Environment and Society : Human Perspectives on Environmental Issues

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  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-01-01
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
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This integrative book about human-environment relations connects many issues about human societies, ecological systems, and environments with data and perspectives from different fields of study. While the viewpoint is primarily sociological, coverage is specifically designed to relate to a diverse audience and encompass viewpoints from a variety of natural and social science approaches.KEY TOPICSChapter topics include environmental problems and ecosystems; the resources of the earth: sources and sinks; global climate change, scientific uncertainty, and risk; population, environment, and food; energy and society; transforming structures: markets, politics, and policy; environmentalism: ideology, and collective action; and globalization: trade, environment, and the third revolution.For individuals with an interest in and concern forthe environment.

Table of Contents

Environment, Human Systems, And Social Science
Environments and Ecosystems Sociocultural Systems
Ecosystem and Sociocultural Evolution
Human Ecology Environmental Social Sciences
Conclusion: Environment, Ecosystems, and Human Systems
Personal Connections
Humans and The Resources of the Earth Sources and Sinks
Land and Soil Water Resources
Biodiversity and Forests Wastes and Pollution Conclusion
Resources of the Earth Personal connections
Global Climate Change
Ozone Depletion and Ultraviolet Radiation Turning Up the Heat: Global Warming Do we know enough to act?
Personal Connections
Energy and Society
A Historical Detour: Recent Energy Crises Energy Problems: Environmental and Social
The Energetics of Human Societies
The Present Energy System and its Alternatives
In Summary: Energy and the Risks We Take Personal Connections
Population, Environment, And Food 224
The Dynamics of Population Change
How serious is the problem of population growth?
Making Sense out of this Controversy Population, Food, and Hunger Feeding eight billion people in the next 50 years?
Stabilizing World Population: Policy Options Conclusion Personal Connections
Globalization, Growth, And Sustainability 288
Globalization Sustainability Growth and Sustainability: Two Perspectives Sustainable Societies?
Transformations and Sustainability
Social Change Conclusion
A Transformation to Sustainability?
Personal Connections
Transforming Structures: Markets and Politics
Markets Politics and Policy Possible Levers for Progress
The Global Political-Economy and the Environment Conclusion Personal Connections
Environmentalism: Ideiology and Collective Actions
American Environmentalism
Global Environmentalism
Environmentalism and Change Environmentalism: How Successful?
In conclusion Personal Connections
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