This unique addition to reference literature provides an introduction to the major concepts and contemporary issues that are essential for students of environmental science and environmental studies to know. With over 200 entries authored by world-class names like Anthony Brazel, John Day and Edward Keller, this text is divided into six sections: Environmental Science, Environments, Paradigms & Concepts, Processes & Dynamics, Scales & Techniques, and Environmental Issues.
Ecotechnology is an environmental technology where the forces of nature are used to a great extent in achieving desired goals. For example, sewage can be treated using a highly engineered, advanced treatment plant or the ecotechnological approach of wetland assimilation. Ecotechnology is strongly related to the fields of restoration ecology and ecological engineering. Properly done, ecotechnology should use less energy and natural resources and have less of an impact on the environment. Both ecotechnology and ecological engineering involve creating and restoring sustainable ecosystems that have value to both humans and nature. But ecotechnology is broader than this. It is a technology that is greener; that has a lower environmental impact than conventional technology. Solar and wind energy are forms of ecotechnology as are green roofs ...