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The earth is continuously changing and evolving yet it is unclear how environmental changes will affect us in years to come. What changes are inevitable? What changes, if any, are beneficial? And what can we do as citizens of this planet to protect it and our future generations?

Larry Slobodkin, one of the leading pioneers of modern ecology, offers compelling answers to these questions in A Citizen's Guide to Ecology. He provides many insights into ecology and the processes that keep the world functioning. This important guide introduces observations that underlie arguments about all aspects of the natural environment--including both global and local issues. To clarify difficult concepts, Slobodkin uses lake, ocean, and terrestrial ecosystems to explain ecological energy flows and relationships on a global scale.

The book presents a clear and current understanding of the ecological world, and how individual citizens can participate in practical decisions on ecological issues. It tackles such issues as global warming, ecology and health, organic farming, species extinction and adaptation, and endangered species.

An excellent introduction and overview, A Citizen's Guide to Ecology helps us to understand what steps we as humans can take to keep our planet habitable for generations to come.

"This beautifully written book brings together careful observation, personal reflection, and theoretical understanding to explain the major environmental problems that confront us. Dr. Slobodkin's superb and sweeping work invites us to contemplate a great many facts and a few large values to motivate a clear and compelling response to losses of biodiversity, the problem of invasive species, global warming, and other environmental concerns."--Mark Sagoff, School of Public Affairs, University of Maryland

About the Author

Larry Slobodkin is Professor of Ecology and Evolution at the State University of New York at Stony Brook But most importantly there he is the first chairman of the first department of ecology and evolution in this country. His books include Growth and Regulation of Animal Populations and Simplicity and Complexity in Games of the Intellect.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Defining Ecology

Changes

Why Another Ecology Book?

Who Are Ecologists?

1. THE BIG PICTURE

Water and Energy: Life's Necessities

The Origin of Life and of Atmospheric Oxygen

Big Systems

Lakes

Lakes through the Seasons

Oceans

Dry Land

How Independent Are Ecological Systems?

2. HOW DO SPECIES SURVIVE?

Populations

Individuals and Populations

Species Diversity

Species Extinction

Are All Invasive Species Villains?

3. TWO MAJOR CURRENT PROBLEMS

Global Warming and Endangered Species

What Can Be Done About Global Warming?

Protecting Endangered Species

4. APPLYING ECOLOGY

Experts, Pseudoexperts, and How to Tell Them Apart

The Importance of Being Natural and Vegetarian

Medicine and Ecology as "Health" Sciences

Conclusions

Appendix

References

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195162875
Author:
Slobodkin, Lawrence
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
null, Lawrence B.
Author:
Slobodkin, Lawrence B.
Subject:
Nature
Subject:
Environmental Science
Subject:
Ecology
Subject:
Life Sciences - Ecology
Subject:
Nature -- Effect of human beings on.
Subject:
Environmental Studies-General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20030531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
38 halftones
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
7.58x6.00x.77 in. .71 lbs.

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