“The new edition of this student text provides an up-to-dateand comprehensive view of the major environmental issues facing theworld today and serves as an introduction to the past, present, andfuture impact of humans on Earth. Specifically, it explores theimpact of humans on vegetation, animals, soils, water, landforms,and the atmosphere. Four completely new chapters explore how globalclimate change may impact Earth in the future.”Natural Hazards Observer <!--end-->
"The book is filled with new information and intriguing examplesthat Goudie has selected to illustrate in each of hiswell-organised chapters."
Praise for the fifth edition
“This is a splendid compendium of what we know andunderstand about environmental problems. The author is to becongratulated on a work that is suitable as a textbook or asupplementary reader for courses at all university levels.”Quarterly Review of Biology
“A well-illustrated textbook, it is a brilliantly conciseexamination of just how much we are changing the world around us. Aclassic. Geography at its best.” New Scientist
“For all those who are interested in how humans have andare changing the face of the Earth, The Human Impact hasbecome something of a classic text ... Indeed, as a classic, it hasan important part to play in colouring our perception of humans'relationship with the natural environment ... altogether readable,stimulating and instructive ... it is an essential textbook for allwho are interested in human impacts on the environment.”Scottish Geographical Journal
The new edition of this classic student text provides an up-to-date and comprehensive view of the major environmental issues facing the world today, and is an essential introduction to the past, present and future impact of humans on Earth. Following the successful structure of previous editions, the new edition of The Human Impact has been extensively enlarged and updated, with many new figures and up-to-date statistics. Four completely new chapters explore the ways in which global climate change may have an impact on Earth in the future. Other chapters explore the impact of humans upon vegetation, animals, soils, water, landforms, and the atmosphere. A new design makes the text even more accessible and easy to use. This important book is essential reading for undergraduates in geography or environmental science, and anyone requiring a thorough overview of the impact of humans upon natural processes and systems.