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One Planet: A Celebration of Biodiversity [Hardcover]

Nicolas Hulot


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Book Description

May 1 2006
Never more since recent years have the news and scientists given us proofs of the changes happening on our earth; tsunamis, heat waves, ice melting, storms and flooding, quickly disappearing species. Facing the reoccurences of these phenomena, governments tried to act. There was the Earth Summit in Rio in 1992 and, in 2005, the Kyoto protocol started to be implemented by the countries who signed it. Unfortunately the attempts remain largely insufficient. Nicolas Hulot presents a lucid portrait of our planet. Eight ecosystems (forests, oceans, deserts, poles, mountains, wetlands, plains, cities) are described for their specificity, the species that inhabit them, and the involvement of humans in each. After years of discovering Nature in his television show "Ushuaia", Hulot gives us a rich analysis of his unique experience in the field. His text is paired with beautiful photography from some of the most renowned photographers who have, like him, understood the menace weighing on our planet. This book is a tribute to the beauty of the earth, but more than ever it urges us to preserve it.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (May 1 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810955342
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810955349
  • Product Dimensions: 37 x 30.1 x 3.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 4 Kg
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #838,685 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In an effort to reawaken our consciousness of the environment, this hefty volume offers text about and photographs (taken by a team of more than 20 nature photographers) of eight modern ecosystems: oceans, deserts, grasslands, polar regions, wetlands, mountains, forests and cities. Including pictures portraying the beauty of the natural world as well as images of its destruction, French nature writer Hulot and the foundation bearing his name succeed in emphasizing humans' not always salubrious influence on biodiversity, from sea snails of the ocean floor to the common city rat. The photographs"whether stunning or shocking, like that of a gory fish market in Tokyo and one of a stork trapped in a plastic bag are much more effective for Hulot's environmental project than the brief, condemning text, characterized by words like "selfish," "pitiful," "pathetic" and "sickening." The juxtaposition of clichéd images (a clownfish in a sea anemone and an otter floating on its back) with those of a rusted ship hulk marooned in the desert, circular hollows used to collect salt in Niger and an aerial view of crop irrigation offers an innovative picture of modern ecosystems. With more than 300 full-color pages, this volume offers a look into the near and far reaches of the world, which share the common consequences of an advancing human population. (July)
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From Booklist

*Starred Review* A big subject embraced by a big, beautiful book. Hulot, a well-traveled French journalist, has assembled breathtaking color photographs by a superb cast of international photographers to create an astonishing pictorial survey of the planet, ranging from close-ups of the tiniest of creatures to glorious panoramic landscapes. The images are powerful. It's often said that the first photographs of the earth from space raised ecological awareness in the 1970s. Our twenty-first-century predicament is neatly expressed in an Eric Lewis cartoon first published in the New Yorker in 2002. A doctorlike planet offers this diagnosis to an ailing earth, "I'm afraid you have humans." Hulot's lucid and heart-seizing commentary details the ways our modes of living are damaging the biosphere. Beauty is everywhere, yet life's profusion and diversity are dwindling. The oceans are emptying, deserts advancing, grasslands vanishing, the polar ice caps melting, glaciers shrinking, and tropical forests and wetlands--"cradles of biodiversity . . . vitally important to ecological balance"--are disappearing. Hulot's splendid and bracing global overview (ideal for display) summons up a renewed sense of connection and commitment to the planet and reminds us that to destroy nature is to destroy ourselves. Donna Seaman
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended top pick. Nov. 5 2006
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Eight biological ecosystems of the Earth are described in full here, but with a difference: an oversized presentation and vivid full-page color photos are as much the emphasis as natural history text, lending to a format which will please coffee table collectors of fine art and photography as much as natural history readers. OUR PLANET: A CELEBRATION OF BIODIVERSITY gathers a striking abundance of close-up images of flora and fauna alike, presenting gorgeous shots which are extraordinarily artistic and well detailed. While the natural history explanations are very well done, it's the vivid color photos which makes for a unique, highly recommended top pick.

Diane C. Donovan

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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely March 1 2009
By Vishal Kasliwal - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is a lovely book. Over sized photographs of nature's beauty make this book a joy and an inspiration to look through.
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