The New Atlas of Planet Management

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Norman Myers, Jennifer Kent
University of California Press, 2005 - Nature - 304 pages
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The New Atlas of Planet Management was regarded as the most groundbreaking survey of the state of our planet when it was first published in 1984. After over twenty years in print, it has become the bible of the environmental movement and the definitive guide to a planet in critical transition. Regularly featured among the top ten books on the environment, the Atlas has been read by millions of people and translated into more than a dozen languages. This enlarged edition brings the classic reference up-to-date. Thoroughly revised with the latest figures and analysis, fresh full-color and easy-to-read graphics, an expanded format, and a wealth of current environmental and political topics that have arisen during the previous two decades, The New Atlas of Planet Management will equip a further generation of readers with information to face the challenges of the new millennium.

THIS REVISED EDITION CONTAINS:

*Updated chapters on land, oceans, elements, evolution, humankind, civilization, and management

*New sections on consumption, globalization, environmental security, refugees, international terrorism, the rise of information technology, china, and more

*Powerful new illustrations that convey a wealth of information


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Contents

Foreword by E 0 Wilson
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The fragile miracle 10 Accelerating
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The long shadow 16 The changes
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The fertile soil 24 The green potential
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The world croplands 32 The worlds grazing
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The disappearing soil 38 Shrinking
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The encroaching desert 44 Hunger
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Ocean
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The vital margins 80 The global shoal 82 Ocean
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Destruction of habitat 92 Whose ocean?
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Harvesting the sea 96 Cleanup for
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Global fever
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Norman Myers is a Fellow at the Said Business School, Oxford University, and an Adjunct Professor at Duke University. He is a foreign associate of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and an Ambassador for WWF/UK. He has received the Volvo Environment Prize, the UNEP/Sasakawa Environment Prize, the Blue Planet Prize, and a Queen's Honour for "services to the global environment." His eighteen books span a wide range of disciplines. Jennifer Kent is an environmental researcher and analyst specializing in interdisciplinary studies. Norman Myers and Jennifer Kent have coauthored Environmental Exodus: An Emergent Crisis in the Global Arena (1995), Perverse Subsidies: How Tax $s Can Undercut the Environment and Economy (2001), and New Consumers: The Influence of Affluence on the Environment (2004).

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