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Life counts : cataloguing life on earth
Gleich, Michael.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, [2002]

Physical Description:
284 pages : illustrations, maps ; 28 cm
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"In collaboration with: UNEP, The United Nations Environment Programme ... [et al.]."
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QL752 .L54 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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Through breathtaking illustrations and lively narration, readers learn that each animal on earth, as well as each plant and each microbe, plays a role essential to the life of the planet and, in surprising ways, human economies and health. Illustrations.

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Library Journal Review

Did you know that outside of the tropics there are 34 kinds of parasites that feed exclusively on humans? Or that humans are responsible for the extinction of over 600 species in a mere 450 years? Written by a team of science journalists and laid out by a noted visual designer, this volume immediately draws in readers with a series of attractively illustrated, two-page spreads graphically representing numbers and the latest research, gathered with the assistance of the World Conservation Monitoring Center. These factoids about our planet's biodiversity are not just isolated sound bites but are put into context with articles that discuss such issues as cataloging species and extinction concerns. This book is written for a general audience and, along with Global Biodiversity (the companion book for specialists to Life Counts), is part of the "Life Counts Project," which aims to raise awareness of global biodiversity. Highly recommended for middle and high school libraries, as well as public libraries and academic libraries with a large undergraduate science collection. [Named Scientific Book of the Year 2000 in Germany, this book was also given a Distinctive Merit award from the Art Directors' Clubs of New York and Germany. Ed.] Marianne Stowell Bracke, Univ. of Arizona Lib., Tucson (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Imagine the arresting factual fullness of good dollar-per-word science writing combined with the graphical design of thousand-dollar-per-page corporate annual reports, and the nature of this book will be clear. The outcome of a consortium led by a science journalist, a filmmaker, a magazine editor, and a visual designer, this book is a tribute to the benefits of collaboration. Although innovative, the sense of this book being something extraordinary does not overwhelm its function, which is to promote the maintenance of global biodiversity. Perhaps surprisingly, the tone of the book is optimistic even while encouraging further action. It quickly covers the endangered species most people care about--the charismatic megafauna--and places the conservation successes and failures of those species in perspective with literally millions of other species on Earth. While explaining why anyone, anywhere, should be concerned about threats to biodiversity, it also provides tabular and graphical data that will enhance student reports and professional presentations. Gleich and colleagues have succeeded in their task of presenting the issues surrounding the maintenance of biodiversity. The other side of the challenge is to get this book into the hands of those hungry for information and inspiration. All levels. G. Stevens formerly, University of New Mexico