A Pessimist in Paradise

256pp ILLUS 2008 LIST PRICE: £9.99 (P) N088



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This book reveals what coral has to tell us about the human genome project, cloning, and the possibility of a cure for cancer and genetic diseases; what insights it can offer into the future of trade in oil and other forms of carbon; and how it is linked to the fluctuations in weather patterns that have lead to destruction along the coasts of the Americas and the Far East. Finally, Jones considers what coral -- exploited and destroyed in many ways and under siege from climate change -- tells us about the likely future of the planet and humankind.
Jones rallies literature, politics, myth and commitment to the cause of preserving coral reefs . . . Wittily, pithily and passionately put.  THE TIMES