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    DescriptionBiodiversity is as close as your breakfast table. Your cereal and coffee are the products of at least a dozen species of plants and animals. And believe it or not, you are related to your morning meal--all life on earth is descended from a common ancestor, giving new meaning to the old saying "You are what you eat." Making clear why the future of biodiversity matters, "Fragile Web"--which takes its name from the delicate mechanism that holds all life together--unites a team of international experts to explore the wonder of the natural world. Drawing on the very latest research, the book explains what biodiversity is and explores its evolution, from 3.5 billion years ago to the present day. It discusses the importance of the world's ecosystems and how directly or indirectly humans are responsible for the fate of nature. Crucially, it also examines what can be done to protect the natural world and why it matters. Although we cannot undo all that we have done, ignoring the current crisis facing biodiversity could fundamentally change the lives of future generations. Fully illustrated with color photographs, diagrams, and maps, and edited by celebrated ecologist Jonathan Silvertown, this book is a timely snapshot of the state of life on Earth. From the plant and animal products that make up our breakfast to the ecosystems that help to produce clean water, our very survival depends upon the variety of plant and animal life on our planet. The year 2010 has been declared by the United Nations the International Year of Biodiversity, and "The Fragile Web" will be an essential guidebook for our time.

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    Fragile Web
    What Next for Nature?
    Authors and contributors
    Edited by Jonathan W Silvertown
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 192
    Width: 191 mm
    Height: 251 mm
    Thickness: 13 mm
    Weight: 635 g
    ISBN 13: 9780226757810
    ISBN 10: 0226757811

    B&T Book Type: NF
    LC subject heading:
    BIC E4L: ENV
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.8
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC subject category V2: RNK
    DC21: 577
    B&T General Subject: 710
    Ingram Subject Code: NA
    Libri: I-NA
    BISAC V2.8: NAT010000
    Ingram Theme: TOPC/ECOLGY
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27610
    B&T Modifier: Text Format: 03
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    B&T Approval Code: A60400000
    BIC subject category V2: PSAF
    DC22: 577
    Abridged Dewey: 577
    B&T Approval Code: A60010200
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: NAT011000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: SCI088000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: SCI020000
    BIC subject category V2: RNCB
    LC subject heading: ,
    LC classification: QH541.15.B56 F73 2010
    Thema V1.0: RNK, PSAF, RNT, RNCB
    University of Chicago Press
    Imprint name
    University of Chicago Press
    Publication date
    01 August 2010
    Publication City/Country
    Chicago, IL
    Author Information
    Jonathan Silvertown is professor of ecology at the Open University, Milton Keynes, and the author of "An Orchard Invisible" and "Demons in Eden" and editor of "99% Ape," all published by the University of Chicago Press.
    Review quote
    "The authors do an excellent job making the complex topics of evolution, biodiversity, and ecology accessible to a wide readership. . . . It is rare to find a volume that presents these complex topics in a way that the general public can easily digest. This book hits that target. . . . Highly recommended." --D. Goldblum "Choice "