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Understanding Environmental Issues

Understanding Environmental Issues

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May 2008 | 288 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

"Understanding Environmental Issues provides an excellent foundation for developing critical thinking about contemporary environmental concerns and the ways in which these are debated, represented and managed. The book should achieve its aim of stimulating students to engage with how ideas of sustainability and environmental justice can be applied both in policy and in practical action."
- Gordon Walker, Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University

"The arena of environmental issues is a minefield for undergraduate students seeking clarity about key problems and solutions. This is where Understanding Environmental Issues will play a major role, providing a stimulating guide through the wealth of material and complex ideas. In particular the unification of social and physical science in the case studies provides a holistic approach to the subject that is essential for students and a refreshing innovation for environmental textbooks."
- Anna R. Davies, Trinity College, University of Dublin

There is now an unprecedented interest in, and concern about, environmental problems. Understanding Environmental Issues explains the science behind these problems, as well as the economic, political, social, and cultural factors which produce and reproduce them. This book:

  • Explains, clearly and concisely, the science and social science necessary to understand environmental issues.
  • Describes - in section one - the philosophies, values, politics, and technologies which contribute to the production of environmental issues.
  • Uses cases on climate change, waste, food, and natural hazards in section two to provide detailed illustration and exemplification of the ideas described in section one. The conclusion, a case study of Mexico City, draws together the key themes

Vivid, accessible and pedagogically informed, Understanding Environmental Issues will be a key resource for undergraduate and taught postgraduate students in Geography, Environment, and Ecology; as well as students of the social sciences with an interest in environmental issues.

Susan Buckingham and Mike Turner
Susan Buckingham
Approaching Environmental Issues
Susan Buckingham
The Rise of Environmental Politics and the Environmental Movement
Andrea Revell
Valuing the Environment
Environmental Economics and the Limits to Growth Debate

Adrian Combrinck, Mike Turner & Rob Wright
Geo-Information Technology and the Environment
Susan Buckingham and Phil Collins
Susan Buckingham and Iris Turner
John Woodward and Susan Buckingham
Global Climate Change
Iain Stewart and Kate Donovan
Natural Hazards
Mike Turner
Mexico City

This book is a great resource for instructors and teachers who are involved in any undergraduate environmental education course. I particularly find case study chapters very helpful. These chapters on food, waste, climate change and hazards focus on wide variety of aspects of the issues such as environmental patterns, environmental and health impacts, moral and ethical considerations.
Although Chapter 1 has some good pointers on the relationship between approaches to the society and environment nexus and talks about environmental justice and ecofeminism, it would also have been nice to read other contemporary approaches such as ecojustice.

Dr Bahadir Namdar
Primary Education/ Science Education Program, Recep Tayyip Erdogan University
March 27, 2015

A good introduction to the issues around. The first half of hte book is stronger than the second. The case studies do not always relate to each other.

Mr Paul Cowie
Newcastle Business School, Newcastle Univ.
July 7, 2014

The book is an excellent read and supplement text for tow modules one at a masters level and another at the undergraduate level. I will recommend that the masters students consider purchasing this book.

Ms Bernadette Snow
Development Studies, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
November 20, 2013

Detailed and informative.

Mr David Ness
Social Science, Moray College UHI
October 23, 2013

An engaging and well-written text useful as an introduction to environmental issues and providing valuable information concerning debates relating to environmental policy debates.

Dr Angus Nurse
Department of Criminology, Middlesex University
May 29, 2013

Gives examples for the practical uses of GIS

Mr Helge Simon
Institute of Geography, Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz
December 11, 2012

This book contains relevant information and advice for students carrying out independent research projects in areas of Physical Geography that overlap with Environmental Science, and as such is valuable reading for many of our students although it is not central to our core teaching.

Dr Peter Knight
School of Physical & Geographical Sci, Keele University
December 8, 2010

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