One Planet, Many People: Atlas of Our Changing Environment

UNEP 2005, hardback $150

Posted: 28 September 2005

In celebration of the 2005 World Environment Day, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP)launched this atlas in co-operation with NASA, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and the University of Maryland.

It provides visual evidence of environmental change using 271 satellite images of our planet, together with graphics and text. The focus is on the status and trends over several decades, both in physical and human geography.

The 332-page hardbound Atlas discusses human influences on our Earth including changes in land use, biological diversity, and climate. It presents visual evidence of global environmental changes - both the good and the bad - resulting from natural processes and human-induced activities including those of the atmosphere, coastal areas, waters, forests, croplands, grasslands, urban areas, and tundra and Polar regions.

The Atlas demonstrates how our growing number of people and their consumption patterns are shrinking our natural resource base. The challenge is how do we satisfy human needs without compromising the health of ecosystems.

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