Issues in Environmental Science and Technology
Biodiversity Under Threat
R E Hester (Editor), R M Harrison (Editor)
There is much public concern about threats to global biodiversity. Industrial pollution, changes in agricultural practices and climate change, are all having a direct impact on biodiversity. In this book the Editors provide a broad view of the many pressures imposed by human-induced changes and the many threats to global biodiversity and of the policy responses required to combat them. This excellent text includes the work of some 44 authors and offers a solid description of the current understanding of threats to biodiversity with a range of illustrative examples - a valuable point of reference for ecologists, environmental scientists, and students as well as, policymakers and all other environmental professionals.
The series has been edited by Professors Hester and Harrison since it began in 1994.
Professor Roy Harrison OBE is listed by ISI Thomson Scientific (on ISI Web of Knowledge) as a Highly Cited Researcher in the Environmental Science/Ecology category. He has an h-index of 54 (i.e. 54 of his papers have received 54 or more citations in the literature). In 2004 he was appointed OBE for services to environmental science in the New Year Honours List. He was profiled by the Journal of Environmental Monitoring (Vol 5, pp 39N-41N, 2003). Professor Harrison’s research interests lie in the field of environment and human health. His main specialism is in air pollution, from emissions through atmospheric chemical and physical transformations to exposure and effects on human health. Much of this work is designed to inform the development of policy.
Now an emeritus professor, Professor Ron Hester's current activities in chemistry are mainly as an editor and as an external examiner and assessor. He also retains appointments as external examiner and assessor / adviser on courses, individual promotions, and departmental / subject area evaluations both in the UK and abroad.
The book's analysis of 'biodiversity initiatives' alongside its treatment of biodiversity loss gives it a fresh feel... the book's breadth is impressive.The book is an interesting read and the editors have achieved their goal of producing a volume that will be accessible to a wide audience....the topic is timely, and authoritative, so that despite its diverse content the book manages to be more than the sum of the parts.
Source : Environmental Conservation, Volume 34/4, 2008, 347-348 (Anne Magurran)
The present book provides a very valuable introduction into environmental science and technology in general, and biodiversity in particular, for those who are not specialists in this area.This is a timely, thoughtful and authoritative account of the current state of play on the ecological battlefront.
Source : Chemistry World, January 2008, 64 (Dennis Rouvray)