Little Green Handbook: Seven Trends Shaping the Future of Our Planet / Edition 1

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Overview

Published for the first time in the United States, The Little Green Handbook is a unique reference work that illustrates the most important global developments facing us today, explains them, and suggests area for positive change. It relates physical trends to social and political repercussions, drawing together evidence from many interrelated fields to explain the science behind the news stories, sound bytes, and cocktail-party banter. Just how serious are our environmental problems? Are we doing enough to deal with them? How many people can the planet sustain? What are the long-term effects of continued environmental damage? How fast is the process of global warming? What are the implications of our continued dependence on fossil fuels?

The Little Green Handbook has the answers. This user-friendly sourcebook is filled with up-to-date facts and figures, making complex but vitally important ideas simple. It is our duty to ensure a sustainable future for our children; The Little Green Handbook gives us the information we need to make this possible.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312425814
  • Publisher: Picador
  • Publication date: 3/21/2006
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

Ron Nielsen, D.Sc., has conducted research in the Department of Nuclear Physics at the Australian National University and worked in research institutes in Poland, England, Germany, and Switzerland. Dr. Nielsen is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Physics and an active member of the New York Academy of Sciences.

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Table of Contents

1 Environmental degradation 1
2 The population explosion 11
3 Diminishing land resources 30
4 Diminishing water resources 58
5 The destruction of the atmosphere 82
6 The approaching energy crisis 116
7 Social decline 156
8 Conflicts and increasing killing power 207
9 In a nutshell 238
10 Landmarks of progress 248
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