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Drought Follows the Plow : Cultivating Marginal Areas - Michael H. Glantz

Drought Follows the Plow

Cultivating Marginal Areas

By: Michael H. Glantz (Editor)

Paperback Published: 31st October 1994
ISBN: 9780521477215
Number Of Pages: 216

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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.

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'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

List of contributors
Drought, Desertification and Food Production
Food production: role of marginal lands
Cultivating the dry margins
Case Studies and Conclusions
The West African Sahel
The Brazilian Nordeste (Northeast)
The dry regions of Kenya
Northwest Africa
The Virgin Lands scheme in the former Soviet Union
South Africa
Is the stork outrunning the plow?
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ISBN: 9780521477215
ISBN-10: 0521477212
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 216
Published: 31st October 1994
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.76 x 15.11  x 1.17
Weight (kg): 0.37