This book explores the way in which human culture and technology have altered the environment through time. The contributors, drawn from a wide variety of disciplines, including anthropology, biology, history, physics and atmospheric science, explore the relationship between humans and the environment as an ongoing process, not just as a recent artifact of the post-Industrial Revolution world. Through an examination of the past and an analysis of the present, they cast light on the short-term strategies and long-term consequences of human behaviour on the environment.
Table of Contents
Introduction -- From Small Groups to Large: The Impact of Hunting, Farming, and Cities -- The Impact of Early People on the Environment: The Case of Large Mammal Extinctions -- The Impact of Food Production: Short-Term Strategies and Long-Term Consequences -- The Epidemiology of Civilization -- The Industrial Era: New Societies, New Technologies, New Problems -- The Revolution in the Family and the World We Have Made -- Pollution and the Emergence of Industrial America -- Exhaustibility of British Coal in Long-Run Perspective -- The Environment Goes Global: Issues of the Late Twentieth Century -- Global Climate Change -- Global Water Resources: The Coming Crises -- Tropical Forests and Human Society -- Designing the Future: Coping with the Crises -- Creating an International Process to Address Greenhouse Warming -- Human Impacts -- African Search for Solutions -- Transitions to a Sustainable Society