Humans and the Natural Environment

Humans and the Natural Environment

by Dana Desonie


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In just 45 years, from 1961 to 2006, humans experienced an almost unfathomable population explosion: from 3 billion people to 6.6 billion people. Population growth has come with an increase in resource consumption, which has created a number of environmental problems. Farmland is being degraded, freshwater is becoming polluted, fish are being overharvested, forests are being flattened, and fossil fuel emissions are driving global warming. Many scientists suggest that society now must develop sustainably by improving the current economic and social circumstances while protecting the environment for future generations. Humans and the Natural Environment presents the eye-opening facts behind the issue of humans versus the environment in a manner accessible to young readers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780816062201
Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date: 02/28/2008
Series: Our Fragile Planet Series
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

Preface     vii
Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction     x
Human Population and Resource Use     1
Population: Past, Present, and Future     3
Overpopulation     16
How Resources Are Used     27
Water Resources     41
Use of Water Resources     43
Problems with Water Use     52
Sustainable Water Use     64
Energy Resources     75
Energy from Fossil Fuels     77
Problems with Fossil Fuel Use     84
The Energy Future     100
Living Resources     111
Growing Food     113
Environmental Costs of Modern Agriculture     121
Food for the Future     132
Exploiting Animals for Food     143
Forests and Deforestation     155
Overpopuation Revisited     165
Are There Too Many People?     167
Conclusion     180
Glossary     185
Further Reading     199
Index     204

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