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The UN released an atlas entitled One Planet, Many Peoples on June 4. It is available free of charge electronically in pdf or can be purchased at the slightly higher cost of $150USD. This is not so much an atlas as a collection of images displaying the effects of humans on the earth's service. Satellite images from the 1970s or 1980s are placed side by side with ones from the last couple of years. It is an astounding look at the impact that expanding cities, damming rivers, diverting water courses, irrigating land, and cutting down forest have on the natural landscape. If nothing else, it is an an eye-opening look at what remote sensing can reveal.

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