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Overview

he Global Casino is a compelling introduction to environmental issues which links the physical environment to its political, social and economic contexts. Case studies from around the globe are used to illustrate key environmental issues, from global warming and deforestation to natural hazards and soil erosion. The book highlights the underlying causes behind environmental problems, including human actions and emphasises the potential for solutions. In line with contemporary international trends, emphasis is placed on the critical concept of sustainable development.

This new edition has been thoroughly revised and updated, with the introduction of new illustrative material and up-to-the-minute case studies on topics such as endangered deep-sea species, the global uptake of unleaded petrol, geothermal energy in Iceland, genocide in Rwanda and the Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004. Particularly useful features for students include points for discussion at the end of each chapter as well as a comprehensive glossary. The lists of key readings and websites, again linked specifically to the content of each chapter, have been fully updated and expanded.

The Global Casino is the essential course companion for students of the environment, geography, earth sciences and development studies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780340957165
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/15/2008
  • Series: A Hodder Arnold Publication Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Nick Middleton is a Fellow and Lecturer in Physical Geography at St Anne's College, Oxford

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Table of Contents

Preface iv

Acknowledgements v

1 The Physical Environment 1

2 The Human Environment 20

3 Sustainable Development 38

4 Tropical Deforestation 57

5 Desertification 79

6 Oceans 100

7 Coastal Problems 121

8 Rivers, Lakes and Wetlands 143

9 Big Dams 166

10 Urban Environments 187

11 Climatic Change 210

12 Acid Rain 236

13 Food Production 256

14 Soil Erosion 278

15 Biodiversity Loss 296

16 Transport 318

17 Waste Management 337

18 Energy Production 355

19 Mining 377

20 War 397

21 Natural Hazards 415

22 Conclusions 441

Bibliography 465

Glossary 494

Index 500

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