Regions at Risk: Comparisons of Threatened Environments

Overview
  • Edited Jeanne X. Kasperson, Roger E. Kasperson and B.L. Turner

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    PUBLICATION DATA:
    ISBN-10: 92-808-0848-6,
    ISBN-13: 978-92-808-0848-3
    LANGUAGE:
    English
    PAGES:
    582
    PUBLISHER:
    United Nations University Press
    PUBLISHED:
    August 1995

    Human-induced environmental change is to be found throughout the world, but there are areas that scientists consider to be “critical regions” ; regions that are particularly vulnerable to or suffering from environmental degradation. In this volume nine such “critical environmental regions” (Amazonia, the Aral Sea basin, the middle mountains of Nepal, Kenya’s Ukambani region, the US Southern High plains, the Mexico Basin, the North Sea, the Ordos plateau of China, and the eastern Sundaland region of South-East Asia) are examined as case-studies. Formal definitions are proposed of the concepts of environmental criticality and endangerment in the opening chapter, and the physical and social realities of the nine regions are detailed in the subsequent chapters.