FUTURE OF LIFE

FUTURE OF LIFE

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Random House, Inc.
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.
The questions, discussion topics, and author biography that follow are intended to enhance your group’s reading of Edward O. Wilson’s The Future of Life , an impassioned call for the protection of the earth’s biodiversity by one of our greatest living scientists.

Baker & Taylor
Calls for decisive action to save Earth's endangered biological heritage, profiling threatened animals and plants and offering a program based on economic, ethical, and religious ideals for preserving our biosphere.

Book News
Pulitzer Prize winner Wilson (entomology and zoology, Harvard U.) celebrates the wonder and diversity of life, warns of the dangers humans pose to it, and suggests immediate measures to protect it. Two of the seven chapters have been published separately. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Blackwell North Amer
In this 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.

Baker
& Taylor

Presents an impassioned call for urgent action to save the Earth's biological heritage, identifying essential species that are threatened with extinction while identifying ways they can be saved and exploring the importance of conservation. 125,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. 2002
ISBN: 9780679450788
0679450785

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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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