Summary of Humanity's Footprint

Momentum, Impact, and Our Global Environment

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Humanity's Footprint book summary
What have we done to the planet? Global warming is real and its effects are devastating. The time for action is now.


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Most of the natural systems that humans rely on for survival are in jeopardy. The earth’s resources are irrefutably finite. Science predicts dire consequences if humankind fails to initiate strategies to stem population growth and rampant consumption. Author Walter K. Dodds presents a worldwide perspective on global warming, including fascinating statistics about human resource use and its implications for the future. He examines the most potentially threatening effects of human behavior. To shed some new light, he offers solution-oriented insights from game theory, which studies the conditions under which people who are naturally pursuing their own self-interests will cooperate for the greater good. getAbstract recommends this guide to global warming issues.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What threats global warming poses
  • How game theory can help set policies to regulate the use of commonly accessible global resources
  • What must happen to promote the sustainable use of resources


“Collision Course”
No part of the planet is immune to human activity. Agricultural residues show up in deep-sea fish, forest fires rage in the Amazon, trash clutters every shore. “Humanity’s footprint” encapsulates the size and weight of humankind’s demands on the planet. Environmental...
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About the Author

Walter K. Dodds is a biologist specializing in water ecosystems and a professor at Kansas State University. He heads the Kansas Ecological Forecasting Initiative. He wrote Freshwater Ecology: Concepts and Environmental Applications.

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