Global Environmental Challenges of the Twenty-First Century : Resources, Consumption, and Sustainable Solutions / Edition 1

Global Environmental Challenges of the Twenty-First Century : Resources, Consumption, and Sustainable Solutions / Edition 1

by Lorey, David E. Lorey, David E.
     
 

The most serious environmental problems of the twenty-first century have the potential to alter the course of life on this planet. Global warming, toxic waste, water and air pollution, acid rain, and shrinking energy supplies are frightening challenges that may threaten our future if we do not face up to them.

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Overview

The most serious environmental problems of the twenty-first century have the potential to alter the course of life on this planet. Global warming, toxic waste, water and air pollution, acid rain, and shrinking energy supplies are frightening challenges that may threaten our future if we do not face up to them.

Global Environmental Challenges provides important information and gives us hope about the environment. This book first helps us to grasp these difficulties, then shows us the choices we can make. How long to leave a light on, whether to take the car, the train, or bicycle to work, whether to recycle or throw away, whether to vote to curb continued suburban sprawl-all of these decisions can make a difference.

This collection of some of the best essays and articles on the environment comes from a variety of sources, including journals, magazines, websites of ecological/conservation organizations, and other publications.

Five major sections investigate the interaction of population growth, consumption, and environment; the emerging crisis in freshwater around the globe; global climate and atmosphere (including global warming); biodiversity loss; and the concept of sustainable development-using natural resources to place future human development on a sustainable path. The final section on sustainable development reveals how we can take action. As individuals, we can make a difference readily and easily without making huge personal sacrifices. As societies, we can work together in a global community of interest to sustain the earth.

This valuable resource offers readers a better understanding of our environmental problems and presents solutions to improving the health of the planet.


About the Author

Since 1997, David E. Lorey has served as director of the U.S.-Latin American Relations Program at the Hewlett Foundation, where he has developed new grant programs in environment, governance, and economic policy in Mexico, Brazil, Chile, and Argentina. These include programs focusing on freshwater management, Latin American environmental policy, and corporate social responsibility. He has authored, edited, and co-edited a dozen books, including The U.S.-Mexican Border in the Twentieth Century and Genocide, Collective Violence, and Popular Memory.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900842050493
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
02/28/2003
Edition description:
New Edition

Table of Contents

Introduction
Driving Forces
1Environment and Health: Population, Consumption, and the Environment1
2Food Security, Population, and Environment15
3Population and Consumption: What We Know, What We Need to Know37
Water
4Water for Food Production: Will There Be Enough in 2025?51
5Water Wars71
6Water and Conflict in Asia?87
7Life - or Death - for the Salton Sea?103
Global Climate and Atmosphere
8Synthesis of Scientific-Technical Information Relevant to Article 2 of the UN Framework Convention113
9Shadows of the Climate Future131
10Human Alteration of the Global Nitrogen Cycle: Causes and Consequences143
Biodiversity
11Losing Strands in the Web of Life159
12Riches from the Rainforest185
13Dying Seas191
Sustainable Solutions
14Easter Island's End205
15Neotropical Restoration Biology215
16What Are Ecosystem Services?227
17Marine Ecosystem Services233
18Environmentally Sustainable Business Practices251
19NGOs and the Environment: From Knowledge to Action269
20The Real Impacts of Household Consumption289
Suggested Readings311

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