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By Jan J. Boersema, Lucas Reijnders

ISBN-10: 1402091575

ISBN-13: 9781402091575

International specialists supply a accomplished photograph of the rules, suggestions and strategies which are appropriate to difficulties originating from the interplay among the living/non-living atmosphere and mankind. either the research of such difficulties and how options to environmental difficulties may fit in particular societal contexts are addressed. Disciplinary methods are mentioned yet there's a concentrate on multi- and interdisciplinary equipment. plenty of useful examples and case reports are awarded. there's designated emphasis on modelling and built-in assessment.

This e-book is diversified since it stresses the societal, cultural and ancient dimensions of environmental difficulties. the most target is to enhance the facility to examine and conceptualise environmental difficulties in context and to make readers conscious of the worth and scope of alternative methods.

Ideal as a direction textual content for college kids, this ebook can be of curiosity to researchers and experts within the environmental sciences.

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Van Dam and S. 1 Introduction ................................................................ 2 Object of Study and Approaches .............................. 3 Periodisation ............................................................... 4 Sources and Methodology ......................................... 5 Conclusion .................................................................. 30 References ............................................................................ 1 Introduction Environmental history (in Europe also commonly named ecological history) emerged as a separate subdiscipline of environmental science in the 1980s.

Structural changes in society, such as globalised mass transportation of passengers (chartered flights) and goods (container ships) have created hitherto unknown opportunities for biological exchange. Thus, water recycled from the ballast tanks of ocean-going vessels has brought about a partial homogenisation of the world’s coastal, harbour and estuarial species, each tank displacing some 3,000–4,000 water organisms each time it is evacuated (McNeill 2000). In summary, then, establishing historical watersheds depends on the object of the study and the perspective taken, with different research questions requiring different periodisations.

1 Introduction Environmental history (in Europe also commonly named ecological history) emerged as a separate subdiscipline of environmental science in the 1980s. Although there had been several earlier historical studies on the state of the environment, many spurred by the first report to the Club of Rome and the first oil crisis of the 1970s (Van Zon 1993), it was in the 1980s that environmental history first began to develop as a dynamic field of research in its own right, pulling ever more themes into its orbit as the scope of the environmental debate broadened (Winniwarter et al.

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