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7. Looking after the plants that support us

7. Looking after the plants that support us  

Timothy Walker

in Plants: A Very Short Introduction

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Apr 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780191777837
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10.1093/actrade/9780199584062.003.0007
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7. Looking after the plants that support us
10. Back to the future

10. Back to the future  

Keith Thomson

in Fossils: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2005
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Sep 2013
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9780191776090
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10.1093/actrade/9780192805041.003.0010
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10. Back to the future
5. Making sense of plant diversity

5. Making sense of plant diversity  

Timothy Walker

in Plants: A Very Short Introduction

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Apr 2012
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9780191777837
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5. Making sense of plant diversity
Forests: A Very Short Introduction

Forests: A Very Short Introduction  

Jaboury Ghazoul

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May 2015
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May 2015
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9780191785306
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10.1093/actrade/9780198706175.001.0001
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A Very Short Introduction
5. Microbial and planktonic engines of the reef

5. Microbial and planktonic engines of the reef  

Charles Sheppard

in Coral Reefs: A Very Short Introduction

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Jun 2014
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Jun 2014
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9780191779978
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10.1093/actrade/9780199682775.003.0005
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5. Microbial and planktonic engines of the reef
Lakes: A Very Short Introduction

Lakes: A Very Short Introduction  

Warwick F. Vincent

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Jan 2018
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Jan 2018
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9780191821035
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10.1093/actrade/9780198766735.001.0001
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9780198766735
A Very Short Introduction
7. Evolving

7. Evolving  

Keith Thomson

in Fossils: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2005
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Sep 2013
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9780191776090
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10.1093/actrade/9780192805041.003.0007
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7. Evolving
6. What have plants ever done for us?

6. What have plants ever done for us?  

Timothy Walker

in Plants: A Very Short Introduction

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Apr 2012
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9780191777837
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10.1093/actrade/9780199584062.003.0006
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6. What have plants ever done for us?
Plants: A Very Short Introduction

Plants: A Very Short Introduction  

Timothy Walker

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Apr 2012
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A Very Short Introduction
4. Disturbance and dynamics

4. Disturbance and dynamics  

Jaboury Ghazoul

in Forests: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2015
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May 2015
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9780191785306
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10.1093/actrade/9780198706175.003.0004
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4. Disturbance and dynamics Forests are in a constant state of change, and the natural state of any given woodland applies only, to borrow a phrase from Thomas Hardy, ‘at this point of time, at this point of space’. Some perturbations are dramatic, such as forest fires or storms. Others, such as tree diseases, spread slowly through a forest and are both chronic and cryptic. Forest management has often sought to protect forests from such disturbances, but in the process we have disrupted processes of change that are very much integral to the functioning of forest ecosystems. To appreciate how
6. Past, present, and future

6. Past, present, and future  

Jaboury Ghazoul

in Forests: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2015
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May 2015
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9780191785306
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10.1093/actrade/9780198706175.003.0006
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6. Past, present, and future The past: a history of European deforestation Over forty years ago, Henry Darby, widely regarded as Britain’s first and best-known historical geographers, suggested that ‘the most important single factor that has changed the European landscape is the clearing of the woodland’. A human history of forests is largely one of deforestation, and is as old as human history itself. Hunter-gatherers leave fewer tangible marks on the environment compared to farmers, yet their effects on forests can still be substantial. Late Palaeolithic and Mesolithic people in Europe used stone axes to clear a little woodland around
4. Wildlife and microbes

4. Wildlife and microbes  

Peter A. Furley

in Savannas: A Very Short Introduction

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Jun 2016
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Jun 2016
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9780191785955
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10.1093/actrade/9780198717225.003.0004
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4. Wildlife and microbes
5. Centres of diversity

5. Centres of diversity  

Martin F. Price

in Mountains: A Very Short Introduction

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Sep 2015
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Sep 2015
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9780191782466
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10.1093/actrade/9780199695881.003.0005
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9780199695881
5. Centres of diversity Biodiversity hotspots endemic (species found in only one area) and 30 per cent or less of its original natural vegetation. While these hotspots cover only 2.3 per cent of the Earth’s land surface, they host a very high proportion of the world’s endemic species: 50 per cent of the world’s endemic plant species and 42 per cent of endemic bird, mammal, reptile, and amphibian species. Twenty-five of the hotspots are wholly or partly in mountainous areas, particularly in the tropics: from central Mexico to Argentina, through the mountains of
6. Reef fish and other major predators

6. Reef fish and other major predators  

Charles Sheppard

in Coral Reefs: A Very Short Introduction

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Jun 2014
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Jun 2014
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9780191779978
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10.1093/actrade/9780199682775.003.0006
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6. Reef fish and other major predators
9. Doing something about it

9. Doing something about it  

Charles Sheppard

in Coral Reefs: A Very Short Introduction

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Jun 2014
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9780191779978
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10.1093/actrade/9780199682775.003.0009
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9. Doing something about it
5. Sustainability and preservation

5. Sustainability and preservation  

Robin Attfield

in Environmental Ethics: A Very Short Introduction

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Dec 2018
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Dec 2018
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9780191838651
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10.1093/actrade/9780198797166.003.0005
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5. Sustainability and preservation Sustainable development The sustainability of a practice or society means its capacity to be practised or maintained indefinitely, and the main point of the early advocacy of sustainable forms of society (on the part of Herman Daly and others) was the importance of recognizing limits to certain forms of growth, including ecological limits. These forms of growth included growth of production and of population. Besides, sustainable practices have the capacity to provide for the needs of future generations as well as the present. Sustainable forestry, for example, limits the annual harvest from forests to allow sufficient

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