This introductory level text explores various theoretical approaches to human-environment geography, demonstrating how local dynamics and global processes influence how we interact with our environments. * Introduces students to fundamental concepts in environmental geography and science * Explores the core theoretical traditions within the field, along with major thematic issues such as population, food and agriculture, and water resources * Offers an engaging and unique view of the spatial relationships between humans and their environment across geographical locations around the world * Includes a variety of real-world policy questions and emphasizes geography s strong tradition of field work by featuring prominent nature-society geographers in guest field notes
William G. Moseley is Professor in the Department of Geography at Macalester College, St. Paul, Minnesota. He is the author of over 60 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, as well as four edited volumes. Eric Perramond is Associate Professor in both the Environmental Science and Southwest Studies programs at the Colorado College. He is the author of Political Ecologies of Cattle Ranching in Northern Mexico: Private Revolutions (2010) and a former Fulbright-Garcia Robles fellow to Mexico. Holly M. Hapke is Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at East Carolina University. She has published articles in various journals and is a contributing author to World Regional Geography: Global Patterns, Local Lives, 5th edition (2010). Paul Laris is Professor and Chair of the Department of Geography at California State University, Long Beach.
Notes on the Authors ix Preface and Acknowledgments xi Part I: Fundamentals of Human Environment Geography 1 1 Introduction: A Geographic Perspective on Human Environment Interactions 3 2 The Politics of Nature 31 3 The Biophysical Environment 47 Part II: Contemporary Perspectives in Human Environment Geography 87 4 Cultural and Political Ecology: Local Human Environment Interactions in a Global Context 89 5 Environmental History 111 6 Hazards Geography and Human Vulnerability 137 7 Environmental Justice: The Uneven Distribution of People, Pollution, and Environmental Opportunity 157 Part III: Thematic Issues in Human Environment Geography 189 8 Climate, Atmosphere, and Energy 191 9 The Population Consumption Technology Nexus 227 10 Agriculture and Food Systems 255 11 Biodiversity, Conservation, and Protected Areas 285 12 Water Resources and Fishing Livelihoods 309 Part IV: Bridging Theory and Practice 341 13 Geographic Research 343 14 Conclusion: Making a Difference 375 Index 389
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