Environmental Geography: People and the Environment, 1st Edition

  • Leslie A. Duram
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  • ISBN-10: 1440856117
  • ISBN-13: 9781440856112
  • DDC: 304.2
  • 344 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2018 | Published/Released April 2019
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2018

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Human-induced damage to the environment has widespread consequences for Earth and its inhabitants that have already included sea level rise, increased wildlife extinctions, heatwaves, droughts, intensified air pollution, and water shortages. This book provides comprehensive coverage of the complex interactions between people and the environment. It presents three clear, honest, and down-to-earth essays that cover the devastating impact humans have on the environment; the equally devastating impact the environment has on humans; and the positive impact that increasing awareness of our effect on the planet is having on the movement to create a more sustainable future. Includes entries on 60 key environmental geography terms, such as deforestation, ecotourism, and environmental justice; 15 real-world case studies on topics like the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and the Great Green Wall of Africa; and 10 brief spotlights from around the world providing the reader with relevant facts.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Introduction: How Humans Affect the Environment.
1: Case Studies.
2: Case Study 1: Cars Rule—American Dependence on the Automobile.
3: Case Study 2: Great Barrier Reef—Human Activities Endanger Coral Reefs.
4: Case Study 3: Dead Zones—The Gulf of Mexico.
5: Case Study 4: Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
6: Case Study 5: Nigeria’s Oil Causes Human Rights Abuses and Environmental Degradation.
7: Key Concepts.
8: Agriculture.
9: Air Pollution.
10: Animal Agriculture.
11: Biodiversity Loss.
12: Climate Change.
13: Climate Change Policies.
14: Deforestation.
15: Endangered Species.
16: Energy.
17: E-waste.
18: Fracking.
19: Genetically Modified Crops.
20: Hazardous Waste.
21: Mining.
22: Overfishing.
23: Solid Waste (Garbage!).
24: Superfund.
25: Technology: Innovation and Consequences.
26: Urbanization.
27: Water Pollution.
28: Water Scarcity.
Introduction: How the Environment Affects Humans.
29: Case Studies.
30: Case Study 6: Climate Change Is Occurring—Regardless of Politics.
31: Case Study 7: Climate Refugees—Island Nations Disappear Because of Rising Seas.
32: Case Study 8: Endangered Snow Leopard in Afghanistan—Local Efforts to Promote Conservation.
33: Case Study 9: The Power of Hurricane Katrina (2005)—Evacuation and the Aftermath.
34: Case Study 10: The 2004 South Asian Tsunami Natural Disaster.
35: Key Concepts.
36: Adaptation.
37: Anthropocene.
38: Drought.
39: Earthquake.
40: Ecosystem Services.
41: Ecotourism.
42: Flood.
43: Global North and Global South.
44: Habitat and Wildlife.
45: Human Modification of Ecosystems.
46: Human Population.
47: Hurricane.
48: Mitigation.
49: Natural Hazards.
50: Parks and Urban Green Space.
51: Protected Areas and National Parks.
52: Tornado.
53: Volcano.
54: Wildfire.
Introduction: Sustainable Management of Natural Resources.
55: Case Studies.
56: Case Study 11: China’s Bold Steps toward Renewable Energy—Better Late than Never.
57: Case Study 12: Citizen Science—Helping Scientists Understand Migratory Birds.
58: Case Study 13: Costa Rica’s Peace with Nature—Conservation, Biodiversity, and Sustainability.
59: Case Study 14: Denmark’s Achievements in Organic Agriculture.
60: Case Study 15: Great Green Wall of Africa.
61: Key Concepts.
62: Alternative Agriculture.
63: Assessments and “Footprints”.
64: Composting.
65: Earth Day.
66: Electric Cars.
67: Environmental Justice.
68: Environmental Nongovernmental Organizations (ENGOs).
69: Environmental Policy.
70: Green Buildings.
71: Green Consumerism.
72: Green Political Party.
73: Green Technology.
74: Recycling.
75: Renewable Energy.
76: Sustainable Cities.
77: Sustainable Development.
78: Sustainable Diet.
79: Water Conservation.
Selected Books Related to Environmental Geography.
About the Author.