The Sixth Extinction

The Sixth Extinction
Author: Elizabeth Kolbert
Publsiher: Henry Holt and Company
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2014-02-11
ISBN 10: 0805099794
ISBN 13: 9780805099799
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Sixth Extinction Book Review:

ONE OF THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW'S 10 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR A major book about the future of the world, blending intellectual and natural history and field reporting into a powerful account of the mass extinction unfolding before our eyes Over the last half a billion years, there have been five mass extinctions, when the diversity of life on earth suddenly and dramatically contracted. Scientists around the world are currently monitoring the sixth extinction, predicted to be the most devastating extinction event since the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs. This time around, the cataclysm is us. In The Sixth Extinction, two-time winner of the National Magazine Award and New Yorker writer Elizabeth Kolbert draws on the work of scores of researchers in half a dozen disciplines, accompanying many of them into the field: geologists who study deep ocean cores, botanists who follow the tree line as it climbs up the Andes, marine biologists who dive off the Great Barrier Reef. She introduces us to a dozen species, some already gone, others facing extinction, including the Panamian golden frog, staghorn coral, the great auk, and the Sumatran rhino. Through these stories, Kolbert provides a moving account of the disappearances occurring all around us and traces the evolution of extinction as concept, from its first articulation by Georges Cuvier in revolutionary Paris up through the present day. The sixth extinction is likely to be mankind's most lasting legacy; as Kolbert observes, it compels us to rethink the fundamental question of what it means to be human.

Field Notes from a Catastrophe

Field Notes from a Catastrophe
Author: Elizabeth Kolbert
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2015-02-03
ISBN 10: 1620409895
ISBN 13: 9781620409893
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Field Notes from a Catastrophe Book Review:

A new edition of the book that launched Elizabeth Kolbert's career as an environmental writer-updated with three new chapters, making it, yet again, "irreplaceable" (Boston Globe). Elizabeth Kolbert's environmental classic Field Notes from a Catastrophe first developed out of a groundbreaking, National Magazine Award-winning three-part series in The New Yorker. She expanded it into a still-concise yet richly researched and damning book about climate change: a primer on the greatest challenge facing the world today. But in the years since, the story has continued to develop; the situation has become more dire, even as our understanding grows. Now, Kolbert returns to the defining book of her career. She has added a chapter bringing things up-to-date on the existing text, plus three new chapters--on ocean acidification, the tar sands, and a Danish town that's gone carbon neutral--making it, again, a must-read for our moment.

In the Light of Evolution

In the Light of Evolution
Author: National Academy of Sciences
Publsiher: National Academies Press
Total Pages: 432
Release: 2008-12-22
ISBN 10: 9780309164337
ISBN 13: 0309164338
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

In the Light of Evolution Book Review:

The current extinction crisis is of human making, and any favorable resolution of that biodiversity crisis--among the most dire in the 4-billion-year history of Earth--will have to be initiated by mankind. Little time remains for the public, corporations, and governments to awaken to the magnitude of what is at stake. This book aims to assist that critical educational mission, synthesizing recent scientific information and ideas about threats to biodiversity in the past, present, and projected future. This is the second volume from the In the Light of Evolution series, based on a series of Arthur M. Sackler colloquia, and designed to promote the evolutionary sciences. Each installment explores evolutionary perspectives on a particular biological topic that is scientifically intriguing but also has special relevance to contemporary societal issues or challenges. Individually and collectively, the ILE series aims to interpret phenomena in various areas of biology through the lens of evolution, address some of the most intellectually engaging as well as pragmatically important societal issues of our times, and foster a greater appreciation of evolutionary biology as a consolidating foundation for the life sciences.

Biological Extinction

Biological Extinction
Author: Partha Dasgupta,Peter Raven,Anna McIvor
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 462
Release: 2019-09-05
ISBN 10: 1108482287
ISBN 13: 9781108482288
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Biological Extinction Book Review:

Questions why species are becoming extinct, and how we can protect the natural world on which we all depend.

