Environment and Society: Human Perspectives on Environmental Issues / Edition 4

Environment and Society: Human Perspectives on Environmental Issues / Edition 4

by Charles L. Harper
     
 

This integrative book about human-environment relations connects many issues about human societies, ecological systems, and environments with data and perspectives from different fields of study. While the viewpoint is primarily sociological, coverage is specifically designed to relate to a diverse audience and encompass viewpoints from a variety of natural and

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This integrative book about human-environment relations connects many issues about human societies, ecological systems, and environments with data and perspectives from different fields of study. While the viewpoint is primarily sociological, coverage is specifically designed to relate to a diverse audience and encompass viewpoints from a variety of natural and social science approaches. KEY TOPICS Chapter topics include environmental problems and ecosystems; the resources of the earth: sources and sinks; global climate change, scientific uncertainty, and risk; population, environment, and food; energy and society; transforming structures: markets, politics, and policy; environmentalism: ideology, and collective action; and globalization: trade, environment, and the third revolution. For individuals with an interest in– and concern for–the environment.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780132403566
Publisher:
Prentice Hall
Publication date:
07/28/2007
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.03(h) x 0.71(d)

Table of Contents

CHAPTER ONE: ENVIRONMENT, HUMAN SYSTEMS, AND SOCIAL SCIENCE

Environments and Ecosystems

Sociocultural Systems

Ecosystem and Sociocultural Evolution: Human Ecology

Environmental Social Sciences

Conclusion: Environment, Ecosystems, and Human Systems

Personal Connections

CHAPTER TWO: HUMANS AND THE RESOURCES OF THE EARTH: SOURCES AND SINKS

Land and Soil

Water Resources

Biodiversity and Forests

Wastes and Pollution

Conclusion: Resources of the Earth

Personal connections

CHAPTER THREE: GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE

Ozone Depletion and Ultraviolet Radiation

Turning Up the Heat: Global Warming

Do we know enough to act?

Personal Connections

CHAPTER FOUR :ENERGY AND SOCIETY

A Historical Detour: Recent Energy Crises

Energy Problems: Environmental and Social

The Energetics of Human Societies

The Present Energy System and its Alternatives

In Summary: Energy and the Risks We Take

Personal Connections

CHAPTER FIVE: POPULATION, ENVIRONMENT, AND FOOD 224

The Dynamics of Population Change

How serious is the problem of population growth?

Making Sense out of this Controversy

Population, Food, and Hunger

Feeding eight billion people in the next 50 years?

Stabilizing World Population: Policy Options

Conclusion

Personal Connections

CHAPTER SIX: GLOBALIZATION, GROWTH, AND SUSTAINABILITY 288

Globalization

Sustainability

Growth and Sustainability: Two Perspectives

Sustainable Societies?

Transformations and Sustainability: Social Change

Conclusion: A Transformation to Sustainability?

Personal Connections

CHAPTER SEVEN: TRANSFORMING STRUCTURES: MARKETS AND POLITICS

Markets

Politics and Policy

Possible Levers for Progress

The Global Political-Economy and the Environment

Conclusion

Personal Connections

CHAPTER EIGHT: ENVIRONMENTALISM: IDEIOLOGY AND COLLECTIVE ACTIONS

American Environmentalism

Global Environmentalism

Environmentalism and Change

Environmentalism: How Successful?

In conclusion

Personal Connections

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