Environmental Geography: People and the Environment (Hardback)Leslie A. Duram (author)
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This book explores the complex relationship humans have with the environment. It is one of both responsibility-including the sustainable or unsustainable management of natural resources-and emotion, such as the elation gleaned from a beautiful landscape as well as the devastation experienced from a natural disaster.
* Documents human modification of the Eearth on topics such asthrough deforestation, land use change, agricultural soil degradation, water pollution, waste generation, and the ultimate impact: climate change.
* Describes policies at national and global scales that have exacerbated environmental degradation (such as subsidies to fossil fuels) or acted to reduce such harm (such as pollution control regulations).
* Explains how richer and poorer nations are affected by and able to mitigate environmental degradation.
* Describes the interrelationships among people and the environment at various geographic scales: (individuals, communities, national policies, global initiatives); and alsoas well as the influence of public policies and community organizations such as (non-profit groups).
* Suggests how individuals can make better decisions and have a positive impact on future environmental conditions.
Number of pages: 318
"A little more in-depth than a general reference book but not quite as thorough as a textbook, this work will give the reader a good introduction to issues related to human interaction with the environment." - Booklist
"With complete candor, and sometimes humor, author Leslie A. Duram (Southern Illinois University, Carbondale) provides an updated look at the complicated relationship between people and the environment." - ARBA