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  • Introduction
  • 1. The Seeds of Modern Threats \ Michael Renner
  • 2. Energy, Credit, and the End of Growth \ Nathan John Hagens
  • 3. The Trouble with Growth \ Peter A. Victor and Tim Jackson
  • 4. Avoiding Stranded Assets \ Ben Caldecott
  • 5. Mounting Losses of Agricultural Resources \ Gary Gardner
  • 6. The Oceans: Resilience at Risk \ Katie Auth
  • 7. Whose Arctic Is it? \ Heather Exner-Pirot.
  • 8. Emerging Diseases from Animals \ Catherine C. Machalaba, Elizabeth H. Loh, Peter Daszak, and William B. Karesh
  • 9. Migration as a Climate Adaption Strategy \ Françios Gemenne
  • 10. Childhood's End \ Tom Prugh.
This is the newest edition of The Worldwatch Institute's respected State of the World series that highlights the ignored threats to sustainability. We think we understand environmental damage: pollution, water scarcity, a warming world. But these problems are just the tip of the iceberg. Food insecurity, financial assets drained of value by environmental damage, and a rapid rise in diseases of animal origin are among the underreported consequences of an unsustainable global system. In State of the World 2015, the flagship publication of The Worldwatch Institute, experts explore hidden threats to sustainability and how to address them. Eight key issues are addressed in depth, along with the central question of how we can develop resilience to these and other shocks. With the latest edition of State of The World, the authorities at Worldwatch bring to light challenges we can no longer afford to ignore.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781610916103 20180611
88 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
  • Introduction
  • A global industry
  • A force for development?
  • Environmental impacts of tourism
  • Ecotourism : friend or foe?
  • Toward a sustainable tourism industry
  • Beyond the industry : other supporting players
  • Appendix : tourism links
  • Notes.
Green Library
71 p. ; 22 cm.
  • The power of procurement
  • Green purchasing pioneers
  • Pressures and drivers
  • Overcoming obstacles
  • Greening contracts
  • Spreading the movement.
SAL3 (off-campus storage)
38 p. : col. ill. ; 28 cm.
  • Agriculture's contributions to climate change
  • Climate change's impacts on agriculture
  • Mitigating climate change through sustainable agricultural practices
  • Adapting agriculture to a warming planet
  • Scaling up climate-friendly agriculture.
Publisher description: Agriculture, when done sustainably, holds an important key to mitigating climate change. The United Nations estimates that the global agricultural sector could potentially reduce and remove 80 to 88 percent of the carbon dioxide that it currently produces. By tapping into the multitude of climate-friendly farming practices that already exist, agriculture can continue to supply food for the human population, as well as income for the world's 1.3 billion farmers. Climate-friendly agriculture also can play a critical role in the global reduction of greenhouse gas emissions of climate change.
Green Library
1 online resource (xxxii, 414 pages) : illustrations, maps.
  • Foreword / Garrett Fitzgerald
  • Foreword / Eduardo da Costa Paes
  • World's cities at a glance / Gary Gardner
  • Cities as human constructs. Imagining a sustainable city / Gary Gardner ; Cities in the arc of human history : a materials perspective / Gary Gardner ; The city : a system of systems / Gary Gardner ; Toward a vision of sustainable cities / Gary Gardner ; The energy wildcard : possible energy constraints to further urbanization / Richard Heinberg
  • The urban climate challenge. Cities and greenhouse gas emissions : the scope of the challenge / Tom Prugh and Michael Renner ; Urbanism and global sprawl / Peter Calthorpe ; City view: Shanghai, China / Haibing Ma ; Reducing the environmental footprint of buildings / Michael Renner ; City view: Freiburg, Germany / Simone Ariane Pflaum ; Energy efficiency in buildings : a crisis of opportunity / Gregory H. Kats ; City view: Melbourne, Australia / Robert Doyle ; Is 100 percent renewable energy in cities possible? / Betsy Agar and Michael Renner ; City view: Vancouver, Canada / Gregor Robertson ; Supporting sustainable transportation / Michael Renner ; Urban transport and climate change / Cornie Huizenga, Karl Peet, and Sudhir Gota ; City view: Singapore / Geoffrey Davison and Ang Wei Ping ; Source reduction and recycling of waste / Michael Renner ; City view: Ahmedabad and Pune, India / Kartikeya Sarabhai, Madhavi Joshi, and Sanskriti Menon ; Solid waste and climate change / Perinaz Bhada-Tata and Daniel Hoornweg ; City view: Barcelona, Spain / Martí Boada Juncà, Roser Maneja Zaragoza, and Pablo Knobel Guelar ; Rural-urban migration, lifestyles, and deforestation / Tom Prugh
