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.  



Usually thought of as environmental conservation whereby environmental resources and processes are sustainably utlized but in the context of the human environment, this term concerns perpetuation, is the desire that some entity shall not become extinct or unreachable to human access. The entities to which the term is most applied are (a) resources and (b) habitats and species. Resource conservation is driven by the fear that some vital underpinning of the human economy will run out, either on a world-wide or a more regional scale. At various times in human history, such fears have been expressed about food, land, coal and most recently about oil. So far, technological advances have made these worries redundant, although in the early 21st century there has been a persistent ...

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