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Book
xxxv, 562 p. : ill., maps.
  • Globalization and biogeochemical cycles.- The role of biogeochemical cycles in global ecodynamics.- Numerical modeling of global carbon change.- Modeling the interactive cycles of greenhouse gases and other chemicals.- Monitoring the cycles of chemical substances in the environment.- Multi-dimensional analysis of interactivity between global ecodynamics and the Arctic Basin.- Nature-society system and climate, its interactive component.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9783540754398 20160605
This book presents a new approach to the study of global environmental changes that have unfavorable implications for people and other living systems. The book benefits from the accumulation of knowledge from different sciences. Basic global problems of the nature-society system dynamics are considered. The book aims to develop a universal information technology to estimate the state of environmental subsystems functioning under various climatic and anthropogenic conditions.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9783540754398 20160605
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xxvi, 131 p.
In this compelling and cogently argued book, Tom Wessels demonstrates how our current path toward progress, based on continual economic expansion and inefficient use of resources, runs absolutely contrary to three foundational scientific laws that govern all complex natural systems. It is a myth, he contends, that progress depends on a growing economy. Wessels explains his theory with his three Laws of Sustainability: the law of limits to growth, the second law of thermodynamics, which exposes the dangers of increased energy consumption, and the law of self-organization, which results in the marvelous diversity of such highly evolved systems as the human body and complex ecosystems. These laws, scientifically proven to sustain life in its myriad forms, have been cast aside since the eighteenth century, first by western economists, political pragmatists, and governments attracted by the idea of unlimited growth, and more recently by a global economy dominated by large corporations, in which consolidation and oversimplification create large-scale inefficiencies in material and energy usage. Wessels makes scientific theory readily accessible by offering examples of how the Laws of Sustainability function in the complex systems we can observe in the natural world around us. He shows how systems such as forests can be templates for developing sustainable economic practices that will allow true progress. Demonstrating that all environmental problems have their source in the Myth of Progress's disregard for the Laws of Sustainability, he concludes with an impassioned argument for cultural change.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781584654957 20160612
Book
viii, 285 p.
Book
x, 342 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
This book presents interdisciplinary advances in theory and practice pertaining to rural sustainability and sets forth an action research agenda and policy prescriptions to support rural sustainability with special emphasis on the Accession Countries to the EU. The book will address four themes. The first theme describes recent developments in tools and approaches to linking science, policy and management for biodiversity conservation improvement and their role in the transition to rural sustainability. The second is on challenges for biodiversity conservation in rural areas in Europe and North America as EU enlargement comes to be a reality. The third covers comparing and contrasting case study applications in biodiversity conservation from NATO and NATO partner countries. The last identifies new opportunities for re-structuring science, policy and management to improve biodiversity conservation in rural areas in the context of an enlarged European Union.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781586033958 20160605
Book
249 p. : ill.
  • pt. 1. The fabulous destiny of biology
  • pt. 2. Biology and the great developmental challenges.

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