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x, 212 pages ; 24 cm.
  • Introduction: Climate change and genocide
  • Making sense of climate change
  • On the origins of violent conflict : war and the genocidal impulse
  • Linking climate change and conflict
  • Water, violent conflict, and genocide
  • Forced displacement and borders in a warming world
  • Preventing conflict and building resilience.
Unstable Ground looks at the human impact of climate change and its potential to provoke some of the most troubling crimes against humanity-ethnic conflict, war, and genocide. Alex Alvarez provides an essential overview of what science has shown to be true about climate change and examines how our warming world will challenge and stress societies and heighten the risk of mass violence. Drawing on a number of recent and historic examples, including Darfur, Syria, and the current migration crisis, this book illustrates the thorny intersections of climate change and violence. The author doesn't claim causation but makes a compelling case that changing environmental circumstances can be a critical factor in facilitating violent conflict. As research suggests climate change will continue and accelerate, understanding how it might contribute to violence is essential in understanding how to prevent it.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781442265684 20170919
Law Library (Crown)
326 pages ; 22 cm
  • Introduction
  • An unequal terrain
  • God's avid gardeners
  • Nature as teacher
  • Natural utopias
  • A conservationist empire
  • A wilderness passage into ecology
  • Environmental law in the anthropocene
  • What kind of democracy?
Nature no longer exists apart from humanity. The world we will inhabit is the one we have made. Geologists call this epoch the Anthropocene, Age of Humans. The facts of the Anthropocene are scientific-emissions, pollens, extinctions-but its shape and meaning are questions for politics. Jedediah Purdy develops a politics for this post-natural world.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780674368224 20160618
Law Library (Crown)
305 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
  • Are we all going to die?
  • A history of mass extinctions. The apocalypse that brought us to life ; Two ways to go extinct ; The Great dying ; What really happened to the dinosaurs ; Is a mass extinction going on right now?
  • We almost didn't make it. The African bottleneck ; Meeting the Neanderthals ; Great plagues ; The hungry generations
  • Lessons from survivors. Scatter : footprints of the diaspora ; Adapt : meet the toughest microbes in the world ; Remember : swim south ; Pragmatic optimism, or, Stories of survival
  • How to build a death-proof city. The mutating metropolis ; Disaster science ; Using math to stop a pandemic ; Cities that hide ; Every surface a farm
  • The million-year view. Terraforming Earth ; Not in our planetary backyard ; Take a ride on the space elevator ; Your body is optional ; On Titan's beach.
"In its 4.5 billion-year history, life on Earth has been almost erased at least half a dozen times: shattered by asteroid impacts, entombed in ice, smothered by methane, and torn apart by unfathomably powerful megavolcanoes. And we know that another global disaster is eventually headed our way. Can we survive it? How?"--Dust jacket flap.
Law Library (Crown)
174 pages ; 24 cm
  • Introduction
  • The experience of nature
  • The exploitation of animals
  • An infectious environment
  • The threat of arthropods
  • Bill Gates or microbes
  • Paradoxical cities
  • Environmental conflicts
  • Environmental refugees
  • When poor countries set an example
  • Conclusion.
We know that our gas-guzzling cars are warming the planet, the pesticides and fertilizers from farms are turning rivers toxic, and the earth has run out of space for the mountains of unrecycled waste our daily consumption has left in its wake. We've heard copious accounts of our impact-as humans and as a society-on the natural world. But this is not a one-sided relationship. Lost in these dire and scolding accounts has been the impact on us and our well-being. You sense it while walking on a sandy beach, or in a wild, woody forest, or when you taste the meat of a free-range chicken, or even while gardening in your backyard. Could it be that the natural environment is an essential part of our happiness? Yes, says Eric Lambin emphatically in "An Ecology of Happiness". Using a very different strategy in addressing environmental concerns, he asks us to consider that there may be no better reason to value and protect the health of the planet than for our own personal well-being. In this clever and wide-ranging work, Lambin draws on research in the fields of geography, political ecology, environmental psychology, urban studies, and disease ecology, among others, to answer such questions as: To what extent do we need nature for our well-being? How does environmental degradation affect our happiness? What can be done to protect the environment and increase our well-being at the same time? Drawing on case studies from Asia, Africa, Europe, and North America, Lambin makes a persuasive case for the correlation between healthy ecosystems and happy humans. Unique in its scope and evenhanded synthesis of research from many fields, "An Ecology of Happiness" offers a compelling human-centered argument that is impossible to overlook. What better reason to protect an ecosystem or save a species than for our own pleasure?
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780226466675 20160609
Law Library (Crown)
457 p. ; 24 cm.
