Human Impact on the Environment: Ancient Roots, Current Challenges: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Human Impact on the Environment: Ancient Roots, Current Challenges

1st Edition

Edited by Judith E. Jacobsen

Routledge

230 pages

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Hardback: 9780367007898
pub: 2018-09-18
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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 artifact of the post-Industrial Revolution world. Through an examination of the past and an analysis of the present, they cast light on the short-term strategies and long-term consequences of human behaviour on the environment.

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

About the Editor

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.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POL000000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / General