The entire history of the Earth has been one of change. Humans must learn to understand and adapt to these changes. This book identifies vital environmental issues and explores why they are important, how we place value on them, what the scientific basis for understanding them is, and how we might solve them. Environmental cases highlight important applications.
Partial table of contents:
ENVIRONMENT AS AN IDEA.
Thinking Critically About the Environment.
EARTH AS A SYSTEM.
Systems and Change.
LIFE AND THE ENVIRONMENT.
The Human Population as an Environmental Problem.
Biological Diversity and Biogeography.
Biological Productivity and Energy Flow.
SUSTAINING LIVING RESOURCES.
World Food Supply.
Landscapes and Seascapes.
Fossil Fuels and the Environment.
Nuclear Energy and the Environment.
Water Pollution and Treatment.
Indoor Air Pollution.
ENVIRONMENT AND SOCIETY.
Environmental Impact and Planning.
Integrating Values and Knowledge.