State of the Wild 2008-2009
8 x 10
158 photos, 10 illustrations
8 x 10
158 photos, 10 illustrations
Edited by Eva Fearn; Foreword by Ward Woods
State of the Wild is a biennial series that brings together international conservation experts and writers to discuss emerging issues in the conservation of wildlife and wild places.
Each volume in the series combines evocative writings with a fascinating tour of conservation news highlights and vital statistics from around the world. One-third of each volume focuses on a topic of particular concern to conservationists working to protect wildlife and our last wild places. This 2008–2009 edition considers the integration of wildlife health, ecosystem health, human health, and the health of domestic animals—a “One World–One Health” approach to disease and conservation.
This focus is complemented with essays clustered into sections that address other key issues—conservation of species; conservation of wild places; people, culture, and conservation; and the art and practice of conservation. Essays cover a broad range of topics, from restoring biodiversity on the prairies to mapping the state of the oceans to the conservation impacts of lawlessness and coca cultivation in Colombia. Essay contributions come from people directly involved in on-the-ground conservation efforts and offer a unique and valuable perspective on often-overlooked topics.
State of the Wild’s accessible approach educates a wide range of audiences while at the same time presenting leading-edge scientific overviews of hot topics in conservation. Uniquely structured with magazine-like features up front, conservation news in the middle, and essays from eminent authors and experienced scientists throughout, this landmark series is an essential addition to any environmental bookshelf.
"Students and conservationists alike will find the 2008-2009 volume to be valuable...WCS's authors have presented thoughtful, ethically responsible views on how to balance the needs of wildlife and humans to provide for the health of both."
Science Books & Films
"Accessible to anyone concerned with wildlife-human interactions, this book is an especially valuable reference for conservation biologists."
"For anyone who wants to feel up to date on the state of conservation in the world, this book will provide a succinct, comprehensive, attractive, and well-written summary of what one needs to know."
Quarterly Review of Biology
"This book provides a comprehensive data-based review and assessment of the state of the world environment. It is also a model of clarity...I can only recommend this book to all those interested in the state of our environment."
Electronic Green Journal
"I can truly say that this is one of the more interesting and informative books that I have read concerning the state of our environment, the role of humans in that environment, and how individuals and groups are working to 'save' aspects of the wild and wilderness"
Natural Areas Journal
By the Numbers: Emerging Diseases and Conservation
Foreword: The Value of Conservation
Introduction Future States of the Wild
PART I. State of the Wild
Chapter 1. Tipping Point: Perspective of a Climatologist
Chapter 2. Discoveries
Chapter 3. The Rarest of the Rare: Some of the World's Most Endangered Animals
Chapter 4. Continuing to Consume Wildlife: An Update
PART II. Focus on the Wild
Chapter 5. Emerging Diseases and Conservation: One World—One Health
Chapter 6. Little Is Big, Many Is One: Zoonoses in the Twenty-first Century
Chapter 7. Land-Use Change as a Driver of Disease
Chapter 8. Transboundary Management of Natural Resources and the Importance of a "One Health" Approach: Perspectives on Southern Africa
Chapter 9. An Ounce of Prevention: Lessons from the First Avian Influenza Scare
Chapter 10. Why Wildlife Health Matters in North America
Chapter 11. Warming Oceans, Increasing Disease: Mapping the Health Effects of Climate Change
Chapter 12. Conservation Controversy, To Cull or Not to Cull?
PART III: Emerging Issues in the Wild
Chapter 13. The Last of the Great Overland Migrations
Chapter 14. Downward Spiral, Catastrophic Decline of South Asia's Vultures
Chapter 15. Conserving Cold-Blooded Australians
Chapter 16. Settling for Less, Disappearing Diadromous Fishes
Chapter 17. Mapping the State of the Oceans
Chapter 18. Africa's Last Wild Places, Why Conservation Can't Wait
Chapter 19. The Deep Sea: Unknown and Under Threat
Chapter 20. Climate Change in the Andes
Chapter 21. Grazers and Grasslands: Restoring Biodiversity to the Prairies
Chapter 22. Conservation and Human Displacement
Chapter 23. Conservation Psychology: Who Cares about the Biodiversity Crisis?
Chapter 24. Biogenetics and Conservation: Celebrate or Worry?
Chapter 25. Conservation in Conflict: Illegal Drugs Versus Habitat in the Americas
Chapter 26. Rewilding the Islands
Chapter 27. Addressing AIDS: Conservation in Africa
Chapter 28. Conservation as Diplomacy \ Steven E. Sanderson