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Environment: Today and Yesterday

The relationship between humans and the environment has never been more fiercely discussed and debated than in recent years. Yet, from our very first steps on this planet, humans have ceaselessly been required to work with, adapt to, and often suffer from the climate, environment, and other living organisms around them. This book—part of the Yesterday & Today series from Origins: Current Events in Historical Perspective — explores the past and present of human-nature interactions:  from water, drought/flood, and fishing in the U.S. West, Australia, the Jordan River, and the Nile; to the many ways that climate change has transformed people across the centuries; our endless search for energy and power; and global efforts at nature conservation. The lessons we learn about the mutual embeddedness of humans and environment in the past may well save us today.