Climates of Hunger

Mankind and the World's Changing Weather

Author: Reid A. Bryson

Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press

ISBN: 9780299073732

Category: Nature

Page: 188

View: 9150

In recent years, world climate changes have drawn more attention than at any other time in history. What we once called "crazy weather," just a few years ago, is now beginning to be seen as a part of a logical and, in part, predictable pattern, an awesome natural force that we must deal with if man is to avoid disaster of unprecedented proportions. Climates of Hunger is a book of paramount importance for our time. It will be essential reading not only for professionals in the field—including agricultural meteorologists, political scientists, geographers, sociologists, and business counselors—but for all who are concerned in any way with environmental trends, world and domestic food supplies, and their effects on human institutions.


How the Flow of Air Has Shaped Life, Myth, and the Land

Author: Jan DeBlieu

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1504008332

Category: Nature

Page: 294

View: 332

The wind has sculpted Earth from the beginning of time, but it has also shaped humans—our histories, religions and cultures, the way we build our dwellings, and how we think and feel. In this poetic, acclaimed work, Jan DeBlieu takes the tempests of her home, the North Carolina Outer Banks, as a starting point for considering how the world’s breezes and gales have made us who we are. She travels widely, seeking out the scientists, sailors and sages who, like her, are haunted by the movement of air.

The Archaeology of Drylands

Living at the Margin

Author: Graeme Barker,David Gilbertson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134582641

Category: Social Science

Page: 400

View: 8505

Many dryland regions contain archaeological remains which suggest that there must have been intensive phases of settlement in what now seem to be dry and degraded environments. This book discusses successes and failures of past land use and settlement in drylands, and contributes to wider debates about desertification and the sustainability of dryland settlement.

Enviroment and Society

Human Perspectives on Environmental Issues (2-downloads)

Author: Charles Harper

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317348559

Category: Social Science

Page: 336

View: 3088

Environment and Society relates to a diverse audience and encompasses viewpoints from a variety of natural and social science approaches. This integrative book about human-environment relations connects many issues about human societies, ecological systems, and environments with data and perspectives from different fields of study. Its viewpoint is primarily sociological and it is designed for courses in Environmental Sociology and Environmental Issues, or taught in departments of Sociology, Environmental Studies, Anthropology, Political Science, and Human Geography.

Soils and the Environment

A Guide to Soil Surveys and their Applications

Author: Gerald Olson

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9401169381

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 178

View: 5253

As we enter the last decades of the twentieth century, many persistent and perplexing problems continue to afflict humankind. Thus it is appropriate to address, in a new group of books, two of the monumental issues that haunt people throughout the world. Soils and the Environment by Professor Gerald W. Olson is the first book in this new publish ing program on Environment, Energy, and Society. The purpose of all these books will be to explore the many interrelated facets of these topics and to provide guidance for deal ing with problems and offering ideas for their solutions. Environment and energy are twin problems that occupy what many believe to be opposite sides of a two-headed coin. They are often viewed as being antithetical and incompatible. The various books in this program will try to place in perspective the options that are available to those who design policy and plan and manage societal matters. Typical of books being developed currently are ones on coal resources, environmental geoscience, environmental pollution, land-use planning, nuclear energy, mineral resources, and water resources. However, because soils are at the very heart of civilization and provide the building block for human sustenance, it is fitting to inaugurate this series with Dr. Olson's timely analysis of soils. Unfortu nately, these most vital resources seen. to have low priority in many farming enterprises, urbanization projects, deforestation schemes, and mining and developmental terrain changes.

History, Historians, and the Dynamics of Change

Author: William A. Green

Publisher: Praeger Publishers

ISBN: 9780275939014

Category: History

Page: 260

View: 2166

Examines the competing theoretical models that historians use to explain the process of change and continuity--including those of the great philosophers and contemporary environmental historians. Green emphasizes the importance of such systematic models for any true appreciation of the dynamic process of historical change.


Journal of the Geographical Association

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Geography

Page: N.A

View: 2285

Includes section "Reviews" and other bibliographical material.


the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law

Author: O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law,Georgetown University. School of Law

Publisher: N.A


Category: Law

Page: 403

View: 8756


World regional geography

Author: Jesse H. Wheeler,J. Trenton Kostbade

Publisher: Saunders College Publishing

ISBN: 9780030053719

Category: Science

Page: 744

View: 6384


A Change in the Weather

Climate and Culture in Australia

Author: Tim Sherratt,Tom Griffiths,Libby Robin

Publisher: N.A


Category: Nature

Page: 216

View: 3217

Climate plays a considerable role in the society and culture of Australia. This text is an interdisciplinary 'weather report' that draws together perspectives from the social sciences, the humanities, science and engineering to deepen our understanding of the relationship between climate and culture in Australia.

McGraw-Hill encyclopedia of ocean and atmospheric sciences

Author: McGraw-Hill Book Company

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies


Category: Science

Page: 580

View: 3691

More than two hundred articles, arranged alphabetically, cover theoretical and practical aspects of atmospheric phenomena, meterology, and oceanography

A cultural history of climate

Author: Wolfgang Behringer

Publisher: Polity Pr

ISBN: 9780745645292

Category: History

Page: 295

View: 7636

Global warming and the future of the climate is one of the greatest challenges of our time, but what do we know about climate variations 500 years ago, or 5000 years ago? How can we know anything at all about the history of weather? What impact have climate changes had on human prosperity and the spirit of invention? In this major new book Wolfgang Behringer introduces us to the latest historical research on the development of the earth's climate. He focuses above all on the cultural reactions to climate change through the ages, showing how even minor changes in the climate sometimes resulted in major social, political and religious upheavals. By examining how our predecessors responded to climate changes, Behringer provides us with a fresh basis for thinking about how we might address the serious climatic challenges we face today.

Energy and environment

the four energy crises

Author: George Tyler Miller

Publisher: N.A


Category: Business & Economics

Page: 162

View: 7782


American Scientist

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Greek letter societies

Page: N.A

View: 8942


Human Frontiers, Environments and Disease

Past Patterns, Uncertain Futures

Author: Tony McMichael

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139428942

Category: Medical

Page: N.A

View: 3609

This compelling account charts the relentless trajectory of humankind, and its changing survival and disease patterns, across place and time from when our ancient ancestors roamed the African Savannah to today's populous, industrialised, globalising world. This expansion of human frontiers - geographic, climatic, cultural and technological - has encountered frequent setbacks from disease, famine and dwindling resources. The social and environmental transformations wrought by agrarianism, industrialisation, fertility control, social modernisation, urbanisation and mass consumption have profoundly affected patterns of health and disease. Today, as life expectancies rise, the planet's ecosystems are being damaged by the combined weight of population size and intensive economic activity. Global warming, stratospheric ozone depletion and loss of biodiversity pose large-scale hazards to human health and survival. Recognising this, can we achieve a transition to sustainability? This and other profound questions underlie this chronicle of expansive human activity, social change, environmental impact and their health consequences.