An e-book adapted from my book “The Diversity of Life on Earth: from Heritage to Extinction” (ISBN 978-981-07-3457-2). This very simplified version is an online adaptation that features some selected components of the book.
For information about the book itself and its associated international program: “The Biodiversity Portal of Singapore” please refer to www.biodiversity.sg
Author: Sylvain Richer de Forges
Foreword: Prof Peter Ng
While numerous books have been published on the topic of biodiversity, this particular 273 pages long book portrays life on Earth in a very holistic manner and also clearly links the notion of biodiversity with the concept of sustainable development.
Overall, this book aims to address the dramatic issue of the acceleration of extinction of species on Earth as the result of human intrusion. In its unique format, it navigates surrounding concepts of biodiversity: the state of our knowledge; the diversity of life on Earth; where most life forms are found; the human impacts; the current status of extinctions; the potential of preserving biodiversity and its implications for human civilizations and what should be tried to preserve the diversity of life on Earth.
Key concepts of sustainable development are explored through a series of essays. Indeed, human activities are the main threat to biodiversity. As such, implementing more sustainable development models is key in reducing the impacts on biodiversity though modifications, among others, in our use of energy sources, the built environment and water management.
The other particularity of this book is the display of numerous exclusive images of wildlife and ecosystems landscapes. Over 350 pictures taken around the world from the deserts of western Africa, the lagoons of French Polynesia to the dense forests of Asia and the icy waters of Antarctica are displayed in this book showcasing key images of wildlife and ecosystems in a state of change. The art of photography can be a powerful tool to convey key messages.
The book also features a foreword from Professor Peter K. L. Ng, director of The Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research at the National University of Singapore.
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Sylvain Richer de Forges