Environmental Contamination Climate Change and Human Impact

With 50 Figures and 18 Tables

£ Springer

Professor Dr. Roberto Bargagli University of Siena

Department of Environmental Sciences Via P.A.Mattioli,4 53100 Siena Italy email: [email protected]

Cover illustration: A view of an iceberg in the Ross Sea from an ice-free area on Prior Island (northern Victoria Land, Antarctica)

ISSN 0070-8356

ISBN 3-540-22091-7 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg New York

Library of Congress Control Number: 2004110300

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To Guido and Pietro, the grandchildren born when I was writing this book, wishing them a world where man will be reconciled with the environment

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