531 pages, Maps, figs, b/w photos
Clear, well-organised and well-written account of the changes in the earth's natural environment in the past, present and future. This book is divided into six parts which consider: an introduction to the subject; patterns of global climatic change in the distant and recent past and models of the climatic future; effects of climatic change on arctic and marine environments; the hydrological system; tropical environments, humid, arid and savanna; and to conclude, four detailed case studies of change in contrasting environments - desert, estuarine, river and mountain.
Here we have a genuine attempt by the editor and most of the authors to think in terms of truly world-wide processes, such as those to be found in the ocean-atmosphere system, or at least to describe specific local outcomes of global mechanisms. The concepts and technical information are often complex but the language is accessible and the issues tackled are both interesting and very relevant for geography and environmental science courses. Each chapter is well illustrated and has guidance for further reading. International Journal of Environmental Studies "Aimed largely at an undergraduate audience it would do very well as a source for teachers and senior pupils. This is a good book and I can recommend it as the best available offering of this ilk." Geography "Considering the enormity of topics implied by the title, The Changing Global Environment does a good job, providing a useful overview of many important issues." Journal of Paleolimnology
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