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Environmental science : the way the world works

Author: Bernard J Nebel; Richard T Wright
Publisher: Englewood Cliffs, N.J. : Prentice Hall, ©1993.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 4th edView all editions and formats
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Revolving around the principles of sustainability, this new edition sets out to provide students with a balanced, complete treatment of environmental issues - their scientific basis, history and  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Textbooks
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Bernard J Nebel; Richard T Wright
ISBN: 0132854465 9780132854467 0132855445 9780132855440
OCLC Number: 26930262
Description: xxi, 630 pages : illustrations (some color), color maps ; 29 cm
Contents: Using environmental science to understand and solve environmental problems. Part 1 What ecosystems are and how they work: ecosystems - what keeps them the same?, what makes them change?, adapting to change - or not. Part 2 Finding a balance between population, soil, water and agriculture: the population explosion - causes and consequences; addressing the population problem; food - the production and distribution of food; soil and the soil ecosystems; pests and pest control; water, the water cycle and water management. Part 3 Pollution: sediments, nutrients and eutrophication; sewage pollution and rediscovering the nutrient cycle; pollution from hazardous chemicals; air pollution and its control; major atmospheric changes; risk and economics of pollution. Part 4 Resources - biota, energy and land: wild species; diversity and protection; ecosystems as resources; converting trash to resources; energy resources and the energy problem; nuclear power - promise and problems; solar and other "renewable" energy sources; lifestyle, land use and environmental impact.
Responsibility: Bernard J. Nebel, Richard T. Wright.

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