We are now in the "Age of Environmental Enlightenment" and global warming is seen as a major threat to the well-being of the world's communities. Today many researchers speculate that with global warming of the atmosphere there will be an increase in drought-related crop failures in areas already subject to drought. They contend that dry areas will get drier and wet areas wetter. Yet observations show that people are moving into regions that are relatively less fruitful with respect to agriculture productivity than the lands from which they emigrated. This book challenges the view that future droughts will be caused by climate change as opposed to human activities and demographic change. The author predicts future problems in these fragile environments, whether or not global climate changes occur. This book will intrigue researchers in environmental biology, environmental sciences, popular science, and agriculture, as well as policy makers and students.
'Anyone concerned with the careful management of our planet, not least policy makers, could read this book with profit and should keep in mind that global warming may impose additional stress on these fragile areas in the future.' The Naturalist 'Each study raises questions about the way we look at, prepare for and respond to contemporary droughts, and how we might respond to droughts in the future.' Geographical Abstracts: Human Geography 'This is a very interesting book which looks at an old problem from a fresh perpective ... this is a useful addition to the collection and well worth reading.' TEG News