December 26, 2010 by staff
Species, At the start of “The Song of the Dodo: Island Biogeography in an era of extinction,” David Quammen offers an interestinganlogy – comparing the “unraveling of ecosystems” with the cutting of a beautiful Persian rug. The carpet loses its integrity and value when cut into small pieces. Quammen argues that human tinkering with natural systems leading to loss of biodiversity is no less disastrous.
There is no doubt that countless species have disappeared over the centuries at the hand of man, and if it is the result of the loss of hunting or habitat, the end result is the same. In recent decades, an effort was made to mitigate losses, including the Endangered Species Act of 1973. Yet there were critics then, and today the whole process, including a creature on the list remains a very controversial issue. Indeed, a bipartisan group of governors of the West State has recently stated that the Act “is a” nonsense “policy that hurts businesses, landowners and farmers …”
There is much at stake, especially when it comes to the needs of the population compared to that of an animal that can not be very cuddly. A good place to learn more about the issue is the Manatee County Library System, as we have dozens of titles related to this subject.
Caroline Fraser argues that if humans have any hope of surviving long term, we must recognize that species destroy short-term gains in the end we do in.
Jane Goodall is immersed in the great ape habitat in the late 1950s, and over the last five years has become one of the world premiere experts on the culture of primates. His view of the current state of environmental awareness is somewhat more positive than Fraser; she thinks we’ve made some good decisions on the environment. His latest book, “Hope for the animals and their world: how endangered species are saved from extinction,” admits unrecoverable loss that has already occurred, but it draws its inspiration from the species that would not have survived without the intervention of environmentalists.
If you’ve already blown open a can of white tuna, has thrown a tuna steak on the grill, or enjoyed the subtle flavors of a slice of Toro Sashimi, you might consider reading Richard Ellis “Tuna: A. Love Story “More than just a fascinating look at an animal surprisingly, the book shows how our insatiable appetite for the flesh of this fish has begun to exceed its ability to maintain viable numbers in the wild. Some of the most sought after species of tuna will eventually lead to extinction.
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