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By Jan J. Boersema, Lucas Reijnders

ISBN-10: 1402091575

ISBN-13: 9781402091575

International specialists offer a finished photo of the foundations, options and techniques which are appropriate to difficulties originating from the interplay among the living/non-living setting and mankind. either the research of such difficulties and how recommendations to environmental difficulties may fit in particular societal contexts are addressed. Disciplinary methods are mentioned yet there's a specialise in multi- and interdisciplinary equipment. various sensible examples and case stories are provided. there's specified emphasis on modelling and built-in assessment.

This booklet is various since it stresses the societal, cultural and ancient dimensions of environmental difficulties. the most aim is to enhance the facility to examine and conceptualise environmental difficulties in context and to make readers conscious of the worth and scope of alternative methods.

Ideal as a direction textual content for college kids, this booklet may also be of curiosity to researchers and experts within the environmental sciences.

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2 Pollution ................................................................ Global Problems: CFCs ......................................... Global Problems: Global Warming ........................ 6 Ideas and Actions ................................................. 7 Conclusion ............................................................ 46 References ......................................................................... 1 Human History from an Environmental Perspective This chapter examines human history from an environmental perspective and, at the broadest level, isolates those trends which have shaped current environmental problems.

People had few possessions (they were a hindrance to mobility) and this mobility, the use of a wide range of resources and their relatively small numbers, produced minimal ecological damage. In the course of their evolution, humans had developed adaptations enabling them to live in the harshest of Ice Age environments in Europe and Siberia, and by 10,000 years ago humans had settled every major area of the world, including Australia and the Americas. g. on Madagascar) contributed substantially to loss of species.

2 Past Environmental Change In all likelihood environmental change played a significant role in hominid evolution and the later spread of Homo erectus and subsequently Homo sapiens out of Africa. Similarly, a combination of environmental change and socio-cultural circumstance may have been what triggered the emergence of human agriculture as the last Ice Age drew to a close, about 10,000 years ago (reviewed in Mannion 1999a). The period of hominid presence on Earth provides a good illustration of the planet’s remarkable dynamism.

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