Timescales and Environmental Change
Graham Chapman, Thackwray Driver
Routledge, 2002 - Social Science - 288 pages
Time is an unstated but ever present element in all debates about environmental change - and the subtext of many disagreements. Geomorphologists think in the context of millions of years, politicians in election terms, the media in decades, and the public ceases to worry about global warming with one bad summer. This volume brings together experts from a diverse range of disciplines, to offer a range of both temporal and geographical perspectives. It does not seek to provide clear answers about right time-scales, but rather to encourage the reader, from whatever perspective, to think about change and environmental issues in a new light through different time-scales.
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1 TIME MANKIND AND THE EARTH
2 LONGTERM ENVIRONMENTAL STABILITY AND INSTABILITY IN THE TROPICS AND SUBTROPICS
3 THE CENTURY TIMESCALE
4 IDENTIFYING THE TIMESCALES OF ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE
5 FUTURE GLOBAL WARMING
6 GREENHOUSE POLICY DEVELOPMENT AND THE INFLUENCE OF THE CLIMATE CHANGE PREDICTION TIMETABLE
7 CONFLICTING TIMESCALES
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