Beloved Beasts Fighting for Life in an Age of Extinction

Beloved Beasts  Fighting for Life in an Age of Extinction
Author: Michelle Nijhuis
Publsiher: W. W. Norton & Company
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2021-03-09
ISBN 10: 1324001690
ISBN 13: 9781324001690
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Beloved Beasts Fighting for Life in an Age of Extinction Book Review:

One of Literary Hub's Most Anticipated Books of 2021 A vibrant history of the modern conservation movement—told through the lives and ideas of the people who built it. In the late nineteenth century, as humans came to realize that our rapidly industrializing and globalizing societies were driving other animal species to extinction, a movement to protect and conserve them was born. In Beloved Beasts, acclaimed science journalist Michelle Nijhuis traces the movement’s history: from early battles to save charismatic species such as the American bison and bald eagle to today’s global effort to defend life on a larger scale. She describes the vital role of scientists and activists such as Aldo Leopold and Rachel Carson as well as lesser-known figures in conservation history; she reveals the origins of vital organizations like the Audubon Society and the World Wildlife Fund; she explores current efforts to protect species such as the whooping crane and the black rhinoceros; and she confronts the darker side of conservation, long shadowed by racism and colonialism. As the destruction of other species continues and the effects of climate change escalate, Beloved Beasts charts the ways conservation is becoming a movement for the protection of all species—including our own.

Inheritors of the Earth

Inheritors of the Earth
Author: Chris D. Thomas
Publsiher: PublicAffairs
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2017-09-05
ISBN 10: 1610397282
ISBN 13: 9781610397285
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Inheritors of the Earth Book Review:

Human activity has irreversibly changed the natural environment. But the news isn't all bad. It's accepted wisdom today that human beings have permanently damaged the natural world, causing extinction, deforestation, pollution, and of course climate change. But in Inheritors of the Earth, biologist Chris Thomas shows that this obscures a more hopeful truth -- we're also helping nature grow and change. Human cities and mass agriculture have created new places for enterprising animals and plants to live, and our activities have stimulated evolutionary change in virtually every population of living species. Most remarkably, Thomas shows, humans may well have raised the rate at which new species are formed to the highest level in the history of our planet. Drawing on the success stories of diverse species, from the ochre-colored comma butterfly to the New Zealand pukeko, Thomas overturns the accepted story of declining biodiversity on Earth. In so doing, he questions why we resist new forms of life, and why we see ourselves as unnatural. Ultimately, he suggests that if life on Earth can recover from the asteroid that killed off the dinosaurs, it can survive the onslaughts of the technological age. This eye-opening book is a profound reexamination of the relationship between humanity and the natural world.

Extinctions in Near Time

Extinctions in Near Time
Author: Ross D.E. MacPhee,Hans-Dieter Sues
Publsiher: Springer Science & Business Media
Total Pages: 394
Release: 2013-11-09
ISBN 10: 1475752024
ISBN 13: 9781475752021
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Extinctions in Near Time Book Review:

"Near time" -an interval that spans the last 100,000 years or so of earth history-qualifies as a remarkable period for many reasons. From an anthropocentric point of view, the out standing feature of near time is the fact that the evolution, cultural diversification, and glob al spread of Homo sapiens have all occurred within it. From a wider biological perspective, however, the hallmark of near time is better conceived of as being one of enduring, repeat ed loss. The point is important. Despite the sense of uniqueness implicit in phrases like "the biodiversity crisis," meant to convey the notion that the present bout of extinctions is by far the worst endured in recent times, substantial losses have occurred throughout near time. In the majority of cases, these losses occurred when, and only when, people began to ex pand across areas that had never before experienced their presence. Although the explana tion for these correlations in time and space may seem obvious, it is one thing to rhetori cally observe that there is a connection between humans and recent extinctions, and quite another to demonstrate it scientifically. How should this be done? Traditionally, the study of past extinctions has fallen largely to researchers steeped in such disciplines as paleontology, systematics, and paleoecology. The evaluation of future losses, by contrast, has lain almost exclusively within the domain of conservation biolo gists. Now, more than ever, there is opportunity for overlap and sharing of information.

