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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.

Socioeconomic Adaptation to Environmental Change: Towards Sustainable Development
Socioeconomic adaptation to environmental change: Towards sustainable development
Chris J.Barrow
1 Introduction

Environmental change presents an ongoing and multifaceted complex of challenges and opportunities. Some disciplines focus on past changes and others on current or future shifts; some are interested in social and others economic or physical variations. Viewing one or a few of these aspects of change in isolation is insufficient for adequate environmental management, yet a broad, holistic approach is likely to be too demanding.

It is something of a cliché that an organism faced with environmental change must move, adapt, or die. For humans on a crowded Earth, moving is becoming less of a practical proposition, which means adaptation or mitigation of change are important. These activities depend ...

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