Changing the Global Environment - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780121187316, 9780323137638

Changing the Global Environment

1st Edition

Perspectives on Human Involvement

Editors: Daniel Botkin Margriet Caswell John Estes Angelo Orio
eBook ISBN: 9780323137638
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 30th March 1989
Page Count: 459
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In the last human generation we have learned that life existed on our earth for more than three billion years, yet man has done more to change the earth and its ability to support life in the last few centuries than preceding life forms have over hundreds of millions of years. And nearly all of these changes were brought about as unforeseen or unconsidered side-effects of our technologies. The editors of this book feel that rather than accepting environmental degradation as the wages of progress, today we are seeing "a more widely accepted idea that concern for the environment is simply good economics and planning." In a series of essays written by environmental, economic, and social scientists from around the world, Changing the Global Environment looks at the ecological problems facing us as we move into the next century and examines possible solutions suggested by such new techniques as remote sensing and the implementation of worldwide computer-based data systems.


Students and researchers in the environmental sciences.

Table of Contents

Perspectives on the Biosphere. D.B. Botkin, Science and the Global Environment. L.M. Talbot, Man's Role in Managing the Global Environment. P. Westbroek, The Impact of Life on the Planet Earth: Some General Considerations. L. Margulis and R. Guerrero, From Planetary Atmospheres to Microbial Communities: A Stroll Through Space and Time. G.C. Ray, Sustainable Use of the Global Ocean. T.E. Lovejoy, Deforestation and the Extinction of Species. O.L. Loucks, Large-Scale Alteration of Biological Productivity Due to Transported Pollutants. S.H. Wittwer, Food Problems in the Next Decades. R. Lal, Soil Degradation and Conversion of Tropical Rainforests. G. Carrier, Nuclear Winter, Current Understanding. Some of the Ways that We Can Learn About Our Global Environment. A.A. Orio, Modern Chemical Technologies for Assessment and Solution of Environmental Problems. J.V. Taranik, The Search for Non-renewable Resources in the Next Twenty Years. C.K. Paul, M.L. Imhoff, D.G. Moore, and A.M. Sellman, Remote Sensing of Environmental Change in the Developing World. W.G. Brooner, The Application of Remote Sensing in South America: Perspectives for the Future Based on Recent Experiences. P.G. Risser and L.R. Iverson, Geographical Information Systems and Natural Resource Issues at the State Level. M.D. Gwynne and D.W. Mooneyhan, The Global Environment Monitoring System and the Need for a Global Resource Database. L.R. Tinney and J.G. Lackey, The Use of Remote Sensing to Assess Environmental Consequences of Energy Facilities. M.I. Dyer and D.A. Crossley, Jr., Linking Ecological Networks and Models to Remote Sensing Programs. A.J. Tuyahov, J.L. Star, and J.E. Estes, Observing the Earth in the Next Decades. Social and Economic Policy Issues. D. Pearce, Sustainable Futures: Some Economic Issues. R.C. d'Arge, Ethical and Economic Systems for Managing the Global Commons. D. Brokensha and B.W. Riley, Managing Natural Resources: The Local Level. T.H. Bingham, Social Values and Environmental Quality. G. Bugliarello, Technology and the Environment. B.W. Mar, Management of High Technology: A Cure or Cause of Global Environmental Changes. M.F. Caswell, Better Resource Management Through the Adoption of New Technologies. A. Endres, The Search for Effective Pollution Control Policies. Index.


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About the Editor

Daniel Botkin

Affiliations and Expertise

University of California

Margriet Caswell

Affiliations and Expertise

University of California

John Estes

Affiliations and Expertise

University of California

Angelo Orio

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Venice


@qu:This book contains 27 essays written by environmental, economic and social scientists from around the world....They provide an overview of the role of human beings in changing the global environment: what we have done, are doing, and could accomplish in the future. @source:--GEOCARTO INTERNATIONAL @qu:Multiple perspectives on global environmental concerns are effectively presented in this volume... The focus of most current discussions of global environment is on the concept of sustainability; such is the case in this book, where it is done well. @source:--ENVIRONMENTAL PROFESSIONAL

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