Something New under the Sun An Environmental History of the Twentieth-Century World

ISBN-10: 0393321835

ISBN-13: 9780393321838

Edition: 2001

Authors: J. R. McNeill
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Book details

List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/17/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 448
Size: 9.50" wide x 6.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.716

J. R. McNeill is professor of history at Georgetown University. He is the author of "The Mountains of the Mediterranean World" & other works.

List of Maps and Tables
Foreword
Acknowledgments
Preface
Prologue: Peculiarities of a Prodigal Century
Economic Growth since 1500
Population Growth since 10,000 B.C.
Energy History since 10,000 B.C.
Conclusion
The Music of the Spheres
The Lithosphere and Pedosphere: The Crust of the Earth
The Basics of the Earth's Crust
Soil Alchemy
Soil Pollution
Earth Movers
Conclusion
The Atmosphere: Urban History
The Basics of the Atmosphere
Air Pollution Before 1900
Air Pollution since 1900
Coal Cities
Smog Cities
Megacities
Recovering Cities
Conclusion
The Atmosphere: Regional and Global History
Regional Air Pollution Since 1870
The Air in Japan
Acid Rain
Further Consequences of Air Pollution
Climate Change and Stratospheric Ozone
Space Pollution
Conclusion
The Hydrosphere: The History of Water Use and Water Pollution
Water Basics
World Water Use and Supply
Urban Water
River Water
Lakes and Eutrophication
Seas and Oceans
Conclusion
The Hydrosphere: Depletions, Dams, and Diversions
Groundwater
Dams and Diversions
Taming Floods and Draining Wetlands
Coastlines
Conclusion
The Biosphere: Eat and Be Eaten
Microbiota: The First Lords of the Biosphere
Land Use and Agriculture
Conclusion
The Biosphere: Forests, Fish, and Invasions
Forests
Whaling and Fishing
Biological Invasions
Biodiversity and the Sixth Extinction
Conclusion
Engines of Change
More People, Bigger Cities
Population Growth
Migration
The Footprints and Metabolisms of Cities
Conclusion
Fuels, Tools, and Economics
Energy Regimes and the Environment
Technological Change and the Environment
Economic Changes and the Environment
Conclusion
Ideas and Politics
Big Ideas
Environmental Ideas
International Politics and War
Environmental Politics and Policies
Conclusion
Epilogue: So What?
Bibliography
Credits
Index
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