Human impact on nature since the beginning of industrialisation
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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.
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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