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For the last two decades the loss of, in particular, tropical rainforest has alarmed the public in the developed parts of the world. The debate has been characterised by a lack of understandÂ ing of the causes and effects of the process, leading to the prevailing reaction being unqualiÂ fied condemnation. Such attitude has even been observed among scientists, claiming supremÂ acy to biodiversity conservation. Many scientific analyses are available, but the basis for soÂ ber debates and appropriate actions is still highly insufficient. Two recent international initiaÂ tives! will hopefully lead to improved knowledge of deforestation and forest degradation as they recognise the need for studies to critically investigate those issues. This book will proÂ vide useful input to the initiatives. In my opinion, the scientific analyses have not sufficiently promoted the understanding that the fate of tropical forests is first and foremost a concern of the governments of the countries in which the forests are situated. Tropical forests may be important to the global environment and their rich biodiversity may be a human heritage. But their main importance is their potenÂ tial contribution to improving livelihood in the countries in question.
Why do Australian rainforests occur as islands within the vast tracts of Eucalyptus? Why is fire a critical ecological factor in every Australian landscape? What were the consequences of the use of fire by the Ice Age colonists? In this original and challenging book, David Bowman critically examines all hypotheses that have been advanced to answer these questions. He demonstrates that fire is the most critical factor in controlling the distribution of rainforest throughout Australia. Furthermore, while Aboriginal people used fire to skillfully manage and preserve habitats, he concludes that they did not significantly influence the evolution of Australia's unique flora and fauna. This volume, the first comprehensive overview of the diverse literature on this topic, solves the puzzle of the archipelago of rainforest habitats in Australia. It is essential reading for all ecologists, foresters, conservation biologists, and others interested in the biogeography and ecology of Australian rainforests.
During the last decade, forest decline has become increasingly apparent. The decline in forest health was often reported to be associated with air pollution. The present study on Norway spruce stands in the Fichtelgebirge analyses various processes interacting within forest ecosystems. It covers transport and deposition of air pollutants, the direct effects of pollutants on above-ground plant parts, the responses of soil to acid rain, and the changing nutrient availability, and the accompanying effects on plant metabolism and growth. The role of fungi, microorganisms and soil animals in the decline of these stands is also assessed. The volume is concluded with a synthesis evaluation of the influence of different factors, and their interactions on forest decline.
The black Rainbow is the story of a black boy's struggle with social injustices, rejections and depression. Krishna, a final year engineering student of an Indian Engineering college faces blatant discrimination in his career because of his skin complexion. Other students of his class are selected by companies while he was left to struggle in off campuses with utmost disappointment. He undergoes a series of events when he learns that our society differentiates peoples on the basis of skin color and personality. The life of the peoples who are fairer color is somewhat easy, but those who are of dusky complexion, the success in career and life is quite very difficult due to people's bigotry. People love to mingle with fair color peoples while dark color peoples are getting snubbed quite often. Girls prefer fair color boys to make a boyfriend. The dark complexion persons have to undergo a lot of insults affecting their psychological behavior and obvious nature. The story depicts the insults and rejections happen to Krishna which he constantly tries to overcome. He is patient that one day when he will get a good job all people will respect him ae a happy life.
Hi! I'm Juliet. I'm ten years old. And I'm nearly a vet! a We're off on a school camp to the rainforest. Chelsea, Maisy and I are excited about all the different animals we might spot on our nature walks and torchlight treks. Chelsea is NOT excited about the creepy crawlies we might find, but I know that vets have to be brave. a I've brought my vet kit along just in case we find any rainforest animals in need of help...
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