Ecological Diversity in Sustainable Development

The Vital and Forgotten Dimension
CRC Press
  • 1. Auflage
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  • erschienen am 4. Mai 1999
  • Buch
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  • Softcover
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  • 430 Seiten
978-1-56670-377-2 (ISBN)
Our world is filled with unseen wonders - the most phenomenal of which is the often hidden beauty of the diversity that surrounds us. Apart from the beauty diversity brings to our lives, it is also absolutely necessary to the sustainability of life itself. The importance of diversity is overlooked in the social realm, yet decisions made in that realm affect all of society for generations. Planners tend to ignore ecological diversity because they don't understand it. Ecological Diversity in Sustainable Development: The Vital and Forgotten Dimension makes that clear. The author tackles this difficult problem: how are we to maintain sustainable diversity in the Earth's ecosystems and our cultural systems? He provides examples of how natural and cultural diversity have been reduced by altering the linkages between climate, soil, water, air, forests, animals, and people. The book is divided into three parts. Part one examines diversity as it is found in nature, part two considers how culture affects diversity through its evolution, and part three explores the diversity of Nature as seen through culture in an attempt to guide culture toward social/environmental sustainability.Anyone who is interested in the quality of life on Earth will want this book. Maser writes in easy-to-read lucid prose, providing a holistic overview of environmental issues that 21st century decision makers must address in shaping our destiny.
  • Englisch
  • Bosa Roca
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  • USA
Taylor & Francis Inc
  • Für höhere Schule und Studium
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  • Für Beruf und Forschung
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  • Planners and decision makers, environmentalists, Ecologists, Sustainability Professionals, Nature Resources Managers, Ecosystem/Ecotoxicology Professionals
  • 31 s/w Photographien bzw. Rasterbilder
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  • 31 Halftones, black and white
  • Höhe: 229 mm
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  • Breite: 152 mm
  • 572 gr
978-1-56670-377-2 (9781566703772)
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PrefacePart 1: Diversity as a Part of NatureSurvival, Economics and DiversityThe Chocolate CrisisThe Right of Personal SurvivalThe Universe is BornDiversity is the Quality of Being DifferentDiversity as a Matter of DimensionDiversity as a Matter of RelationshipCreation and ExtinctionOn SpeciesWhen Habitats ChangeWhen Climate ChangesPurposely-Created ExtinctionPart 2: Culture and DiversityCulture, Diversity and EvolutionLanguage, the Key to Conscious Evolution and Technological DevelopmentEvolution Versus DevelopmentWhat is Meant by DevelopmentThe March of CulturesThe Culturalization of LandscapesFragility of EcosystemsSoil and AgricultureIndigenous Peoples of the AmericasThe Sacred and the ProfaneHow People ThinkA Clash of CulturesThe Rights of Private Property and the Ownership of LandPart 3: Diversity as the Foundation of Sustainable CommunityLocal Technology and Global ConsequencesA DitchA DamCan we Control the Effects of that Which we Introduce into the Environment?How One Introduction Leads to AnotherDealing With Scales of DiversityDiversity Within the Context of the Time and Space Across a LandscapeDiversity Within the Context of Time and Space of a CommunityDiversity is the Wealth of Sustainable CommunityWealth Versus MoneyMythology, Diversity, and LifestyleIf we are Serious About Wanting a Quality LifestyleThou Shalt not Steal DiversityProtecting Diversity Through Land-Use PlanningOpen SpaceTransportationPopulationConclusions

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