What is it about?
At first an overview on ecosystem changes by natural forces (e. g. volcanism, drifting continents, weathering, evolution of life) and human impact (e. g. agriculture, mining, manufacturing, growth) is given. The resulting effects on soils, glaciers, ground- and surface waters, shores, oceans, atmosphere, plants, animals and humans are presented. Then some reasons having caused the environmental crisis are pointed out. Finally proposals are made, how to solve the problems.
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Why is it important?
The motivation to write the book was the recognition of the huge side effects resulting from scientific, technical and medical progress as well as economic growth, which effected the risk society, biodiversity loss, critical loadings of ecosystem services and the menace of transgreding tipping points. The reader will better understand his and the societies responsibility for the general consequences for reach, dimensions, speed and momentum of ecosystem deterioration. The book aimes at realising geoethics and promoting the dissemination of this important conception.
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This page is a summary of: 250 Years of Industrial Consumption and Transformation of Nature: Impacts on Global Ecosystems and Life, December 2017, Bentham Science Publishers, DOI: 10.2174/97816810860191170101.
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Geosciences and responsibility
The reasons having caused the actual crises like biodiversity decline, climate change, ocean acidification, etc. are linked with growth- and wealth-related excess exploitation and use of natural resources, as well as with the fact that by far too few safe sinks for pollutants and wastes were created. Due to the fact that knowledge is positively linked with responsibility, actions are necessary to realise dematerialisation, better recycling quotes and a more efficient use of mineral raw materials. Ethical values in mining-, resource- and economic geology and the referring supply chains must be effective in operation.
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