Global Ecology by Vaclav Smil
Environmental Change and Social Flexibility

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The magnitude and rapidity of global environmental change threatens the perpetuation of life on Earth. Many aspects of this crisis are familiar to us - the destruction of tropical rainforests, the hole in the Antarctic ozone, desertification, soil erosion - yet we avoid the underlying challenge of a rapidly deteriorating ecological system and the breadth and complexity of responses demanded.
Integrating an analysis of both social and environmental needs, the book explores the premises and problems of different paths towards global management.
With its emphasis on flexible response, Global Ecology furthers our understanding of biospheric change and of our abilities and weaknesses in managing the transition to a sustainable society.
 

About Vaclav Smil

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Vaclav Smil is the author of more than thirty books on energy, environment, food, and history of technical advances, including " Prime Movers of Globalization: The History and Impact of Diesel Engines and Gas Turbines" and "Harvesting the Biosphere: What We Have Taken from Nature", both published by the MIT Press. He is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Manitoba. In 2010 he was named by "Foreign Policy" as one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers.
 
Published September 2, 2003 by Routledge. 256 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Political & Social Sciences, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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