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Global Environmental Issues

Global Environmental Issues

Frances Harris (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-470-09395-5

Jan 2005

336 pages

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$60.99

Description

Meeting the needs of upper level students, this book treats global environmental problems as complex issues with a network of human and biophysical causes.
  • Each chapter interlinks human demands on the Earth's resources to natural biophysical change - not simply a 'cause and effect' treatment of global issues and environmental change
  • Includes coverage of contemporary hot topics such as biodiversity, urbanisation and sustainable development
  • Global case studies (two per chapter) contextualise theory for students

""This book should have considerable appeal among undergraduate and postgraduate students in a broad range of disciplines. Frances Harris has assembled a team of well-qualified authors, who between them consider such important environmental issues as climate and sea level change, biodiversity, GM crops, energy supply, urbanization, pollution and sustainable development. The style is clear and non-technical, the coverage is global and the text is supported by numerous figures and illustrations. Boxed case studies provide useful exemplification of general issues. I have no doubt that this book will be very popular with my own students, in providing detailed analysis of a range of key environmental issues which are frequently reported in the media.""
Tony Binns, University of Sussex, UK

""This book usefully realises that environmental issues are a complex blend of contested science, broader socio-political contexts and the concerns, values, attitudes and livelihoods of individuals. Written by internationally recognised authors, it covers major global issues such as pollution, energy, climate change, sea level rise, food production, urbanisation and sustainability in an informative way, with abundant case studies and illustrations, which clearly exemplify just how complex the facets of the issues can be. It does not offer easy solutions but it is a good exercise in awareness for the reader.""
Stephen Trudgill, Robinson College, University of Cambridge, UK

Contributors.

Preface.

PART ONE: INTRODUCTION.

1. Human-Environment Interactions (Frances Harris) .

PART TWO: THE CAHNGING SURFACE OF THE EARTH.

2. A change in the Weather? – Coming to Terms with Climate Change (Michael Hulme).

3. Understanding and Adapting to Sea-Level Change (Patrick D. Nunn).

4. Land Cover Change (Doreen S. Boyd and Giles M. Foody).

5. Conserving Biodiversity Resources (Frances M. A. Harris).

PART THREE: MEETING OUR NEEDS.

6. Food Production and Supply (Guy M. Robinson and F. M. A. Harris).

7. Meeting Society’s Demand for Energy (Nick Petford).

PART FOUR: COPING WITH OUR IMPACT.

8 Managing Urbanisation (Kenneth Lynch).

9 Coping with Pollution: Dealing with Waste (Rosalind M. Taylor and Katherine H. Morrissey).

PART FIVE: CONCLUSION.

10 Sustainable Development (Frances M. A. Harris).

List of Acronyms and Abbreviations.

References.

Index.  

""Concepts, approaches and issues are well described and exemplified …with case studies from the UK, USA, Asia and South America."" (International Journal of Environmental Analytical Chemistry, Vol.84, No.14 – 15, 10 – 20 December 2004)

“…a worthy introductory overview…” (The Holocene, Vol.15, No.3, 2005)

“…a most informative introduction to global environmental issues, outlining their interdisciplinary nature.” (International Journal of Environment and Pollution, Vol.23, No.2, 2005)

""The strength ... is the attempt to relate some of the environmental isues to economic, social and political problems"" (The Geographical Journal 2006)

  • Each chapter interlinks human demands on the Earth's resources to natural biophysical change - not simply a ""cause and effect"" treatment of global issues and environmental change
  • Includes coverage of contemporary hot topics such as biodiversity, urbanisation and sustainable development
  • Global case studies (two per chapter) contextualise theory for students.