The Environmental Dilemma: Progress or Collapse?



As we have seen, the distant past was difficult for the ancestors of man. But where have the development of civilization, the agricultural revolution, the art of metallurgy, and the scientific revolution left us? We seem to be suspended from an environmental cliff. We cannot hang on, but we are doomed if we let go!


Heat Engine Global Civilization Agricultural Revolution Cold Reservoir Human Prehistory 


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Further Reading

  1. For a very readable account of human prehistory and history between 35,000 BC and 500 AD, see Jacquetta Hawkes, The Atlas of Early Man (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1976). Of the many books that discuss historical and modern pollution episodes, a good one is Laurent Hodges, Environmental Pollution, 2nd edition (New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1977).Google Scholar
  2. Many sources discuss application of thermodynamics to energy and environment. A fairly up-to-date and beautifully illustrated text considering this topic is G.T. Miller, Jr., Environmental Science, 4th edition (Belmont CA: Wadsworth, 1993).Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.MadisonUSA
  2. 2.BrooklynUSA

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