- Publication date:
- Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2006.
- 2 v. (xlviii, 715 p.) : ill., maps ; 27 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -679) and index.
- Publisher's Summary:
Provides an understanding of how land has changed over the last 300 years. Scientists predict that the environment over the next 100 years will be threatened by severe challenges - the loss of biodiversity, expected changes in climate, and decreasing amounts of arable land and drinkable water for an exploding human population. All of these will greatly affect how the earth will be able to support life in the future. And at the centre of these global environmental changes are developments in land use. Over the last 300 years, and in particular the last 50 years, the earth's land has been altered drastically as a result of increasing industrialisation and urbanisation worldwide, as well as by changes in agricultural techniques in lands under cultivation. These developments raise troubling questions about our future: How will these changes affect the sustainability of certain types of land use? How will they impinge upon critical regions, like rainforests and deserts? Will the earth be able to provide for the basic human needs of food, shelter, and water? "Our Earth's Changing Land" is an A-to-Z encyclopedia that addresses all aspects of the science of land-use change. Written by leading scientists who have spent years studying the phenomenon, the encyclopedia aims to provide a strong foundation for understanding current controversies, and is written at a level that is understandable to scientists and interested lay readers alike. This encyclopedia focuses on one of the leading environmental concerns of the present day. It includes entries from leading scholars from around the world. It is supported by two leading organisations for the study of environmental change: the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme and the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)
- Geist, Helmut, 1958-