The Sinking Ark: A New Look At the Problem of Disappearing Species - Norman MyersPergamon Press, 1980, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper slightly ruffled at the edges. Top edges of text block coffee stained, extending to the top of the leading edge and occasional splash marks to the text. A reading copy. only.
Illustrated by way of: Tables; 2nd (revised) printing. [First Published: 1979] From the cover: “Since the appearance of Darwin’s Origin of Species in 1859, we have all come to accept that we live in a changing world. Minute differences develop and pass on from generation to generation. Some give rise to new species, some do not, according to their fitness to survive. Some species die, and others take their place. Among all the brilliant varieties of Creation, we do not now say that any species comes on to our planet with a divine right to survive.
But we are different. Though without a divine right to survive, we have a gift and a strong desire for improving ourselves. Each of us can take steps to improve our mental and physical health, and we are given foresight and reason to plan those steps well. Every day, we consume more foods, take more medicines and use more industrial goods that owe their production to startpoint materials of wild animals and plants. These utilitarian benefits of species are numerous and growing, and could, with proper conservation, persist into the indefinite future. Yet Dr. Myers argues that we may be losing one species per day already — and that long before the year 2000 the rate could rise to one per hour. Must we contemplate such loss as a normal incident in the tides of evolution? Can we stop this destruction of diversity? We certainly have a responsibility to try. This book outlines broad-scale conservation measures which can be taken by the global community in defence of its common heritage.”