The Sixth Extinction

The Sixth Extinction
Author: James Rollins
Publsiher: Hachette UK
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2014-08-28
ISBN 10: 1409113957
ISBN 13: 9781409113959
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Sixth Extinction Book Review:

The NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author returns with a gripping, high-concept adventure thriller in the Sigma Force series - for fans of Dan Brown and Michael Crichton. A remote military research station in Utah sends out a frantic distress call, ending with a chilling final command: Kill us all! By the time help arrives every living thing for fifty miles has been annihilated. And blight is spreading. To halt the inevitable, Commander Gray Pierce and Sigma must unravel a threat that rises out of the distant past, to a time when Antarctica was green and life on Earth balanced on a knife edge. Following clues from an ancient map rescued from the lost Library of Alexandria, Sigma will discover the truth about an ancient continent, about a new form of death buried under miles of ice, and the coming extinction of mankind.

The Song Of The Dodo

The Song Of The Dodo
Author: David Quammen
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 704
Release: 2012-03-31
ISBN 10: 1448137403
ISBN 13: 9781448137404
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Song Of The Dodo Book Review:

Why have island ecosystems always suffered such high rates of extinction? In our age, with all the world's landscapes, from Tasmania to the Amazon to Yellowstone, now being carved into island-like fragments by human activity, the implications of this question are more urgent than ever. Over the past eight years, David Quammen has followed the threads of island biogeography on a globe-encircling journey of discovery.

Principles of Terrestrial Ecosystem Ecology

Principles of Terrestrial Ecosystem Ecology
Author: F Stuart Chapin III,Pamela A. Matson,Peter Vitousek
Publsiher: Springer Science & Business Media
Total Pages: 529
Release: 2011-09-02
ISBN 10: 9781441995049
ISBN 13: 1441995048
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Principles of Terrestrial Ecosystem Ecology Book Review:

Features review questions at the end of each chapter; Includes suggestions for recommended reading; Provides a glossary of ecological terms; Has a wide audience as a textbook for advanced undergraduate students, graduate students and as a reference for practicing scientists from a wide array of disciplines

Extinction

Extinction
Author: Ashley Dawson
Publsiher: OR Books
Total Pages: 132
Release: 2016-08-01
ISBN 10: 1682190412
ISBN 13: 9781682190418
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Extinction Book Review:

Some thousands of years ago, the world was home to an immense variety of large mammals. From wooly mammoths and saber-toothed tigers to giant ground sloths and armadillos the size of automobiles, these spectacular creatures roamed freely. Then human beings arrived. Devouring their way down the food chain as they spread across the planet, they began a process of voracious extinction that has continued to the present. Headlines today are made by the existential threat confronting remaining large animals such as rhinos and pandas. But the devastation summoned by humans extends to humbler realms of creatures including beetles, bats and butterflies. Researchers generally agree that the current extinction rate is nothing short of catastrophic. Currently the earth is losing about a hundred species every day. This relentless extinction, Ashley Dawson contends in a primer that combines vast scope with elegant precision, is the product of a global attack on the commons, the great trove of air, water, plants and creatures, as well as collectively created cultural forms such as language, that have been regarded traditionally as the inheritance of humanity as a whole. This attack has its genesis in the need for capital to expand relentlessly into all spheres of life. Extinction, Dawson argues, cannot be understood in isolation from a critique of our economic system. To achieve this we need to transgress the boundaries between science, environmentalism and radical politics. Extinction: A Radical History performs this task with both brio and brilliance.

Outside the Anthropological Machine

Outside the Anthropological Machine
Author: Chiara Mengozzi
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 284
Release: 2020-05-14
ISBN 10: 100007501X
ISBN 13: 9781000075014
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Outside the Anthropological Machine Book Review:

In the midst of the climate crisis and the threat of the sixth extinction, we can no longer claim to be the masters of nature. Rather, we need to unlearn our species’ arrogance for the sake of all animals, human and non-human. Rethinking our being-in-the-world as Homo sapiens, this monograph argues, starts precisely from the way we relate to our closer companion species. The authors gathered here endeavour to find multiple exit strategies from the anthropocentric paradigms that have bound the human and social sciences. Part I investigates the unexplored margins of human history by re-reading historical events, literary texts, and scientific findings from an animal’s perspective, rather than a human’s. Part II explores different forms of human-animal relationships, putting the emphasis on the institutions, spaces, and discourses that frame our interactions with animals. Part III engages with processes of "translation" that aim to render animals’ experience and perception into human words and visual language.

