Africa & the Middle East

A Continental Overview of Environmental Issues

by Kevin Hillstrom and Laurie Collier Hillstrom


Africa and the Middle East. No words better conjure up Earth's rich diversity of life. From the lions of the Serengeti to the gorillas of Rwanda, they teem with some of the most photogenic species on the planet. But Africa and the Middle East are also home to the world's fastest growing human population. How will the two coexist in the 21st century?

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November 2003


Pages 277
Volumes 1
Size 6x9
Topics Geography and World Cultures/Physical Geography and Environment
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A concise yet thorough overview of the environmental issues, problems, and controversies facing the continent of Africa and the Middle East.

Examining both the rich biological heritage of the world's second largest continent and the very serious human threats to it, Africa and the Middle East explores the impact global pollution and a burgeoning population are having on landscape and wildlife alike. How is global warming responsible for the rapidly expanding Sahara Desert? Can local populations be recruited to preserve threatened species?

Over 80 percent of Madagascar's species are endemic, the highest percentage of any major ecological region in the world, such as the highly endangered aye-aye which resembles a cross between a monkey, a bat, and a woodpecker, and the giraffe-necked weevil, a red rainforest insect with a neck like a fire truck rescue ladder. Readers will learn all about these fascinating species and much more.


  • Biographies of key environmental figures such as Ken Saro-Wiwa and Wangari Maathai
  • 20-30 maps, charts, tables, and photos illustrating environmental resources and threats such as deforestation, soil erosion, and rates of air and water pollution


  • Offers historical and contemporary portraits of Africa's environment including the Namib, the second largest desert in Africa, thought to be the world's oldest, having remained very arid for 55 million years
  • Provides a global perspective on Africa's pollution problems. In 1958, indigenous medicine men in Madagascar pointed researchers from Eli Lilly Pharmaceuticals to the Madagascar rosy periwinkle. From this small pink flower, scientists derived two alkaloids effective against Hodgkin's disease and childhood leukemia
Author Info

Kevin Hillstrom and Laurie Collier Hillstrom are professional writers. Their published works include all six volumes in ABC-CLIO's World Environments series as well as the Encyclopedia of Small Business (2d ed) and the first edition of the Encyclopedia of American Industries.



"This is a good source that can be used as a supplement to many other sources published by governmental agencies. It is highly recommended by this reviewer."American Reference Books Annual

"Suitable for high school and college students, researchers, and the general public."SciTech Book News

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