Author: Hubert Engelbrecht

250 Years of Industrial Consumption and Transformation of Nature: Impacts on Global Ecosystems and Life

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ISBN: 978-1-68108-602-6 (Print)
ISBN: 978-1-68108-601-9 (Online)
Year of Publication: 2017
DOI: 10.2174/97816810860191170101

Introduction

Anthropogenic changes in the environment, caused by 250 years of economic growth and utilization of fuel and mineral resources, have considerably impacted the natural environment. The resulting physical and chemical alterations to the Earth's sphere and our adaptive responses in the biosphere are detailed in this reference book. Readers will learn about concepts relevant to Earth’s history, the evolution of life, economy, ecology, environmental history, biology, and medicine and how these concepts can be linked to environmental change. The scope of this interdisciplinary work entails to convey the true degree of responsibility for the universal consequences of ecosystem degradation resulting from industrial processing, human consumption and the transformation of natural sites due to industrialization and urbanization.

Topics covered in the book include:

  1. -ecosystem transformations by natural and anthropogenic forces
  2. -the Anthropocene epoch
  3. - a short history of industrialization
  4. - environmental sites and the impact of socio-economic influences
  5. -the current environmental crisis

This textbook is intended for graduate students in economics, civil engineering, architecture, agronomics, forestry, technical and mining sciences, political sciences, business studies and humanities. General readers who wish to understand the basic philosophy behind environmental studies and their relation to human activity can also benefit from this book.

Foreword

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Preface

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Anthology of Important Mottos, Statements and Stimuli

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Ecosystem Transformations - Natural and Anthropogenic Forcings

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The Anthropocene

- Pp. 21-26 (6)
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The Industrialisation1: Its Origination and Development

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Its Impacts on and Transformations of Ecosystems and Life

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Extraction of Mineral Raw Materials and its Utilisations

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Transformation of Ecosystems in the Spheres of Earth

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Soil and Land Surface

- Pp. 59-85 (27)
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Glaciers, Ice Sheets, Sea Ice, and Permafrost Areas

- Pp. 86-98 (13)
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Groundwater

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Rivers, Lakes, Reservoirs, and Inland Seas

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Marine Shores

- Pp. 120-128 (9)
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Oceans and Seas

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Atmosphere and Lowermost Exosphere

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Biosphere

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Flora

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Fauna

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Human Beings: Benign Effects of Transformations

- Pp. 206-214 (9)
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Human Beings: Adverse Effects of Transformations

- Pp. 215-246 (32)
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Causes of the Environmental Crisis and Proposals for its Mitigation

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Abbreviations and Acronyms

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Used Encyclopedias and Online Resources

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Subject Index

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