Around the World in 80 Species

Around the World in 80 Species
Author: Jill Atkins,Barry Atkins
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 414
Release: 2018-11-08
ISBN 10: 0429793901
ISBN 13: 9780429793905
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Around the World in 80 Species Book Review:

The world is currently experiencing a sixth period of mass species extinction, and extinction of flora and fauna is caused by a variety of factors arising from industrial activity and increasing human population, such as global warming, climate change, habitat loss, pollution and use of pesticides. Most causes of extinction are linked to corporate activity, either directly or indirectly. Around the World in 80 Species: Exploring the Business of Extinction responds to the ongoing mass extinction crisis engulfing our planet by exploring the ways in which accounting, business and finance can be used to prevent species extinctions. From Africa to the Far East and from Europe to the Americas, the authors explore species loss and how businesses can stop mass extinctions through greater transparency, and through closer engagement with their investors and wildlife organisations. The book concludes that global capitalism has led us to this extinction crisis and that therefore the mechanisms of capitalism – namely accounting, finance, investment – can help to pull us out. Businesses must urgently address extinction before it is too late for all species, including ourselves. As the first book to explore corporate accounting and accountability in relation to species on the brink of extinction, this book will be of great interest to both professionals and a wider audience interested in the causes and prevention of extinction.

The Princeton Guide to Evolution

The Princeton Guide to Evolution
Author: David A. Baum,Douglas J. Futuyma,Hopi E. Hoekstra,Richard E. Lenski,Allen J. Moore,Cahterine L. Peichel,Dolph Schluter,Michael C. Whitlock
Publsiher: Princeton University Press
Total Pages: 888
Release: 2017-03-21
ISBN 10: 069117587X
ISBN 13: 9780691175874
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Princeton Guide to Evolution Book Review:

The Princeton Guide to Evolution is a comprehensive, concise, and authoritative reference to the major subjects and key concepts in evolutionary biology, from genes to mass extinctions. Edited by a distinguished team of evolutionary biologists, with contributions from leading researchers, the guide contains some 100 clear, accurate, and up-to-date articles on the most important topics in seven major areas: phylogenetics and the history of life; selection and adaptation; evolutionary processes; genes, genomes, and phenotypes; speciation and macroevolution; evolution of behavior, society, and humans; and evolution and modern society. Complete with more than 100 illustrations (including eight pages in color), glossaries of key terms, suggestions for further reading on each topic, and an index, this is an essential volume for undergraduate and graduate students, scientists in related fields, and anyone else with a serious interest in evolution. Explains key topics in some 100 concise and authoritative articles written by a team of leading evolutionary biologists Contains more than 100 illustrations, including eight pages in color Each article includes an outline, glossary, bibliography, and cross-references Covers phylogenetics and the history of life; selection and adaptation; evolutionary processes; genes, genomes, and phenotypes; speciation and macroevolution; evolution of behavior, society, and humans; and evolution and modern society

Bats in the Anthropocene Conservation of Bats in a Changing World

Bats in the Anthropocene  Conservation of Bats in a Changing World
Author: Christian C. Voigt,Tigga Kingston
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 606
Release: 2015-12-07
ISBN 10: 3319252208
ISBN 13: 9783319252209
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Bats in the Anthropocene Conservation of Bats in a Changing World Book Review:

This book focuses on central themes related to the conservation of bats. It details their response to land-use change and management practices, intensified urbanization and roost disturbance and loss. Increasing interactions between humans and bats as a result of hunting, disease relationships, occupation of human dwellings, and conflict over fruit crops are explored in depth. Finally, contributors highlight the roles that taxonomy, conservation networks and conservation psychology have to play in conserving this imperilled but vital taxon. With over 1300 species, bats are the second largest order of mammals, yet as the Anthropocene dawns, bat populations around the world are in decline. Greater understanding of the anthropogenic drivers of this decline and exploration of possible mitigation measures are urgently needed if we are to retain global bat diversity in the coming decades. This book brings together teams of international experts to provide a global review of current understanding and recommend directions for future research and mitigation.

