While there is a large and rapidly expanding literature dealing with how people affect the environment, less attention has been given in recent years to how the environment shapes human development, for example in the increased dispersal of diseases and pests or the vulnerability to natural disaster sometimes entailed by technological innovation. The book addresses the key issues and provides a valuable introduction to the major debates.
It provides a readable overview of environmental change in an attractive overall package. -- The Holocene 20040510 ...needs to be on the book shelf of academics, senior government officials and industrialists -- International Journal of Environmental Studies 20040601 I do not hesitate to recommend it [the book] for inclusion in library collections and extended reading lists. -- Environmental Conservation 20040601 This book addresses key issues such as soil degradation, natural climatic variations and volcanic activity, and provides geography and earth sciences students with an essential introduction to the major debates surrounding this topic. - January -- CAB abstracts 20040601 Student friendly, clearly written and logically structured, contemporary in approach and content and informed by international literature. -- The Times Higher 20050204
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