So the webinar for our final book is coming up next week (on May 9th, register here), and I wanted to see what others' opinions of the book were.
Personally, I found the background on what biodiversity is and what seems to affect it at least as interesting as how we should go about preserving it. Partly this is because engineers never get taught anything about ecology (or at least I didn't), and so it's this missing hole in my sustainability education.
I think I found the idea that we should aim to preserve whole ecosystems unsurprising - systems are much more resilient, and will often tend to take care of themselves above some critical point. That ecosystems are in that vein does not surprise me. However, building on some of the ideas near the end, it would seem that the Endangered Species Act aims at exactly the wrong types of protection. I find the concept that it takes the 'wrong' approach but ends up with reasonable results very curious.
What are your thoughts?