A Citizen's Guide to Ecology

A Citizen's Guide to Ecology

by Lawrence B. Slobodkin
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0195162870

ISBN-13: 9780195162875

Pub. Date: 05/28/2003

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

The earth is continuously changing, 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?

Lawrence B. Slobodkin, one of the leading pioneers of modern ecology, offers compelling answers to

Overview

The earth is continuously changing, 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?

Lawrence B. Slobodkin, one of the leading pioneers of modern ecology, offers compelling answers to these questions in A Citizen's Guide to Ecology. Providing a wealth of insights into the processes that keep the world functioning, this book shows how individual citizens can participate in practical decisions on ecological issues. It tackles such issues as the workings of the atmosphere, the oceans, and the soil, global warming, ecology and health, and the maintenance and evolution of natural populations. This important guide helps us to understand what steps we can take to keep our planet habitable.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195162875
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
05/28/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
8.20(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
Introduction3
Defining Ecology3
Changes5
Why Another Ecology Book?12
Who Are Ecologists?22
1The Big Picture33
Water and Energy: Life's Necessities33
The Origin of Life and of Atmospheric Oxygen43
Big Systems52
Lakes52
Lakes Through the Seasons60
Oceans73
Dry Land81
How Independent Are Ecological Systems?95
2How do Species Survive?101
Populations101
Individuals and Populations115
Species Diversity127
Species Extinction139
Are All Invasive Species Villains?144
3Two Major Current Problems155
Global Warming and Endangered Species155
What Can Be Done About Global Warming?156
Protecting Endangered Species166
4Applying Ecology177
Experts, Pseudoexperts, and How to Tell Them Apart177
The Importance of Being Natural and Vegetarian189
Medicine and Ecology as "Health" Sciences195
Conclusions205
Appendix213
References215
Index231

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