Book
851 p.
Book
xvi, 301 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Scientists turn to metaphors to formulate and explain scientific concepts, but an ill-considered metaphor can lead to social misunderstandings and counterproductive policies, Brendon Larson observes in this stimulating book. He explores how metaphors can entangle scientific facts with social values and warns that, particularly in the environmental realm, incautious metaphors can reinforce prevailing values that are inconsistent with desirable sustainability outcomes. "The Metaphoric Web" draws on four case studies - two from nineteenth-century evolutionary science, and two from contemporary biodiversity science - to reveal how metaphors may shape the possibility of sustainability. Arguing that scientists must assume greater responsibility for their metaphors, and that the rest of us must become more critically aware of them, the author urges more critical reflection on the social dimensions and implications of metaphors while offering practical suggestions for choosing among alternative scientific metaphors.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780300151534 20160605
Green Library
Book
xi, 198 pages : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 24 cm
  • Introduction to Environmental Sustainability Issues in the South Texas-Mexico Border Region.- Pollution and Lifestyle Causes of Asthma and Allergies among School Children of Tamaulipas, Mexico in the U.S.-Mexico Border Region.- Environmental Health Indicators for the Border Region between South Texas and Northeastern Mexico.- Characterization of Ultrafine Particles and Other Vehicular Pollutants near an International Bridge in United States - Mexico Border Region.- Evaluating the Impacts of Emissions and Global Temperature Perturbations on Air Quality in South and Central Texas.- Manufacture and Physical Characterization of Wood-Derived Activated Carbon from South Texas Mesquite for Environmental Applications.- Assessment of Nutrient and Heavy Metal Levels in Manadas Creek, an Urban Tributary of the Rio Grande in Laredo, Texas.- Antimony and Arsenic Isotope Distribution in a Semi-Arid Creek during the Wet Season.- Characterization of Brackish Groundwater Desalination Concentrate Discharge Impacts on Water Quality in a Texas Coastal Area.- Evaluation of Hydraulic Residence Time Distribution (RTD) Characterization and Monitoring in a Constructed Channel Wetland in South Texas.- Recovery of Aquaculture Treatment Constructed Wetlands Function after Prolonged Flood Inundation Events in South Texas.- Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9789400771215 20160612
Environmental sustainability issues in a fragile, semi-arid region and its coastal area, which experience climate changes from extreme drought conditions to the effects of hurricanes over a period of weeks to years, provide specific challenges for the ecosystems and the populations existing within the region. The research presented focuses on the problems and some solutions specific to the South Texas-Mexico border region, on both sides of the Rio Grande, focusing on water and air pollution.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9789400771215 20160612
Green Library
Book
1 online resource (222 pages) : illustrations
"A compelling analysis of the meaning of sustainability and development of the modern concept...Well researched and written...I recommend it to all environmentally-minded readers." - Paul Fitzpatrick, Green World From diets to economic growth, everything these days has to be 'sustainable'. But the word's currency should not obscure its origins: sustainability is an age-old aspiration; a concept deeply rooted in human culture. Though in danger of abuse and overuse today, it can still be recovered from its present inflationary coinage. In clear and thought-provoking terms, Ulrich Grober reassesses the concept of sustainability using a range of fascinating historical instances of its application. He considers the vision of men such as Hans Carl von Carlowitz, credited with having first formulated the three pillars of sustainability: environmental equilibrium, economic security and social justice. The journey takes in Francis of Assisi's thirteenth-century Canticle of the Sun, as well as Greek philosophers and Enlightenment scholars. Whether in the court of Louis XIV or the silver mines of Saxony, Grober reveals that sustainability is always born of crisis and yet also marks the birth of a new awareness, a realisation that the planet we live on has to be sustained and preserved for future generations. This book offers a historically rich and nuanced introduction to a concept that could not be of more pressing importance for the twenty-first century.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780857840462 20160612

9. Periplo sustentable [2000 - ]

Journal/Periodical
1 online resource
Book
x, 94 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
The discourse of education for sustainability has been severely limited by the fact that it largely refuses to acknowledge important insights from other fields of learning and knowledge. This reluctance to engage with central insights regarding how the world and, more specifically, how human interactions with both the human and non-human world work, ensures that it has remained a largely self-centred discourse. It is tangled up with reflections on education without contextualising them in the real world. As such, it is not just education in general, but also so-called "education for sustainable development" (ESD), that needs to perform a radical paradigm shift and become communal learning in real-time in a real place. This, therefore, necessitates a willingness to face some tough questions regarding its prevailing insularity.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781443866859 20160618
Education Library (Cubberley)
Book
ix, 245 p. ; 24 cm.
