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.
Diaspora’ is a term generally used in demographic studies to indicate people of a particular culture who have settled outside their homeland and formed a distinct cultural group. In an environmental context, its relevance is to practices involving the use of resources. For example, a group may take a favoured crop plant or animal with them or endeavour to cultivate it in a new and possibly hostile environment. Examples might be the strains of rice taken to Hawaii and California by Japanese immigrants so as to be able to eat their preferred sticky varieties; the introduction of citrus fruits and of sugar into Iberia by the Muslim communities which settled there in the middle ages and perhaps most hegemonic of all, the introduction of the ...