Science Magazine's State of the Planet 2006-2007 / Edition 1

Science Magazine's State of the Planet 2006-2007 / Edition 1

by Donald Kennedy
     
 

ISBN-10: 1597260630

ISBN-13: 9781597260633

Pub. Date: 06/17/2006

Publisher: Island Press

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…  See more details below

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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 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 editorin- 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:
9781597260633
Publisher:
Island Press
Publication date:
06/17/2006
Edition description:
1
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Life on a human-dominated planet5
Human population : the next half century13
Prospects for biodiversity22
World fisheries : the next 50 years29
Preserving the conditions of life39
Tropical soils and food security : the next 50 years49
Global freshwater resources : soft-path solutions for the 21st century59
Energy resources and global development69
Global air quality and pollution79
Modern global climate change88
Managing our common inheritance101
The tragedy of the commons115
The struggle to govern the commons126
Social capital and the collective management of resources142
Managing tragedies : understanding conflict over common pool resources149
Global food security : challenges and policies154
New visions for addressing sustainability161
The burden of chronic disease167
The challenge of long-term climate change
Climate change : the political situation179
Tale from a troubled marriage : science and law in environmental policy183

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