Timescales and Environmental Change

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Graham Chapman, Thackwray Driver
Routledge, 2002 - Social Science - 288 pages
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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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Contents

1 TIME MANKIND AND THE EARTH
1
2 LONGTERM ENVIRONMENTAL STABILITY AND INSTABILITY IN THE TROPICS AND SUBTROPICS
25
3 THE CENTURY TIMESCALE
39
4 IDENTIFYING THE TIMESCALES OF ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE
87
5 FUTURE GLOBAL WARMING
107
6 GREENHOUSE POLICY DEVELOPMENT AND THE INFLUENCE OF THE CLIMATE CHANGE PREDICTION TIMETABLE
119
7 CONFLICTING TIMESCALES
139
8 ENVIRONMENTAL DESTRUCTION IN SOUTHERN AFRICA
147
9 REFRAMING FOREST HISTORY
167
10 ECONOMIC ACTION AND THE ENVIRONMENT
195
11 INDIA DEVELOPMENT AND ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE
217
12 CONCLUSION
255
INDEX
269
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Graham Chapman was a lifelong (so far) member of Monty Python.

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