On the Edge

On the Edge

The State and Fate of the World's Tropical Rainforests : A Report to the Club of Rome

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Perseus Publishing
In 1972, The Limits to Growth introduced the idea that world resources are limited. Soon after, people became aware of the threats to the world’s rainforests, the biggest terrestrial repositories of biodiversity and essential regulators of global air and water cycles. Since that time, new research and technological advances have greatly increased our knowledge of how rainforests are being affected by changing patterns of resource use. Increasing concern about climate change has made it more important than ever to understand the state of the world’s tropical forests.

This book provides an up-to-date picture of the health of the world’s tropical forests. Claude Martin, an eminent scientist and conservationist, integrates information from remote imaging, ecology, and economics to explain deforestation and forest health throughout the world. He explains how urbanization, an increasingly global economy, and a worldwide demand for biofuels put new pressure on rainforest land. He examines the policies and market forces that have successfully preserved forests in some areas and discusses the economic benefits of protected areas. Using evidence from ice core records and past forest cover patterns, he predicts the most likely effects of climate change.

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Martin summarizes the current state of knowledge about the world's rainforests and investigates why we are losing these forests that are so vital to the future of the planet's biodiversity and what people can do to save at least some of them. He has tried to cover the most important findings from science, he says, but the literature is vast, especially recent literature, so there are whole areas he does not consider. His topics include a destructive 20th century: the rising consciousness, global and regional deforestation patterns, forest transition: modest hopes, rainforest biodiversity: treasures without price tags, whether climate change in the 21st century will bring the end of rainforests. Distributed in the US by PGW/Perseus. Annotation ©2016 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)

Publisher: Vancouver : Greystone Books, c2015
ISBN: 9781771641401
Branch Call Number: 577.34 MAR
Characteristics: xxi, 343 p., [16] p. of plates :,ill. (some col.), maps (some col.), charts ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: David Suzuki Foundation


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