Leaving Eden: To Protect and Manage the Earth

Leaving Eden: To Protect and Manage the Earth

by E. G. Nisbet
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Cambridge University Press

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Leaving Eden: To Protect and Manage the Earth

Leaving Eden is a wide-ranging survey of what is arguably the greatest challenge facing humanity today: the preservation of the natural environment. Nisbet discusses the primary physical, chemical, and biological controls on the natural environment, focusing on the complex interplay between atmospheric and terrestrial elements such as the sun, the oceans, and the forests, and is concerned with the effects of human disruption of these natural systems. Integrating discussions of scientific puzzles with problems facing humanity at large, the author addresses issues such as the greenhouse effect, acid rain, deforestation, chlorofluorocarbons, nuclear waste, agricultural subsidies, and population management. The book also offers an extensive discussion of the ways in which the environment can be protected. With its particular emphasis on the interaction of human behavior and nature, this book is suitable not only for individuals interested in environmental studies, geography, economics, and earth science, but for all those concerned with the future of the Earth.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521425797
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/28/2002
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 380
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.83(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Acknowledgements and apologies; 1. Introduction; 2. The natural earth; 3. The causes of change; 4. The consequences of change; 5. To manage the planet; 6. Reducing our impact: the means to generate and conserve energy; 7. Managing the Earth's vegetation; 8. The management of man; 9. A new global economy.

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