Ecology: A Pocket Guide, Revised and Expanded

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Offering essential environmental wisdom for the twenty-first century, this lively, compact book explains more than sixty basic ecological concepts in an easy-to-use A-to-Z format. From Air and Biodiversity to Restoration and Zoos, Ecology: A Pocket Guide forms a dynamic web of ideas that can be entered at any point or read straight through. An accessible, informative guide to achieving ecoliteracy, it tells the story of the amazing interconnectivity of life on Earth and along the way provides the ecological ...
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Overview


Offering essential environmental wisdom for the twenty-first century, this lively, compact book explains more than sixty basic ecological concepts in an easy-to-use A-to-Z format. From Air and Biodiversity to Restoration and Zoos, Ecology: A Pocket Guide forms a dynamic web of ideas that can be entered at any point or read straight through. An accessible, informative guide to achieving ecoliteracy, it tells the story of the amazing interconnectivity of life on Earth and along the way provides the ecological understanding necessary for fighting environmental degradation. This new edition has been updated throughout and features five new essays on the topics of biotechnology, global warming, migration, smell, and tourism.
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Editorial Reviews

Nsta Recommends

“An environmental science program would do well to put this volume into the hands of each student and teacher.“
Science Scope

“Each entry is a small gem. . . . Callenbach’s short essays are enjoyable and thought-provoking reading.”
Science Teacher - Cary Seidman

“Enjoyable and thought-provoking.”
Life After 50 - Claire Yezbak Fadden

“Lively compact book. . . . A dynamic web of ideas that can be entered at any point or read straight through.”
Tikkun Magazine
Callenbach's book gives us the basics to participate intelligently in the current debates about how to save the planet.
Wildlife Activist
This great little book...will equip any concerned citizen of the planet with the basic knowledge of all things ecological....Every household should have one!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520257191
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 9/3/2008
  • Edition description: 10th Anniversary Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 832,959
  • Product dimensions: 4.30 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author


Ernest Callenbach is the author of Ecotopia, an environmental classic that has sold nearly a million copies, Bring Back the Buffalo! A Sustainable Future for America's Great Plains (UC Press), and Ecotopia Emerging, among other books. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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Table of Contents


Ecology: Planetary to Microscopic Scales (drawings)
Introduction

Air
Algae
Bacteria
Biodiversity
Bioregion
Biosphere/Ecosphere
Biotechnology
Carbon
Carrying Capacity
Community
Conservation
Cycles
Decomposition
Deforestation/Desertification
Ecology
Ecosystem
Energy
Environment
Environmental Justice
Evolution
Extinction
Fire
Food Webs
Fungi
Gaia
Global Warming
Growth
Habitat
Impacts
Interdependence
Kingdoms
Land Use
Microbes
Migration
Niche
Nitrogen
Organic
Phosphorus
Photosynthesis
Pollution
Population
Predation
Protists
Quarantine
Restoration
Sex
Smell
Soil
Species
Succession
Sulfur
Sustainability
Symbiosis
Taxonomy
Time
Tourism
Toxics
Urban Ecology
Values
Viruses
Water
Wilderness/Wildness
Xeriscape
Yield
Zoos

A Postscript: The Power of Words
Recommended Reading
Acknowledgments
Index

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