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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
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ix, 212 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
"The Transition to Sustainable Living and Practice" provides a series of insights into real alternatives to the current economic malaise, with an examination of key themes such as transition towns, traditional villages, new green financial concepts, the sustainable utopia, co-operative farming, sustainability and activism, ecofeminism, green protectionism, intentional communities and a green philosophy of money.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781849506410 20160603
Green Library
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xxi, 264 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
  • Foreword Andrew Millington 1. Notes for Avoiding a Missed Opportunity in Sustainability Science: Integrating Land Change Science and Political Ecology Christian Brannstrom and Jacqueline M. Vadjunec 2. The Ghost of von Thunen Lives: A Political Ecology of the Disappearance of the Amazonian Forest Robert Walker and Peter Richards 3. Forest Transitions in Southeast Asia: Synergies and Shortcomings in Land Change Science and Political Ecology Guillaume Lestrelin, Jean-Christophe Castella and Jefferson Fox 4. Politicizing Land Use Change in Highland Madagascar: Struggles with Air Photo Analyses and Conservation Agendas Christian A. Kull 5. Producing Biodiversity in Tanzania's Mangrove Forests? A Combined Political Ecology and Ecological Resilience Approach to "Sustainably Utilized Landscapes" Betsy A. Beymer-Farris 6. Gender, the Household, and Land Change in Southeastern Mexico Claudia Radel, Birgit Schmook, and Crisol Mendez 7. Border Integrations: The Fusion of Political Ecology and Land Change Science to Inform and Contest Transboundary Integration in Amazonia David S. Salisbury, Mariano Castro Sanchez Moreno, Luis Davalos Torres, Robert Guimaraes Vasquez, Jose Saito Diaz, Pedro Tipula Tipula, Andres Treneman Young, Carlos Arana Courrejolles, Martin Arana Cardo and the Grupo de Monitoreo de Megaproyectos Region Ucayali 8. Political Ecology and Land Change Science in the Study of Infrastructure Impacts: The Case of the Southwestern Amazon Stephen G. Perz, Jane Southworth, Grenville Barnes, Youliang Qiu, Yibin Xia, Jing Sun, Karla Rocha 9. Deforestation and the World-as-Representation: The Maya Forest of Southern Belize Joel Wainwright, Shiguo Jiang, and Desheng Liu 10. Shifting Spaces and Hidden Landscapes in Rural South Africa Brian King 11. Political Ecology, Land Change Science and the Political Economy of Nature Brent McCusker 12. The Intersection of Independent Lies: Land Change Science and Political Ecology Rinku Roy Chowdhury 13. Two-Way Traffic across a Porous Border Paul Robbins and B. L. Turner II.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780415540230 20160612
Recent claims regarding convergence and divergence between land change science and political ecology as approaches to the study of human-environment relationships and sustainability science are examined and analyzed in this innovative volume. Comprised of 11 commissioned chapters as well as introductory and concluding/synthesis chapters, it advances the two fields by proposing new conceptual and methodological approaches toward integrating land change science and political ecology. The book also identifies areas of fundamental difference and disagreement between fields. These theoretical contributions will help a generation of young researchers refine their research approaches and will advance a debate among established scholars in geography, land-use studies, and sustainability science that has been developing since the early 2000s. At an empirical level, case studies focusing on sustainable development are included from Africa, Central and South America, and Southeast Asia. The specific topics addressed include tropical deforestation, swidden agriculture, mangrove forests, gender, and household issues.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780415540230 20160612
Green Library
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xx, 247 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
  • Introduction: the diversity of eco-religious practice in China / Dan Smyer Yu, with James Miller and Peter van der Veer
  • Ecology and the classics / Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim
  • Conceptualizations of earth and land in classical Chinese texts / Deborah Sommer
  • 'The Great Virtue of Heaven and Earth' : deep ecology in the Yijing / Joseph A. Adler
  • 'Hard-hearted' and 'soft-hearted' ecologies : a rereading of Confucian and Daoist classics / Chen Xia and Peng Guoxiang with James Miller
  • Gods and nature in Highest Clarity Daoism / James Miller
  • When the land is excellent : village feng shui forests and the nature of lineage, polity and vitality in southern China / Chris Coggins
  • Finding nature in religion, hunting religion from the environment / Rebecca Nedostup
  • Globalizations and diversities of nature in China / Robert P. Weller
  • Is Chinese popular religion at all compatible with ecology? A discussion of feng shui / Ole Bruun
  • 'Ecological migration' and cultural adaptation : a case study of the Sanjiangyuan Nature Reserve, Qinghai Province / Qi Jinyu
  • Reverse environmentalism : contemporary articulations of Tibetan culture, Buddhism and environmental protection / Emily T. Yeh
  • Earthwork, home-making and eco-aesthetics among Amdo Tibetans / Dan Smyer Yu.
