Challenge of Global Warming

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Every piece of land, no matter how remote or untrammeled, has a boundary. While sometimes boundary lines follow topographic or biological features, more often they follow the straight lines of political dictate and compromise. Administrative boundaries nearly always fragment a landscape, resulting in loss of species that must disperse or migrate across borders, increased likelihood of threats such as alien species or pollutants, and disruption of natural processes such as fire. Despite the importance and ubiquity of boundary issues, remarkably little has been written on the subject.Stewardship Across Boundaries fills that gap in the literature, addressing the complex biological and socioeconomic impacts of both public and private land boundaries in the United States. With contributions from natural resource managers, historians, environmentalists, political scientists, and legal scholars, the book:develops a framework for understanding administrative boundaries and their effects on the land and on human behavior examines issues related to different types of boundaries -- wilderness, commodity, recreation, private-public presents a series of case studies illustrating the efforts of those who have cooperated to promote stewardship across boundaries synthesizes the broad complexity of boundary-related issues and offers an integrated strategy for achieving regional stewardshi.Stewardship Across Boundaries should spur open discussion among students, scientists, managers, and activists on this important topic. It demonstrates how legal, social, and ecological conditions interact in causing boundary impacts and why those factors must be integrated to improve land management. It also discusses research needs and will help facilitate critical thinking within the scientific community that could result in new strategies for managing boundaries and their impacts.

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Dean Edwin Abrahamson is professor of public affairs at the University of Minnesota's Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, co-chair of the university's Council on Environmental Quality, an adjunct professor at the University of Iceland, and a member of the board of the Natural Resources Defense Council. He has degrees in physics, medicine, and biology and has held a variety of jobs in industry, government, and academia. Since the late 1960s his primary work has been environmental and public health implications of energy policies, and for the last several years it has focused on the policy implications of the greenhouse effect.

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There is general agreement among climatologists that global warming is underway. This book is a collection of articles that discusses the causes and effects of this phenomenon and offers some policy suggestions to respond to it. Most of the articles, written by experts and intended for policy makers and other nonscientists, were compiled from proceedings and reports from conferences, Congressional testimony, and other sources. The book's mixture of styles and its repetitiousness does not recommend it to the general reader; however, as a good, wide-ranging compilation of up-to-date, hard-to-get information on a topic of critical importance, it is recommended for academic and larger public libraries.
- Joseph Hannibal, Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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