Global environmental crises: an Australian perspective

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Oxford University Press, Oct 5, 1995 - Nature - 317 pages
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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
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LAND AND WATER
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FORESTS
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Dr Graeme Aplin, Dr Peter Mitchell, Dr Andrew Pitman and Dr David Rich are all senior lecturers in Human Geography at the School of Earth Sciences at Macquarie University, Sydney. Dr Helen Cleugh was previously at Macquarie University and is now a Research Scientist at the Centre for Environmental Mechanics, CSIRO, Canberra.