This book sheds light on the social imagination of nature and environment in contemporary China. It demonstrates how the urgent debate on how to create an ecologically sustainable future for the world's most populous country is shaped by its complex engagement with religious traditions, competing visions of modernity and globalization, and by engagement with minority nationalities who live in areas of outstanding natural beauty on China's physical and social margins. The book develops a comprehensive understanding of contemporary China that goes beyond the tradition/ modernity dichotomy, and illuminates the diversity of narratives and worldviews that inform contemporary Chinese understandings of and engagements with nature and environment.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780415855150 20160616
Green Library
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xviii, 316 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 24 cm.
Green Library
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xix, 214 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
  • Prologue: Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast Part 1: The Challenge 1. Human Ecology: An Evolving Discipline 2 . Water Conflicts in the Snowy Mountains Part 2: Thinking Together 3. Thinking Together 5. System Dynamics I - Stocks and Flows 5. System Dynamics II - Feedback 6. Systems and Sustainability 7. Towards a Shared Theoretical Framework Part 3: Living in the Anthropocene 8. Paradigms: Ideas that Change the World 9. Living Well in the Anthropocene 10. Consumers and Global Food Systems 11. Stewards of a Full Earth.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781849713832 20160618
We are facing hugely complex challenges - from climate change to world poverty, our problems are part of an inter-related web of social and natural systems. Human Ecology provides an approach to address these complex challenges, a way to understand them holistically and to start to manage them more effectively. This textbook, which has been road-tested and refined through over a decade of teaching and workshops, offers a coherent conceptual framework for Human Ecology - a clear approach for understanding the many systems we are part of and how we frame and understand the problems we face. By giving rigorous definitions it guides readers out of the current 'conceptual swamp' that hinders communication and collaboration - with a particular focus on terms such as "sustainability" and "cultural adaptation", that need generally agreed definitions before they can support clear communication. It also clarifies the role of Human Ecology, and similar disciplines, by bringing ethical and justice considerations into the assessment of different interventions to promote sustainability. Blending natural, social and cognitive sciences with dynamical systems theory, the authors offer systems approaches that are accessible to all, from the undergraduate student in environmental studies to policy-makers and practitioners across government, business and community.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781849713832 20160618
Green Library
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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
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viii, 266 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm.
  • Table of Contents Preface Introduction Bridging the Boundaries by Edward Edgerton, Ombretta Romice, and Kevin Thwaites I Environment, Health, and Well-Being Recreational Forests: Use, Experience, and Motivation at Selected Sites in Selangor, Malaysia by Norhuzailin Hussain and Anna Jorgensen Objectively Healthy Cities: Urban Design for the 21st Century by George Weeks Dementia-Friendly Architecture: Integrating Evidence in Architectural Design by Gesine Marquardt Objective and Subjective Impressions of an Environmental Intervention in Dementia by Louise Ritchie and Edward Edgerton II Environmental Perception, Behavior, and Place-Identity A Customization of Urbanites: Boosting Place-Identity by Lineu Castello Young People's Attachment to Place by Maria Nordstrom Urban Parks in Curitiba, Brazil: Visibility and Permeability Analyses of Internal and External Configurational Properties by Renato Tibirica de Saboya, Sofia Arrias Bittencourt, Mariana Colin Stelzner, and Vera Helena Moro Bins Ely Degrees of Environmental Diversity for Pedestrian Thermal Comfort in the Urban Continuum: A New Methodological Approach by Carolina Vasilikou and Marialena Nikolopoulou Influence of Chromatic Complexity and Coherence on Evaluation of Urban Scenes by Natalia Naoumova III Human Experience in Urban Sustainability Towards a Theoretical Basis for Anthropological People-Environment Studies by Ray Lucas Participatory Public Policy, Public Housing, and Community Sustainability: A Venezuelan Experience by Esther Wiesenfeld, Euclides Sanchez, and Fernando Giuliani Programming for Behavior in Educational Environments by Doris C. C. K. Kowaltowski, Daniel de Carvalho Moreira, Marcella S. Deliberador, and Paula R. P. Pereira Complexity and Order in Commercial Streetscapes: How to Maintain User Satisfaction With Visual Quality in Contemporary Cities by Adriana Portella and Sinval Xavier IV Global Environment Challenges The Local Impact of Encountering Global Environmental Problems: Rural Residents' Appraisal of Changes as to the Better or the Worse by Eja Pedersen and Maria Johansson Newspaper Coverage of Water Restrictions in Melbourne, Australia, in Relation to Climate Change Adaptation From 2006 to 2010 by Simon Chun Kwan Chui Vulnerability Assessment of Urban Populations in Africa: The Case of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania by Regina John, Nathalie Jean-Baptiste, and Sigrun Kabisch Is Urban Sustainability Possible in the Face of Accelerated Property Development by and Major Public Works? The Case of Recife, Brazil by Fatima Furtado, Edinea Alcantara, and Onilda Bezerra.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780889374669 20160617
