The movement to conserve natural resources is a major issue for environmentalists today. Many natural resources - from fossil fuels to undeveloped lands - exist in finite supplies. The only way to ensure that they will still be available for future use is to protect them and to recycle as often as possible.
In this important book, biologist Jonathan S. Adams explains anexciting new approach to conservation. The main strategy behind itinvolves using the latest in conservation science along with the desiresof local communities to protect the places where people live and work.In this way, each small success moves conservationists closer towardcreating huge protected landscapes large enough to support animalslike bison and wolves. Only with freedom to roam through and betweenthese lands, using wilderness corridors, can such large animalsflourish.
With a focus on humanizing science, this Science and Society set shows students all the factors that motivate research, and reveals how scientists compete and collaborate. By exploring the connections between science and society, each book illustrates both, how society supports science, and how science in return supports society.
The incredible natural world around us is amazing. An equally amazing world exists beneath the sea. As we can see changes in our world due to our carbon footprint and other reasons, the same impact is felt in the oceanic world. This must-have collection of essays discusses the topic of Earth's endangered oceans. Through the use of carefully selected articles, pulled from a variety of sources, this text addresses what threatens the world's oceans, what ocean policies are best, and what strategies would best promote sustainable fishing. Readers will also evaluate what impact human activities have on marine life. Highly respected sources include the Natural Resources Defense Council, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Food and Water Watch, Ocean Conservancy, CompassOnline, and the Natural Resources Defense Council.
A foundational text in the conservation movement, Rachel Carson's Silent Spring challenged prevailing ideas of the health of the environment by showing that pesticides affected organisms other than their targets, such as humans and birds. The book also accused chemical companies and federal officials of complacency in regulating pesticides. Despite challenges from the chemical industry, the book reversed pesticide policy, leading to a ban on DDT for agricultural use. This compelling volume offers an in-depth analysis of the life, works, and importance of Rachel Carson. Critical essays focus on how the book put human impact at the center of environmental policy, how some felt that Carson exaggerated her claims, and how environmentalism stands in the way of human progress. The book also offers readers contemporary perspectives on environmental disasters.
With modernity's technology comes incredible things, such as being able to mass produce crops. It's easy to forget that our food supply is not unlimited. There are costs and limits to everything. This well-researched book explores in detail the range of current and impending challenges that farming and food supply faces as a result of global warming. Readers are introduced to farming and its relationship to global warming. They will analyze the effect of population growth and climate change on daily calorie availability. Impact on crops from changes in temperature, precipitation, and carbon dioxide are explained. Concerns about water, soil, and pests are relayed. Readers will also evaluate what the future may hold, based on the facts presented here.
To what extent does industrial farming impact farmers, the environment, and public health? Are factory animals treated inhumanely? What are the long-term effects of hog farms on water and air quality? This necessary edition offers the reader not only a full spectrum of dissent on factory farming, but also the ability to test the validity of arguments by following up on sources used as evidence. Includes primary and secondary sources from a variety of perspectives including eyewitnesses, scientific journals, and government officials.
This book positions topics about organic food in a pro and con format, so that readers can gain insight to both sides of the story. They will read about the nutritional aspect, cost, and availability of organic food, along with questions about GMOs and the harmfulness of pesticides. Source of the articles include Farmworker Justice, The New York Post, and several subject-matter experts and essayists.