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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.

Policy and Management Options for the Mitigation of Environmental Change
Policy and management options for the mitigation of environmental change
1 Introduction

Mitigation involves the development and implementation of new or improved technologies to reduce the extent of human-induced environmental change. Awareness of the detrimental environmental effects of human activity and the consequent need for mitigation has increased progressively since the 1960s. Rachel Carson's seminal publication Silent Spring highlighted the need to minimise the adverse environmental effects of human activity noting that ‘the rapidity of change and the speed with which new situations are created follow the impetuous and heedless pace of man rather than the deliberate pace of nature’ (Carson, 1962: 6). Since that time, there has been increasing scientific interest in the environment and the ...

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