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About this book
About this book
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.
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
245 pages, no illustrations
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.