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Landscape Ecology

, Volume 29, Issue 2, pp 359–360 | Cite as

Climate: The Prime Invisible Driver of Global Change

J. Cowie, Climate Change—Biological and Human Aspects. Second edition. Cambridge University Press, New York, NY, USA, 2013, 558 pp., illus. 24 cm. Paper, US$69.99, ISBN 978-1-107-60356-1
  • Mohan K. WaliEmail author
Book Review

Of the two most insidious environmental changes that have taken place over the last many decades at an unprecedented pace and are likely to continue in the foreseeable future, one is visible, the other invisible. The visible change is land use, the number one environmental problem of the world. A close second is the invisible one, the cumulative changes in the chemistry and temperature of the atmosphere. Much is now known from path-breaking and vigorous studies in many fields about the causes and consequences of climate change but, given the extent and magnitude of the problems, the human response has been woefully small. Scenarios of widespread impact on all biotic life in general and humans in particular are now well known in the scientific community. Connecting the proverbial dots substantively among the economic-scientific-social sectors will require both the open minds and the will of decision makers to bring in policy changes that are overdue.

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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Environment and Natural ResourcesThe Ohio State UniversityColumbusUSA

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