ERIC Number: ED339592
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Trees of Life: Saving Tropical Forests and Their Biological Wealth.
Miller, Kenton; Tangley, Laura
Staggering statistics and dramatic headlines about the destruction of rain forests, the world's richest ecosystems, are only a small part of the devastating story of global deforestation. This volume provides comprehensive coverage of this complex scientific and political catastrophe-in-the-making and examines the costs and the consequences, in human, economic, and ecological terms. Also, a survey of both contemporary and historical assaults on the world's forests, along with their impact on the dependency of native peoples and cultures, is chronicled. Specifically, within developing nations, the relationships among poverty, population growth, and short-sighted government policies are calculated to be fundamental elements in the acceleration of tropical deforestation. With a special section on North America's old-growth forests, a glossary of special terms, an account of both the importance and relevance of arboreal genetic diversity, an extended list of suggested readings, and appendices listing international and federal organizations which offer educational materials for both individual and classroom use, this book offers important practical resources, and makes clear the social, economic, and biological costs of continued global deforestation. (JJK)
Descriptors: Biological Influences, Conservation Education, Economic Factors, Environmental Education, Government Role, Overpopulation, Political Issues, Population Growth, Poverty, Resource Materials, Social Influences, Trees
World Resources Institute, 1709 New York Avenue, N.W., 6. Washington, DC 20006.
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Florence and John Schumann Foundation, Montclair, NJ.
Authoring Institution: Tennessee Technological Univ., Cookeville. Coll. of Agriculture and Home Economics.
Identifiers: Deforestation; Environmental Action; Environmental Impact; Environmental Issues; Extinction (Species); Tropical Rain Forests