Changing the Global Environment

Changing the Global Environment

Perspectives on Human Involvement

1st Edition - February 28, 1989

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  • Editors: Daniel B. Botkin, Margriet F. Caswell, John E. Estes
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483260655

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Changing the Global Environment: Perspectives on Human Involvement focuses on the extent of global environmental changes and the extent to which technology can be employed to improve the global environment. This book is divided into three sections. Section I sets forth a broad perspective on specific conceptual issues of concern such as the sustainable use of the global ocean; deforestation and extinction of species; large-scale alteration of biological productivity due to transported pollutants; and soil degradation and conversion of tropical rainforests. The second section discusses technologies of remote sensing, computer-based data systems, and advanced chemical analytical techniques. The interactions among social, environmental, and economic goals and the role that technological advances might play in attaining these goals are deliberated in Section III. This publication is valuable to environmentalists and students interested in how technologies can change man’s perception of the environment.

Table of Contents


  • Contributors

    Preface

    Acknowledgments

    I. Perspectives on the Biosphere

    1. Science and the Global Environment

    2. Man's Role in Managing the Global Environment

    3. The Impact of Life on the Planet Earth: Some General Considerations

    4. From Planetary Atmospheres to Microbial Communities: A Stroll Through Space and Time

    5. Sustainable Use of the Global Ocean

    6. Deforestation and Extinction of Species

    7. Large-Scale Alteration of Biological Productivity Due to Transported Pollutants

    8. Food Problems in the Next Decades

    9. Soil Degradation and Conversion of Tropical Rainforests

    10. Nuclear Winter, Current Understanding

    II. Some of the Ways We Can Learn About Our Global Environment

    11. Modern Chemical Technologies for Assessment and Solution of Environmental Problems

    12. The Search for Nonrenewable Resources in the Next Twenty Years

    13. Remote Sensing of Environmental Change in the Developing World

    14. The Application of Remote Sensing in South America: Perspectives for the Future Based on Recent Experiences

    15. Geographic Information Systems and Natural Resource Issues at the State Level

    16. The Global Environment Monitoring System and the Need for a Global Resource Data Base

    17. The Use of Remote Sensing to Assess Environmental Consequences of Nuclear Facilities

    18. Linking Ecological Networks and Models to Remote Sensing Programs

    19. Observing the Earth in the Next Decades

    III. Social and Economic Policy Issues

    20. Sustainable Futures: Some Economic Issues

    21. Ethical and Economic Systems for Managing the Global Commons

    22. Managing Natural Resources: The Local Level

    23. Social Values and Environmental Quality

    24. Technology and the Environment

    25. Management of High Technology: A Cure or Cause of Global Environmental Changes?

    26. Better Resource Management Through the Adoption of New Technologies

    27. The Search for Effective Pollution Control Policies

    Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 480
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1989
  • Published: February 28, 1989
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483260655

About the Editors

Daniel B. Botkin

Margriet F. Caswell

John E. Estes

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