The environment has long been the undisputed territory of the political Left, which has seen the principal threats to the earth as issuing from international capitalism, consumerism and the over-exploitation of natural resources. In Green Philosophy, Roger Scruton shows the fallacies behind that way of thinking, and the danger that it poses to the ecosystems on which we all depend. Scruton contends that the environment is the most urgent political problem of our age, and sets out the principles that should govern our efforts to protect it. The current environmental movement directs its energies at the bigger picture but fails to see that environmental problems are generated and resolved by ordinary people. In Green Philosophy, Scruton argues that conservatism is far better suited to tackle environmental problems than either liberalism or socialism. He shows that rather than entrusting the environment to unwieldy NGOs and international committees, we must assume personal responsibility and foster local sovereignty. People must be empowered to take charge of their environment, to care for it as a home, and to affirm themselves through the kind of local associations that have been the traditional goal of conservative politics. Our common future is by no means assured, but as Roger Scruton clearly demonstrates in this important book, there is a path that we can take which could ensure the future safety of our planet and our species.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781848870765 20160607
Law Library (Crown)
457 p. ; 23 cm.
  • Local warming
  • Global alarming
  • The search for salvation
  • Radical precaution
  • Market solutions and homeostasis
  • The moral economy
  • Heimat and habitat
  • Beauty, piety and desecration
  • Getting nowhere
  • Begetting somewhere
  • Modest proposals.
"The environment has long been the undisputed territory of the political Left, which casts international capitalism, consumerism, and the over-exploitation of natural resources as the principle threats to the planet, and sees top-down interventions as the most effective solution. In How to Think Seriously About the Planet, Roger Scruton rejects this view and offers a fresh approach to tackling the most important political problem of our time. The environmental movement, he contends, is philosophically confused and has unrealistic agendas. Its sights are directed at the largescale events and the confrontation between international politics and multinational business. But Scruton argues that no large-scale environmental project, however well-intentioned, will succeed if it is not rooted in small-scale practical reasoning. Seeing things on a large scale promotes top-down solutions, managed by unaccountable bureaucracies that fail to assess local conditions and are rife with unintended consequences. Scruton argues for the greater efficacy of local initiatives over global schemes, civil association over political activism, and small-scale institutions of friendship over regulatory hyper-vigilance. And he suggests that conservatism is far better suited to solving environmental problems than either liberalism or socialism. Rather than entrusting the environment to unwieldy NGOs and international committees, we must assume personal responsibility and foster local control. People must be empowered to take charge of their environment, to care for it as they would a home, and to involve themselves through the kind of local associations that have been the traditional goal of conservative politics. Our common future is by no means assured, but as Roger Scruton clearly demonstrates in this important book, there is a path that can ensure the future safety of our planet and our species."-- Publisher's description.
Law Library (Crown)
xxvi, 414 p. : ill., maps ; 23 cm
  • Extractive industries and indigenous peoples : issues and impacts
  • Indigenous peoples and the extractive industries : responses
  • Concluding observations.
Law Library (Crown)
xiv, 185 p. : ill., maps ; 23 cm.
  • The Florida Everglades : an entangled landscape
  • The queen of the Everglades
  • Landscape ethnography and the politics of nature
  • The notorious Ashley gang
  • Earth, fire, and flesh : territorial refrains
  • The theatrics of Everglades outlaws
  • The travels of snakes, mangroves, and men
  • The gang vanishes into the mysterious swamp
  • Searching for paradise in the Florida Everglades
  • The story doesn't end with the ambush on the Sebastian River bridge
  • Alligator conservation, commodities, and tactics of subversion
  • Epilogue: The Bill Ashley jungles : trace impressions of a forgotten landscape.
Little in North America is wilder than the Florida Everglades-a landscape of frightening reptiles, exotic plants in profusion, swarms of mosquitoes, and unforgiving heat. And yet, even from the early days of taming the wilderness with clearing and drainage, the Everglades has been considered fragile, unique, and in need of restorative interventions. Drawing on a decade of fieldwork with hunters in the Everglades, Laura A. Ogden explores the lives and labors of people, animals, and plants in this most delicate and tenacious ecosystem.Today, the many visions of the Everglades-protectionist, ecological, commercial, historical-have become a tangled web of contradictory practices and politics for conservation and for development. Yet within this entanglement, the place of people remains highly ambivalent. It is the role of people in the Everglades that interests Ogden, as she seeks to reclaim the landscape\u2019s long history as a place of human activity and, in doing so, discover what it means to be human through changing relations with other animals and plant life. Ogden tells this story through the lives of poor rural whites, gladesmen, epitomized in tales of the Everglades\u2019 most famous outlaws, the Ashley Gang. With such legends and lore on one side, and outsized efforts at drainage and development on the other, Swamplife strikes a rare balance, offering a unique insight into the hidden life of the Everglades-and into how an appreciation of oppositional culture and social class operates in our understanding of wilderness in the United States.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780816670277 20180530
Law Library (Crown)
xvi, 375 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
  • Where there is a need, there is a way
  • Your preparedness plan
  • Stored food and other supplies
  • Home is where the hearth is
  • First aid
  • Staying healthy in a crisis or pandemic
  • Emergency survival
  • Water : requirements, purification, and storage
  • Communication
  • Self-defense and personal protection
  • Fire!
