The Environmental Crisis: Quantifying Geosphere Interactions

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Science  03 Jul 1981:
Vol. 213, Issue 4503, pp. 105-110
DOI: 10.1126/science.213.4503.105


Because of increasing population, human activity has become a dominant process modifying the continents and their environment. Understanding the new environmental stresses includes studies of interface processes on all scales. The present scientific effort is inadequate and is not providing the data necessary for rational decision-making in critical areas, such as global energy production, land use, and resource development.