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Global Environmental Change in Alpine Regions

Global Environmental change in Alpine Regions
Leto izida2002
Izdal(a)Universität Graz
Institut für Wirtschaftswissenschaften
Karl W. Steininger
Spletna stran: http://www.kfunigraz.ac.at/vwlwww/steininger/
ZaložbaEdward Elgar Publishing Ltd.
Kraj izidaCheltenham Glos
ISBN/ISSN1 84376 183 1
Število strani288
Cena60 £
Naročilohttp://www.e-elgar.co.uk
Str.288
Mountain regions represent about one fourth of the earth's surface area and provide a significant share of goods and services to humanity. In this book, the authors demonstrate how alpine environments throughout the world are particularly vulnerable to global environmental change. Alpine populations will often be affected earliest and most significantly, for example through extreme weather systems, and their scope for adaptation is relatively limited. Drawing on the natural and social sciences, particularly economics, this book supplies a broad picture of the diverse issues involved.
The authors show that observed changes in natural phenomena, such as acidity and fish toxicity in high altitude lakes, clearly support the thesis on ongoing global change induced by humans. They then analyse the manifold socio-economic impacts of global environmental change which are likely to be felt in various sectors and industries including tourism, insurance and water cycle management. Adaptation options though limited are are shown to be improvable, such as in natural hazard management. Finally the authors evaluate the various mitigation options available for policy-makers in agriculture, energy production, transport and land use planning.
Source: http://www.hdp-a.at/alpenbuch.htm