  • Earthquake!
  • Hurricanes and floods
  • Tornadoes
  • Winter storms : how to handle the cold without power
  • Electromagnetic pulses and solar storms
  • The unthinkable : surviving a nuclear disaster.
"Disasters often strike without warning and leave a trail of destruction in their wake. Yet armed with the right tools and information, survivors can fend for themselves and get through even the toughest circumstances. Matthew Stein's When Disaster Strikes provides a thorough, practical guide for how to prepare for and react in many of life's most unpredictable scenarios. In this disaster-preparedness manual, he outlines the materials you'll need-from food and water, to shelter and energy, to first-aid and survival skills-to help you safely live through the worst. When Disaster Strikes covers how to find and store food, water, and clothing, as well as the basics of installing back-up power and lights. You'll learn how to gather and sterilize water, build a fire, treat injuries in an emergency, and use alternative medical sources when conventional ones are unavailable. Stein instructs you on the smartest responses to natural disasters-such as fires, earthquakes, hurricanes and floods-how to keep warm during winter storms, even how to protect yourself from attack or other dangerous situations. With this comprehensive guide in hand, you can be sure to respond quickly, correctly, and confidently when a crisis threatens"-- Provided by publisher.
Law Library (Crown)
xiii, 382 p. : ill., maps ; 23 cm.
  • 1. Introduction E. A. Smith and I. Vaccaro-- 2. People, numbers, and natural resources: demography in environmental research O. Beltran-- 3. Production decisions and time allocation: a guide to data collection R. Hames-- 4. Analyzing the politics of natural resources: from theories of property rights to institutional analysis and beyond A. Poteete-- 5. Extreme events, tipping points and vulnerability: methods in political economy of environment E. C. Jones-- 6. Local communities and natural resources: ethnobiology in practice L. Zanotti, D. Glover and J. Sepez-- 7. Mapping histories: cultural landscapes and walkabout methods V. Strang-- 8. Metaphors and myths in news reports of an Amazonian lost tribe: society, environment and literary analysis C. Slater-- 9. Water decision-makers in a desert city: text analysis and environmental social science Amber Wutich and C. Gravlee-- 10. Linking human and natural systems: social networks, environment and ecology J. Johnson and D. Griffith-- 11. Khat commodity chains in Madagascar: multi-sited ethnography at multiple scales L. Gezon-- 12. Spatio-temporal methodologies in environmental anthropology: geographic information systems, remote sensing, landscape changes and local knowledge E. Brondizio and R. R. Chowdhury-- 13. Deep time, diachronic change, and the integration of multi-scalar data: archaeological methods for exploring human-environment dynamics E. Jones-- 14. Comparing trajectories of climate, class and production: an historical ecology of American yeomen M. Scholl, D. N. Murray and C. L. Crumley-- 15. Anthropology and natural resource management: methodological integrations S. Aswani.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780521125710 20160605
The relationship between human communities and the environment is extremely complex. In order to resolve the issues involved with this relationship, interdisciplinary research combining natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities is necessary. In this 2010 book, specialists summarise methods and research strategies for various aspects of social research devoted to environmental issues. Each chapter is illustrated with ethnographic and environmental examples, ranging from Australia to Amazonia, from Madagascar to the United States, and from prehistoric and historic cases to contemporary rural and urban ones. It deals with climate change, deforestation, environmental knowledge, natural reserves, politics and ownership of natural resources, and the effect of differing spatial and temporal scales. Contributing to the intellectual project of interdisciplinary environmental social science, this book shows the possibilities social science can provide to environmental studies and to larger global problems and thus will be of equal interest to social and natural scientists and policy makers.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780521125710 20160605
Law Library (Crown)
xxii, 176 p. ; 24 cm.
  • The force of things
  • The agency of assemblages
  • Edible matter
  • A life of metal
  • Neither vitalism nor mechanism
  • Stem cells and the culture of life
  • Political ecologies
  • Vitality and self-interest.
