Pages: 192
Subject: Science, Nature, Popular Science
Series: Beginner's Guides
Imprint: Oneworld


A Beginner's Guide (revised and updated edition)

John I. Spicer

Reveals the roots of our biodiversity crisis, why we failed to meet targets set over a decade ago, and what we must do now to protect and preserve nature's wonders
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9780861540174 (6 May 2021)
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9781851684717 (2 Nov 2006)
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The Book

Our future is closely tied to that of the variety of life on Earth, and yet there is no greater threat to this than us. From population explosions and habitat destruction to climate change and mass extinctions, John Spicer explores the causes and consequences of our biodiversity crisis. In this revised and updated edition, he examines how grave the situation has become over the past decade and outlines what we must do now to protect and preserve nature's wonders before it's too late.

Additional Information

Subject Science, Nature, Popular Science
Series Beginner's Guides
Pages 192
Imprint Oneworld


About the Author

John Spicer is Professor of Marine Zoology at the University of Plymouth. He is co-author of the bestselling textbooks Biodiversity: An Introduction and The Invertebrates.


‘If you have any doubts about the meaning of the term biodiversity or its importance to the world here is a book that explains it in an interesting and accessible way and challenges us to protect it better.'

- Professor Sir Ghillean Prance FRS, VMH, Scientific Director of the Eden Project

‘A stimulating, authoritative and deeply rewarding read that makes you think about the natural world in a novel way.'

- Dr Ahmed Djoghlaf, former executive secretary of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity

‘Spicer spells out the chilling message…the findings of which have been backed by respected scientists from the United Nations, Yale University and the Eden Project.'

- Herald

‘Will appeal to intelligent non-specialists and may provide the incentive to study the subject in greater depth.'

- Journal of Biological Education

‘This is science for the general reader at its very best - clear, committed, fascinating and laser-focused on the crisis we face.'

- Randal Keynes, great-great-grandson of Charles Darwin and author of Creation: The True Story of Charles Darwin

‘His gift for the telling analogy and his clear, lively writing make Biodiversity a pleasure to read.'

- Stephen C. Stearns, Edward P. Bass Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Yale University