Global Environmental Issues / Edition 1

Global Environmental Issues / Edition 1

by Frances Harris
     
 

ISBN-10: 0470845619

ISBN-13: 9780470845615

Pub. Date: 03/15/2004

Publisher: Wiley

Environmental issues, such as climate change and energy consumption, and our responses to them are of global concern. The underlying premise of the book is that while global environmental issues may be the result of natural and/or human-induced resource degradation, their root causes are due to more than just ecological factors and technological errors or problems.

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Overview

Environmental issues, such as climate change and energy consumption, and our responses to them are of global concern. The underlying premise of the book is that while global environmental issues may be the result of natural and/or human-induced resource degradation, their root causes are due to more than just ecological factors and technological errors or problems. Biophysical environmental problems are often exacerbated by economic, social or political problems.

Global Environmental Issues views global environmental problems as complex issues with a network of causes, influenced by a range of actors with differing priorities. In addition to discussing the main biophysical causes, the book will illustrate how socio-economic and political factors determine why and how people use land, resources and technology, and how this in turn affects natural resource management.

  • Considers the scientific evidence for global environmental issues and the wider social, economic and political forces that have contributed to their development
  • Includes global case studies from the UK, USA, Asian and South America which contextualise theory for students
  • Identifies stakeholders with an interest in each issue and how their perceptions of the problems, and the appropriate solutions, vary
  • Challenges readers to consider how choices made in our own environment affect livelihoods across the globe

With an increased interest in the causes and consequences of environmental problems, this book will meet the needs of upper level undergraduates and Masters students within departments of environmental science and geography, who want a book that tackles the complexity of environmental change.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780470845615
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
03/15/2004
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.77(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Contributors
Preface
Pt. 1Introduction1
1Human-Environment Interactions3
Pt. 2The Changing Surface of the Earth19
2A Change in the Weather? - Coming to Terms with Climate Change21
3Understanding and Adapting to Sea-Level Change45
4Changing Land Cover65
5Conserving Biodiversity Resources95
Pt. 3Meeting our Needs115
6Food Production and Supply117
7Meeting Society's Demand for Energy154
Pt. 4Coping with our Impact193
8Managing Urbanisation195
9Coping with Pollution: Dealing with Waste229
Pt. 5Conclusion263
10Sustainable Development265
List of Acronyms and Abbreviations277
References280
Index307

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