Current interdisciplinary research and practice in human - environment interactions This volume outlines current interdisciplinary research on the reciprocal relations between humans and the built and natural environments. The expert contributors investigate topics such as environmental impact on health and well-being, identity and place attachment, urban sustainability, and challenges linked to global or national environmental phenomena. Some chapters reflect on theoretical contributions that offer alternative ways of thinking about human - environment interactions, while others focus on methodological challenges and innovations. The quality and interdisciplinary diversity of the chapters make the book a unique contribution to understanding present and future human - environment challenges at all scales and in all global contexts. It will be valuable to researchers, practitioners, and policy makers across a range of related disciplines, including psychology, architecture, urban design and planning, education, sociology, human and social ecology, interior design, and geograph.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780889374669 20160617
Green Library
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59 pages ; 20 cm
Green Library
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xii, 200 p. : ill., maps ; 27 cm.
  • Introduction
  • Restore the streetcar city
  • Design an interconnected street system
  • Locate commercial services, frequent transit, and schools within a five-minute walk
  • Locate good jobs close to affordable homes
  • Provide a diversity of housing types
  • Create a linked system of natural areas and parks
  • Invest in lighter, greener, cheaper, smarter infrastructure.
Green Library
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191 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Green Library
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xx, 329 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
  • Figures Tables Contributors Foreword Preface Introduction: Sustainable Lifeways -Naomi F Miller and Katherine M. Moore 1 "Living with a Moving Target": Long-term Climatic Variability and Environmental Risk in Dryland Regions -Neil Roberts 2 Prehistoric Pastoralists and Social Responses to Climatic Risk in East Africa -Fiona Marshall, Katherine Grillo, and Lee Arco 3 Spreading Risk in Risky Environments: An East African Example -Kathleen Ryan and Karega-Munene 4 Risk and Resilience among Contemporary Pastoralists in Southwestern Iran -Lois Beck and Julia Huang 5 Change and Stability in an Uncertain Environment: Foraging Strategies in the Levant from the Early Natufian through the Beginning of the Pre-Pottery Neolithic B -Arlene M. Rosen 6 Explaining the Structure and Timing of Formation of Pueblo I Villages in the Northern U.S. Southwest -Timothy A. Kohler and Charles Reed 7 Mitigating Environmental Risk in the U.S. Southwest -Katherine A. Spielmann, Margaret Nelson, Scott Ingram, and Matthew A. Peeples 8 Farmers' Experience and Knowledge: Utilizing Soil Diversity to Mitigate Rainfall Variability on the Taraco Peninsula, Bolivia -Maria C. Bruno 9 Grace Under Pressure: Responses to Changing Environments by Herders and Fishers in the Formative Lake Titicaca Basin, Bolivia -Katherine M. Moore 10 Periodic Volcanism, Persistent Landscapes, and the Archaeofaunal Record in the Jama Valley of Western Ecuador -Peter W. Stahl 11 Managing Predictable Unpredictability: Agricultural Sustainability at Gordion, Turkey -Naomi F. Miller Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781934536193 20160607
Sustainable Lifeways addresses forces of conservatism and innovation in societies dependent on the exploitation of aquatic and other wild resources, agriculture, and specialized pastoralism. The volume gathers specialists working in four areas of the world with significant archaeological and paleoenvironmental databases: West Asia, the American Southwest, East Africa, and Andean South America, and contributing to research in three broad time scales: long term (spanning millennia), medium term (archaeological time, spanning centuries or a few thousand years), and recent (ethnohistoric or ethnographic, spanning years or decades). By bringing an archaeological eye to an examination of human response to unpredictable environmental conditions, informed by an understanding of contemporary traditional peoples, the contributors to this volume develop a more detailed picture of how societies perceive environmental risk, how they alter their behavior in the face of changing conditions, and under what challenges the most rapid and far-reaching changes in adaptation have taken place. Sustainable Lifeways enhances our understanding of both the forces of conservatism and innovation which may have been in play in major transitions in the past, such as the development of complex society, and the expansions of early empires. Studies present examples of cattle herders in East Africa, hunter-gatherers and pastoralists in the Levant, South American fisher/farmers, and farmer/hunters of the U.S. Southwest.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781934536193 20160607
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xii, 217 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.
