The Biosphere And Civilization: In The Throes Of A Global Crisis by Victor I. Danilov-Danil'yanThe Biosphere And Civilization: In The Throes Of A Global Crisis by Victor I. Danilov-Danil'yan

The Biosphere And Civilization: In The Throes Of A Global Crisis

byVictor I. Danilov-Danil'yan, Igor E. Reyf

Paperback | March 23, 2018

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This monograph explores the dire ecological, social, and economic situations facing mankind through comprehensive analyses of global ecological issues, poverty, environmental stability and regulation, and sustainable development. Drs. Victor Danilov-Danil'yan and Igor Reyf discuss the development of ecology as a science, the increasing concern among scientists and public servants for the unsustainability of current economic and demographic trends, and the dire consequences our planet and civilization are already suffering as a result of the ongoing environmental and social crisis. They also address the philosophical implications of the crisis, and suggest possible solutions.

The book conveys complex objects of study, namely the biosphere and the harmful anthropogenic processes it has been experiencing for decades, so that the work is accessible without omitting key components of the subject matter. Readers will learn about the social and economic contributors to a threatened biosphere, the mechanisms that maintain the stability of the global environment, and the scales at which sustainable development and preservation can be applied to initiate environmental regulation. Though intended to appeal to the general public and non-specialists, environmental researchers, organizations involved in sustainable development and conservation, and students engaged in ecology, environment, and sustainability studies will also find this book of interest.

Igor Reyf is a freelance journalist and writer who graduated from the First Medical Sechenov Institute in Moscow (now the Moscow Medical University) in 1963. he has published numerous articles and essays in Russian periodicals, most recently focusing on the field of science journalism. His work in environmental issues has resulted in a...
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Title:The Biosphere And Civilization: In The Throes Of A Global CrisisFormat:PaperbackDimensions:265 pages, 23.5 × 15.5 × 0.17 inPublished:March 23, 2018Publisher:Springer NatureLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:3319671928

ISBN - 13:9783319671925

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Civilization in Crisis: The Edge of the Abyss.- Chapter 1 The Global Ecological Situation.- Chapter 2 A Critically Overpopulated Planet.- Chapter 3 The Ecological Footprint of Modern Man.- Part II Civilization in Crisis: The Edge of the Abyss (Continued).- Chapter 4 The Social Dimensions of the Crisis.- Chapter 5 Centralized Economics, the Market and Their "Contributions".- Part III World Society: Politicians and Scientists in Search of an Answer.- Chapter 7 First Steps by the UN and Club of Rome The Computer Model That Rocked the World.- Chapter 8 Programs of Change: Stockholm-Rio de Janeiro-Johannesburg-Rio+20.- Chapter 9 The Path to a Systemic Concept of the Biosphere.- Part IV Permanence of the Planetary Environment and the Concept of Biotic Regulation.- Chapter 10 Abiotic Factors in Forming the Earth's Climate.- Chapter 11 Role of the Biota in Forming the Environment.- Chapter 12 Biotic Mechanisms for Supporting Environmental Stability.- Part V Weighing a Scientific Approach.- Chapter 13 Foundations for Sustainability in Nature and Society.- Chapter 14 Sustainable Development Within the Norms of the Biosphere's Carrying Capacity.- Chapter 15 Prerequisites for Sustainable Development and Maintaining Ecosystems by Country and Continent. Russia's "Special Project".- Chapter 16 What About Coevolution?.- IN PLACE OF A CONCLUSION: THE DIE IS NOT YET CAST.- Bibliography.

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"Thanks to its well-thought-out organization, the book guides the reader step-by-step through the nest of problems associated with the global environmental crisis, stirring up genuine interest and stimulating the thought process. Some chapters read like stand-alone works. I would particularly like to point out such of these as "A Critically Overpopulated Planet," "The Path to a Systemic Understanding of the Biosphere," "The Ecological Footprint of Modern Man" and "The Computer Model That Rocked the World" (on the Report to the Club of Rome Limits to Growth). The last three were serialized as separate articles in Science and Life (2010-2015). With regard to the "Ecological Footprint," I don't know of any other place in popular science writing where that difficult-to-comprehend topic was put forward more simply, logically and convincingly."(Vyacheslav Vladimirovich Rozhnov, Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Director A. N. Severtsov, Institute of Ecology and Evolution of the Russian Academy of Sciences)