Book Review: Earth Then and Now

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Pearce, Fred. Earth then and now : amazing images of our changing world. Firefly Books, 2008.

The first image in the book, Earth Then and Now, is of downtown Dubai, skyscrapers and highways, taken from a helicopter. Until the mid 1990’s, the space was occupied by desert. Among the last images are satellite photographs of The Palms, the world’s largest humanmade islands near Dubai, constructed as vacation destinations for the global elite. Development in and around Dubai has transformed the environment of the Arabian Peninsula.

The book Earth Then and Now records environmental changes that have happened worldwide within the last 100 years. Using pairs of photographs, the images document changes caused by forces such as urbanization, war, and nature itself. These stark visual images show that as human population increases, the impact on the environment is soaring.

© Reviewer: Meg Trauner & Ford Library РFuqua School of Business.
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