Coral reefs are on track to become the first ecosystem actually eliminated from the planet. So says leading ecologist Peter F. Sale in this crash course on the state of the planet. Sale draws from his own extensive work on coral reefs, and from recent research by other ecologists, to explore the many ways we are changing the earth and to explain why it matters. Weaving into the narrative his own firsthand field experiences around the world, Sale brings ecology alive while giving a solid understanding of the science at work behind today's pressing environmental issues. He delves into topics including overfishing, deforestation, biodiversity loss, use of fossil fuels, population growth, and climate change while discussing the real consequences of our growing ecological footprint. Most important, this passionately written book emphasizes that a gloom-and-doom scenario is not inevitable, and as Sale explores alternative paths, he considers the ways in which science can help us realize a better future.
"Sale brings ecology alive while giving a solid understanding of the science at work behind today's pressing environmental issues... A must-read for those that care about the planet Earth."--The Guardian / Birdbooker Report Blog "Sale provides a solid introduction to the study of ecology, simultaneously making readers comfortable with the science at hand and stressing the need to address collapsing ecosystems."--Library Journal "A deeply researched and clear-eyed call to arms."--The Scientist "Sale provides much food for thought in this provocative look at a hotly debated subject."--Kirkus Reviews Thorough, balanced and state of the art... A Powerful, multifaceted, vivid analysis of human-induced environmental change... A rewarding read." --Basic & Applied Ecology
Number Of Pages: 360
Published: 1st October 2012
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.9 x 2.957
Weight (kg): 0.724