The state of the world&s mountains
Peter Bennet Stone, Mountain Agenda
Zed Books, Limited, 1992 - Nature - 391 pages
Among the issues highlighted are the problems and potential of mountain economies; the importance of mountains as a vertical archipelago of refuge for biodiversity; the likely impact of global warming; the commercial forces threatening upland forests and water resources; the impact of mass tourism; and the pressures on mountain farmers from plainsmen and city dwellers colonising marginal uplands.
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