The Future of Life

The Future of Life

Book - 2002
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From one of the world's most influential scientists (and two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author) comes his most timely and important book yet: an impassioned call for quick and decisive action to save Earth's biological heritage, and a plan to achieve that rescue.

Today we understand that our world is infinitely richer than was ever previously guessed. Yet it is so ravaged by human activity that half its species could be gone by the end of the present century. These two contrasting truths--unexpected magnificence and underestimated peril--have become compellingly clear during the past two decades of research on biological diversity.

In this dazzlingly intelligent and ultimately hopeful book, Wilson describes what treasures of the natural world we are about to lose forever--in many cases animals, insects, and plants we have only just discovered, and whose potential to nourish us, protect us, and cure our illnesses is immeasurable--and what we can do to save them. In the process, he explores the ethical and religious bases of the conservation movement and deflates the myth that environmental policy is antithetical to economic growth by illustrating how new methods of conservation can ensure long-term economic well-being.

The Future of Life is a magisterial accomplishment: both a moving description of our biosphere and a guidebook for the protection of all its species, including humankind.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2002
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780679450788
Branch Call Number: 333.9522
Characteristics: xxiv, 229 pages ;,22 cm


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Aug 30, 2016

It seems that Wilson has virtually re-written the same book three or four times, but in fairness, its still worth reading. He describes the processes that lead to extinction and gives numerous examples of each; the last chapter is part polemic, part call to action.

Subhajitsaha95 Jul 02, 2012

This book is really good. It helps regular people see what they couldn't see before.


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