Ecological Meltdown : Impact of unchecked human growth on the earth’s natural systems (Second Edition)

  • Author(s): Asheem Srivastav and Suvira Srivastav
  • Size: 160 mm × 240 mm
  • Pages: 310
  • Binding: Hardback
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 9788179935729
  • Cover Price:

    Rs.550.00 / US $39.00

  • Special Price: Rs. 495.00 / US $35.00

Book Details

In the second edition of Ecological Meltdown: impact of unchecked human growth on the earth’s natural systems, the authors discuss the destruction of biodiversity and ecosystems due to human actions. Apart from warning about the impending ecological meltdown and analysing the causes behind it, the book deals with the solutions that need to be urgently adopted by the global civil society and national governments.

The book is an invaluable resource for policymakers and institutions in the forestry, wildlife, energy, rural development, and environment sectors. It will also prove beneficial for conservationists, scientists, researchers, and students of environmental science. A new chapter on “Time for energy transition” has been added in this edition.

Target Audience

    Policy-makers, Institutions, Conservationists, Scientists, Researchers, and students of Environmental Science

Table of Contents

    1. Beyond Limits

    • Need vs greed
    • The eco-meltdown
    • Gone forever
    • A distant dream
    • Danger ahead
    • References
    • Bibliography
    • Annexure
    • Understanding extinction


    2. The Fast Breeding Machines

    • Population matters
    • Dilemma of the earth’s carrying capacity
    • Population impact
    • A matter of concern
    • Misadventure millennium II
    • Correlation between population dynamics, income (loss or gain) and biodiversity
    • Shadows of coming events
    • Vulnerability of coastal areas
    • References
    • Bibliography


    3. One Earth, Many Worlds

    • Barriers broken
    • Forests in peril
    • Economic growth at the expense of natural ecosystems
    • Bleeding forests
    • References


    4. Time for Energy Transition

    • Limitless energy in nature – sun, wind, water, and biomass
    • Emergence of non-wood biomass fuel
    • Biogas
    • Limited in nature – coal, natural gas, and oil
    • Postponing energy apocalypse
    • Paradigm shift – an inevitability
    • Bottlenecks to sustainability
    • Back to basics
    • References


    5. The (Un) Protected Areas

    • Hard and soft PAs
    • Paper parks and green islands
    • Size matters
    • References


    6. Victims of Human Hunger

    • Historical legacy
    • Dilemma of managing wildlife trade
    • Enhanced vulnerability to human predation
    • From subsistence to organized crime
    • Urgent reforms needed
    • References


    7. Treating Deep Wounds – Is First Aid Enough?

    • Trends in financial resources for ecological conservation
    • Failed commitments of Rio summit
    • The flip side: trends in expenditure on destruction
    • Ecological impact of increasing warfare and civil conflicts
    • Reality bites
    • Impact of economic depression on the ecological crisis
    • References


    8. The Relevance of Multilateral Environmental Agreements

    • First and second generation conventions
    • Biodiversity-related conventions
    • The efficacy of conventions and environmental agreements
    • References


    9. Revisiting Sustainable Development

    • Averting biodiversity crisis – bridging the gap between science and policy
    • Time for bold steps
    • Small changes will make big difference
    • Annexure
    • Criteria and indicators for the conservation and sustainable management of temperate and boreal forests
    • References


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