A Citizen's Guide to Ecology

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The earth is continuously changing and evolving yet it is unclear how environmental changes will affect us in years to come. What changes are inevitable? What changes, if any, are beneficial? And what can we do as citizens of this planet to protect it and our future generations?^L
Larry Slobodkin, one of the leading pioneers of modern ecology, offers compelling answers to these questions in ^IA
Citizen's Guide to Ecology^R. He provides many insights into ecology and the processes that keep the world functioning.
This important guide introduces observations that underlie arguments about all aspects of the natural environment--including both global and local issues. To clarify difficult concepts, Slobodkin uses lake, ocean, and terrestrial ecosystems to explain ecological energy flows and relationships on a global scale.^L
The book presents a clear and current understanding of the ecological world, and how individual citizens can participate in practical decisions on ecological issues. It tackles such issues as global warming, ecology and health,
organic farming, species extinction and adaptation, and endangered species.^L
An excellent introduction and overview, ^IA Citizen's
Guide to Ecology^R helps us to understand what steps we as humans can take to keep our planet habitable for generations to come.^L
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195162868
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 5/28/2003
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Larry Slobodkin is Professor of Ecology and Evolution at the State University of New York at Stony Brook But most importantly there he is the first chairman of the first department of ecology and evolution in this country. His books include Growth and Regulation of Animal Populations and Simplicity and Complexity in Games of the Intellect.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 3
1 The Big Picture 33
Water and Energy: Life's Necessities 33
The Origin of Life and of Atmospheric Oxygen 43
Big Systems 52
How Independent Are Ecological Systems? 95
2 How do Species Survive? 101
Populations 101
Individuals and Populations 115
Species Diversity 127
Species Extinction 139
Are All Invasive Species Villains? 144
3 Two Major Current Problems 155
Global Warming and Endangered Species 155
What Can Be Done About Global Warming? 156
Protecting Endangered Species 166
4 Applying Ecology 177
Experts, Pseudoexperts, and How to Tell Them Apart 177
The Importance of Being Natural and Vegetarian 189
Medicine and Ecology as "Health" Sciences 195
Conclusions 205
Appendix 213
References 215
Index 231
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