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The environmental crisis
Santos, Miguel A.
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Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1999.
Physical Description:
xix, 250 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Reading Level:
1460 Lexile.
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GE170 .S367 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
GE170 .S367 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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This resource, by a professor of ecology and environmental science, features the latest information on the global environmental crisis in the 20th century. Ideal for student research, it examines the main causes of environmental concern and the key players who raised the environmental consciousness of the public. Following a timeline of key events and a historical overview of the environmental crisis, topical essays examine each of the major areas of enviromental concern: our vanishing wilderness, pollution, overpopulation, and the long-term problem of how we can coexist with our environment without destroying it. Ready-reference features include biographical sketches, the text of key primary documents, a glossary, over 40 tables, charts and illustrations, and an annotated bibliography.

Clear explanations of the various aspects of the environmental crisis are accompanied by tables, charts, diagrams, and photographs to illustrate the scope and complexity of the problems. Biographical sketches of key environmentalists are useful for ready reference. The text of key primary documents include excerpts from important environmental legislation and treaties and declarations from environmental groups. No other work on this topic offers both analysis of a broad spectrum of environmental concerns and ready-reference materials suitable for high school and college student research.

Author Notes

MIGUEL A. SANTOS is Professor of Ecology and Environmental Science at Baruch College-New York, where he is the coordinator of environmental studies. Since 1975 he has taught a wide variety of courses, focusing especially on ecology, environmental science, and law. He is the author of Managing Planet Earth (Bergin & Garvey, 1990) and six other books, plus many publications in scientific and legal journals.

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One in the publisher's series "Guides to Historic Events of the Twentieth Century," this book provides a general survey of the history of modern environmental problems and some responses to them. After a general historical overview, Santos devotes chapters to three major aspects of the environmental crisis: vanishing wilderness, pollution, and overpopulation. The final chapter discusses the idea of a self-sustainable system." Each of the chapters could easily have been expanded in terms of depth and detail, but as surveys they suffice. In addition to the general historical and scientific information, the author includes a chronology of events; brief biographies of some major environmentalists; platforms of nongovernmental organizations; US environmental statutes; and major international agreements. All that information makes the book a useful resource, especially for beginning students. A plus is the inclusion of a (brief) discussion of environmental ethics, but its placement in the chapter on wilderness makes it look as if philosophy were not relevant to the other problems as well. Though the writing is uninspired, the book is good background reading for environmental studies courses. General readers; undergraduates; two-year technical program students. W. Ouderkirk SUNY Empire State College