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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.

The Origins and Spread of Early Agriculture and Domestication: Environmental and Cultural Considerations
The origins and spread of early agriculture and domestication: Environmental and cultural considerations
Deborah M.PearsallPeter W.Stahl
1 Introduction

More than six billion humans enter the new millennium overwhelmingly reliant on a narrow range of domesticated foods for their survival. Although thousands of plants and animals are known to have been domesticated since the onset of Holocene conditions over ten thousand years ago, contemporary agriculture focuses on a highly restricted inventory of plant and animal species whose production occupies the labor of almost one-third of the world's workforce and covers much of its land surface.

Modern agriculture is responsible for massive alterations of the global landscape and shares complicity in climatic modification. Agricultural activities such as burning, ...

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