Global Change – Contemporary Concerns


Current changes in the global environment are at rates unprecedented in the last million years. These changes are influencing many aspects of human activity and wellbeing.

Keywords: fossil record; greenhouse gases; sea level rise


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Further Reading

Intergovernmentalc Panel on Climate Change (2001) Climate Change 2001: The Scientific Basis. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (2001) Climate Change 2001: Impacts, Adaptations, and Vulnerability. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

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Raven, John A(May 2003) Global Change – Contemporary Concerns. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. [doi: 10.1038/npg.els.0003488]