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The Resource Humanity's Footprint : Momentum, Impact, and Our Global Environment

Humanity's Footprint : Momentum, Impact, and Our Global Environment

Label
Humanity's Footprint : Momentum, Impact, and Our Global Environment
Title
Humanity's Footprint
Title remainder
Momentum, Impact, and Our Global Environment
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
For the first time in history, humans have exceeded the sustaining capacity of Earth's global ecosystems. Our expanding footprint has tremendous momentum, and the insidious explosion of human impact creates a shockwave that threatens ecosystems worldwide for decades-possibly centuries. Walter K. Dodds depicts in clear, nontechnical terms the root causes and global environmental effects of human behavior. He describes trends in population growth, resource use, and global environmental impacts of the past two centuries, such as greenhouse effects, ozone depletion, water pollution, and species extinctions and introductions. Dodds also addresses less familiar developments, such as the spread of antibiotic resistant genes in bacteria and the concentration of pesticides in the Arctic and other remote ecosystems. He identifies fundamental human activities that have irreversible effects on the environment and draws on recent social science and game theory results to explain why people use more than their share. Past behavior indicates that as resources grow scarce, humans will escalate their use of what remains instead of managing their consumption. Humanity's Footprint paints a lively but ultimately sobering picture of our environmental predicament. Dodds calls for a consilient approach to socioenvironmental restoration that draws on new thinking from across disciplines to develop sustainable solutions to global environmental problems
Cataloging source
MiAaPQ
Dewey number
304.2
LC call number
  • GF75 -- .D65 2008eb
  • GF75 -- .D65 2008eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
Label
Humanity's Footprint : Momentum, Impact, and Our Global Environment
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Cover -- Half title -- Title -- Copyright -- Dedication -- Contents -- Preface -- Acknowledgments -- 1. Collision Course: An Expanding Appetite for Resources Coupled with Population Growth on a Finite Planet -- 2. The Insidious Explosion: Global Trends in Population Growth and Resource Use Expand Our Footprint -- 3. Shock Wave from the Insidious Explosion: Momentum of Human Effects on Our Planet -- 4. Weeds and Shrinking Violets: Pests on the Move and the Ecological Holocaust -- 5. Survival on a Finite Earth: The Ultimate Game, or Why Human Nature Destines Us to Use More Than Our Share -- 6. Why Humans Foul the Nest: Cultural and Genetic Roots Run Deep -- 7. Searching for Answers: Can We Achieve Sustainability, or Are We Screwed? -- 8. No More Business as Usual: Transcendence, Enlightenment, Rationalization, Hope, and Action -- 9. Consilience: Socioenvironmental Restoration and Sustainable Inhabitation of Earth -- Appendix 1: Data Sources Used to Make Graphs -- Appendix 2: Reading the Graphs in This Book -- Appendix 3: Putting Global Environmental Impact into a Quantitative Framework That Links Impact and Behavior -- Appendix 4: Some Organizations Involved with Global Environmental Issues -- Notes -- Index
Control code
EBC908253
Extent
1 online resource (231 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780231513043
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
System control number
  • (MiAaPQ)EBC908253
  • (Au-PeEL)EBL908253
  • (CaPaEBR)ebr10387031
  • (OCoLC)818855845
Label
Humanity's Footprint : Momentum, Impact, and Our Global Environment
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Cover -- Half title -- Title -- Copyright -- Dedication -- Contents -- Preface -- Acknowledgments -- 1. Collision Course: An Expanding Appetite for Resources Coupled with Population Growth on a Finite Planet -- 2. The Insidious Explosion: Global Trends in Population Growth and Resource Use Expand Our Footprint -- 3. Shock Wave from the Insidious Explosion: Momentum of Human Effects on Our Planet -- 4. Weeds and Shrinking Violets: Pests on the Move and the Ecological Holocaust -- 5. Survival on a Finite Earth: The Ultimate Game, or Why Human Nature Destines Us to Use More Than Our Share -- 6. Why Humans Foul the Nest: Cultural and Genetic Roots Run Deep -- 7. Searching for Answers: Can We Achieve Sustainability, or Are We Screwed? -- 8. No More Business as Usual: Transcendence, Enlightenment, Rationalization, Hope, and Action -- 9. Consilience: Socioenvironmental Restoration and Sustainable Inhabitation of Earth -- Appendix 1: Data Sources Used to Make Graphs -- Appendix 2: Reading the Graphs in This Book -- Appendix 3: Putting Global Environmental Impact into a Quantitative Framework That Links Impact and Behavior -- Appendix 4: Some Organizations Involved with Global Environmental Issues -- Notes -- Index
Control code
EBC908253
Extent
1 online resource (231 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780231513043
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
System control number
  • (MiAaPQ)EBC908253
  • (Au-PeEL)EBL908253
  • (CaPaEBR)ebr10387031
  • (OCoLC)818855845

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