Creeping Environmental Problems and Sustainable Development in the Aral Sea Basin

Creeping Environmental Problems and Sustainable Development in the Aral Sea Basin

by Michael Glantz, Michael H. Glantz
     
 

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Environmental degradation in the Aral Sea basin in Central Asia has been a touchstone for increasing public awareness of environmental issues. The Aral crisis has been touted as a "quiet Chernobyl" and as one of the worst human-made environmental catastrophes of the twentieth century. This multidisciplinary book is the first to comprehensively describe the slow onset

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Environmental degradation in the Aral Sea basin in Central Asia has been a touchstone for increasing public awareness of environmental issues. The Aral crisis has been touted as a "quiet Chernobyl" and as one of the worst human-made environmental catastrophes of the twentieth century. This multidisciplinary book is the first to comprehensively describe the slow onset of low grade but incremental changes (i.e., creeping environmental change) that affected the region and its peoples. Through a set of case studies, it describes how the region's decision-makers allowed these changes to grow into an environmental and societal nightmare. It outlines many lessons to be learned for other areas undergoing detrimental creeping environmental change, and provides an important example of how to approach such disasters for students and researchers of environmental studies, global change, political science and history.

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"The book is highly recommended worldwide to everyone interested in the human dimensions of environmental change because it perfectly illustrates the human causes and impacts that sometimes creepingly turn into a human-induced ecological catastrophe." Environment

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521620864
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/13/1999
Pages:
291
Product dimensions:
6.85(w) x 9.72(h) x 0.67(d)

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