Green Library
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463 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm
Green Library
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xxi, 305 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
  • PART 1: From the Beginning 1. Sustainability - Clues for Positive Societal and Ecosystem Change 2. Learning From the Past: Why Societies Collapsed or Survived PART 2: Scientific Approach to Decoding Sustainability 3. Today: Decoding Country Resource Stories PART 3: The Real Country Stories 4. Fossil Energy Endowments and Externalities 5. Forests - the Backbone and Circulatory System for Human Societies 6. The Soil and Water Connection to Food: Adapt, Mitigate, or Die PART 4. Climate and Soils: Unavoidable Constraints To Solar Capital 7. The Future: Climate Change as a Global Driver Impacting Sustainability 8. Where the Past and Future meet: Soils or the Unseen Earth that Nurtures Societies 9. The Ultimate Constraint to Human Sustainability: Solar Income PART 5. Societies Adapt To a Quagmire of Resource Choices 10. Debunking Sustainability Myths 11. Portfolio for Managing Natural and Human Capital 12. Sustainable Ecosystems: Investments in Human and Natural Capital References.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781844079018 20160604
Food, water and energy form some of the basic elements of sustainability considerations. This ground-breaking book examines and decodes these elements, exploring how a range of countries make decisions regarding their energy and bio-resource consumption and procurement. The authors consider how these choices impact not only the societies and environments of those countries, but the world in general. To achieve this, the authors review the merits of various sustainability and environmental metrics, and then apply these to 34 countries that are ranked low, medium or high on the human development index. The book assesses their resource capacities and the environmental impacts, both within and outside their country boundaries, from consuming food, water, and energy. The final section uses the lessons derived from the earlier analyses of resource consumption to explore the importance of geography, climates and sustainable management of forests and other natural resources for building resilient societies in the future.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781844079018 20160604
Green Library
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167 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
  • Apresentação : ecologia e sustentabilidade
  • Ecologia em três tempos / Leda Miranda Hühne
  • Ecologia e política / Carlos Minc
  • Ética, ecologia e sociedade : ética da solidariedade / Olinto Pegoraro
  • Desenvolvimento sustentável e educação ambiental : concepções e práticas / Thereza Martins de Oliveira
  • Sustentabilidade ambiental, silvestre, rural e urbano / Gilberto Kobler Corrêa
  • Meio ambiente humano e racismo ambiental / Ana Maria Felippe
  • Ecologia e exclução social : um estudo da Rocinha / Aline Leal
  • Ontem como hoje / Ney Land
  • Cosmoecologia / Ronaldo Rogério de Freitas Mourão
  • Água, e desafio do milênio : por que a gestão das águas? / Paula Benevides
  • Amazônia : ecologia, política e identidade / Raymundo Heraldo Maués
  • Poemas / Leda Miranda Hühne / Carta da floresta (em reverência ao mito) / Léa Madureira.
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xii, 407, [6] p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
  • Editorial introduction / Roderick J. Lawrence
  • Pathways and paradigms for sustaining human communities / Steve Hatfield Dodds
  • Indicators as tools to guide progress on the sustainable development pathway / Gordon Mitchell
  • An agenda for community design and planning : participation and empowerment in practice / Roberta M. Feldman, Lynne M. Westphal
  • Health, economy and environment in Sheffield and Izhevsk : a comparative study / Geoff Green
  • Nature conservation in urban landscapes : ecological, economic and sociological perspectives / Irene Rign, Karin Frank and Georg Kneer
  • Urban intensification and social sustainability : the importance of social capacity / Elizabeth Burton, Katie Williams and Mike Jenks
  • The links between crime prevention and sustaining human settlements / Chrisna du Plessis
  • Building more liveable cities by overcoming automobile dependence : an international comparative review / Jeff Kenworthy
  • The Rotterdam REBUS-database as a tool for the development of healthy houses / W. de Haes, J. Bleeker, W. Swart, F. Woudenberg
  • Households and infrastructures for sustaining cities : a research agenda for research, policy and practice / Anders Gullberg, Rony Pettersson, Mona Mårtensson and Peter Steen
  • New possibilities for sustainable human settlements in a war-torn zone : the case of Bosnia and Herzegovina / Tigran Hasic & Andrew W. Roberts.
Green Library
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525 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
Green Library
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327 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
East Asia Library
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175 p. : ill ; 20 cm.
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