Silent Summer

Rating: Norman Maclean.(ed) 2010.Silent Summer: The State of Wildlife in Britain and Ireland. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978 0 521 51966 3 It is inevitable that the title will draw people to Carson’s Silent Spring and for good reason. Declines in UK wildlife have been catalogued for many years and for many, a crisis point has been reached. Part of the problem, of course, is that a slow decline (fewer numbers one year, one species less another) is hardly headline […]

The Atlas of Human Migration

Rating: Russell King, Richard Black, Michael Collyer, Anthony Fielding, Ronald Skeldon. 2010. The Atlas of Human Migration. Earthscan. ISBN 978 1 84971 150 0 This is one of the impressive set of atlases that Earthscan have published. Previous topics have included water, food and endangered species which are of particular interest to us. The aim here is to demonstrate, through a series of maps, the major migration patterns and the reasons behind them. The text is divided into four parts. […]

Conservation Biogeography

Rating: Richard Ladle and Robert Whittaker.eds.2011. Conservation Biogeography. Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 978 1 4443 3504 0. In the last 40 years, conservation from gone from the idea of trying to protect species almost just by making sure they are there to a specific area of science (conservation biology) and now, conservation biogeography is adding a spatial dimension to the ecological one. This is one of the first texts to actually locate this new discipline within the corpus of conservation knowledge and […]

State of the Wild 2010-2011

Rating: Wildlife Conservation Society. 2010. State of the Wild 2010-2011. Island Press. ISBN 978 1 59726 678 9. As one of the older conservation organisations (it was founded in 1895) the Wildlife Conservation Society has spread from its origins in the Bronx zoo to be one of the leading international organisations. This is one of its biennial reviews covering not only global issues at a time of global financial insecurity but also the impact of war. This makes such a […]

State of the World 2010-2011

State of the World Report

Rating: Worldwatch Institute: State of the World 2010. Earthscan. ISBN 978 1 84971 054 1 State of the World 2011. Earthscan. ISBN 987 1 84971 352 8 There are few more reliable annual guides to the environment than The Worldwatch Institute’s “State of theĀ  World” series. This review looks at the two most recent State of the World 2010 and State of the World 2011.Since their inception in 1994, these annual reports have set the benchmark for environmental analysis not […]