EARTH’S VI­TAL FRONT­LINES

What needs to be done to save our rain­forests.

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Reviews - Rain­for­est by Tony Ju­niper Pro­file £16.99

Rain­forests, in all of their glo­ri­ous di­ver­sity, aare the among the most ex­tra­or­di­nary fea­tures of our planet, yet we are do­ing our level best to erase them. In this book, en­vi­ron­men­tal cam­paigner Tony Ju­niper ex­plores how vi­tal th­ese places are and the many far-reach­ing con­se­quences of their de­struc­tion. It is very clear that the real value of rain­forests does not come from tim­ber or the min­eral wealth be­neath the trees, but from their in­com­pre­hen­si­ble va­ri­ety of life, which this book en­cour­ages us to cel­e­brate and cher­ish.

As well as ex­am­in­ing each of the Earth’s main rain­for­est re­gions in de­tail, Ju­niper pro­poses some ways to halt and re­verse the dam­age that has al­ready been done. Rain­for­est is a lit­tle ver­te­brate-cen­tric – much more could have been said about the small yet fas­ci­nat­ing or­gan­isms that un­der­pin the eco­log­i­cal pro­cesses in th­ese forests – but over­all it is a must-read.

Ross Piper En­to­mol­o­gist

Rain­forests – here the Tam­bopata-Can­damo re­serve in Peru – are the lungs of our planet, stor­ing car­bon and main­tain­ing wa­ter and air cy­cles.

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