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  1. Africa in Crisis
    The Causes, The Cures of Environmental Bankruptcy

    Resource Type: Book
    Africa in Crisis looks at the causes of African famine and how it is a symbol of a much deeper crisis. African droughts and famines are not just the results of a lack of rain but the end result of a long deterioration in the ability of Africans to feed themselves caused by mistakes made by governments both inside and outside the continent.
  2. Broken Heartland
    The looming collapse of agriculture on the Great Plains

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2012
    Today, the idea of a return to nature, which a pair of academics named Frank and Deborah Popper, first described twenty five years ago in a scholarly article entitled "The Great Plains: From Dust to Dust," has become central to almost any conversation about the region's future.
  3. The Canadian Environmental Education Catalogue
    A Guide to Selected Resources

    Resource Type: Article
  4. Desertification
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1982
    A decade ago the Sahel drought killed thousands of people and millions of animals. It focused world attention on the dangers and causes of desertification. This book examines the reasons: overcultivation, overgrazing, deforestation and bad irrigation.
  5. The Earthscan Action Handbook
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1990
    A compendium of the world's major ills with suggestions for remedial action.
  6. The Encroaching Desert
    Report

    Resource Type: Book
    This new report for a top-level international Commission focuses attention on the relentless spreading of the world's deserts. This report highlights the shortcomings of the Third World countries as well as the Western donors and the multilateral agencies. It draws on information gathered in the field in all parts of the world. It points to examples of remedial action and sets out the policies required to reverse the trend before it is too late.
  7. A Great Aridness
    Climate Change and the Future of the American Southwest

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 2011
    In A Great Aridness, William deBuys paints a compelling picture of what the Southwest might look like when the heat turns up and the water runs out. This semi-arid land, vulnerable to water shortages, rising temperatures, wildfires, and a host of other environmental challenges, is poised to bear the heaviest consequences of global environmental change in the United States.
  8. A Green History of the World
    The Environment and the Collapse of Great Civilizations

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1991
    Ponting tracks the "green" history of the world showing how throughout history civilizations have collapsed when they exhausted the earth's natural resources.
  9. How to Save the World
    Strategy for World Conservation

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1980
    "How To Save The World" discusses, "Why the world needs saving now and how it can be done". Allen breaks his work down into seven chapters, devoting each to an important aspect of the global predicament. Securing the food supply, saving forests, preserving wildlife and presenting a strategy for conservation are all discussed as methods to improve the relationship between mankind and nature.
  10. International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
    Media Profile in Sources

    Resource Type: Organization
  11. IS and climate change - an inconvenient truth for Republicans
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2015
    US Democratic presidential contender Martin O’Malley sparked controversy last month by saying that the conditions for the rise of the so-called Islamic State (IS, also known as Isil, Isis or Da'esh) were set by the impact on Syria of climate change, which drove farmers from their land into slums around cities and created extreme poverty.
  12. Line in the sand: Africa's 'green wall' aims to stop desert's growth
    Villagers will help establish 15km-wide swath of trees as a nature reserve

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2011
    The Great Green Wall is a pan-African plan to halt desertification through reforestation.
  13. Meeting the Expectations of the Land
    Essays in Sustainable Agriculture and Stewardship

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1984
    Addresses the problems facing agriculture today, such as topsol erosion, lowered water tables, reliance on pesticides, dependence on machinery, the overcapitalization of agriculture, the decline of the rural economy, the energy and dollar cost as well as the health problems associated with commercial fertizlers, the shrinking number of family farms, the increasing dependence on fossil fuels.
  14. Over-grazing and desertification in the Syrian steppe are the root causes of war
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2015
    Civil war in Syria is the result of the desertification of the ecologically fragile Syrian steppe, which began in 1958 when the former Bedouin commons were opened up to unrestricted grazing. That led to a wider ecological, hydrological and agricultural collapse.
  15. The State of the World Atlas
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1981
  16. World Out of Balance
    Our Polluted Planet

    Resource Type: Book
    The author gives a history of environmental damage and describes present and future solutions. The book is aimed at the general reader.
  17. The World Without Us
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 2007
    A thought experiment to see what would happen to the planet if human beings simply disappeared.

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