The Balance of Nature and Human Impact (BOK)

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It is clear that nature is undergoing rapid changes as a result of human activities such as industry, agriculture, travel, fisheries and urbanisation. What effects do these activities have? Are they disturbing equilibria in ecological populations and communities, thus upsetting the balance of nature, or are they enhancing naturally occurring disequilibria, perhaps with even worse consequences? It is often argued that large-scale fluctuations in climate and sea-levels have occurred over and over again in the geological past, long before human activities could possibly have had any impact, and that human effects are very small compared to those that occur naturally. Should we conclude that human activity cannot significantly affect the environment, or are these naturally occurring fluctuations actually being dangerously enhanced by humans? This book examines these questions, first by providing evidence for equilibrium and non-equilibrium conditions in relatively undisturbed ecosystems, and second by examining human-induced effects.

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Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Innbundet
Utgitt 2013 Forlag
CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
ISBN 9781107019614 Antall sider 426
Dimensjoner 17,4cm x 24,7cm x 2,4cm Vekt 1010 gram
Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd Andre medvirkende Klaus Rohde
Emner og form Environmental management, Applied ecology, Conservation of the environment

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