Encyclopedia of Biodiversity, Том 1

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Simon A. Levin
Academic Press, 2001 - 16 страница
First used in 1980, ʺbiodiversityʺ often describes the abundance, variety, and genetic constitution of native animals and plants, and has been linked with politics and environmental technology. Although the 1986 National forum on biodiversity brought issues of biodiversity to the fore, the inescapable need to know more about the diversity of life on Earth continues to remain unmet. In recent years, biodiversity has influenced important scientific considerations, international agreements, conventions, conservation initiatives, political debates, and socio-economic implications. Knowledge derived from the study of biodiversity will affect the quality of life enjoyed in the future by influencing decision-making processes and aiding new discoveries. The science of biodiversity has become the science of our future. Our awareness of the loss of biodiversity has brought a long overdue appreciation of the magnitude of our loss and a determination to develop the tools to protect our future.

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CONTENTS OF OTHER VOLUMES xi ALPINE ECOSYSTEMS 133
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ECOSYSTEM FUNCTION MEASUREMENT TERRESTRIAL SUSTAINABILITY CONCEPT AND PRACTICE
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Simon A. Levin is the George M. Moffett Professor of Biology and a professor of ecology and environmental biology at Princeton University, where he directs the Center for BioComplexity. He is the author, editor, or coeditor of many books, including the "Encyclopedia of Biodiversity." Among his many awards are the Heineken Prize for Environmental Sciences and the Kyoto Prize in Basic Sciences.

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