Earth Then and Now

Earth Then and Now

Amazing Images of Our Changing World

Book - 2007
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300 stunning before-and-after photographs that show the staggering transformation of our world.

Earth Then and Now records the dramatic way our planet has changed over the past century. On one page is a specific part of the world as it was 5, 20, 50 or even 100 years ago. On the facing page is the same place as it looks today. Each stark visual comparison tells a compelling story -- a melting glacier, an expanding desert, an encroaching cityscape, a natural disaster.

Earth Then and Now reminds us that nothing is without a cost. Highly topical and thought provoking chapters in this book include:

Environmental change : Bearing witness to the effects of global warming Industrialization : Revealing the hidden costs of "progress" Urbanization : Showing the effects of our spreading cities Natural disasters : Reminding us of the power of nature War : Using comparisons to show the impact of armed conflict Travel and tourism : Illustrating the predatory nature of development.

Concise captions explain the facts and then allow the reader to draw personal conclusions. Anyone concerned about the environment will enjoy and appreciate Earth Then and Now .

Publisher: Richmond Hill, Ont. : Firefly Books, 2007.
ISBN: 9781554072989
Branch Call Number: 550
Characteristics: 288 p. : col. ill., maps ; 29 cm.


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Apr 06, 2019

In some respects even more informative than a bunch of graphs (or chartjunk which pollutes far too many reports). Some of the pictures are somewhat disingenuous by being taken a bit closer or further away, or at slightly different angles, thereby accentuating the contrasts of the changes. Nonetheless, its a must-see. It can even get one considering making one's own set of photos to be retaken late in life to record the extent of the changes over the course of one's life.

Mar 08, 2019

Air travel has made everywhere on Earth accessible as many of the then-and-now photograph pairs in this book show. Also, a half dozen pairs of photos show the impact of global atmospheric warming. The one shortcoming of this book is its small format.

Jan 25, 2019

The pictures, as the saying goes, tell a thousand tales. Hopefully it will make people think and take action if even in a small, small way.

loonylovesgood Jan 12, 2010

Really interesting to see how the landscape of our world has changed over time...sometimes in a very short time!


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