The Future of Life by Edward Osborne Wilson

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One of the world’s most important scientists, Edward O. Wilson is also an abundantly talented writer who has twice won the Pulitzer Prize. In this, his most personal and timely book to date, he assesses the precarious state of our environment, examining the mass extinctions occurring in our time and the natural treasures we are about to lose forever. Yet, rather than eschewing doomsday prophesies, he spells out a specific plan to save our world while there is still time. His vision is a hopeful one, as economically sound as it is environmentally necessary. Eloquent, practical and wise, this book should be read and studied by anyone concerned with the fate of the natural world.


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About Edward Osborne Wilson

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Edward O. Wilson is the author of two Pulitzer Prize-winning books, On Human Nature (1978) and The Ants (1990, with Bert Hölldobler), as well as many other groundbreaking works, including Consilience, Naturalist, and Sociobiology. A recipient of many of the world's leading prizes in science and conservation, he is currently Pellegrino University Research Professor and Honorary Curator in Entomology of the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University. He lives in Lexington, Massachusetts, with his wife, Renee.
 
Published April 9, 2002 by Vintage. 256 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science & Math, Professional & Technical, Education & Reference, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Non-fiction

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Never one to shrink from the Big Picture, Harvard antman Wilson (Consilience, 1998, etc.) addresses the decline and fall of species but sees the potential for the survival of biodiverse life on earth if .

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The Future of Life Edward O Wilson Little, Brown £18.99, pp230 What Evolution Is Ernst Mayr Weidenfeld & Nicholson £14.99, pp318 Small but perfectly formed, South America's dart frogs are some of evolution's strangest by-products.

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The bad news: biodiversity is the key to saving our planet, and in the comparatively short time that humans have inhabited the earth, we have "accelerated the erasure of entire ecosystems and the extinction of thousands of million-year-old species."

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Legendary Harvard biologist Wilson (On Human Nature;

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Until Wilson, or someone else, can achieve some sort of consilience between economic and environmental concerns, CEOs will continue to pay scant attention to environmental concerns, tree-huggers will read books like these only to feel smug, and biodiversity will continue to shrink.

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