Future of Nature Documents of Global Change

ISBN-10: 0300184611
ISBN-13: 9780300184617
Edition: 2013
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Description: This anthology provides a comprehensive overview of the science behind environmental prediction and how, as predictions about environmental change have been taken more seriously and widely, they have affected politics, policy, and public perception.  More...

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List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 10/22/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 584
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.024
Language: English

This anthology provides a comprehensive overview of the science behind environmental prediction and how, as predictions about environmental change have been taken more seriously and widely, they have affected politics, policy, and public perception. Through an array of texts and commentaries that examine the themes of progress, population, environment, biodiversity, and sustainability from a fully global perspective, it shows how twenty-first century predictors think about what forecasting the future means. Providing access and reference points to the origins and development of key disciplines and methods, it will encourage policy makers, professionals, and students to reflect on the roots of their own theories and practices.

Preface
How to Use This Book
Introduction: Documenting Global Change
Population
Are We Too Many, or Are We Too Greedy?
An Essay on the Principle of Population (1798)
Commentary: Bj�rn-Ola Linn�r
The Shadow of the World's Future (1928)
Commentary: Alison Bashford
"Ghost Acreage" (1962)
Commentary: Sverker S�rlin
The Population Bomb (1968)
Commentary: Michael Egan
Sustainability
Are We Limited by Knowledge or Resources?
Sylvicultura oeconomica (1713)
Commentary: Paul Warde
The Coal Question (1865)
Commentary: Paul Warde
"Possible Limits of Raw-Material Consumption" (1956)
Commentary: Paul Warde
The Limits to Growth (1972)
Commentary: Michael Egan
Geographies
Are Human and Natural Futures Determined or Chosen?
The Pulse of Asia (1907)
Commentary: Carole Crumley
"Nature Versus The Australian" (1920)
Commentary: Carolyn Strange
The Northward Course of Empire (1922)
Commentary: Sverker S�rlin
"The Environment"
How Did the Idea Emerge?
The Biosphere (1926)
Commentary: Pey-Yi Chu
Deserts on the March (1935)
Commentary: Libby Robin
Road to Survival (1948)
Commentary: Sverker S�rlin
Silent Spring (1962)
Commentary: Christof Mauch
Ecology
How Do We Understand Natural Systems?
Essay on the Geography of Plants (1807)
Commentary: Stephen T. Jackson
"The Use and Abuse of Vegetational Concepts and Terms" (1935)
Commentary: Libby Robin
Fundamentals of Ecology (1953)
Commentary: Stephen Bocking
Resilience and Stability of Ecological Systems (1973)
Commentary: Libby Robin
Technology
Does Technology Create More Problems Than It Solves?
The Tree of Science (1857)
Commentary: Jean-Baptiste Fressoz
To Choose a Future (1972)
Commentary: Arne Kaijser
"The Dynamics of Energy Systems and the Logistic Substitution Model" (1979)
Commentary: Paul Warde
Climate
How Can We Predict Change?
"On the Transmission of Heat" (1859)
Commentary: Mike Hulme
"On the Influence of Carbonic Acid in the Air upon the Temperature of the Ground" (1896)
Commentary: Sverker S�rlin
"Seasonal Foreshadowing" (1930)
Commentary: Neville Nicholls
"The Artificial Production of Carbon Dioxide and Its Influence on Temperature" (1938)
Commentary: James Rodger Fleming
"Unpleasant Surprises in the Greenhouse?" (1987) and
"Climate and Atmospheric History of the Past 420,000 Years from the Vostok Ice Core, Antarctica" (1999)
Commentary: Tom Griffiths
Diversity
Why Do We Need It, and Can We Conserve It?
The Invaders (1958)
Commentary: Libby Robin
The Forestry Projections and the Environment: Global-Scale Environmental Impacts (1980): Council on Environmental Quality
Commentary: Mark V. Barrow Jr.
"What Is Conservation Biology?" (1985)
Commentary: Libby Robin
"Radical American Environmentalism and Wilderness Preservation: A Third World Critique" (1997)
Commentary: Rob Nixon
Measuring
How Do We Turn the World into Data?
An Investigation of the Currents of the Atlantic Ocean (1832)
Commentary: Sarah Cornell
"Current Problems in Meteorology" (1957)
Commentary: Maria Bohn and Sverker S�rlin
Nature's Services: Societal Dependence on Natural Ecosystems (1997)
Commentary: Richard B. Norgaard
The Economics of Climate Change (2006)
Commentary: Paul Warde
The Anthropocene
How Can We Live in a World Where There Is No Nature Without People?
"The 'Anthropocene'" (2000)
Commentary: Will Steffen
"A Safe Operating Space for Humanity" (2009)
Commentary: Susan Owens
"Reducing the Future to Climate: A Story of Climate Determinism and Reductionism" (2011)
Commentary: Libby Robin, Sverker Sorlin, and Paul Warde
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Acknowledgments
Commentators
Selection Credits
Index

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