2007 Times Comprehensive Atlas shows environmental damage by humansSeptember 3, 2007 at 2:09 pm | Posted in Atlas, Climate change, Images, Maps, Photography, Recommended books, Telegraph, Times, Visual aids | 8 Comments
The drastic effects of direct and indirect human impact on the environment, including the effects of climate change, are revealed in the Twelfth Edition of the Times Comprehensive Atlas of the World.
Update: OK that’s ^^^ my replacement sentence for this one I cut and pasted straight from the Telegraph yesterday and have now struck through. (I even changed the title of this post, after William wisely nudged me to revisit this story sooner than I would have done otherwise.) My suggested edits on the introductory text follow in this blue box quote too:
The drastic effects of climate change across the globe are disclosed in a new world atlas.
Example 1: Images showing deforestation (by mankind) in Iguaçu, South America taken
2033 years apart: Left 1973^22 Feb 1972^, right ^12 May^ 2003 (dated thumbnails here!)
Cartographers of the Times Comprehensive Atlas of the World have had to re-draw coastlines and reclassify land types because
of the effects of global warming(the speed, and the extent, to which we humans are destroying our environment on local and global scales is increasing rapidly ~ inel).
Since the atlas was last published four years ago, sea levels have lowered in some cases and risen in others while ice caps have shrunk and lakes have almost disappeared.
The atlas’s editor-in-chief, Mick Ashworth, said: “We can literally see environmental disasters unfolding before our eyes. We have a real fear that in the near future famous geographical features will disappear forever.”
The main culprits, he added, are climate change and ill-conceived irrigation projects.
Alternatively, this is inel rewriting that sentence above with my own understanding of the situation, “The main culprits are humans. Our population growth coupled with direct and indirect actions intended to afford economic benefits to perpetrators, are increasingly damaging our fragile Earth, and are very likely causing climate change. Without mankind’s agressive use of limited natural resources, irrigation projects and deforestation on a massive scale would not be happening, and changes to the landscape in a short four-year period would not even be visible in an atlas of this kind, and we could just as easily stick with the 11th edition, as shown here, instead of requiring a 12th edition 😉
Example 2: Images showing how Lake Chad has shrunk: Left 1972, right 1987
Read the rest of this article (that triggered my post) ‘Times Atlas shows effect of global warming‘ in Telegraph Earth.
Read another report on ‘Times Atlas shows how global warming is changing the world‘ at Times Online.
William is correct in his concerns in the comments below, and I am sorry if I misled anyone by using the original texts instead of writing my own in the first place!
Both articles’ headlines, i.e.
- ‘Times Atlas shows effect of global warming’
- ‘Times Atlas shows how global warming is changing the world’
put the blame on global warming. These headlines have no connection to human lifestyles, preferring to play the “climate change is natural” card for their readership , I guess.
P.S. For another excellent visualisation tool for students, teachers and others, try also this book: