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The Environmental Destruction of South Florida: A Handbook for Citizens

William Ross McCluney

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ISBN 10: 0870242024 / ISBN 13: 9780870242021
Published by Univ of Miami Pr, 1971
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Title: The Environmental Destruction of South ...

Publisher: Univ of Miami Pr

Publication Date: 1971

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Good

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Residents of South Florida examine and offer solutions to such local ecological problems as the destruction of the Everglade and population control

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Ross McCluney obtained B. A., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in physics, specializing in optics. While working toward his doctorate at the University of Miami, McCluney began a lifelong study of the causes and remedies of humanity’s destruction of Earth’s ecosystems. He founded the University of Miami’s first student environmental organization and helped organize the University’s observance of the first Earth Day Teach-In, held on 22 April 1970. While at UM, he taught a semester-long adult education class on South Florida’s environmental problems.

An outcome of these experiences was the suspension of his physics studies for a year to work on a graduate assistantship at the University’s new Center for Urban and Environmental Studies, then headed by Carl McHenry. Working at CUES for the renowned ecologist, Art Marshall, McCluney edited a series of essays about the environmental problems of South Florida. The University’s Graduate Research Council agreed to underwrite the project, and the manuscript was published by the University of Miami Press in 1971 as THE ENVIRONMENTAL DESTRUCTION OF SOUTH FLORIDA. This book achieved a seventh printing in 1990, before going out of print in 1992. Copies are still available from used book sellers, including through A limited number of the original, previously unsold, edition are now available from SunPine Press.

Upon returning to his physics work, McCluney studied the light scattering properties of marine phytoplankton. Following receipt of his doctorate, he worked for three years as an optical oceanographer at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD, intermittently working with Jacques Cousteau on joint NASA/Cousteau projects in the Gulf of Mexico and Carribean Sea.

Dr. McCluney is a principal research scientist at the Florida Solar Energy Center in Cocoa, a research institute of the University of Central Florida in Orlando, where he has worked since 1976. His first textbook, INTRODUCTION TO RADIOMETRY AND PHOTOMETRY, was published by Artech House in 1992 and is available through

Over the years since 1976, Dr. McCluney has studied, written, and lectured widely on environmental topics, concentrating on the ethical and philosophical aspects of the subject. In the Fall of 2003 and the Spring of 2004 he taught a three-credit university course (philosophy, religion, and the environment) based on the two books he completed in late 2003: HUMANITY'S ENVIRONMENTAL FUTURE and GETTING TO THE SOURCE.

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