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.
The emergence of sustainability science builds toward an understanding of the human-environment condition with the dual objectives of meeting the needs of society while sustaining the life support systems of the planet’ (National Academy of Science, 2003). Sustainability is a concept to provide the best outcomes for the human and natural environments both now and into the future. The concept relates to social, economic, environmental, and institutional aspects of human society and the physical environment. Sustainability is accomodating human activity so economies are able to achieve their potential in the present, while preserving biodiversity and natural ecosystems, and acting and planning for the ability to maintain these ideals for the future. It affects every level of the organization, from local communities to the entire Earth. ...