Ghost Bears: Exploring The Biodiversity Crisis

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In Ghost Bears, R. Edward Grumbine looks at the implications of the widespread loss of biological diversity, and explains why our species-centered approach to environmental protection will ultimately fail. Using the fate of the endangered grizzly bear -- the "ghost bear" -- to explore the causes and effects of species loss and habitat destruction, Grumbine presents a clear and inviting introduction to the biodiversity crisis and to the new science of conservation biology.

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R. Edward Grumbine is former Director of the Sierra Institute, University of California Extension, Santa Cruz.

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This important book serves as both a clear, comprehensive examination of a complex subject and a powerful plea for change. Grumbine, director of wilderness field studies at the Sierra Institute of the University of California-Santa Cruz, uses the reclusive grizzly bear of the Pacific Northwest as a symbol for all endangered species as he analyzes the decline of biological diversity. Current environmental laws and public land-management policies, he maintains, are inadequate because of their emphasis on individual species and ecosystems, in contrast to the holistic approach taken by conservation biology, which explores biodiversity and the dynamics of extinction. Advocating a moral and spiritual revolution of sorts, Grumbine urges that humanity enter into a greater partnership with nature, working with it rather than attempting to control it.
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