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Sustaining Life: How Human Health Depends on Biodiversity

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The Earth's biodiversity-the rich variety of life on our planet-is disappearing at an alarming rate. And while many books have focused on the expected ecological consequences, or on the aesthetic, ethical, sociological, or economic dimensions of this loss, Sustaining Life is the first book to examine the full range of potential threats that diminishing biodiversity poses t ...more
Hardcover, 542 pages
Published June 2nd 2008 by Oxford University Press, USA
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Roots & Shoots
Apr 28, 2011 Roots & Shoots rated it it was amazing
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
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Tim
May 07, 2012 Tim rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science, enviro
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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