- Uitgever:Weidenfeld & Nicolson
- Aantal Pagina's:176
the planetary gamble we can't afford to lose
The possibility of global climatic change as a result of increasing numbers of people requiring higher standards of living has spawned an international controversy over the appropriateness of international controls on deforestation and energy use. In order to address the political debate, it is essential to understand the scientific background that underlies the problem. This book draws relevant material from the physical, biological and social sciences and integrates this information in the context of the environment-development debate. It takes the reader on a journey from the dawn of earth's climate and biological evolution through the era of the dinosaurs, past the Ice Age and into the shadowy environmental future increasingly dominated by human activities. In the final analysis, it will be human values more than scientific methods that must be applied to decide how to gamble with the fate of the earth.