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1st Edition

Human Impact On The Environment
Ancient Roots, Current Challenges

Edited By

Judith E. Jacobsen

ISBN 9780367157760
Published September 30, 2020 by Routledge
230 Pages

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Book Description

This book explores the way in which human culture and technology have altered the environment through time. The contributors, drawn from a wide variety of disciplines, including anthropology, biology, history, physics and atmospheric science, explore the relationship between humans and the environment as an ongoing process, not just as a recent art

Table of Contents

Introduction -- From Small Groups to Large: The Impact of Hunting, Farming, and Cities -- The Impact of Early People on the Environment: The Case of Large Mammal Extinctions -- The Impact of Food Production: Short-Term Strategies and Long-Term Consequences -- The Epidemiology of Civilization -- The Industrial Era: New Societies, New Technologies, New Problems -- The Revolution in the Family and the World We Have Made -- Pollution and the Emergence of Industrial America -- Exhaustibility of British Coal in Long-Run Perspective -- The Environment Goes Global: Issues of the Late Twentieth Century -- Global Climate Change -- Global Water Resources: The Coming Crises -- Tropical Forests and Human Society -- Designing the Future: Coping with the Crises -- Creating an International Process to Address Greenhouse Warming -- Human Impacts -- African Search for Solutions -- Transitions to a Sustainable Society

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Judith E. Jacobsen is a writer, lecturer, and consultant on world population issues. John Firor is a senior scientist and director emeritus at the National Center for Atmospheric Research.