In "Vibrant Matter", the political theorist Jane Bennett, renowned for her work on nature, ethics, and affect, shifts her focus from the human experience of things to things themselves. Bennett argues that political theory needs to do a better job of recognizing the active participation of nonhuman forces in events. Toward that end, she theorizes a 'vital materiality' that runs through and across bodies, both human and nonhuman. Bennett explores how political analyses of public events might change were we to acknowledge that agency always emerges as the effect of ad hoc configurations of human and nonhuman forces. She suggests that recognizing that agency is distributed this way, and is not solely the province of humans, might spur the cultivation of a more responsible, ecologically sound politics: a politics less devoted to blaming and condemning individuals than to discerning the web of forces affecting situations and events. Bennett examines the political and theoretical implications of vital materialism through extended discussions of commonplace things and physical phenomena including stem cells, fish oils, electricity, metal, and trash. She reflects on the vital power of material formations such as landfills, which generate lively streams of chemicals, and omega-3 fatty acids, which can transform brain chemistry and mood. Along the way, she engages with the concepts and claims of Spinoza, Nietzsche, Thoreau, Darwin, Adorno, and Deleuze, disclosing a long history of thinking about vibrant matter in Western philosophy, including attempts by Kant, Bergson, and the embryologist Hans Driesch to name the 'vital force' inherent in material forms. Bennett concludes by sketching the contours of a 'green materialist' ecophilosophy.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780822346197 20160603
Law Library (Crown)
xvi, 300 p. : ill., maps ; 22 cm.
With reference to Nilgiri Hills, India.
Law Library (Crown)
viii, 374 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
  • 1. The question of where
  • pt. 1. Why place matters
  • 2. Spiky world
  • 3. Rise of the mega-region
  • 4. The clustering force
  • pt. 2. The wealth of place
  • 5. The mobile and the rooted
  • 6. Where the brains are
  • 7. Job-shift
  • 8. Superstar cities
  • pt. 3. The geography of happiness
  • 9. Shiny happy places
  • 10. Beyond Maslow's city
  • 11. Cities have personalities, too
  • pt. 4. Where we live now
  • 12. Three big moves
  • 13. The young and the restless
  • 14. Married with children
  • 15. When the kids are gone
  • 16. Place yourself
  • Acknowledgments
  • Appendices
  • Notes
  • Index.
From the best-selling author of "The Rise of the Creative Class", a brilliant new book on the surprising importance of place, with advice on how to find the right place for you.It's a mantra of the age of globalization that where we live doesn't matter. We can innovate just as easily from a ski chalet in the Alps or a cottage in Provence as in the office of a Silicon Valley startup.According to Richard Florida, this is wrong. Globalization is not flattening the world; in fact, place is increasingly relevant to the global economy and our individual lives. Where we live determines the jobs and careers we have access to, the people we meet and the "mating markets" in which we participate. And everything we think we know about cities and their economic roles is up for grabs."Who's Your City?" is the first book to report on the growing body of research on what qualities of cities and towns actually make people happy in their lives. Choosing a place to live is as important as choosing a spouse or career, but until now, no one has rigorously explored this powerful component of subjective well-being to uncover what people want, need, and get out of the places they live. For everyone from urban planners and mayors to recent graduates, this book will be the essential guide to how people choose where to live, and what those choices mean to their lives and their communities.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780465003525 20160528
Law Library (Crown)
viii, 198 p. ; 24 cm.
  • Selling space : power and resource allocation in a Caribbean coastal community / Donald Macleod
  • "Working in nature," "caring for nature" : diverse views of the environment in the context of an environmental dispute / Dimitrios Theodossopoulos
  • Developing "nature" : global ecology and the politics of conservation in northern Pakistan / Kenneth Iain MacDonald
  • Getting engaged : pollution, toxic illness, and discursive shift in a Tokyo community / Phil Wynn Kirby
  • Environmental conservation and institutional environments in Jamaica / James G. Carrier
  • A situated global imperative : debating (the nation's) forests in Finland / Eeva Berglund
  • A changing sense of place : direct action and environmental protest in the U.K. / Kay Milton
  • Conclusion : understandings matter / Josiah Heyman.
James G. Carrier and his group of international researchers tackle the complex factors affecting people's understandings of their environment-not just the natural environment, but landscapes shaped by humans, and the social and cultural contexts. The authors consider the impact of local events with detailed analyses, but also evaluate the political-economic forces that operate at regional and global levels. This book will be an excellent resource for policy-makers, researchers, and instructors in environmental use and conservation, anthropology, geography, and political ecology.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780759105638 20160528
Law Library (Crown)
xiv, 347 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
Law Library (Crown)
xxi, 370 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
  • The Georgia plan
  • The inahbited landscape
  • "What nature suffers to groe"
  • "All under the bank"
  • The limits of the possible
  • Epilogue: Place over time.
