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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Green Books (31 Aug 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1900322862
  • ISBN-13: 978-1900322867
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 1 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,675 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It's about time someone wrote a genuinely readable book about biodiversity. Thanks goodness for Ken Thompson, who has done it with a rare mixture of biological mastery, good common sense and writer's flair. Essential reading. --Mark Carwardine, BBC zoologist

Plain-talking and thought-provoking, at times controversial, Ken Thompson's take on biodiversity doesn't leave you the option of remaining neutral about one of the most important issues of the 21st century. --John Spicer, Professor of Marine Biology and author of Biodiversity: a beginner's guide.

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Dr Ken Thompson recently retired as Senior Research Fellow and Honorary Senior Lecturer of the Department of Animal and Plant Sciences at the University of Sheffield. He is the author of several books, including The Book of Weeds, An Ear to the Ground: Understanding your garden and No Nettles Required: The reassuring truth about wildlife gardening, and co-author of The Ecology of Seeds.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By WHStuppy on 2 Aug 2011
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I have never come across a book that explains 'Biodiversity' as profoundly and illustratively as Ken Thompson's 'Do we need Pandas?'. Strictly based on proven research, this well-reasoned book offers an incredible wealth of knowledge and insight about the diversity of life on our planet. Thompson managed to accumulate a wide array of fascinating facts drawn from the most recent scientific studies and put together a highly readable account. Even though I am a practising botanist myself, I still have learnt an awful lot. In fact, my view and understanding of the importance and fragility of 'Life on Earth' has been profoundly deepened, if, paradoxically, mainly by Thompson's fascinating demonstration of how little we actually know about `who else' we share our planet with.
I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a factual and reliable account on what is currently happening to our environment, or better, our 'life support system'. Most of all, 'Do we need Pandas?' should be a must-read for all politicians and billionaires.
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By Hawkeye76 on 3 Nov 2013
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Super book.
Not to many pictures, lol.. Seriously really good book with loads of usefull information. I feel this book deserved 10 x more publicity than its getting. Everybody should read it, and learn from it.
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The premise of this book may seem highly controversial, but look a little deeper and it makes perfect sense. We can't continue to abuse our planet forever without creating even more problems for future generations. EVERYONE should read this book and take it to heart!
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It took me a long time to read and digest this tome which is full of fascinating facts and thought-provoking ideas. I'm now a total convert and boring other nature lovers with my new knowledge. The garden is changing already and may be a very different place in years to come - you absolutely must read this if you care about the health of your garden, let alone the planet.
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Richard Huddleston on 12 Aug 2012
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Some of the facts in this book are absolutely breathtaking - worth reading for those alone.
A few sections are heavy going, by the author's admission. There's the odd reference to the man-made climate change lie but it's not shoved down your throat as I expected.
By and large it's fairly balanced, and if nothing else it makes you think.
(BTW - the answer is "no").
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