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Human influences on the environment

  • Entropy Principle for the Development of Complex Biotic Systemsby Ichiro Aoki

    Elsevier Science 2012; US$ 99.95

    The concept of entropy in thermodynamics is a complex one, though it is fundamental in understanding physics, the workings of the mind, and biology. Entropy is the measure of the quality of energy, and it can also refer to the turn from order to disorder or randomness in isolated systems. In open systems, such as biology, entropy is formulated in... more...

  • Changing the Global Environmentby Daniel B. Botkin; Margriet F. Caswell; John E. Estes; Angelo A. Orio

    Elsevier Science 1989; US$ 72.95

    In the last human generation we have learned that life existed on our earth for more than three billion years, yet man has done more to change the earth and its ability to support life in the last few centuries than preceding life forms have over hundreds of millions of years. And nearly all of these changes were brought about as unforeseen or unconsidered... more...

  • Sharing Nature's Interestby Nicky Chambers; Craig Simmons; Mathis Wackernagel

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 39.95

    Ecological footprinting is rapidly being adopted as an effective and practical way to measure our impact on the environment - in both large- and small-scale planning and development. This is an introduction to ecological footprint analysis, showing how it can be done, and how to measure the footprints of activities, lifestyles, organizations and regions.... more...

  • Humans and the Environmentby Matthew I. J. Davies; Freda Nkirote M'Mbogori

    Oxford University Press 2013; US$ 149.99

    The environment has always been a central concept for archaeologists and, although it has been conceived in many ways, its role in archaeological explanation has fluctuated from a mere backdrop to human action, to a primary factor in the understanding of society and social change. Archaeology also has a unique position as its base of interest places... more...

  • The Big Ratchetby Ruth DeFries

    Basic Books 2014; US$ 27.99

    A MacArthur “Genius? and eminent scientist shows how an ordinary mammal manipulated nature to become a technologically sophisticated city-dweller—and why our history points to an optimistic future in the face of environmental crisis more...

  • Nature and Societyby Philippe Descola; Gisli Palsson

    Taylor and Francis 2003; US$ 53.95

    The contributors to this book focus on the relationship between nature and society from a variety of theoretical and ethnographic perspectives. Their work draws upon recent developments in social theory, biology, ethnobiology, epistemology, sociology of science, and a wide array of ethnographic case studies -- from Amazonia, the Solomon Islands, Malaysia,... more...

  • Humanity's Footprintby Walter K Dodds

    Columbia University Press 2012; US$ 31.99

    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... more...

  • Cultures of Contamination, Volume 14by Michael Edelstein; Maria Tysiachniouk; Lyudmila V. Smirnova

    Emerald Group Publishing Limited 2007; US$ 99.95

    This volume ponders the cultures that generated the bulk of our global contamination legacy. Insight is sought into its creation and an understanding of differences in how it is being addressed. Hopefully the illumination of the problem will contribute to a better understanding of the constraining conditions and will help guide us in meeting the twin... more...

  • Human-Nature Interactions in the Anthropoceneby Marion Glaser; Gesche Krause; Beate M.W. Ratter; Martin Welp

    Taylor and Francis 2012; US$ 54.95

    This book deals with the potentials of social-ecological systems analysis for resolving sustainability problems. Contributors relate inter- and transdisciplinary perspectives to systemic dynamics, human behavior and the different dimensions and scales. With a problem-focused, sustainability-oriented approach to the analysis of human-nature relations,... more...

  • The Human Impact on the Natural Environmentby Andrew S. Goudie

    Wiley 2013; US$ 78.00

    The new edition of this classic student text provides an up-to-date and comprehensive view of the major environmental issues facing the world today, and is an essential introduction to the past, present and future impact of humans on Earth. Explores the impact of humans upon vegetation, animals, soils, water, landforms, and the atmosphere. Updated... more...