Biodiversity, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1438137729
  • ISBN-13: 9781438137728
  • DDC: 333.95
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 170 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2011 | Published/Released November 2012
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2011

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The BP oil spill and other recent catastrophic environmental disasters have received attention in the popular media and provoked controversy at a local, national, and sometimes international level. Yet at the heart of each of these stories lie serious environmental challenges that influence the survival of countless species, including our own. BIODIVERSITY follows the sharp decline in diversity within land and marine ecosystems since the mid-20th century. This new resource looks at past and present challenges of maintaining the health of critical ecosystems, highlighting the experimental solutions that are the most effective at stemming the tide of loss. It outlines the five principal human-made causes of extinctions, exploring habitat loss, fragmentation, and disruption. The unrelenting issue of toxic contamination in an industrialized world as well as the urgent need to protect endangered species from overexploitation are other topics explored in this comprehensive book. BIODIVERSITY is ideal for anyone considering a career in conservation biology, ecology, oceanography, and related sciences, environmental law, ethics, or policy.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Conserving Biodiversity.
2: Habitat Destruction and Restoration.
3: Toxic Contamination and Cleanup.
4: Species Overexploitation, Protection, and Captive Breeding.
5: Invasive Species and their Impact on Diversity.
6: Ecosystem Disruption and the Call for Mega-Reserves.
Further Resources.