Textbook of Environmental Studies (2e) is designed to meet the requirements of a compulsory undergraduate course on environmental studies, as mandated by the UGC. Mirroring the UGC’s objective, this book endeavours to generate awareness about environmental concerns among students. The content has been developed so that students from all disciplines―from physics to philosophy―can comprehend it without difficulty.
The book introduces the reader to the perils facing the environment and the importance of environmental resources for human sustenance. Beginning with an introduction to Environmental Studies, the book goes on to discuss environmental problems such as depleting natural resources and imbalanced ecosystems, environmental pollution and toxic waste disposal, disease control and disaster management, socio-environmental issues, and sustainable development. Besides explaining issues of environmental degradation and their impact on humans, the book covers the two major socio-ecological concerns―HIV/AIDS and sustainable development.
Written in as easy-to-understand language, the book aims to lucidly convey the seriousness of environmental issues to students. Pedagogical elements such as learning objectives, end-of-chapter summary, and a large number of review questions and field work problems complete the utility of this book as a first-level text on environmental studies.
- Facilitates an insight into the seriousness of environmental concerns
- Incorporates a multitude of illustrations and photographs for easy and clear understanding
- Includes a large number of questions, including those from question banks of various universities
- Contains a balanced mix of cases at two levels―case studies, which are detailed and convey the impact of environmental abuse and degradation, and factoids, which are short, interesting, and useful facts about the primary environmental concerns
- Introduction to Environmental Studies
- Natural Resources and Their Conservation
- Pollution Control and Disaster Management
- Social Issues and the Environment
- Human Population and the Environment
- Field Work
Appendix: International Treaties and Conventions
Dr Deeksha Dave is currently an Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies, School of Agriculture, Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi. She did her Ph.D. in ethno-botany and ecology from University College of Science, M.L. Sukhadia University, Udaipur. She has contributed several papers to conferences and journals of national and international repute. Her areas of research include pollution control, biodiversity, alternate sources of energy, and management of global environmental issues.
Professor S.S. Katewa is currently Head of the Department of Botany, University College of Science, M.L. Sukhadia University, Udaipur. A Fellow of the Society of Ethno-botanists, he has been teaching ecology to undergraduate and postgraduate students for over 25 years. He has been associated with several projects funded by the UGC, the Ministry of Environmental and Forests, and several other government agencies. He has to his credit over 70 research papers in national and international journals.