biodiversity loss Books

  • Biodiversity

    Despite acknowledgment that loss of living diversity is an international biological crisis, the ecological causes and consequences of extinction have not yet been widely addressed. In honor of Edward O. Wilson, winner of the 1993 International Prize for Biology, an international group of distinguished biologists bring ecological, evolutionary, and ...

  • Biodiversity and Ecosystem Function

    With the accelerating loss of biodiversity there is increasing concern about how this loss may be affecting ecosystem processes, or services, that are of benefit to human well being. The limited studies that address the principal question directly, species numbers versus system function, are evaluated. Moreover, the degree of redundancy within ...

  • Bamboo Biodiversity : Africa, Madagascar and the Americas

    This study used an innovative approach to map potential current distributions of nearly 400 individual bamboo species that occur naturally within the remaining forests of Africa, Madagascar and the Americas. The maps were also combined to generate regional maps showing potential species and generic richness. This report contributes to ...

  • Encyclopedia of Biodiversity, Five-Volume Set

    First used in 1980, 'biodiversity' often describes the abundance, variety, and genetic constitution of native animals and plants, and has been linked with politics and environmental technology. Although the 1986 National forum on biodiversity brought issues of biodiversity to the fore, the inescapable need to know more about the diversity of life ...

  • Environmental Policy Instruments for Conserving Global Biodiversity

    The current, unprecedented loss of global biodiversity resulting from anthropogenic interference in the world's ecosystems is affecting human well-being across the globe with increasing severity. This book examines two issues that are at the center of the public discussion on biodiversity. First, it examines whether genetic information derived ...

  • Planning with Nature: Biodiversity Information in Action Report

    Poorly planned land development is a prime contributor to the loss of America’s natural heritage of animal and plant diversity. But a new report by the Environmental Law Institute finds that simply utilizing existing biodiversity information may help remedy this problem. What is needed, the authors of Planning with Nature: Biodiversity ...

  • A threat to life : the impact of climate change on Japan's biodiversity

    This book focuses on the relationship between climate change and biodiversity. It opens with general perspectives on the main issues, pointing out the need to take an holistic approach and to urge policy makers to take action, even when scientific evidence is not always conclusive. Evidence on climate change and biodiversity loss in an historical ...

  • Status of the States: Innovative Strategies for Biodiversity Conservation Report

    The United States now faces a biodiversity crisis of historic proportions. It is estimated that 'one-third of the native U.S. flora and fauna is considered to be of conservation concern.' States are currently facing unprecedented habitat loss, degradation, and fragmentation due to sprawl development, agriculture, and other land modifications. Many ...

  • The Governance of Nature and the Nature of Governance: Policy that works for biodiversity and livelihoods

    Ecosystem services have been disturbed to such an extent that, unless remedial action is taken urgently, reaching both the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) target of slowing biodiversity loss by 2010 and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015 could prove impossible (MA, 2005a). This report looks at the reasons behind this ...

  • New York State Biodiversity Project Needs Assessment Report

    The loss of New York''s natural heritage is caused, in part, by direct threats which include ill-planned development, land use and land management. Thus decision makers - from state and local government, private industry, and conservation organizations - must become better informed on how to incorporate biodiversity information into their ...

  • Biodiversity in sub-saharan Africa and its islands : conservation, management and sustainable use

    This first publication in the SSC’s planned programme of regional biodiversity assessments draws attention to the serious consequences of the loss of biological diversity in sub-Saharan Africa, including offshore islands in the Atlantic and Indian ...

  • The use of economic measures in national biodiversity strategies and action plans : a review of experiences, lessons learned and ways forward

    Economic forces underlie and explain much biodiversity degradation and loss, and economic instruments provide a useful set of tools for strengthening biodiversity conservation, sustainable use and equitable benefit sharing. If National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans are to be effective they must be justifiable in economic terms. This ...

  • Wildlife in a Changing World: an Analysis of the 2008 Red List

    Life on Earth is under serious threat according to a detailed analysis of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. This authoritative report is published, just before the 2010 target deadline governments set themselves, to evaluate how successful they were in reducing biodiversity loss.Beginning with an explanation of the IUCN Red List as a key ...

  • Stability of Tropical Rainforest Margins

    Tropical rainforests disappear at an alarming rate causing unprecedented losses in biodiversity and ecosystem services. The stability of rainforest margins has an ecological and socio-economic dimension, and understanding the multidisciplinary nature of land-use changes in tropical rainforest margins is the key to identifying development ...

  • The Impact of Species Changes in African Lakes

    The African lakes are an extremely important ecosystem and the subject of much study relating to species introductions and loss of biodiversity. This book provides a thorough review of the whole subject and will be of great interest to fish biologists, fisheries workers, ecologists, environmental scientists and conservationists. ...

  • Sustainability and Diversity of Forest Ecosystems

    Biodiversity is decreasing at the fastest rate in the history of the earth, largely as a result of human activity. The sustainable use of ecosystems allowing maintenance of biological diversity is an urgent problem that must be solved. Among terrestrial ecosystems, forests support the richest biological diversity. The interaction of humans and ...

  • Extinctions in Near Time: Causes, Contexts, and Consequences

    This book examines an important and growing issue among ecologists, conservation biologists, and archaeologists, namely recent extinction of species, and will focus on treatments of losses thought to have been caused by humans in some way over the past 40,000 years when Homo sapiens spread worldwide. There is an exemplary list of leading ...

  • The Congo basin : human and natural resources

    The Congo Basin encompasses an enormous region of Central Africa. Up to the present day, the area has a more or less continuous forest cover and is rich in biodiversity. The lowland forest of the Congo Basin for instance, is the most species-rich forest in Africa. In particular species groups of the region, endemism is high. Currently however, ...

  • Atmospheric Ammonia

    Anthropogenic emissions of ammonia cause a host of environmental impacts, including loss of biodiversity, soil acidification and formation of particulate matter in the atmosphere. Under the auspices of the UNECE Convention on Long Range Transboundary Air Pollution, around 80 international experts met to review the state of scientific knowledge. ...

  • Waters in Peril

    Waters in Peril presents the most recent scientific evidence produced by internationally renowned ocean scientists on the current state of ocean ecosystems, globally. Covering over seventy percent of the earth's surface, the ocean is the world's largest common property resource, jointly owned by over six billion humans. It is the foundation ...

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