Sustaining Life: How Human Health Depends on Biodiversity
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Sustaining Life: How Human Health Depends on Biodiversity

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Examines the relationship between the animals, plants, and insects on land and in the water and how they have provided health benefits to society.
Hardcover, 566 pages
Published May 15th 2008 by OUP USA
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Roots & Shoots
This article was originally published on the wensite for Jane Goodall's Roots and Shoots.

ROOTS & SHOOTS BOOK CLUB December 2008: "Sustaining Life" by Eric Chivian and Aaron Bernstein
12/01/2008

We know biodiversity is important to the health of our world, but this month's Roots & Shoots Book Club selection gives us scientific proof. Sustaining Life: How Human Health Depends on Biodiversity, edited and written by Eric Chivian and Aaron Bernstein, provides a comprehensive view of how humans...more
Tim
I'm neither an expert on this topic nor unbiased (one of the editors is an old friend), but I think it's hard to be unimpressed by this book. Both "human health" and "biodiversity" are enormous, complicated topics on their own, so it stands to reason that their intersection is a rich, detailed topic as well. But they certainly do it justice (or at least try to). The assembled authors hit a large number of topics: ecosystem services, medicines from animals and plants, changing patterns of disease...more
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