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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.

Environmental Change in the Temperate Grasslands and Steppe
Environmental change in the temperate grasslands and steppe
Pavel E.Tarasov, John W.Williams, Jed O.Kaplan, HermannÖsterle, Tatiana V.Kuznetsova and MaykeWagner

Then the entire South, even as far as the Black Sea, was a green, virgin wilderness. No plough had ever passed over the immeasurable waves of wild growth; horses alone, hidden in it as in a forest, trod it down. Nothing in nature could be finer. The whole surface resembled a golden-green ocean, upon which were sprinkled millions of different flowers… Oh, steppes, how beautiful you are! (N.V. Gogol ‘Taras Bulba’)

1 Introduction
1.1 Grasses and Grasslands: General Remarks

Presently, grasses (i.e., ∼10,000 species of the family Poaceae = Gramineae) are abundant on all continents except Antarctica, and numerous organisms, not least humans, ...

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