Genre: nonfiction science
Length: 424 pages
Summary: The book has three main sections. The first discusses how life and biodiversity gets started on new land areas. The next section discusses how to increase biodiversity through speciation and habitat diversification. Finally, Wilson discusses how humans are messing up the system and what we are losing in the process.
Final thoughts: A good book, and I’m glad I read it. It added a few more stories to my arsenal, although I knew much of what was discussed. The current edition has a new preface, and I’d be curious to see what new information has been added. Quite a bit of information on biodiversity has been added since the book was published. I did find it interesting that Wilson had a lot to say about climate change, even in the ’90s. I didn’t realize there was that much evidence for climate change that long ago, but it seems the scientists started worrying about it long before it reached public awareness.
Title comes from: the topic of the book
Reading challenges fulfilled: none since this is a review of a book read in a previous year
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