Introduction to “Landscapes over Time”

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There is a growing recognition that modern environmental problems bear striking resemblance to those faced by past societies and that to understand the environmental present we must consider the total sweep of anthropogenic environmental change on specific landscapes. This “In Focus” assembles five articles encompassing diverse time periods and different global regions to make the case that long-term perspectives on the relationship between people and their environmental contexts are critical for understanding and evaluating contemporary environmental debates, interpretations, and even policies.

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