Global Ecology in Human Perspective

Global Ecology in Human Perspective

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A textbook covering the study of human ecology and global ecology: ecological principles relevant to global concerns the meaning of global change, human impact on the environment, population growth and regulation, world health, interactions of economics and ecology, and prospects of human future. The central theme of the book deals with the ways humans are altering the hearth and how, in turn, these changes affect human life.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 148.6 x 214.1 x 18.5mm | 358.34g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • frontispiece, halftones, line figures, tables
  • 0195098676
  • 9780195098679

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Written by a well-known ecologist with more than forty years of scientific field work on six continents, this book deals with the ecology of planet earth, focusing on the condition of the global environment and the quality of human life. The author describes the scope and meaning of global ecology and gives a brief review of ecological principles relevant to global concerns. The work concentrates on how we as humans affect global ecosystems and how these changes impact our health, behavior, economics, and politics. Specific sections address the ecological components of planet earth, the biosphere, ecosystem ecology, worldwide environmental trends, and the state of human populations. Other chapters deal with competition and conflict, the ecology of war, an agenda for survival, sustainability, and future prospects. Accessible to undergraduates, students in adult and professional education, and general readers, this unique work gives a broader definition of our environment than conventional ecology books, emphasizing economic and social dimensions of the global environment. It covers diverse viewpoints, including good news and favorable trends regarding the future, and helps readers think about current ecological problems and those we will face in the future. It discusses how to relate facts and beliefs, how to assess outcomes, and finally, how we might view and treat the one world in which we live.
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It paints a clear and awesome picture of how everything in nature impacts and is dependent on everything else and how this complicated network actually works ... this book can teach us a lot. It is clearly written, supplies many graphs and photos and a useful eleven page glossary, Earthwatch 38 Autumn 1997 a scholarly treatment of views through the ages on potential conflicts between humans and nature TREE vol. 13, no. 1 January 1998
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Table of contents

1. The Meaning and Scope of Global Ecology ; 2. Properties and Components of Planet Earth ; 3. The Biosphere ; 4. Ecological Principles - Ecosystems ; 5. Ecosystem Organization and Function ; 6. Energy Flow and Trophic Structure ; 7. Ecosystem Homeostasis, Succession and Stability ; 8. Our Global Condition: A Clash of Concepts ; 9. Global Change and Development ; 10. Land Degradation ; 11. Desertification ; 12. Deforestation ; 13. Historical Aspects of Environmental Destruction ; 14. Population Ecology ; 15. Human Populations ; 16. World Food Supplies ; 17. Air Pollution ; 18. Weather and Climate Change ; 19. Water Pollution and Ocean Ecology ; 20. The Crisis in Biodiversity ; 21. Our Human Conditions: Economics, Demography, and Health ; 22. Global Patterns of Health ; 23. Competition and Conflict ; 24. The Ecology of War ; 25. Sustainability ; 26. Assessment and Agenda ; 27. Prognosis
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