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Global Resources and the Environment


  • Date Published: June 2018
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316625415

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  • In the past few decades, sustainability of natural resources and the social and environmental issues that surround them have become increasingly topical. This multidisciplinary book discusses the complex relationships between society, natural resources and the environment. Major resources including water, agriculture, energy, minerals and forests are considered, as well as different facets of the environment including climate, landforms and biodiversity. Each resource is discussed in the context of both environmental and socio-economic factors affecting their present and future distribution and demand. Presenting a balanced, comprehensive overview of the issues surrounding natural resources and sustainability, this accessible volume will be of interest to policy makers, resource managers, graduate students and researchers in the natural and social sciences.

    • Makes predictions for the future of resources with an overall positive outlook, describing how potential pitfalls for sustainability are surmountable with the appropriate measures
    • Gives a holistic view of environmental and resource issues, allowing readers to understand the dynamics between society, resources and the environment
    • Takes a broad multidisciplinary approach, compiling information and data from multiple disciplines in a single reference
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    'Since the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio during 1992, international agencies, national governments, non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, the media, and the public have recognized the significance of the interactions between social, environmental, and economic needs and problems. Considerable research, development, and application have emerged but interdisciplinary approaches to problems have often been lacking. This book provides a comprehensive and integrative approach to the dynamics of natural resources, the concept of sustainability, the needs and impacts of humans, and the roles of climate and biodiversity. This substantial tome is a major contribution to broader understanding and cooperation, written by outstanding authors, and will be a fundamental resource for policy-makers, managers, and academics for many years.' Jeff Burley, Oxford Forestry Institute

    'In a world with increasing specialization and more well-articulated interest-groups than ever, the Olivers' book provides the opposite of the mainstream and fragmented flows of news and information. An overview and key figures describing the main components of our global production and consumption of resources are presented, analyzed, and conclusions are drawn - not only to describe problems and challenges, but mainly to illuminate potentials and possible solutions to support a highly needed sustainable development of our world society and its expected 9 billion people by 2050. Suggestions for the reader: read it, learn from it, expand your knowledge, and continue to upgrade analytical skills using this important book as your solid platform.' Palle Madsen, Forest and Landscape College, IGN, University of Copenhagen

    'Chadwick and Fatma Oliver have written a magisterial work - fact-filled, comprehensive, and illuminating. I am in admiration of their accomplishment. There is nothing else like it, and it will fill a real need.' James Gustave Speth, founder and former President of World Resources Institute, and former Dean of Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Sciences

    'Global Resources and the Environment is a labor of love and a wonderful achievement. It spans widely across the natural and the social sciences, as well as economics, synthesizing a huge amount of relevant literature for scientists, policymakers, and the general reader. It is also admirably positive, while clear-sighted, in its future predictions: there are still enough resources in the world, provided they are equitably distributed and managed with greater reverence and care. A wholly recommended tour de force.' Edward Davey, Project Director, World Resources Institute

    'This book is an extremely helpful and timely contribution for the current or would-be professional at the international scale. It provides thorough information on the world and by region, and presents it using smart, easy-to-understand figures and graphs that synthesize a broad spectrum of knowledge. Using copious data analysis, this work carefully balances current theories and empirical lessons to propose doable actions and a promising future, but not without paying attention to dead ends and misconceptions.' Gerardo Segura, Senior Natural Resources Management Specialist, World Bank

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316625415
    • length: 536 pages
    • dimensions: 247 x 175 x 27 mm
    • weight: 1.11kg
    • contains: 209 b/w illus. 13 colour illus. 24 maps 31 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Introduction, Dynamic Systems, and Change:
    1. Socio-environmental systems
    2. A perspective on dynamic systems
    3. Change, sustainability, and resilience
    Part II. People:
    4. Where people live, communicate, and interact
    5. People, societies, populations, and changes
    6. Resources, governments, and other social influences
    Part III. Climates:
    7. Global distribution of climates
    8. Greenhouse gases, atmosphere, and climates
    9. Past and future climate changes
    Part IV. Landforms:
    10. Landforms and soils
    11. Bedrock landforms
    12. Landforms of transported materials
    Part V. Biodiversity:
    13. Biodiversity: individual species
    14. Biodiversity: communities and landscapes
    15. Robust and threatened species, communities
    16. Managing biodiversity
    Part VI. Water:
    17. The hydrologic cycle
    18. The annual hydrograph and water use
    19. Managing and mitigating the hydrologic system
    Part VII. Agriculture:
    20. Food groups and nutrition
    21. Agriculture and the green revolution
    22. Future agriculture production and distribution
    Part VIII. Energy:
    23. Energy sources, the energy cycle, exergy
    24. Conserving energy and renewable energy
    25. Future energy: reducing fossil fuel use
    Part IX. Minerals:
    26. Rocks and mineral properties, mining
    27. Rocks and minerals: production, use, and distribution
    Part X. Forests:
    28. Forests, ecosystem services, and timber
    29. Forest distribution, area, and volume changes
    30. Silviculture, forest degradation, and landscape management
    Part XI. Perspective:
    31. Integrating the environment, resources, and people
    Appendix I. Country groups used in analyses
    Appendix II. Elements, chemical symbols, atomic numbers, and masses

  • Authors

    Chadwick Dearing Oliver, Yale University, Connecticut
    Chadwick Dearing Oliver is the Pinchot Professor of Forestry and Environmental Studies and Director of the Global Institute of Sustainable Forestry at Yale University, Connecticut. His research focuses on global issues of landscape management, and he has considerable experience advising public and private forest resource organizations in the United States and abroad. He is the author of the highly cited book Forest Stand Dynamics, now in its second edition (1996).

    Fatma Arf Oliver
    Fatma Arf Oliver was a statistical consultant for The Boeing Company until her retirement in 2000. She is the author of scientific and technical papers.

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