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This encyclopedia focuses on the interaction of human and natural forces and the effect on global change. Its interdisciplinary approach embraces the fields of atmospheric science, biology, economics, ethics, geography, and political science. Some 300 articles, written by international scientists and researchers and edited by Oxford geologist Goudie, range over earth and earth systems, human factors, natural resources, biographies, case studies, and agreements. The alphabetically arranged entries include "Acid Rain and Acid Deposition," "Belief Systems," "Climate Change," "Fish Farming," "North Sea," "Snow Cover," and "World Bank." A typical entry is one on deforestation of Amazonia. First, the trends in human migration, farming, and industrialization are explored. The text then explains the impact of deforestation on biodiversity and water cycles and the consequences for global warming. The entry concludes with a discussion of current and future efforts to contain the problem. Each article has a bibliography, web sites when applicable, and cross references, and the work as a whole contains 750 black-and-white charts, tables, graphs, and maps. A comprehensive index rounds out the text. This is a unique, useful, and well-researched set, but it is only for academic and research libraries that have the need for subject-specific material. Eva Lautemann, Georgia Perimeter Coll. Lib., Clarkston
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"This encyclopedia will be valued by anyone working in an environmental or earth science area, or just interested in current issues involving global change. It should be contained in the reference section of all public and school libraries."--American Reference Book Annual 2002
"A timely and important reference on a topic of pressing concern...Editor Andrew S. Gourdie and his contributors have done a real service by integrating a considerable amount of disparate information, giving it clarity and focus. As with most Oxford University Press titles, these two volumes represent an authoritative and thorough treatment by a group of dedicated scholars."--Against the Grain
"An excellent resource that covers an extremely broad range of topics concerning humanity's impact on Earth's climate...well-writen and highly informative."--Choice "The extremely long articles, with expert authors representing many different scientific fields, provide clear, detailed discussions on many environmental aspects of climate changes."--Reference Users and Services Quarterly
"Various definitions and interpretations of this interdisciplinary field of study are discussed in the preface and introduction, but the scope of this two-volume reference is described as global environmental change, primarily changes that affect the human rather than the geologic time scale, but which are either natural or anthropogenic. Goude (geography, Oxford U.) has brought together 300 substantial contributions from an international cast of experts, aiming to provide an in-depth reference for both the sophisticated layperson and the scientific community. Entries pertain to changes in climate, atmospheric physics and chemistry, land use and cover, marine environments and ice cover, biogeochemical cycles, ecosystems, natural resources, and socioeconomic balances. Each article is signed and includes cross-references and a bibliography."--SciTech Book News