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The Last Extinction Les Kaufman

The Last Extinction

Les Kaufman

Published November 19th 1993
ISBN : 9780262111799
Hardcover
250 pages
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The essays are united by the authors passionate commitment to preserving the natural diversity, both genetic and esthetic, of the earths myriad plant and animal species. As this book demonstrates...when we kill these other species, either directlyMoreThe essays are united by the authors passionate commitment to preserving the natural diversity, both genetic and esthetic, of the earths myriad plant and animal species. As this book demonstrates...when we kill these other species, either directly or by destroying their habitats, we kill a bit of ourselves.-- Dorian Sagan, The New York Times Book Review (review of the first edition) The Last Extinction was one of the first books on biodiversity and species loss, and today there is a new and more widespread awareness of what some consider to be the great tragedy of our time -- organisms which took many thousands or even millions of years to evolve are being snuffed out permanently owing to human activity. Environmentalist Norman Myers has added a new chapter on whales to this edition to address the critical issue of habitat destruction (which for whales involves over 70% of the Earth) from a host of insults. These include oil spills, toxic chemical runoffs that foster oxygen depriving algae bloom, the destruction of plankton by ultraviolet rays, the filling of coastal zones, and boat traffic. Contents Why the Ark is Sinking, Les Kaufman. Mass Extinctions: New Answers, New Questions, David Jablonski.