The third edition of this environmental atlas states that its purpose is to show the effect the human species has on nature rather than how nature effects humanity. Using tables and graphs to illustrate this theme, the work describes the state of the world's forests, wetlands, deserts, croplands, rivers, and seas. Each chapter is introduced by a brief narrative that chronicles the loss of the natural resource. By emphasizing conservation, the editors offer means of reversing these conditions. Attractive, clearly rendered color maps, graphs, tables, and charts make the data easy for the lay reader to understand and interpret. The information was obtained from the United Nations, World Bank, World Resources Institute, and World Wildlife Fund. Broader in scope than the Atlas of United States Environmental Issues (LJ 5/15/91), this excellent reference is accessible to those with no scientific background. Recommended for all libraries.-Eva Lautemann, DeKalb Coll. Lib., Clarkston, Ga.