Challenged Earth: An Overview of Humanity's Stewardship of Earth

Challenged Earth: An Overview of Humanity's Stewardship of Earth

by Stephen F. Lincoln
     
 

ISBN-10: 1860945260

ISBN-13: 9781860945267

Pub. Date: 01/28/2006

Publisher: Imperial College Press

This timely book provides a comprehensive insight into the challenges facing humanity and Earth in the 21st century. It opens with a discussion of the domination of all the continents and oceans by a growing human population. This is followed by an appraisal of the extent to which water and food supplies will be able to accommodate this population, which may reach…  See more details below

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This timely book provides a comprehensive insight into the challenges facing humanity and Earth in the 21st century. It opens with a discussion of the domination of all the continents and oceans by a growing human population. This is followed by an appraisal of the extent to which water and food supplies will be able to accommodate this population, which may reach eleven billion by 2100. The rapidly increasing ability to change biology and evolution through genomics is considered next and complements a discussion of disease, which is viewed largely as an evolutionary struggle between humanity and pathogens. A seemingly insatiable demand for energy, future energy supplies and the impact of their use on climate and attempts to ameliorate these effects are next examined. The book concludes with a discussion of the partial destruction of the ozone layer and the international effort to repair the damage.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781860945267
Publisher:
Imperial College Press
Publication date:
01/28/2006
Pages:
548
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.80(h) x 1.50(d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1The living planet1
Ch. 2The human population45
Ch. 3Water : the vital resource76
Ch. 4Food : famine and plenty140
Ch. 5A new biology210
Ch. 6Health and disease : an evolutionary struggle267
Ch. 7Energy : the basis of modern civilization355
Ch. 8Greenhouse Earth and climate change417
Ch. 9The ozone layer : Earth's stratospheric defence477

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