Natural Resources

Natural Resources : Ecology, Economics, and Policy

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For introductory courses in Natural Resource Management, Advanced Natural Resource Management, Natural Resource Economics, Natural Resource Policy, and Environmental Science.Unlike other natural resource management texts that focus solely on the ecological aspects of resources-and with an overly pessimistic view of the future-this text explores natural resource management in context in a functional, applied framework by integrating ecology, history, planning, economics, and policy into coverage of each natural resource, and by providing a balanced, guardedly optimistic view of the most current research and technology's capability to overcome natural resource problems. Exceptionally straightforward and readable, it is easily accessible to students with limited background in ecology, biology, and more

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  • Hardback | 761 pages
  • 213.36 x 276.86 x 48.26mm | 1,746.32g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • Pearson
  • Upper Saddle River, NJ, United States
  • English
  • 2nd edition
  • Illustrations (some col.), maps, ports.
  • 0130933880
  • 9780130933881

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Coupling the latest concepts and technology with proven traditional approaches, this new edition introduces readers to the science of natural resource management by integrating ecology, history, planning, economics, and policy into coverage of each natural resource. This text sets the stage for coverage of specific natural resources, giving readers a chance to review important concepts and to start thinking in a new integrated way about natural resource management in a more complex real-world context. Some features of the new .edition include: Detailed history of natural resource management in the United States Helps readers understand that today's environmental problems did not just happen "naturally," but rather came about as the result of a complex mix of events, many well intentioned at the time Computers, scientific breakthroughs, and natural resource management and planning Shows readers how computers are used in natural resource management and how scientific breakthroughs will affect the environment and quality of life in the 21st century A full chapter dedicated to natural resources and international development Exposes readers to the importance of natural resources in developing countries, and the issue of how political policies affect economic growth and environmental quality. A basic discussion of economic principles and systems Introduces readers to the advantages and disadvantages of market, socialistic, and mixed economies in terms of human welfare, technological advance, and impacts on environmental qualityshow more

Table of contents

1. Natural Resources: An Overview. I. MANAGEMENT FOUNDATIONS. 2. The Historical Perspective. 3. Basic Ecology. 4. Conservation Economics. 5. Planning, Policy, and Administration. II. AIR, WATER, AND LAND RESOURCES. 6. Atmospheric Resources and Climate. 7. Water Resources. 8. Soil: The Basic Land Resource. 9. Ecosystems of the United States. III. THE LAND-BASED RENEWABLE RESOURCES. 10. Forests and Forestry. 11. Rangeland and Range Management. 12. Farmland and Food Production. 13. Outdoor Recreation. 14. Urban Land-Use Management. IV. THE WILD LIVING RESOURCES. 15. Wildlife Conservation and Management. 16. Fishery Conservation and Management. 17. Biodiversity and Endangered Species Management. V. THE MINERAL AND ENERGY RESOURCES. 18. Mineral Resources. 19. Nonrenewable Energy Resources. 20. Renewable Energy: The Sustainable Path to a Secure Energy Future. VI. INTEGRATION OF NATURAL RESOURCES MANAGEMENT. 21. Natural Resources and International Development. 22. Economics and Economic Systems. 23. Sustainable Development, Technology, and the Future. Glossary. more