"This book "focuses on the profound transformations of Earth's environment that is now apparent, a transformation owing not to the great forces of nature or to extraterrestrial sources, but to the number and activities of people – the phenomenon of global change". Global Change and the Earth System is richly illustrated with many useful coloured diagrams, and numerous boxes by additional authors provide more detailed information about specific issues. However, the wealth of detail makes it hard to read, and at times the diagrams are not properly explained. Is it a good book? I am not entirely convinced. … The authors often adopt the unsatisfactory practice of relating a host of changes to ongoing anthropogenic changes, without systematic attempts at formal detection and attribution."

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Reference: Nature 429, 244 (2004)