Maintaining the natural diversity of the countless species on Earth is of fundamental importance for the continued existence of life on this planet. Nevertheless, ecosystems are being destroyed, as the cultivation of land for agriculture, industry and housing is intensified and oceans continue to be exploited. The Demise of Diversity: Loss and Extinction deals with biodiversity on this planet and the vital importance of sustaining it–nothing less than the future of life on Earth.
JOSEF H. REICHHOLF was Professor for Nature Conservation at the Technical University of Munich. In 2007 he was awarded the Sigmund Freud Prize for his accessible scientific prose and for many years he was a board member of the German World Wide Fund for Nature.