Our Changing Planet: An Introduction to Earth System Science and Global Environmental Change (2nd Edition)

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9780132713214: Our Changing Planet: An Introduction to Earth System Science and Global Environmental Change (2nd Edition)

This book offers a general interdisciplinary discussion of global environmental change oriented toward the non-specialist in science. It presents both Earth science and ecological concepts related to global change, as well as a discussion of the human dimensions of change. The unifying theme of the book is consideration of aspects of both natural and human-induced global environmental change. *Updated coverage to includes relevant material in the fields of Earth, ocean, atmospheric, ecological sciences, including acid deposition, stratospheric ozone depletion, and global climatic change. *Expanded questions and answers sections as well as the glossary. *Offers a brief selected readings list at the end of each chapter to aid instructors and students in finding additional readings to complement the chapter materials. *Divides coverage into two parts - natural global changes and human-induced global changes. *Examines the natural exogenic system of Earth. *Demonstrates how human activities are influencing the natural system and the consequences of human-induced change for ecosystems, humans, and human infrastructures. *Discusses the natural biogeochemical cycles of the elements and the degree of human interference in these cycles, providing quantitative values where appropriate. *Explores human population trends and resource consumption patterns, deforestation and land erosion, water usage and quality, acid deposition, stratospheric ozone depletion, tropospheric ozone and photochemical smog, global climatic change, and subsequent human dimensions questions. *Summarizes coverage by emphasizing the need for a new view of the world in order to have a social, political and economic infrastructure that is environmentally sustainable.

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Presents an interdisciplinary discussion of global environmental change for the non-specialist in science. Provides a balanced, unified examination of the dynamic between natural change and human-induced change in the global environment. Explored first are the natural planetary systems at work (the natural exogenic systems of Earth), providing insightful coverage emphasizing the historical (geological) perspective on change as it discusses processes and change in the lithosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and the biosphere systems. A detailed discussion of how human activities are influence these natural systems and the consequences that may result for ecosystems, humans and human infrastructures are provided. Areas of concern and interest include: deforestation, population and resource consumption, stratospheric ozone depletion, water usage and quality, global climatic change. The text concludes with a thought-provoking, prescriptive epilogue on the need for a new environmentally sustaining societal perspective. The first synthesis of the subject on a general level help it stand out as the new authoritative standard for engaging and accessible coverage.

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This book offers a general interdisciplinary discussion of global environmental change oriented toward the non-specialist in science. It presents both Earth science and ecological concepts related to global change, as well as a discussion of the human dimensions of change. The unifying theme of the book is consideration of aspects of both natural and human-induced, global environmental change.

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