- Cryobiology, Embryo Transfer, and Artificial Insemination in Ex Situ Animal Conservation Programs
RESTORATION ECOLOGY: CAN WE RECOVER LOST GROUND?
- Ecological Restoration Reflections on a Half-Century of Experience at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum
- Restoring Diversity in Salt Marshes Can We Do It?
- Restoration of Degraded Lands in the Amazon Basin
- Increasing Diversity by Restoring Damaged Ecosystems
- Restoring Diversity The Search for a Social and Economic Context
- ALTERNATIVES TO DESTRUCTION
- POLICIES TO PROTECT DIVERSITY
- PRESENT PROBLEMS AND FUTURE PROSPECTS
- WAYS OF SEEING THE BIOSPHERE
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