Catastrophic Thinking

Catastrophic Thinking
Author: David Sepkoski
Publsiher: Science.Culture
Total Pages: 360
Release: 2020
ISBN 10: 022634861X
ISBN 13: 9780226348612
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Catastrophic Thinking Book Review:

Introduction: Why Extinction Matters -- The Meaning of Extinction: Catastrophe, Equilibrium, and Diversity -- Extinction in a Victorian Key -- Catastrophe and Modernity -- Extinction in the Shadow of the Bomb -- The Asteroid and the Dinosaur -- A Sixth Extinction? The Making of a Biodiversity Crisis -- Epilogue: Extinction in the Anthropocene.

Adventures in the Anthropocene

Adventures in the Anthropocene
Author: Gaia Vince
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 448
Release: 2014-07-03
ISBN 10: 1448128021
ISBN 13: 9781448128020
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Adventures in the Anthropocene Book Review:

** Winner of Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books 2015 ** We live in epoch-making times. The changes we humans have made in recent decades have altered our world beyond anything it has experienced in its 4.6 billion-year history. As a result, our planet is said to be crossing into the Anthropocene – the Age of Humans. Gaia Vince decided to travel the world at the start of this new age to see what life is really like for the people on the frontline of the planet we’ve made. From artificial glaciers in the Himalayas to painted mountains in Peru, electrified reefs in the Maldives to garbage islands in the Caribbean, Gaia found people doing the most extraordinary things to solve the problems that we ourselves have created. These stories show what the Anthropocene means for all of us – and they illuminate how we might engineer Earth for our future.

Life in the Balance

Life in the Balance
Author: Niles Eldredge
Publsiher: Princeton University Press
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2000-02-20
ISBN 10: 9780691050096
ISBN 13: 0691050090
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Life in the Balance Book Review:

In Life in the Balance, Niles Eldredge argues that the Earth is confronting an ecological disaster in the making. He reviews compelling evidence for this "biodiversity crisis", showing that species are dying out at an unnaturally rapid rate. This book explores the same themes that illuminate the American Museum of Natural History's new Hall of Biodiversity, for which Eldredge is Scientific Curator. An eloquent and passionate account by one of today's leading scientists, Life in the Balance draws attention to one of the most pressing problems now facing the world. Copyright © Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.

Ulysses

Ulysses
Author: James Joyce
Publsiher: Courier Dover Publications
Total Pages: 768
Release: 2018-04-18
ISBN 10: 0486821552
ISBN 13: 9780486821559
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Ulysses Book Review:

Loosely based on the Odyssey, this landmark of modern literature follows ordinary Dubliners through an entire day in 1904. Captivating experimental techniques range from interior monologues to exuberant wordplay and earthy humor.

The Illegal Wildlife Trade

The Illegal Wildlife Trade
Author: Daan P. van Uhm
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 328
Release: 2016-11-15
ISBN 10: 3319421298
ISBN 13: 9783319421292
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Illegal Wildlife Trade Book Review:

In this book the author examines the illegal wildlife trade from multiple perspectives: the historical context, the impact on the environment, the scope of the problem internationally, the sociocultural demand for illegal products, the legal efforts to combat it, and several case studies from inside the trade. The illegal wildlife trade has become a global criminal enterprise, following in the footsteps of drugs and weapons. Beyond the environmental impact, financial profits from the illegal wildlife trade often fund organized crime groups and violent gangs that threaten public safety and security in myriad ways. This innovative volume covers several key questions surrounding the wildlife trade: why is there a demand for illegal wildlife products, which actors are involved in the trade, how is the business organized, and what are the harmful consequences. The author performed ethnographic fieldwork in three key markets: Russia, Morocco, and China, and has constructed a detailed picture of how the wildlife trade operates in these areas. Conversations with informants directly involved in the illegal business ensure unique insights into this lively black market. In the course of his journey the author follows the route of the illegal wildlife trade from poor poaching areas to rich business districts where corrupt officials, legally registered companies, wildlife farms and sophisticated criminal organizations all have a share. A fascinating look inside the world of poachers, smugglers and traders.