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The SAGE Handbook of Environmental Change is an extensive survey of the interdisciplinary science of environmental change that examines the historic importance and future development of the field over two volumes. With over 40 chapters, the books situate key arguments and debates by examining a retrospective audit of the discipline, its changing nature and diversity of approaches, key theoretical paradigms, its resonances between sub-fields and other disciplines, and its relationships to theory, research and practice. Global in its coverage, scientific and theoretical in its approach, the books bring together an international set of respected editors and contributors to provide an exciting, timely addition to the literature on climate change.

Human Impacts on Coastal and Marine Geo-Ecosystems
Human impacts on coastal and marine geo-ecosystems
BenDaley
1 Introduction

Human impacts on many – if not all – parts of the Earth system have grown, accelerated and intensified over the last three centuries, and particularly since around 1950 (Crutzen and Stoermer, 2001; Turner et al., 1990). Coastal and marine environments and ecosystems have not escaped those influences; indeed, many profound impacts have been sustained by coastal and marine geo-ecosystems, and transformations of those systems continue to occur at increasing rates and intensities (Halpern et al., 2008; Table 28.1). Yet, in contrast to their terrestrial counterparts, coastal and marine themes have been comparatively neglected in many accounts of environmental change. Analysis of the coverage of environmental history studies, for instance, reveals ...

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