  • Contents: Inertia as Failure of the Political Imagination - From Greed to Glory: Ancient to Modern Ethics - and Back Again? - Underpinning Inertia: The Idea of Negligibility - Meet Plato's Republic - The City and the Soul - The Idea of the Good - Initiative and Individuals: A (Partly) Platonic Political Project.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781906165178 20160607
Climate change and sustainability are the issues du jour, and they are not likely to go off the agenda any time soon. In this age of competing politics and policies, with limited resources and often limited will to make change, what can we learn from ancient wisdom and philosophy to humankind's benefit? Climate change and sustainability are not just technical problems or problems in applied ethics: they require a new political imagination, which this book illuminates. Professor Melissa Lane identifies key messages - on the role of the individual, the household, the nature of citizenship, and the significance of the imagination - which bring the wisdom of the past to bear on the challenges of the present. Using these resources, and building on these insights this book is a call to action from the past, to a present understanding of political thought and ethical wellbeing. Drawing on Plato's Republic as a model while also challenging aspects of Platonic politics, the book sets out the political and psychological challenges that we face in moving beyond the psycho-political settlement of modern commercial society.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781906165178 20160607
Earth Sciences Library (Branner)
Book
xiv, 256 p. ; 21 cm.
In this provocative call for a new ecological politics, William Ophuls starts from a radical premise: "sustainability" is impossible. We are on an industrial Titanic, fueled by rapidly depleting stocks of fossil hydrocarbons. Making the deck chairs from recyclable materials and feeding the boilers with biofuels is futile. In the end, the ship is doomed by the laws of thermodynamics and by the implacable biological and geological limits that are already beginning to pinch. Ophuls warns us that we are headed for a postindustrial future that, however technologically sophisticated, will resemble the preindustrial past in many important respects. With Plato's Revenge, Ophuls, author of Ecology and the Politics of Scarcity, envisions political and social transformations that will lead to a new natural-law politics based on the realities of ecology, physics, and psychology. In a discussion that ranges widely -- from ecology to quantum physics to Jungian psychology to Eastern religion to Western political philosophy -- Ophuls argues for an essentially Platonic politics of consciousness dedicated to inner cultivation rather than outward expansion and the pursuit of perpetual growth. We would then achieve a way of life that is materially and institutionally simple but culturally and spiritually rich, one in which humanity flourishes in harmony with nature.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780262525282 20160606
Green Library
Book
1 online resource : illustrations (black and white)
  • Preface -- List of Figures and Tables -- List of Acronyms -- 1. An Unfinished Foundation: The Global Environment and the Four Pillars of the UN System -- 2. Law among Nations, Development within Them: Origins and Growth of the UN's Environmental Framework -- 3. The Limits of Law and Development and the Case for Peace and Rights -- 4. The Dignity and Worth of People in Nature: Strengthening Environmental Human Rights -- 5. Greening the Response to the Scourge of War: Environment, Resources, Conflict and Peace -- 6. A Stronger Foundation for Global Environmental Governance Notes -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780190232856 20160618
Why is the United Nations not more effective on global environmental challenges? The UN Charter mandates the global organization to seek four noble aspirations: international peace and security, rule of law among nations, human rights for all people, and social progress through development. On environmental issues, however, the UN has understood its charge much more narrowly: it works for "better law between nations" and "better development within them." This approach treats peace and human rights as unrelated to the world's environmental problems, despite a large body of evidence to the contrary. In this path-breaking book, a leading scholar of global environmental governance critiques the UN's failure to use its mandates on human rights and peace as tools in its environmental work. The book traces the institutionalization and performance of the UN's "law and development" framework and the parallel silence on rights and peace. Despite some important gains, the traditional approach is failing for some of world's most pressing and contentious environmental challenges, and has lost most of the political momentum it once enjoyed. The disastrous "Rio+20" Summit laid this fact bare, as assembled governments failed to find meaningful agreement on any of the most pressing issues. By not treating the environment as a human rights issue, the UN fails to mobilize powerful tools for accountability in the face of pollution and resource degradation. And by ignoring the conflict potential around natural resources and environmental protection efforts, the UN misses opportunities to transform the destructive cycle of violence and vulnerability around resource extraction. The book traces the history of the UN's traditional approach, maps its increasingly apparent limits, and suggests needed reforms. Detailed case histories for each of the four mandate domains flag several promising initiatives, while identifying barriers to transformation. Its core implication: the UN's environmental efforts require not just a managerial reorganization but a conceptual revolution-one that brings to bear the full force of the organization's mandate. Peacebuilding, conflict sensitivity, rights-based frameworks, and accountability mechanisms can be used to enhance the UN's environmental effectiveness and legitimacy.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780190232856 20160618
Book
xiii, 532 p. : ill. (some col.), maps (some col.) ; 24 cm.
