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Environmental Change and Human Survival Some Dimensions of Human Ecology

ISBN-10: 0131760416
ISBN-13: 9780131760417
Edition: 2000
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Book details

List price: $131.60
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Publication date: 9/7/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 314
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

This book looks at human ecology by examining the linkages between human actions and environmental inputs. A historical context traces demographic and cultural developments through a series of demographic landmarks, and provides a balance to the book's survey of recent and contemporary populations. Chapter topics include ecological concepts; demographic landmarks of a successful species; technology, development and population; and health, disease, and diet. For active participants in the world we live in, who understand that our survival of environmental and social changes depends upon a clearer understanding of populations, society, and their adaptations.

Tables
Figures
Preface
Human Environments: A World of Linkages
Central Elements of Human Ecology
Linkages
Climate and Seasonality
Spatial Use and Urbanization
Humans and Ecological Concepts
Ecology: Concepts and Definitions
Ecosystems
Concepts of Adaptation
Adaptation and Ecological Niche
The Human Ecological Niche
Conclusions
Demographic Landmarks of a Successful Species
Landmarks of Population and Development in the Ancient World
Regional Distribution of Population Increases
Some Factors Contributing to Population Growth
"Famine Proof" New World Crops
Conclusions
Technology, Development, and Population Dynamics: Some Linkages
Industrial Revolution
The Population Revolution
Consequences of High Density Populations
Some Measurements of the Costs of Poverty
Demographic Linkages to Development
A Demographic Transition
Conclusions
Population Dynamics: Some Basic Elements
Some Basics of Population Change
Fertility and Fertility Rates
Population Structures
Life Expectancy
Conclusions
Diet, Adaptation, and Development
Food Categories
Traditional Societies and Nutritional Adaptation
Child Growth as Adaptation
Energy Requirements of Growth, Work, and Reproduction
Development, Fertility, and Population Growth
Diet, Adaptation, and Development: Some Conclusions
Health, Disease, and Development
Epidemiological Transitions
The Developing World and Epidemiological Transitions
Some New Viruses and Ecological Linkages
Old Diseases in a New World: Some Conclusions
Development, Populations, and Linkages: The Impacts on Planet Earth
Development
Food Production and Population
Health and Some Development Linkages
Health or Disease: Food Sources and Goiter
Health Improvements: Medical or Economic Causes
Demography, Transitions, and Developments
Surviving Environmental Change
Literature Cited
Index

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