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Offering essential environmental wisdom for the twenty first century, this lively, compact book explains more than 60 basic ecological concepts in an easy-to-use A-to-Z format. From Air and Biodiversity to Restoration and Zoos, Ecology: A Pocket Guide forms a dynamic web of ideas that can be entered at any point or read straight through.
An accessible, informative guide to achieving ecoliteracy, it tells the story of the amazing interconnectivity of life on Earth and along the way provides the ecological understanding necessary for fighting environmental degradation. This new edition has been updated throughout and features five new essays on the topics of biotechnology, global warming, migration, smell and tourism.
Ecology: Planetary to Microscopic Scales (drawings) Introduction Air Algae Bacteria Biodiversity Bioregion Biosphere/Ecosphere Biotechnology Carbon Carrying Capacity Community Conservation Cycles Decomposition Deforestation/Desertification Ecology Ecosystem Energy Environment Environmental Justice Evolution Extinction Fire Food Webs Fungi Gaia Global Warming Growth Habitat Impacts Interdependence Kingdoms Land Use Microbes Migration Niche Nitrogen Organic Phosphorus Photosynthesis Pollution Population Predation Protists Quarantine Restoration Sex Smell Soil Species Succession Sulfur Sustainability Symbiosis Taxonomy Time Tourism Toxics Urban Ecology Values Viruses Water Wilderness/Wildness Xeriscape Yield Zoos A Postscript: The Power of Words Recommended Reading Acknowledgments Index
Ernest Callenbach is the author of Ecotopia, an environmental classic that has sold nearly a million copies, Bring Back the Buffalo! A Sustainable Future for America's Great Plains(UC Press), and Ecotopia Emerging, among other books. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
An environmental science program would do well to put this volume into the hands of each student and teacher.--Nsta Recommends "Each entry is a small gem... Callenbach's short essays are enjoyable and thought-provoking reading."--Science Scope "Enjoyable and thought-provoking."--Science Teacher "Lively compact book... A dynamic web of ideas that can be entered at any point or read straight through."--Life After 50