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Extinction in Our Times: Global Amphibian Decline
For over 350 million years, thousands of species of amphibians have lived on earth, but since the 1990s they have been disappearing at an alarming rate, in many cases quite suddenly and mysteriously. What is causing these extinctions? What role do human actions play in them? What do they tell us about the overall state of biodiversity on the planet? In Extinction in Our ...more
Hardcover, 273 pages
Published July 1st 2009 by Oxford University Press, USA
(first published June 1st 2008)
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If you want to have an idea what is happening with Biodiversity decline (or not), this is a good point to start. They present the case of amphibian group and how it is threaten by different factors, as well as the implications of loosing this taxonomic group. In the end, the authors try to bring the idea that Ecological Ethics, is a new field that should consider moral dilemmas like what to protect or not, when to intervene or not, and so on. Recommended for anybody interested in the topic, as ...more
This book is aimed at a biologist, I think. I'm interested in the subject and I have a high tolerance for scientific writing but I had to put this book down, it was just too boring. I learned a lot and some of it I found fascinating but most of it was too technical for my more casual interest. For what it is, it is well written and god, beyond well researched, but I have other interests and little time so I put it down. I think that it is a necessary book and if you have the time, an important ...more