Earth Then and Now: Amazing Images of Our Changing World

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Firefly Books, 2007 - Nature - 288 pages
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300 stunning before-and-after photographs that show the staggering transformation of our world.

Earth Then and Now records the dramatic way our planet has changed over the past century. On one page is a specific part of the world as it was 5, 20, 50 or even 100 years ago. On the facing page is the same place as it looks today. Each stark visual comparison tells a compelling story -- a melting glacier, an expanding desert, an encroaching cityscape, a natural disaster.

Earth Then and Now reminds us that nothing is without a cost. Highly topical and thought provoking chapters in this book include:

  • Environmental change: Bearing witness to the effects of global warming
  • Industrialization: Revealing the hidden costs of "progress"
  • Urbanization: Showing the effects of our spreading cities
  • Natural disasters: Reminding us of the power of nature
  • War: Using comparisons to show the impact of armed conflict
  • Travel and tourism: Illustrating the predatory nature of development.

Concise captions explain the facts and then allow the reader to draw personal conclusions. Anyone concerned about the environment will enjoy and appreciate Earth Then and Now.

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User Review  - satyridae - LibraryThing

Amazing is right. Jaw-dropping contrasts- some photos are over a hundred years apart, others just a few years. Very powerful. The text is minimal, and it works out well that way. The images are worth, well, you know. Read full review

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User Review  - auntmarge64 - LibraryThing

An oversized book stuffed with before and after images of places around the world which have been altered dramatically over the last few decades due to environmental change, war, urbanization, natural ... Read full review


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Fred Pearce has reported on scientific, environmental and developmental issues from 64 countries. He is environment consultant of New Scientist magazine and a regular contributor to the Boston Globe and the London Independent. He is the author of The Last Generation.

Zac Goldsmith is the editor and director of The Ecologist, a leading environmental issues magazine.

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