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.  

Human Impacts on Environment

Human impacts on environment

Human impacts on Earth include by-products of industrialization, pollution, global climate change, acid precipitation, ozone depletion, water, soil erosion, desertification, salinization, and deforestation. With intelligence and technology to exploit energy resources, human beings have advanced into new habitats and extended the carrying capacity of the Earth. Sometime in the future, however, population growth will far exceed the carrying capacity of the Earth. In the past 25 years, the world's population has increased 3.7 fold to over 6 billion people. Continued growth will consume more and more natural resources.

Infrastructure developments such as highways, dams, and utilities, are key components for accessing and delivering products and services from nature and are essential to economic networks. Some of the consequences are ...

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