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Losing Hope? The Environmental Crisis Today

Martin J. Hodson
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Published Online: 2013-09-05 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/anv-2013-0002


Environmentalists and scientists who study the environment often give a pretty bleak picture of the future. Surveys of secular views on the environment suggest that the general public in the developed West are concerned about the state of the environment. After considering all of the environmental problems that are causing scientists to worry, this paper then concentrates on four: climate change; biodiversity loss; global water supply; and the increase in our human population. Finally we will see what scientists have to say about hope in a time of environmental crisis

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About the article

Martin J. Hodson

Martin Hodson is a plant scientist and environmental biologist, and a former Principal Lecturer, and now Visiting Researcher at Oxford Brookes University. He is also Operations Manager for the John Ray Initiative. Martin was the tour scientist for the Hope for Planet Earth tours, and writes and speaks widely on environmental issues. He has over 90 publications, mostly in international science journals. His recent books are Cherishing the Earth (with Margot Hodson, 2008) and Functional Biology of Plants (with John Bryant, 2012). Find out more about Martin at www.hodsons.org/MartinHodson/

Published Online: 2013-09-05

Published in Print: 2013-09-01

Citation Information: ANVIL, Volume 29, Issue 1, Pages 7–23, ISSN (Print) 0969-7373, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/anv-2013-0002.

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