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Understanding Environment

Understanding Environment

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Ecological Studies

November 2004 | 331 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
Designed as a basic text for foundation and undergraduate courses in Environmental Studies, this book introduces students to key scientific concepts related to environment and sustainable development. It provides a comprehensive understanding of environmental concerns and issues with special reference to the Indian context.

The primary objective of the book is to create an awareness of the environment. It conceptualizes the environment as a multidimensional and complex living system and describes the interlinkages that make up this system. The presentation is supported by relevant examples and case studies to contextualize the information given. Questions and self-learning exercises are provided at the end of each chapter to assist students to understand and apply the content in their immediate environment.

Specifically, the book:

- Highlights the interconnectedness of phenomena in real life, and the interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary nature of environmental studies.

- Presents case studies to highlight examples of individual and collective action that have 'made a difference'.

- Provides self-learning exercises for each chapter to help develop skills of observation, data collection, analysis, synthesis and presentation.

Written in a non-technical manner and supported by attractive illustrations, this text will be welcomed not only by students but by anyone interested in understanding the environment. It is specially relevant as it is being published on the eve of the UN Decade for Education for Sustainable Development (2005–2014).


Understanding Environment

Kartikeya V Sarabhai

Shivani Jain

Seema Bhatt

Avanish Kumar and Sarita Thakore

Kiran B Chhokar

Hema Jagadeesan

Kalyani Kandula
The Urban Environment

Sunil Jacob and Vivek S Khadpekar

Meena Raghunathan
Climate Change and Ozone Depletion

Kiran B Chhokar, Mamata Pandya and Meena Raghunathan
Population, Consumption and Environment

Kalyani Kandula
Environment and Development: The Links

Kalyani Kandula
Citizen Action

Appendix 1: Environmental Law in India

Appendix 2: International Environmental Agreements




`This is a very interesting book. It is a very good introduction to key issues without some of the hype found in Western texts... Certainly it should be a standard text in teacher training situations for the breadth of its approach. Many senior school students would find the overviews easier to understand than in some texts and could use the exercises as awareness training. Overall, a fascinating text' - TENews

`This text has been written by ten top ranking Indian specialists involved in different fields of environmental studies…. With current data organized in an interesting manner, the book makes stimulating reading and should encourage students to explore on their own and find out more about the topics under discussion. In addition to original case studies the book also contains tables, illustrations and figures elucidating the important points raised in the discourse…. Each chapter ends with evaluation exercises, a set of questions and discussions which can ideally be carried out within the classroom. All this is systematically followed by appendices, glossary and index…. It is a rich source of concise and accurate information. A must for all reference libraries' -

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