Humanity faces immense hurdles as it struggles to define the path toward a sustainable future. The multiple components of sustainability, all of which demand attention, make understanding the very concept of sustainability itself a challenge. Information about whether global agriculture can be made sustainable, for example, or calculations of the global need for water are useless unless we understand how these issues connect to each other and to other components of sustainability. In this book, experts engage in an extended dialogue concerning these linkages, arguing for a comprehensive view of sustainability. They emphasize the constraints imposed by the relationships among the components--for example, how the need for clean, easily accessible water intersects with the need for the energy required to provide it--and distinguish those constraints that may pose severe limitations on humanity's future from those of less concern. The book also highlights areas for future research and debate.Linkages of Sustainability urges a transformation in the way we view sustainability--a transformation that is necessary if we are to plan responsibly for a more sustainable world.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780262013581 20160603
Green Library
Book
xviii, 522 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), maps (some col.).
  • Human Ecological Sustainability Introduction Is It Possible to Model Human Ecological Sustainability? Why Human Sustainability Is a Complex Issue Chapter Summary Review of Complexity and Complex Systems Introduction to Complexity Human Responses to Complexity Signal Flow Graphs and Mason's Rule Modularity Chapter Summary Multidimensional Challenges to Human Sustainability Introduction The Challenge of Population Growth Global Warming Water and Sustainability Bees, Pollination, and Food Crops Species Size Reduction Due to Habitat Warming: Another Challenge to Our Food Supply FF Energy and Sustainability Chapter Summary Mitigations of Human Impacts through Technology Introduction Biofuels Desalination Carbon-Free Energy Sources Carbon-Neutral Energy Sources Energy Storage Means Fusion Power Nuclear Energy Carbon Capture and Storage Water Vapor Engineering Energy Efficiency Chapter Summary Sustainable Agriculture Introduction Animal Husbandry: Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations Industrial Agriculture Loss of Genetic Diversity Genetically Modified Organisms Sustainable Agriculture Can Sustainable Agriculture Feed the World? Competition for Cropland Chapter Summary Unconventional Foods: Insects, Plankton, Fungi, and In Vitro Meat Introduction Nutritional Value of Insects Can Insects Be Farmed? Plankton as a Source of Human Food Fungi: Food and More Food from Tissue Culture Using Animal Stem Cells Chapter Summary Complex Economic Systems and Sustainability Introduction to Economic Systems Basic Economics-- Steady-State S&D Introduction to ABMs and Simulations of Economic and Other Complex Systems Economic Challenges to Human Sustainability Chapter Summary Application of Complex Systems Thinking to Solve Ecological Sustainability Problems Introduction Dorner's Approaches to Tackling Complex Problems Frederic Vester's "Paper Computer" Sensitivity Model of Vester Can We Learn From Our Mistakes? Chapter Summary What Will Happen to Us? FAQs on Sustainability Introduction Will Technology Sustain Us? FAQs Concerning Sustainability Chapter Summary Glossary Bibliography and Recommended Reading Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781466565135 20160612
Complex Systems is a new field of science studying how parts of a system give rise to the collective behaviors of the system, and how the system interacts with its environment. This book examines the complex systems involved in environmental sustainability, and examines the technologies involved to help mitigate human impacts, such as renewable energy, desalination, carbon capture, recycling, etc. It considers the relationships and balance between environmental engineering and science, economics, and human activity, with regard to sustainability.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781466565135 20160612
Book
x, 273 p. ; 24 cm.
  • Part I: Defining Religion and Sustainability, and Why it Matters 1. The Stakes of Sustainability and its Religious Dimensions 2. Defining the Terms: Religion and Sustainability 3. Sustainability as a contagious meme Part II: The Emergence and Development of Sustainability 4. The Genesis and Globalization of Sustainability 5. The Religious Dimensions of Sustainability at the Nexus of Civil Society and International Politics 6. The Contribution of Natural Sciences and Social Sciences to the Religious Dimensions of Sustainability Part III: The Ethnographic Data and Sustainability Cases 7. Walking Together Separately: Evangelical Creation Care 8. Stories of Partnership: Interfaith Efforts Toward Sustainability 9. The Religious Dimensions of Secular Sustainability 10. Manufacturing or Cultivating Common Ground.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781908049827 20160610
Sustainability is now key to international and national policy, manufacture and consumption. It is also central to many individuals who try to lead environmentally ethical lives. Historically, religion has been a significant part of many visions of sustainability. Pragmatically, the inclusion of religious values in conservation and development efforts has facilitated relationships between people with different value structures. Despite this, little attention has been paid to the interdependence of sustainability and religion, and no significant comparisons of religious and secular sustainability advocacy. Religion and Sustainability presents the first broad analysis of the spiritual dimensions of sustainability-oriented social movements. Exploring the similarities and differences between the conceptions of sustainability held by religious, interfaith and secular organizations, the book analyses how religious practice and discourse have impacted on political ideology and process.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781908049827 20160610
Green Library
Book
xxvii, 226 p. ; 25 cm.
