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Fragile Earth: Views of a Changing World Hardcover – October 3, 2006


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; 1St Edition edition (October 3, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061137316
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061137310
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 10.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,245,580 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Mark Lynas: Author of High Tide: News from a Warming World. Active as a broadcast commentator and journalist. Guy Dauncey: author of Stormy Weather: 101 Solutions to Climate Change, speaker and sustainable communities consultant . Michael Allaby: Prominent environmental science writer, who has edited and authored many subject books and dictionaries including A Change in the Weather and Facing the Future. Joel Garreau: Journalist and author. Presently he works as the editor in charge of cultural revolution reporting at the Washington Post. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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Anyway, this book is worth the purchase, if only as a visual reference.
Lupus
This book is an easy read and would be great for young aspiring scientists, college students, and anyone concerned about planet earth.
Jared J
The comments concluding the book are of interest, but reading them is a chore.
Stephen A. Haines

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Robert Shaver on November 22, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is a book for those interested in the environment, business, photography or science. I teach business courses to adults. This book demonstrates the awesome power of paired photos to convey important messages about dramatic changes over a very short period of time. This book is worth your investment of time and money. I am grateful to the publisher for this great work. bshaver@bus.wisc.edu
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By LastRanger on July 28, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Change is what life is all about! The world around us is physically changing all the time; climate, sea level, landscapes, the Earth it self and, yes, our cities too. This marvelous coffee-table book documents many of those changes with historic and modern photos as well as satellite images. There is no one author for Fragile Earth, instead we have a foreword by renowned explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes and a series of essays by seven different journalist some of whom you may or may not recognize. There are also many maps and charts to help clarify some of the issues. The book is broken up into 9 chapters under various headings; Restless Earth, Big Thaw and Water's Power are three examples. Each chapter is also broken to several sub-categories that cover a wide range of subjects. You will see stunning photos of volcanoes, shrinking glaciers, advancing deserts, acts of terrorism and urban sprawl as well a deforestation and poor farming practices resulting in degraded landscapes. Urban growth, is also documented, such as the incredible changes to Hong Kong harbor from 1920 to the present day. One series of photos of a New Zealand glacier from 1951 through 1964 show its slow retreat till it's almost out of sight. But then, in a present day shot, we see the glacier now advancing back to about its 1956 point. So while change can be bad on a global scale it can also be, locally, good in some parts of the world. Not all of these changes are destructive. Some, like volcanos, create new land and new havens for life such as Surtsay, Iceland. Advancing sand dunes can threaten large urban cities like Beijing, China; and the extraordinary steps taken by the government to protect the city, the local people and their homes.Read more ›
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By Jared J on June 24, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Fragile earth is a great starting point for those interested in the coming changes of our planet earth. This book is an easy read and would be great for young aspiring scientists, college students, and anyone concerned about planet earth. Unfortunately the massive changes described in this book are quite discouraging, but vital if we intend to understand our place on this earth, and how our relationship with mother earth needs to be a symbiotic one. The book is full of some fantastic images, and even more amazing satellite images. This should be required material in schools.
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Format: Hardcover
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. The images will both terrify and entertain a reader. The info snuck in between chapters will inform but not overwhelm.
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Format: Hardcover
I was very excited to get this book because I got it at a bargain price at a local book store. Why it was sold so cheaply, I can't imagine, since it wasn't labeled as a used book and it was in excellent condition. Perhaps it wasn't selling because my community is very conservative and many don't believe in such things as anthropogenic global warming. But this book is not limited to proving GW, but shows the disastrous effects of hurricanes and tsunamis and the overflow of rivers around the world.

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.
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