"What Nature Suffers to Groe" focuses on a particular place and time to explore how environment and human culture transform each other. Mart A. Stewart shows how each successive community on the Georgia coast - including its natives, settlers, slaves, share-croppers, lumbermen, and developers - forged unique relationships with the environment, which in turn created unique landscapes.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780820324593 20160606
Law Library (Crown)
xx, 392 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Life itself as well as the entire human economy depends on goods and services provided by earth's natural systems. The processes of cleansing, recycling, and renewal, along with goods such as seafood, forage, and timber, are worth many trillions of dollars annually, and nothing could live without them. Yet growing human impacts on the environment are profoundly disrupting the functioning of natural systems and imperiling the delivery of these services.Nature's Services brings together world-renowned scientists from a variety of disciplines to examine the character and value of ecosystem services, the damage that has been done to them, and the consequent implications for human society. Contributors including Paul R. Ehrlich, Donald Kennedy, Pamela A. Matson, Robert Costanza, Gary Paul Nabhan, Jane Lubchenco, Sandra Postel, and Norman Myers present a detailed synthesis of our current understanding of a suite of ecosystem services and a preliminary assessment of their economic value. Chapters consider: major services including climate regulation, soil fertility, pollination, and pest control philosophical and economic issues of valuation case studies of specific ecosystems and services implication of recent findings and steps that must be taken to address the most pressing concerns Nature's Services represents one of the first efforts by scientists to provide an overview of the many benefits and services that nature offers to people and the extent to which we are all vitally dependent on those services. The book enhances our understanding of the value of the natural systems that surround us and can play an essential role in encouraging greater efforts to protect the earth's basiclife-support systems before it is too late.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781559634755 20160615
Nature's Services brings together world-renowned scientists from a variety of disciplines to examine the character and value of ecosystem services, the damage that has been done to them, and the consequent implications for human society. Contributors present a detailed synthesis of our current understanding of a suite of ecosystem services and a preliminary assessment of their economic value. Nature's Services represents one of the first efforts by scientists to provide an overview of the many benefits and services that nature offers to people and the extent to which we are all vitally dependent on those services. The book enhances our understanding of the value of the natural systems that surround us and can play an essential role in encouraging greater efforts to protect the earth's basic life-support systems before it is too late.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781559634762 20160615
Law Library (Crown)
xiv, 337 p. ; 23 cm.
This work presents case studies of programmes that recognize indigenous rights, and brings direct experience to bear on the international debate over intellectual property, conservation and indigenous rights.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781559633796 20160528
Law Library (Crown)
xxix, 159 p. ; 23 cm.
  • Preface. The Passing of the Humanist Era Pt. 1: Animals, or The Confusion of Genres 1: Antinatural Man 2: "Animal Liberation, " or The Rights of Creatures 3: Neither Man nor Stone: The Enigmatic Being Pt. 2: The Shadows of the Earth 4: "Think Like a Mountain": The Master Plan of "Deep Ecology" 5: Nazi Ecology: The November 1933, July 1934, and June 1935 Legislations 6: In Praise of Difference, or The Incarnations of Leftism: The Case of Ecofeminism 7: Democratic Ecology and the Question of the Rights of Nature Epilogue. Nationalism and Cosmopolitanism: The Three Cultures Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780226244839 20160528
This text offers a critique of the ideological roots of the "deep ecology" movement spreading throughout Germany, France and the United States. Traditional ecological movements, or "democratic ecology, " seek to protect the environment of human societies. But another movement has become the refuge both of nostalgic counterrevolutionaries and of leftist illusions, namely "deep ecology." The human species is no longer at the centre of the world, but subject to a new god called Nature. For these purists, man can only soil the harmony of the universe. In order to secure natural equilibrium, the only solution is to grant rights to animals, to trees and to rocks. Ferry examines early European legal cases concerning the status and rights of animals and then demonstrates that German Romanticism embraced certain key ideas of the deep ecology movement concerning the protection of animals and the environment. Ferry deciphers the philosophical and political assumptions of a movement that threatens to infantalize human society by preying on the fear of the authority of a new theological-political order. Far from denying our "duty in relation to nature, " this text cautions against the dangers of environmental claims and against the threat to democracy contained in the deep ecology doctrine when pushed to its extreme.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780226244822 20160528
Law Library (Crown)
xiv, 121 p. ; 22 cm.
Law Library (Crown)