dx.doi.org SpringerLink
Education Library (Cubberley)
Book
xxxi, 503 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
A hallmark of the past 100 years has been the greening of political thought and practice. Today, there are green political parties, green organizations, and green consumer goods, all of which show how our decisions to organize, donate, and consume have been infused with green politics, which in many ways is all about values. Green politics has grown in the popular imagination, as well. Everyday there are headlines about climate change, impacts of resource extraction, or chemical pollution in a poor neighborhood. Underlying all of those stories are classic political questions about power, representation, and ultimate values. This second volume in the "SAGE Series on Green Society" covers the availability and distribution of such resources as energy and how they impact economic development, domestic politics, and international cooperation and conflict. For instance, articles investigate how politics influence the choice of energy strategies within the U.S. and how availability of different forms of energy fuels political conflict among nations worldwide. As supplies of nonrenewable energy sources become constrained by increasing global demand, will states tighten control over such commodities or will they seek equitable and sustainable ways to share them? Such questions have never been more urgent. Other issues of equal urgency to be covered include watershed resources (what happens when countries share a river and one country siphons off or pollutes waters before they reach other countries), other natural resources (for instance, industrialized countries attempting to dictate to developing countries about rainforest resources, whaling countries versus those seeking total bans on whaling as an industry), air pollution, global health and epidemiology (e.g., constraining the spread of potential pandemics, radioactive fall-out across countries from nuclear accidents like Chernobyl). From A-to-Z, the politics of these and similar 'green' issues are thoroughly explored via 150 signed entries.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781412971867 20160606
Green Library
Book
1 online resource (xii, 211 pages) : illustrations, maps, charts.
  • An introduction to ecotourism in Scandinavia / Stefan Gössling and Johan Hultman
  • Ecotourism in Danmark / Berit C. Kaae
  • Sweden : where holidays come naturally / Peter Fredman, Stefan Gössling and Johan Hultman
  • Ecotourism in Norway : non-existence or co-existence? / Arvid Viken
  • Iceland : nature-, adventure- or eco-island? / Stefan Gössling and Areti Alkimou
  • Tourism certification in Scandinavia / Stefan Gössling
  • The role of nature in Swedish ecotourism / Johan Hultman, Erika Andersson Cederholm
  • Ecotourism as experience-tourism / Stefan Gössling
  • The right of public access : potentials and challenges for ecotourism / Klas Sandell
  • Swedish mountain tourism patterns and modeling destination attributes / Peter Fredman, Kreg Lindberg
  • Environmental concerns of Swedish ecotourists : an environmental-psychological perspective / Silvia Wurzinger
  • Rural development through ecotourism / Nils-Otto Nilsson
  • Eco-traveler or eco-site visitor? / Thor Flognfeldt jun.
  • Ecotourist choices of transport modes / Johan Folke, Josefine Hammer Østrup and Stefan Gössling
  • Ecotourism and indigenous people : positive and negative impacts of Sami tourism / Robert Pettersson
  • Hunting tourism as ecotourism : conflicts and opportunities / Yvonne Gunnarsdotter
  • Policy, planning and governance in ecotourism / C. Michael Hall.
Interest in ecotourism in Scandinavia has seen recent growth. Extended forests, rivers and lakes allow for a great variety of nature-based activities, such as hiking, mushroom collecting, kayaking, snow mobiling and bird watching, making Scandinavia a unique region from a nature-based tourism perspective. "Ecotourism in Scandinavia: Lessons in Theory and Practice" is the first book to comprehensively describe, analyze and evaluate aspects of Scandinavian ecotourism and will appeal to researchers and students of ecotourism.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781845931346 20160618
Book
xii, 225 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
This volume of "the Advances in Ecopolitics" examines the impact of the economic crisis on peripheral European states such as Ireland and Greece. Following an introductory chapter, it is divided into two geographically-focussed sections, the first on Ireland, the second section on Greece. Specifically this book focuses on governance, sustainable politics and environmental policies, within the context of accelerated growth and the subsequent economic downturn. It examines issues of governance and politics within these peripheral states, in addition to the development of policies within an EU/EC context. This book concludes with a discussion of the future for sustainable politics in the peripheral states of Europe, in the aftermath of the global downturn. "Advances in Ecopolitics" is essential reading for all academics, researchers and practioners who are involved in the areas of environmentalism, providing insight and extending understanding of these issues.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780857247629 20160607
Green Library

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