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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.

Vulnerabilities and the Resilience of Contemporary Societies to Environmental Change
Vulnerabilities and the resilience of contemporary societies to environmental change
Donald R.Nelson
1 Introduction

The archaeological record is replete with evidence of societies that were unable to adequately cope with environmental change. Populations dispersed, died off, or otherwise vanished from the material record as environmental conditions changed. Humans still populate much of the Earth, providing evidence for successful adaptation at some level; however, in light of the magnitude of current change there remains concern over the long-term viability of particular contemporary human populations. Changes in the climate, the nitrogen cycle and biodiversity loss, among many others changes, call attention to the way that humans influence and are influenced by the environment. Thus, there is a need to understand ...

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