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250 Years of Industrial Consumption and Transformation of Nature: Impacts on Global Ecosystems and Life

  • ID: 4451230
  • Book
  • December 2017
  • Region: Global
  • 266 Pages
  • Bentham Science Publishers Ltd
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Learn About Concepts Relevant to Earth’s History, the Evolution of Life, Economy, Ecology, Environmental History, Biology, and Medicine

Anthropogenic changes in the environment, caused by 250 years of economic growth and utilization of fuel and mineral resources, have considerably impacted the natural environment. The resulting physical and chemical alterations to the Earth's sphere and our adaptive responses in the biosphere are detailed in this reference book. Readers will learn about concepts relevant to Earth’s history, the evolution of life, economy, ecology, environmental history, biology, and medicine and how these concepts can be linked to environmental change. The scope of this interdisciplinary work entails to convey the true degree of responsibility for the universal consequences of ecosystem degradation resulting from industrial processing, human consumption and the transformation of natural sites due to industrialization and urbanization.

Topics covered in the book include:

  • ecosystem transformations by natural and anthropogenic forces
  • the Anthropocene epoch
  • a short history of industrialization
  • environmental sites and the impact of socio-economic influences
  • the current environmental crisis

This textbook is intended for graduate students in economics, civil engineering, architecture, agronomics, forestry, technical and mining sciences, political sciences, business studies and humanities. General readers who wish to understand the basic philosophy behind environmental studies and their relation to human activity can also benefit from this book.

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  1. Foreword
  2. Preface
  3. Anthology of Important Mottos, Statements and Stimuli
  4. Ecosystem Transformations - Natural and Anthropogenic Forcings
  5. The Anthropocene
  6. The Industrialisation1: Its Origination and Development
  7. Its Impacts on and Transformations of Ecosystems and Life
  8. Extraction of Mineral Raw Materials and its Utilisations
  9. Transformation of Ecosystems in the Spheres of Earth
  10. Soil and Land Surface
  11. Glaciers, Ice Sheets, Sea Ice, and Permafrost Areas
  12. Groundwater
  13. Rivers, Lakes, Reservoirs, and Inland Seas
  14. Marine Shores
  15. Oceans and Seas
  16. Atmosphere and Lowermost Exosphere
  17. Biosphere
  18. Flora
  19. Fauna
  20. Human Beings: Benign Effects of Transformations
  21. Human Beings: Adverse Effects of Transformations
  22. Causes of the Environmental Crisis and Proposals for its Mitigation
  23. Abbreviations and Acronyms
  24. Used Encyclopedias and Online Resources
  25. Subject Index
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  • Hubert Engelbrecht
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