  • Politics, equity, and livability. Remunicipalization, the low-carbon transition, and energy democracy / Andrew Cumbers ; City view: Portland, Oregon, United States / Brian Holland and Juan Wei ; The vital role of biodiversity in urban sustainability / Martí Boada Juncà, Roser Maneja Zaragoza, and Pablo Knobel Guelar ; City view: Jerusalem, Israel / Martí Boada Juncà, Roser Maneja Zaragoza, and Pablo Knobel Guelar ; The inclusive city : urban planning for diversity and social cohesion / Franziska Schreiber and Alexander Carius ; City view: Durban, South Africa / Debra Roberts and Sean O'Donoghue ; Urbanization, inclusion, and social justice / Jim Jarvie and Richard Friend.
"Cities are the world's future. Today, more than half of the global population lives in urban areas, and that number is expected to double by 2050. There is no question that cities are growing; the only debate is over how they will grow. Will we invest in the physical and social infrastructure necessary for livable, equitable, and sustainable cities? In the latest edition of State of the World, the flagship publication of the Worldwatch Institute, experts from around the globe examine the core principles of sustainable urbanism and profile cities that are putting these principles into practice. From Portland, Oregon to Ahmedabad, India, local people are acting to improve their cities, even when national efforts are stalled. Issues examined range from the nitty-gritty of handling waste and developing public transportation to civic participation and navigating dysfunctional government. Throughout, readers discover the most pressing challenges facing communities and the most promising solutions currently being developed. The result is a snapshot of cities today and a vision for global urban sustainability tomorrow."-- Back cover.
46 p. : col. ill. ; 28 cm.
  • The unsustainability of the current energy system
  • Sustainable energy for all
  • Sustainable energy roadmaps
  • Analyzing energy efficiency potentials
  • Assessing renewable energy resource potentials
  • Integrating renewables into the grid
  • Assessing socioeconomic impacts of the renewable energy transition
  • Reforming policy, governance, and finance
  • Insights from a case study: energy roadmap for the Dominican Republic
  • Roadmaps for the future.
Worldwide, over 1.3 billion people lack access to electricity and another 1 billion have unreliable access, with enormous consequences for their everyday lives. In addition, many countries spend a high share of their GDP on fossil fuel imports, making them dependent on foreign energy supplies and vulnerable to price fluctuations. The burning of fossil fuels pollutes local environments, endangers the health of citizens, and exacerbates global climate change. Fortunately, alternatives to our currently unsustainable energy system exist. Although progress has been slow on reaching a global agreement to address human-caused climate change, recent years have seen vast improvements in energy efficiency as well as unprecedented growth in renewable energy. Communities around the world are demonstrating the possibility of moving toward energy systems that are environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable. This volume's roadmaps provide decision makers with a comprehensive toolkit for transitioning to sustainable energy. They examine opportunities for energy efficiency, renewable energy, and grid technologies; explore technical barriers and opportunities; and analyze socioeconomic impacts, including job creation. The roadmaps can be applied in a wide variety of locations and at multiple levels of political organization, offering a long-term vision for energy development as well as specific policy, governance, and financial steps that are critical to making the shift to sustainable energy a reality.
Green Library
48 p. : ill. ; 28 cm.
  • Summary
  • A different sort of salmon
  • From ornamental ponds to industrial aquaculture
  • "Reducing" fish to produce fish
  • Fish farming for restoration
  • A shift in mindset
  • Toward sustainable aquaculture standards.
The world's seafood diet will soon be comprised of over half farmed fish. Very serious environmental impacts from farming seafood are prevalent and enumerated. Some better practices and innovations are offered to alleviate the environmental concerns.
Green Library


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