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The atlas of global conservation : changes, challenges and opportunities to make a difference

Author: Jonathan M Hoekstra; Jennifer L Molnar; et al
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2010.
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Suitable for those who are concerned about the natural world, this guide to the state of the planet and our most pressing resource and environmental issues features 79 full-color maps and other  Read more...


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Genre/Form: Atlas
Material Type: Atlas
Document Type: Map
All Authors / Contributors: Jonathan M Hoekstra; Jennifer L Molnar; et al
ISBN: 9780520262560 0520262565
OCLC Number: 798902973
Description: 1 atlas (xv, 234 p.) : ill. en coul., cartes en coul. ; 29 cm
Contents: Acknowledgments x FOREWORD * A NEW VIEW OF OUR HOME xii Mark Tercek, The Nature Conservancy FOREWORD * CONSERVATION CONNECTIONS xiv Paul R. Ehrlich, Stanford University, Stanford University 1. Introduction 1 WHY ECOREGIONS? 6 Taylor Ricketts, World Wildlife Fund Terrestrial Ecoregions, Realms, and Biomes 8 Freshwater Ecoregions and Basins 10 Marine Ecoregions, Provinces, and Realms 12 THE STORIES THAT MAPS TELL 14 Jon Christensen, Stanford University 2. Habitats 19 Forests and Woodlands: Giving Trees 22 Grasslands: Where the Buffalo Roamed 24 Deserts and Aridlands: Hardy Life under Harsh Conditions 26 Rivers and Wetlands: The Planet's Lifeblood 28 Lakes: Fragile Pools of Life 30 Caves and Karst: Troves of Subterranean Species 32 HOPE IN HABITATS 34 Steven J. McCormick, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Coasts and Shelves: The Sea's Sunlit Margins 36 Coral Reefs: Crown Jewels of the Ocean 38 Mangrove Forests: Bridging Land and Sea 40 Seagrass Beds: Marine Meadows 42 Salt Marshes: Living Filters along Our Coasts 44 High Seas and Deep Oceans: Earth's Uncharted "Inner Space" 46 3. Species 49 Plants: A Vital Variety 52 Freshwater Fish: A Diverse Cast 54 Amphibians: Fragile Markers of the Planet's Health 56 Reptiles: Prehistoric Survivors 58 MIGRATIONS 60 Martin Wikelski, Max Planck Institute for Ornithology and Konstaz University, and David S. Wilcove, Princeton University Birds: Everyday, Everywhere Wildlife 64 Mammals: Shared Destiny with Our Closest Kin 66 Endemic Species: In the Narrowest Niches 68 Evolutionary Distinction: Branches on the Tree of Life 70 PROMOTING LIVELIHOODS, SAVING NATURE 72 Greg Mock, former editor, World Resources Report 4. A World of Change 75 Human Population: Outnumbering Nature 78 Consuming Nature: Running Out of Planet? 80 Climate Change: The Planetary Emergency 82 ULTIMATE AGENTS OF GLOBAL CHANGE 84 Joel E. Cohen, Rockefeller and Columbia Universities Habitat Loss on Land: Going, Going,... 88 Coastal Development: Reshaping the Seashore 90 Bottom Trawling and Dredging: Scouring the Seafloor 92 Landscape Fragmentation: Going to Pieces 94 Thwarted Fish Runs: Up against a Wall 96 GLOBAL CONTAMINATION OF THE BIOSPHERE 98 John Peterson Myers, Environmental Health Sciences Freshwater Pollution: Clear but Hazardous 102 Nitrogen Pollution: Too Much of a Good Thing 104 Ruin of the Reefs: Fading Jewels, Lost Wealth 106 Into the Wild: The Cost of Expanding Human Access 108 POVERTY AND NATURE'S SERVICES 110 M. Sanjayan, The Nature Conservancy Forest Clearing: Uprooting Nature 112 Water Stress: Overused and Undermanaged 114 Overfishing: Emptying the Oceans 116 Wildlife Trade: Sold into Extinction 118 FUTURE OF FISHERIES 120 Jackie Alder, United Nations Environment Programme, and Daniel Pauly, University of British Columbia Fire: Healthy Doses of Destruction 122 Dams and Reservoirs: Clogging Earth's Arteries 124 Sediment Flow: Starving Some Habitats, Smothering Others 126 Melting Ice and Rising Seas: Squeezing the Coasts 128 Disappearing Glaciers: Ice Storage on a Slippery Slope 130 NATURE CONSERVATION AND CLIMATE CHANGE 132 Jonathan M. Hoekstra, The Nature Conservancy Terrestrial Invaders: Unwelcome Guests 134 Freshwater Invaders: Good Intentions with Costly Consequences 136 Marine Invaders: Stowaways Attacking Our Coasts 138 Terrestrial Animals at Risk: More in Jeopardy Each Year 140 Freshwater Animals at Risk: Are Their Futures Drying Up? 142 Marine Animals at Risk: Sea Life Unraveling 144 5. Taking Action 147 Protected Areas on Land: Triumph for Nature 150 Protecting Rivers, Lakes, and Wetlands: Thinking beyond Park Boundaries 152 Marine Protected Areas: Oases for Fish and People 154 Protecting Nature's Services: Dividends from the Wealth of Nature 156 CONVERGENT CONSERVATION 158 Scott A. Morrison, The Nature Conservancy International Cooperation: Saving the Whales--and More 160 Greening the Marketplace: Certifiably Profitable 162 Collaborative Solutions: Problem-Solving Partnerships 164 CONSERVATION ON OUR WATCH 166 Gretchen C. Daily, Marilyn Cornelius, and Charles J. Katz, Jr., Stanford University, and Brian Shillinglaw, New Forests, Inc. Rule of Law: Protecting the Commons 168 Individual Action: Parting the Waters 170 Restoring Nature: Mending the Web of Life 172 6. Conclusion Our Future, Our Choices 175 Appendix A: Ecoregions Index Maps 180 Appendix B: Technical Notes and References 200 Index 229 About the authors 234
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