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Earth Then and Now: Amazing images of Our Changing World Second Edition, Updated and Revised Edition
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We can shrug off environmental reports, theories, and narratives, but photographs do not hedge or obfuscate. In this compact and engrossing book, 250 photographs in before-and-after pairings document the environmental consequences of the last 150 years of human construction and destruction, ingenuity and folly. Of particular drama are images of disappearing sea ice and glaciers and the demise of Central Asia’s once enormous Aral Sea. Urbanization also makes for arresting images, including two photographs taken by the same photographer of the same spot in Katmandu, one in 1970, one in the present when the city is hugely built up and smothered in smog. Versatile environmental writer Pearce provides pinpoint commentary for this visual tour, which includes photographs of nature’s own havoc delivered by earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and hurricanes. The continual and unnecessary devastation we cause by industry, war, and waste is most aggrieving and alarming, yet one can’t help but marvel at the complex structures we build. Surely we, the species who dams rivers, moves mountains, erects skyscrapers, and heats the planet, can learn from our mistakes. --Donna Seaman
We can shrug off environmental reports, theories, and narratives, but photographs do not hedge or obfuscate...[A] compact and engrossing book. (Donna Seaman Booklist 20110206)
We can shrug off environmental reports, theories, and narratives, but photographs do not hedge or obfuscate. (Donna Seaman Booklist 20110301)
I can't think of anyone who wouldn't find it interesting. (Books and Chocolate blog 201104)
Makes you think... about the way things used to be [and] what they'll look like in another 100 years. (Neil Pond American Profile )
The right balance of authority, sensitivity, and interest to please all dog lovers. (Lori D. Kranz American Reference Books Annual 2010 )
This will be a welcome addition to the home library, only after being read cover to cover... A delightful book. (Gloria Hildebrandt Escarpment Views )
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Since a picture can be worth a thousand words, I'll just say, see for yourself how much certain glaciers and forests have changed.
This is a thought provoking book, and the introduction by James Lovelock is another superb example of his eloquence.
Major cities are included as are geographical points of interest such as glaciers, lakes, deserts, islands and oceans, showing the climate changes that have impacted them over the past decades. Some changes are man-made, others the result of nature; some are sobering and others give hope.
I enjoyed this book as did everyone in my family. I also liked that the author let the pictures speak for themselves and didn't impose a political view about environmental issues in the commentary. It's on my gift list for Christmas because I can't think of anyone who wouldn't find it interesting.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review but the opinion of it is my own and wasn't solicited. If I didn't like anything about it, I would say so.
Unfortunatley, a majority of the photos and explanations reveal the horrid and destructive ways of man altering the Earth and choking the environment. If anyone is in doubt that the Earth is being ravaged, this book will make clear to anyone of any age just how abusive we are of the planet. The section on glaciers is seriously scary. The images are just unbelievable, but sadly, they show the truth.
From aerial shots of New Orleans before and after Katrina to satellite images of the recent growth of Las Vegas, this book explores not just the United States, but the world as well. Mountains after avalanches, volcanos after explosions, land after flood and drought, page after page you are assaulted with powerful imagery.
Mostly focusing on the effects of climate change and deforestation, Earth Then and Now shows the "progress" that modern man has acheived on this noble planet.
I reccomend that everyone on planet Earth read this book. It is a shocking eye-opener, and just simply unbelievable. A perfect coffee table book or addition to any library, you will not be dissapointed in Earth Then and Now.
I just hope they printed it on recycled paper...