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Frank H. T. Rhodes

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780801478239

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801478239.001.0001

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Air as Sustenance

Air as Sustenance

Chapter:
(p.228) Chapter 18 Air as Sustenance
Source:
Earth
Author(s):

Frank H. T. Rhodes

Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801478239.003.0018

This chapter turns to the issue of atmospheric changes and how it can continue to sustain the Earth's population. The air and atmosphere are indeed sustainable; however, the hazard we face is whether the atmospheric changes we are inducing may now have become so severe and so rapid that they will overwhelm the atmosphere's capacity to provide a habitable environment for us and for all its other creatures. And in contrast to other atmospheric hazards—tornadoes, thunderstorms, hurricanes, and so on—we cannot escape indoors for protection from pollution, for the same atmosphere awaits us within our buildings. Hence the chapter analyzes the sources of atmospheric degradation and how we might confront these changes.

Keywords:   atmospheric changes, climate changes, atmospheric degradation, air, air pollution, atmospheric hazards

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