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How often in today's environmental debates have you read that "the science is in dispute"-even when there is overwhelming consensus among scientists? Too often, the voice of science is diminished or diluted for the sake of politics, and the public is misled. Now, the most authoritative voice in U.S. science, Science magazine, brings you current scientific knowledge on today's most pressing environmental challenges, from population growth to climate change to biodiversity loss. Science Magazine's State of the ...
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Science Magazine's State of the Planet 2006-2007 (PagePerfect NOOK Book)

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Overview

How often in today's environmental debates have you read that "the science is in dispute"-even when there is overwhelming consensus among scientists? Too often, the voice of science is diminished or diluted for the sake of politics, and the public is misled. Now, the most authoritative voice in U.S. science, Science magazine, brings you current scientific knowledge on today's most pressing environmental challenges, from population growth to climate change to biodiversity loss. Science Magazine's State of the Planet 2006-2007 is a unique contribution that brings together leading environmental scientists and researchers to give readers a comprehensive yet accessible overview of current issues. Included are explanatory essays from Science magazine editor-in-chief Donald Kennedy that tie together the issues and explore the relationships among them. Each of the book's 18 chapters is written by the world's leading experts, such as: Joel Cohen on population Peter Gleick on water Daniel Pauly on fisheries Thomas Karl on climate change science Paul Portney on energy and development Elinor Ostrom and Thomas Dietz on commons management Interspersed throughout are Science news pieces that highlight particular issues and cases relevant to the main scientific findings. An added feature is the inclusion of definitions of key terms and concepts that help students and nonspecialists understand the issues. Published biennially, State of the Planet is a clear, accessible guide for readers of all levels-from students to professionals.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597266246
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication date: 8/7/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 1,248,017
  • File size: 16 MB
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Meet the Author

Donald Kennedy is the Bing Professor of Environmental Science and President emeritus at Stanford University in Stanford, CA. In 1977 Dr. Kennedy took a 2 1/2 year leave to serve as Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Following his return to Stanford in 1979, Dr. Kennedy served for a year as Provost and for twelve years as President. He co-directs the Environmental Studies Program in the Institute for International Studies.
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Table of Contents

Life on a human-dominated planet 5
Human population : the next half century 13
Prospects for biodiversity 22
World fisheries : the next 50 years 29
Preserving the conditions of life 39
Tropical soils and food security : the next 50 years 49
Global freshwater resources : soft-path solutions for the 21st century 59
Energy resources and global development 69
Global air quality and pollution 79
Modern global climate change 88
Managing our common inheritance 101
The tragedy of the commons 115
The struggle to govern the commons 126
Social capital and the collective management of resources 142
Managing tragedies : understanding conflict over common pool resources 149
Global food security : challenges and policies 154
New visions for addressing sustainability 161
The burden of chronic disease 167
The challenge of long-term climate change
Climate change : the political situation 179
Tale from a troubled marriage : science and law in environmental policy 183
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