Environment, Power, and Society for the Twenty-First Century
The Hierarchy of Energy
By (author) Howard T. Odum
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Environment, Power, and Society for the Twenty-First Century by Howard T. Odum
Book DescriptionHoward T. Odum possessed one of the most innovative minds of the twentieth century. He pioneered the fields of ecological engineering, ecological economics, and environmental accounting, working throughout his life to better understand the interrelationships of energy, environment, and society and their importance to the well-being of humanity and the planet. This volume is a major modernization of Odum's classic work on the significance of power and its role in society, bringing his approach and insight to a whole new generation of students and scholars. For this edition Odum refines his original theories and introduces two new measures: emergy and transformity. These concepts can be used to evaluate and compare systems and their transformation and use of resources by accounting for all the energies and materials that flow in and out and expressing them in equivalent ability to do work. Natural energies such as solar radiation and the cycling of water, carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen are diagrammed in terms of energy and emergy flow. Through this method Odum reveals the similarities between human economic and social systems and the ecosystems of the natural world. In the process, we discover that our survival and prosperity are regulated as much by the laws of energetics as are systems of the physical and chemical world.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780231128872
(252mm x 178mm x 23mm)
Imprint: Columbia University Press
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publish Date: 10-May-2007
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Howard T. Odum
Heavy Metals in the Environment, Hardback (May 2000)
Presents scientific studies that illustrate how natural systems use wetlands to adapt to changes in the ecosystem. This book focuses on lead, one of the first materials used by developing civilizations and a metal used heavily in the industrial era. Including tables, figures, photographs, and equations, it discusses ecological economics.
Environmental Accounting, Hardback (December 1995)» View all books by Howard T. Odum
In this important new work, Howard T. Odum, widely acknowledged as the father of systems ecology, lucidly explains his concept of emergy, a measure of real wealth that provides a rational, science-based method of evaluating commodities, services, and environmental goods. Using specific real-world examples, Dr.
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Author Biography - Howard T. Odum
Howard T. Odum was professor and director of the Center for Environmental Policy at the University of Florida, Gainesville. He was a winner of the Crafoord Prize from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in 1987 for his contributions to ecology and environmental science. His student and colleague Mark Brown completed the revisions.
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