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Fragile Earth: Views of a Changing World Hardcover – October 3, 2006
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This is a great book for those who want to see comparative photos showing just how humanity is changing the earth in a variety of ways, mostly negative in character. The opinion pieces at the end gave us a rounded view of a possible future, but I have to admit I got a bit hysterical when I read the economists' prediction of the future, at least as told by Bjorn Lomsburg, who should have known better. His piece belittled the reports of climatologists about potential disasters ahead of us and simply attributed the numerous casualties of hurricanes and volcanoes and flooding to poverty. Thus, his prediction for the future, presumably based on the Copenhagen Consensus Project, is of a better world, with only such things as AIDS to worry about, though I'm not belittling the tragedies that viral infection has caused. I laughed because who in their right mind is going to have their concerns for the planet eased by the narrow predictions of social scientists, when the experts in climatology and physics seem to feel growing anxiety about the future? Next thing we might have a bevy of Psychology experts with doctorates telling us GW is a crock.
But this didn't detract from the quality of the book.Read more ›
The book is comprised of eight chapters of categorised imagery and one of comment on future conditions. Opening with such natural phenomena as earthquakes, tsunamis and cyclones and tornadoes, the images of human activity follow. Although the natural forces are the stuff of The Weather Channel, there are some human-created conditions that will be novel to many. Dutch land reclamation from the sea was depicted in our childhood reading, but the images of a set of man-made islands off the coast of Dubai may be something of a jolt. Looking like some flower or a bizarre insect, they are known as the "Palm Islands" for their resemblance to that plant.
Water, in one of its many forms, takes up a significant portion of the book. Glaciers may seem remote and of little value except for tourism, but some cities, such as Lima, Peru, rely on glaciers as a water source. The loss of glaciers means far more than the loss of a city's supply. As the Polar, Greenland and Canadian snow and ice melt away in rising temperatures, lowland civilisations are threatened with inundation.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fragile earth is a great starting point for those interested in the coming changes of our planet earth. Read morePublished on June 24, 2013 by Jared J
What is there that can be said of such awesome images? Fragile Earth covers the changes of the world ranging from climate change to natural disasters and natural cycles. Read morePublished on May 29, 2013 by T. Edmund
I decided to buy this book in Amazon because it was cheaper than trying to purchase it here in Spain. Read morePublished on January 19, 2008 by Mariano Moreno Rodriguez
It was a surprise to see the photos inside, is very good planned the chapters, and really is look of our earth, from Asia to America. Read morePublished on September 19, 2007 by Ines M. Manzano