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Understanding Contemporary Environmental Issues


Edited By: Susan Buckingham, Dr Alan Patterson and Mike Turner

Sage Publications

Paperback | May 2008 | #173716 | ISBN-13: 9780761942368
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Hardback | May 2008 | #173715 | ISBN-13: 9780761942351
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There is now an unprecedented interest in, and concern about, environmental problems. "Understanding Environmental Issues" explains the science behind these problems, as well as the economic, political, social, and cultural factors which produce and reproduce them.

"Understanding Environmental Issues " explains, clearly and concisely, the science and social science necessary to understand environmental issues - using learning outcomes, text boxes, tables and figures throughout to make complex ideas accessible and relevant. It describes - in section one - the philosophies, values, politics, and technologies which contribute to the production of environmental issues. It uses cases - on climate change, waste, food, and natural hazards - in section two - to provide detailed illustration and exemplification of the ideas described in section one.

In the conclusion, a case study of Mexico City, draws together the key themes. Vivid, accessible and pedagogically informed, "Understanding Environmental Issues" will be a key resource for undergraduate and taught postgraduate students in Geography, Environment, and Ecology; as well as students of the social sciences with an interest in environmental issues.


1 Introduction - Susan Buckingham and Mike Turner SECTION ONE 2 Approaching environmental issues - Susan Buckingham 3 The rise of environmental politics and the environmental movement - Susan Buckingham 4 Valuing the environment: environmental economics and the limits to growth debate - Andrea Revell 5 Geoinformation technology and the environment - Adrian Combrinck, Mike Turner & Rob Wright SECTION TWO - CASE STUDIES 6 Food - Susan Buckingham & Phil Collins 7 Waste - Susan Buckingham & Iris Turner 8 Global Climate Change - John Woodward & Susan Buckingham 9 Natural Hazards - Iain Stewart & Kate Donovan 10 Mexico City - Mike Turner

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