Blackwell North Amer More and more, Canadians are being affected by worldwide environmental changes - the thinning of the ozone layer, deforestation, overfishing, overuse of water, degradation of the land, and extinctions of animal and plant species. Canada and the State of the Planet explains the main elements of those changes in a clear, non-partisan way. Drawing on the best sources at home and abroad, it boils down a vast amount of information - much of it written in scientific language - and makes it understandable to the non-scientist. It explains the social and economic forces that are changing the environment, the ecological consequences, and the implications for human health. Also covered are improvements in the environment that have taken place as a result of national or international efforts. The text is complemented by numerous graphs, maps, and photographs. The result is a compact package that summarizes the most important information about the world environment and puts it in a Canadian context. This is essential information for anyone who wants to live and work in a way that is economically and environmentally sustainable.
Oxford University Press This is the first book about the global environment and its effect on Canada. It reports on the state of the atmosphere, land and water, and the consequences for human health. Following a brief introduction, a series of short essays explores key issues, provides an overall picture of the state of global environmental change, and puts recent events into perspective. The second section uses charts and graphs to track these issues, including economic and social consequences. The final section gives useful background statistics and a list of important upcoming events. Although the book focuses on data describing problems in these areas, it also includes options for change. It should prove an essential reference for a broad range of readers, and will be updated on a regular basis.