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About this book
About this book
Examines the relationship between society and climate change, and the latest predictions that dry areas will get drier and wet regions wetter. Case studies are taken from Africa, Australia, South America and the former Soviet Union.
Preface; List of contributors; Introduction Michael H. Glantz; Part I. Drought, Desertification and Food Production: 1. Drought Michael H. Glantz; 2. Desertification Michael H. Glantz; 3. Food production: role of marginal lands Michael H. Glantz; 4. Cultivating the dry margins Michael H. Glantz; Part II. Case Studies and Conclusions: 5. The West African Sahel Michael H. Glantz; 6. Somalia Jorg Janzen; 7. The Brazilian Nordeste (Northeast) Antonio Magalhaes and Pennie Magee; 8. The dry regions of Kenya David Campbell; 9. Australia R. Les Heathcote; 10. Ethiopia James McCann; 11. Northwest Africa Will Swearingen; 12. The Virgin Lands scheme in the former Soviet Union Igor Zonn, Michael H. Glantz and Alvin Rubinstein; 13. South Africa Coleen Vogel; 14. Is the stork outrunning the plow? Michael H. Glantz; Notes; Index.
197 pages, B/w photos, illus, figs, maps
'Anyone concerned with the careful management of our planet, not least policy makers, could read this book with profit and should keep in mind that global warming may impose additional stress on these fragile areas in the future.' The Naturalist 'Each study raises questions about the way we look at, prepare for and respond to contemporary droughts, and how we might respond to droughts in the future.' Geographical Abstracts: Human Geography 'This is a very interesting book which looks at an old problem from a fresh perpective ... this is a useful addition to the collection and well worth reading.' TEG News