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

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Overview

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 layers and the international effort to repair the damage.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781860945267
  • Publisher: Imperial College Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2006
  • Pages: 548
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 The living planet 1
Ch. 2 The human population 45
Ch. 3 Water : the vital resource 76
Ch. 4 Food : famine and plenty 140
Ch. 5 A new biology 210
Ch. 6 Health and disease : an evolutionary struggle 267
Ch. 7 Energy : the basis of modern civilization 355
Ch. 8 Greenhouse Earth and climate change 417
Ch. 9 The ozone layer : Earth's stratospheric defence 477
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