Momentum, Impact, and Our Global Environment
By (author) Walter K. Dodds
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Humanity's Footprint by Walter K. Dodds
Book DescriptionFor 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780231139670
(229mm x 152mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Columbia University Press
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publish Date: 4-Jan-2008
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Walter K. Dodds
Freshwater Ecology, Hardback (November 2010)
With 40 per cent expanded coverage, this text covers applied and basic aspects of limnology, now with more emphasis on wetlands and reservoirs than in the previous edition. It take a synthetic approach to ecological problems, teaching students how to handle the challenges faced by contemporary aquatic scientists.
Laws, Theories, and Patterns in Ecology, Paperback (August 2009)» View all books by Walter K. Dodds
Physics and chemistry are distinguished from biology by the way generalizations are codified into theories tested by observation and experimentation. This work enumerates generalizations in ecology. It describes how the practice of science, in general, and ecology specifically, yields theories and laws.
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Author Biography - Walter K. Dodds
Walter K. Dodds is a professor of biology at Kansas State University and the author of Freshwater Ecology: Concepts and Environmental Applications. He researches water quality and aquatic biodiversity, is an investigator at the Konza Prairie Biological Station and leads the Kansas Ecological Forecasting Initiative.
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