This book provides a balanced account of the global environmental issues which threaten our society and which we neglect at our peril. Analysing both social and environmental components of the issues - global warming, ozone depletion, acid rain and drought - the book offers a valuable integrative approach and a detailed analysis of environmental issues in a clear, non-technical manner.
Emphasising the climatological dimension common to all environmental issues, Global Environmental Issues recognises the multi-faceted nature of the issues, their common causes and the possibility of common solutions. Assessment of socio-economic, cultural amd political factors provides a balanced introduction to both the dangers and advantages of human interference with the environment. What have we done to deserve our current environmental crisis? Can we solve our current environmental problems, or is it too late?
This new edition of a best selling text is completely updated and expands to include greater detail and new material such as a new section on atmospheric modelling. A glossary has been added together with a bibliography for further reading at the end of each chapter, allowing readers to develop their interest in specific areas. The interdisciplinary text will prove invaluable to students in geography, environmental studies and other courses in whcih the environmental approach is emphasised.
`A new edition of a best-selling text (1st edn 1990) is by definition good news. … this well-produced introduction to the problems involved will inspire lively discussion in tutorials and seminars.' - Intl Jrnl of Climatology
From reviews of the first edition:`A fine and timely book, clearly and crisply written … it reviews the environmental issues … and then tells you what you need to know in an interesting, apposite and concise fashion, with the processes clearly illustrated and explained.' - Progress in Human Geography
` … a most useful book for the undergraduate or general reader.' - Area
`This book is a good introduction to current climatic problems and should have a place in the reading programme of all first-year geography students.' - Weather
`This book fills the gap between highly technical scientific reports and simple basic articles designed for popular consumption … a worthwhile introduction to anyone studying environmental science.'
- International Journal of Environmental Education
"this compact little book contains much more than its modest size would semm to suggest"
- Quarterly Review of Biology
"In clear and informative prose, Kemp makes a convincing case for understanding the complex of casual relationships between isolated geographical events (such as drought, famine and desertification in the Sahel, deforestation in Barzil, and acid rain) and global phenomena such as the greenhouse effect and the destruction of the ozone layer."
"This is an excellent book … the author covers a wide range of environmental problems … an excellent starter for students of geography or environmental studies. The non-technical but comprehensive nature of each chapter also means that each issue is covered in detail without becoming confusing."
- Scottish Wildlife
"this book provides a sound factual basis for the environemntal phenomena that face the world today."
- Consumer Currents