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

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

Diana Liverman
With selections from many leading scholars, Global Environmental Challenges of the Twenty-first Century is an accessible introduction to critical global environmental issues. While providing reviews of key issues such as water, climate, and biodiversity, it also addresses the causes and solutions to problems in ways that empower students to understand and act to solve global environmental challenges. This book will be especially useful for instructors of basic environmental courses who seek to combine an understanding of both the social and scientific aspects of global environmental issues.
Peter H. Raven
This concise volume presents an excellent synopsis of many of the key articles describing the Earth's condition. In convenient form, this book presents the selections in such a way that they can easily be used for undergraduate courses. Any active ecologist or student of biology would have need to refer to many of these. By exposing undergraduate students to these articles, careers in biology will be stimulated and enhanced. Outstandingly useful!
Carol Boggs
David Lorey has put together a masterful and informative compilation of the best of current thought on the broad environmental challenges facing humans in our immediate future. Most importantly, he also includes ideas as to sustainable solutions. Global Environmental Challenges of the Twenty-first Century is readily accessible to the general reader and should be required reading for policy makers and the public alike.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780842050494
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/15/2002
  • Series: World Beat Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 6.24 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

David E. Lorey is director of the U.S.-Latin American Relations Program at the Hewlett Foundation.

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Table of Contents

Driving Forces
1 Environment and Health: Population, Consumption, and the Environment 1
2 Food Security, Population, and Environment 15
3 Population and Consumption: What We Know, What We Need to Know 37
4 Water for Food Production: Will There Be Enough in 2025? 51
5 Water Wars 71
6 Water and Conflict in Asia? 87
7 Life - or Death - for the Salton Sea? 103
Global Climate and Atmosphere
8 Synthesis of Scientific-Technical Information Relevant to Article 2 of the UN Framework Convention 113
9 Shadows of the Climate Future 131
10 Human Alteration of the Global Nitrogen Cycle: Causes and Consequences 143
11 Losing Strands in the Web of Life 159
12 Riches from the Rainforest 185
13 Dying Seas 191
Sustainable Solutions
14 Easter Island's End 205
15 Neotropical Restoration Biology 215
16 What Are Ecosystem Services? 227
17 Marine Ecosystem Services 233
18 Environmentally Sustainable Business Practices 251
19 NGOs and the Environment: From Knowledge to Action 269
20 The Real Impacts of Household Consumption 289
Suggested Readings 311
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