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Fragile Web

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Explore the biodiversity of the natural world, discover what can be done to protect nature and why it matters, in Fragile Web.

Edited by Jonathan Silvertown

ISBN: 978 0 565 09261 0

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Fragile Web

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Drawing on the very latest research, this book explains what biodiversity is and explores its evolution, from 3.5 billion years ago to the present day. It discusses the importance of the world’s ecosystems and how directly or indirectly humans are responsible for the fate of nature.

Every single day we come face-to-face with nature’s remarkable diversity, but often don’t even realize it. From the plant and animal products that make up our breakfast to the ecosystems that help to produce clean water, our very survival depends upon the variety of plant and animal life on our planet.

Crucially, Fragile Web also examines what can be done to protect the natural world and why it matters. Although we cannot undo all that we have done, ignoring the current crisis for biodiversity could fundamentally change the lives of future generations.

Fully illustrated with colour photographs, diagrams and maps, this book is a timely snapshot of the state of life on Earth.

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