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Creeping Environmental Problems and Sustainable Development in the Aral Sea Basin - Michael H. Glantz

Creeping Environmental Problems and Sustainable Development in the Aral Sea Basin

By: Michael H. Glantz (Editor)

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Published: 13th May 1999
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Environmental degradation in the Aral Sea basin in Central Asia has been a touchstone for increasing public awareness of environmental issues. The Aral crisis has been touted as a "quiet Chernobyl" and as one of the worst human-made environmental catastrophes of the twentieth century. This multidisciplinary book is the first to comprehensively describe the slow onset of low grade but incremental changes (i.e., creeping environmental change) that affected the region and its peoples. Through a set of case studies, it describes how the region's decision-makers allowed these changes to grow into an environmental and societal nightmare. It outlines many lessons to be learned for other areas undergoing detrimental creeping environmental change, and provides an important example of how to approach such disasters for students and researchers of environmental studies, global change, political science and history.

"The book is highly recommended worldwide to everyone interested in the human dimensions of environmental change because it perfectly illustrates the human causes and impacts that sometimes creepingly turn into a human-induced ecological catastrophe." Environment

Introduction
Sustainable development and creeping environmental problems in the Aral Sea region
Changes of landscape composition of the Aral Sea Basin in connection with ecological disaster
Alteration of water level and salinity of the Aral Sea
Desertification in the Aral Sea region
Climate fluctuation and change in the Aral Sea Basin within the last 50 years
Priaralye ecosystems and creeping environmental changes in the Aral Sea
Public health in the Aral Sea coastal region and the dynamics of changes in the ecological situation
The impact of political ideology on creeping environmental changes in the Aral Sea Basin
Change of the rivers' flow in the Aral Sea Basin (in connection with the problem of quantitative assessment and consideration of environmental after-effects)
Fish population as an ecosystem component and economic object in the Aral Sea
Creeping environmental changes in the Karakum Canal's zone of impact
Environmental changes in the Uzbek part of the Aral Sea Basin
Creeping changes in biological communities in the Aral
Index
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ISBN: 9780521620864
ISBN-10: 0521620864
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 13th May 1999
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.7 x 17.4  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.68