Encyclopedia of Environmental Issues: Ecology and Ecosystems

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158 Pages
84 Essays
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September 2011 · 1 volume · 158 pages · 8"x10"

ISBN: 978-1-4298-3671-5
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Encyclopedia of Environmental Issues
Ecology & Ecosystems
An in-depth selection of articles from Encyclopedia of Environmental Issues.

Ecology and Ecosystems is a single-volume reference that contains selected essays from Encyclopedia of Environmental Issues. Every article in this set was carefully selected by our editors to provide the best information available about the topic. The essays in Ecology and Ecosystems discuss the study of ecology and the world's delicate ecosystems. Articles include overviews on cultural and historical ecology, biodiversity, and environmental education. Other topics examine specific ecosystems, such as the Amazon River basin and the Chesapeake Bay. See below for the complete Table of Contents.

Ecology & Ecosystems Table of Contents

Agenda 21
Amazon River basin
Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition
Antarctic Treaty
Aral Sea destruction
Australia and New Zealand
Balance of nature
Biodiversity action plans
Biosphere 2
Boreal forests
Brundtland, Gro Harlem
Carson, Rachel
Central America and the Caribbean
Chesapeake Bay
Climax communities
Cloud forests
Club of Rome
Congo River basin
Coniferous forests
Conservation biology
Convention on Biological Diversity
Coral reefs
Cultural ecology
Darwin, Charles
Dead zones
Deciduous forests
Dubos, René
Earth Day
Earth Summit
Ecological footprint
Ecology as a concept
Ecology in history
Ecosystem services
Environmental education
Environmental refugees
Environmental security
European Environment Agency
Food chains
Gaia hypothesis
Global Biodiversity Assessment
Global Environment Facility
Global 2000 Report, The
Great Barrier Reef
Group of Ten
International Biological Program
Introduced and exotic species
Kalahari Desert
Land clearance
Limits to Growth, The
Lovelock, James
Marsh, George Perkins
Mendes, Chico
Middle East
Narmada River
National Environmental Policy Act
National Wildlife Refuge System
Administration Act
North America
Our Common Future
Rain forests
Restoration ecology
St. Lawrence Seaway
Seabed mining
South America
Spaceship Earth metaphor
Tansley, Arthur G.
Three Gorges Dam
United Nations Conference on the Human
United Nations Environment Programme
Urban ecology
Wilson, Edward O.
Category Index

About Encyclopedia of Environmental Issues
An up-to-date A-Z guide on science, policy, and social issues related to the global environment. The Encyclopedia of Environmental Issues assembles information from numerous fields of knowledge relevant to the study of the environmental issues, including biology, geology, anthropology, demographics, genetics, and engineering, and explains the interrelationships of these issues in easily understood terms.

All of the original essays have been evaluated for their currency, and many of them have been either completely replaced or substantially revised to reflect the latest information available. The Further Reading sections accompanying the essays have all been updated.

Encyclopedia of Environmental Issues contains alphabetically arranged articles that range in length from 300 to 3,000 words. They cover a wide variety of topics, including endangered animal species, air pollution, national parks, environmental legislation, oil spills, alternative energy sources, and global climate change. In recognition of the fact that people spend an overwhelming proportion of their time in human-made environments, essays also cover such topics as sick building syndrome, noise pollution, smog, and urban planning.

Each essay begins with a category subhead and the definition of the topic, along with any relevant dates. A brief summary of the environmental significance of the topic follows. Each article of more than 300 words has a list of suggested further readings to aid students who are seeking resources for more in-depth information on the topic at hand. All articles are accompanied by cross-references to related articles in the set, and every article is signed by the academics and other experts who wrote them. The title also includes nearly numerous photographs, charts, graphs, tables, and maps that illuminate the events and concepts detailed in the essays.