This work analyzes the changes (both positive and negative) that have occurred in the environment in the past two decades. It focuses not only on the state of the environment but also on the interactions between development activities and the environment. It highlights the main responses since 1972 to protect the environment, and is based on a review of the scientific literature, UNEP reports, and other sources. First the report describes the state of the world environment and summarizes environmental problems. It then highlights the environmental impacts of development activities and describes the impacts of both the state of the environment and development activities on human conditions and well-being. Then follows a review of the perceptions, attitudes and responses of people towads environmental problems. The book concludes with a section outlining future challenges and priorities for action to protect the environment and conserve natural resources.
`...the book treats a wide range of extremely complex issues, including Third World development etc. ... has attempted not only to save our planet, but also to ensure equal standards of living for all, within an equitable global market.'
Journal of Ecotechnology
`Indivdual subsections are packed with facts and figures ... Interspersed with useful illustrations...pulls no punches, it presents, in a no-nonsense way, what our species has done to the Earth and what we are continuing to do ... the lack of patronising or sexist terminology is refreshing ... For any individual working in an Environmental field who wishes to have an authoritative source of facts and figures to support a presentation, or parry another's argument, this is a valuable work. I also congratulate the author and editors on collecting and collating such a vast treasury of scientific data.'
Environmental Protection Bulletin
`Whatever interest readers may have in the environment, whether it be in atmospheric pollution, environmental disasters, population growth, or environmental legislation, they are likely to find something of interest ... a quick reference book on the state of our planet.'
Biodiversity and Conservation
Part 1 The state of the environment: atmospheric pollution; ozone depletion; climate change; marine pollution; freshwater resources and water quality; land degradation and desertification; deforestation and degradation of forests; loss of biological diversity; environmental hazards; toxic chemicals and hazardous wastes. Part 2 Development activities and environment: agriculture and food production; industry; energy production and use; transport; tourism. Part 3 Human conditions and well-being: population growth and human development; human settlements; human health; peace, security and the environment. Part 4 Perceptions, attitudes and responses: perceptions and attitudes; responses. Part 5 Challenges and priorities for action.