* the scales of time and space over which changes in our environments occur
* the effects on environments that arise from human use of the resources of energy, land, water and the atmosphere
* the role of technology and economics in shaping human actions on our environments
* the use and limitations of different models for thinking about environmental change
The book is part of a series entitled Environment: Change, Contest and Response that forms a large part of an Open University course on environmental matters. The other books in the series are: Making Sense of Environmental Issues
Introduction (Dick Morris).
Dynamic Earth: processes of change (Dick Morris and Charles Turner).
Dynamic Earth: human impacts (Alan Reddish).
Population change and environmental change (Michael Drake and Joanna Freeland).
Changing land (Dick Morris).
Water (Mark Brandon and Sandy Smith).
Dynamic atmosphere: changing climate and air quality (Roger Blackmore and Rod Barratt).
Uneven development, globalization and environmental change (Noel Castree).
Conclusion: General conclusions: thinking about environmental change (Dick Morris).
- Considers the physically and socially dynamic nature of the Earth, and how global environmental change is self-perpetuating
- Visually appealing and user-friendly with 'Activity', 'Comments' and 'Case Study' boxes and 4-colour images in each chapter.