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People and the Earth, first published in 1998, examines the numerous ways in which this planet enhances and limits our lifestyles. The authors look at the geologic restrictions on our ability to withdraw resources – food, water, energy, and minerals – from the earth, the effect human activity has on the Earth, and the lingering damage caused by natural disasters. People and the Earth examines the basic components of our interaction with this planet, provides a lucid, scientific discussion of each issue, and speculates on what the future may hold. It provides the fundamental concepts that will enable us to make wise and conscientious choices on how to live our day-to-day lives. Written with wit and remarkable insight, and illustrated with numerous case histories, People and the Earth provides a balanced view of the complex environmental issues facing our civilization. People and the Earth is an ideal introductory textbook and will also appeal to the general reader concerned with our evolving relationship with the earth.
1. People and land
3. Natural hazards
6. Mineral resources
7. Waste and pollution
8. Global change
9. A final word
"This is an excellent template for the new geology, also known as Earth systems science or environmental studies. People and the Earth is written at the introductory level and contains a seamless melding of policy implications as well as the requisite physical and biological science principles. I learned a lot reading it. I feel that this text contains the kinds of concepts that society must assimilate if the next century is to witness a better-managed planet than the past."
- W. G. Ernst, W&M Arts Sciences
"People and the Earth contains many very interesting case studies, several of which are different to those found in other similar texts. It poses challenges through these case studies that will encourage students to find out more. The authors offer some really valuable suggestions for further reading to support this. People and the Earth is an interesting publication, one which supports areas which are difficult for students to explore in depth and which are not always effectively covered. It provides a balanced view of the complex environmental issues affecting our civilisation."
- Karl Donert, Geography