CAIRO BOOKS's Description
Our planet is a dynamic network of energy, organisms, and non-living material
- generating biodiversity on a global scale. But how does this network operate?
How do its key components interact, and how is it regulated? How is human
activity affecting these interactions, and at what cost?
Introducing Environment takes the reader on a guided tour of some of the
major environmental issues of our time. Starting with the thin layer of life
upon our planet - the biosphere - it explains ecological concepts such as
species, food chain, ecosystem and biodiversity. From that biological basis, it
describes interrelationships between plants, animals and the wider environment
with short case studies and examples. Then, the reader learns about the unique
role of humans, showing the ways in which we have changed the environment to
suit our needs, and using historical and contemporary case studies to show the
impact of human activities.
The later chapters of the book move onto a more technological approach,
looking at how we can tell what effect current lifestyles have upon the
environment. Next, sustainability is introduced, to indicate a few of the major
factors, with examples of successful schemes to reduce environmental impact.
The book ends with the question 'what netxt?', giving the reader a chacne to
consider the different zones of influence (personal, local, corporate, national
and international) that are involved in the complexity of addressing
Introducing Environment does not pretend to be an all-encompassing tome, but
awakens interest and provokes thought to stimulate further debate and study. It
is the ideal text for anyone new to environmental science and ecology looking
to master the essentials in a quick, straightforward way.