DRIVEN TO EXTINCTION

Reviewed 2/20/2012

Driven To Extinction, by Richard Pearson, Ph.D.

DRIVEN TO EXTINCTION
The Impact of Climate Change on Biodiversity
Richard Pearson, Ph.D.
New York: Sterling, March 2011

Rating:

5.0

High

ISBN-13 978-1-4027-7223-8
ISBN-10 1-4027-7223-8 263pp. HC/FCI $22.95

Errata

Pages 51-2: "...the Norwich team estimates that two types of commercially important fishes—blue whiting and redfishes‐may retract completely from the North Sea by the 2050s."
  I'm not sure "retract" is the best word here; perhaps "retreat" would serve better.
Page 51: "The researchers scoured archives for old photographs of landscapes dominated by Quiver trees, then traveled to where the photos were taken and took exact, modern-day replicates."
  Although this word used as a noun is new to me, the usage is correct.
Page 62: "The activities that are most demanding for a species—laying eggs, feeding young, producing pollen are best undertaken when conditions are optimal."
  Missing m-dash: S/B "pollen—are".
Page 86: "...shifts in the intensity of the trade winds trigger a sequence of events that affect rainfall patterns and ocean temperatures."
  Number error: S/B "affects".
Page 88: "...when carbon dioxide reacts with water, it produces carbonic acid, meaning that the world's oceans are gradually turning acidic."
  Wording: S/B "more acidic".
Page 175: "...and Suttle honed in on one of these—the Angelo Coast Range Reserve..."
  Word choice: S/B "homed in".
Page 181: "With a bit of luck, the bears will find an alternative food source to feed on."
  And an alternate source of drink to drink from? Redundant wording: S/B "food source".
Page 183: "However, in the rest of this chapter, we will hone in on a number of general concepts..."
  Word choice: S/B "home in on".
Page 188: "The landscape in the area is breathtaking, if inhospitable, with the plot itself being roughly 7 kilometers from the dusty hamlet of Portal, whose single store (speaking from experience) provides a limited, yet crucial, selection of beer for visiting ecologists."
  I think he's tryng to emulate Peter D. Ward here.
Page 191: "The stereotyped scientist—complete with lab coat, sandals, and socks—is not to be argued with."
  Footware choice: Sandals and socks?
Page 197: "As Revkin's reporting ably demonstrates, the ongoing challenge is to communicate the state of knowledge concisely and accurately, avoiding exaggeration and hyperbole."
  Does he mean this is what Revkin is doing, or that Revkin fails to do it and thus demonstrates the difficulty? I think he and I have differing views on that.
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