Global environmental crises: an Australian perspective
Global Environmental Crises: An Australian Perspective confronts the Earth's environmental future from an Australian perspective. It introduces attempts at global co-operation on environmental matters, discusses Australia's role in achieving that co-operation, and describes Australia'sreactions to international agreements. Priorities in Australia and its region are in many ways different from those in other parts of the world, and those priorities are made evident in this book. While concentrating on particular environmental issues, case studies are used to introduce fundamentalthemes that run through all global environmental crises: the pivotal role of people as both cause and potential solution; the complex and interactive nature of biophysical and human systems; the need to consider both biophysical and human systems when seeking understanding or proposing action; andthe concepts of sustainable actions and a sustainable society. Global Environmental Crises: An Australian Perspective provides a refreshingly different view on the crises we face and the way in which they can be overcome.
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GLOBAL CRISES AN INTRODUCTION
LAND AND WATER
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Agenda 21 agriculture Antarctica areas atmosphere Australia beneﬁts biophysical biosphere catchment cent CFCs Chapter cities climate change climate models conﬂict conservation Convention countries crops cycle deﬁned deforestation depletion difﬁcult Earth Summit Earth’s surface ecological Ecologically Sustainable Development economic emissions emitted energy enhanced greenhouse effect environment environmental issues erosion example Figure ﬁgures ﬁnancial ﬁrst ﬁve ﬂooding ﬂows forests fossil fuels GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL CRISES Government greenhouse gases groundwater growth high-income nations human impacts important increase industrial inﬂuence inputs involved irrigation land degradation levels logging low-income nations major ment million natural oceans ozone ozone depletion Paciﬁc photochemical smog planning plants political pollution population production radiation rainfall rainforests reduce reﬂects regions river scientiﬁc Section signiﬁcant soil solar sources species speciﬁc strategies sustainable development temperature timber tion tropical UNCED urban urban heat island vegetation waste whales World World Bank