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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
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
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
x, 113 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.
In this expanded version of an inspiring speech delivered in December 2009, David Suzuki reflects on how we got where we are today and presents his vision for a better future. In his living memory, Suzuki has witnessed cataclysmic changes in society and our relationship with the planet: the doubling of the world's population, our increased ecological footprint, and massive technological growth. Today we are in a state of crisis, and we must join together to respond to that crisis. If we do so, Suzuki envisions a future in which we understand that we are the Earth and live accordingly. All it takes is imagination and a determination to live within our, and the planet's, means. This book is the culmination of David Suzuki's amazing life and all of his knowledge, experience, and passion -- it is his legacy.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781553655701 20160604
SAL3 (off-campus storage)
xiii, 215 p., [4] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), map ; 24 cm.
  • Preface. 1. The Challenge of Human-Environment Interactions Research. The Evolution of Social Ecological Systems. Characterization of Contemporary Global Environmental Changes. History of the Development of the Human Dimensions Agenda. Characteristics of the Research on the Human Dimensions. The Way Forward: Integrative Science. 2. Theories and Concepts from the Social Sciences. Population, Technology and Central Place Theories . Population and Environment Theories. Agency and History. Decision-theoretic Approaches. Political Economy and Political Ecology. Cultural Ecology. 3. Theories and Concepts from the Biological Sciences. Evolution by Natural Selection. Species respond individualistically, not as communities, to environmental change. Interactions with other species help determine if a particular species will persist in a particular place (Niche and Neutral Theories). Top-down vs. bottom-up control in ecosystems. Succession. Island Biogeography. Equilibrium/non-equilibrium theories of competition, coexistence, community composition Biodiversity and ecosystem processes/services. The Ecosystem Concept in Biology and the Social Sciences. 4. Spatially-Explicit Approaches. Remote Sensing and GIS. A Case Study using GIS/ Remote Sensing to study Amazonian Deforestation. Urban-rural spatial dynamics. Modeling and GIS. 5. Multi-Scale and Multi-temporal Analysis. An approach to multi-disciplinary, multi-scale research. Scale. Local level of analysis. Regional Level of Analysis. Global Level of Analysis. Future Directions. 6. Bio-complexity in Ecological Systems. Spatially-explicit Processes in Ecological and Social Systems. Agent-Based Modeling of Complex Systems. Hierarchical Modeling. Conclusions. 7. Environmental Decision-Making. Institutional Analysis. Individual Behavior and Environmental Decisions. Decisions and Social Context. Conclusions. 8. Towards Sustainability Science. Sustainability Science Research Priorities. Scales of Sustainability. Cities and Sustainability Science. Climate Change and Sustainability. Conclusions. Bibliography.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781405105743 20160603
Environmental Social Science offers a new synthesis of environmental studies, defining the nature of human-environment interactions and providing the foundation for a new cross-disciplinary enterprise that will make critical theories and research methods accessible across the natural and social sciences. Makes key theories and methods of the social sciences available to biologists and other environmental scientists Explains biological theories and concepts for the social sciences community working on the environment Helps bridge one of the difficult divides in collaborative work in human-environment research Includes much-needed descriptions of how to carry out research that is multinational, multiscale, multitemporal, and multidisciplinary within a complex systems theory context.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781405105743 20160603
Green Library
xiv, 270 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
  • Preface Acknowledgments 1. Collision Course: An Expanding Appetite for Resources Coupled with Population Growth on a Finite Planet 2. The Insidious Explosion: Global Trends in Population Growth and Resource Use Expand Our Footprint 3. Shock Wave from the Insidious Explosion: Momentum of the Human Footprint on Our Planet 4. Weeds and Shrinking Violets: Pests on the Move and the Ecological Holocaust 5. Survival on a Finite Earth: The Ultimate Game, or Why Human Nature Destines Us to Use More Than Our Share 6. Why Humans Foul the Nest: Cultural and Genetic Roots Run Deep 7. Searching for Answers: Can We Achieve Sustainability, or Are We Screwed? 8. No More Business as Usual: Transcendence, Enlightenment, Rationalization, Hope, and Action 9. Consilience: Socioenvironmental Restoration and Sustainable Inhabitation of Earth Appendix 1. Data Sources Used to Make Graphs Appendix 2. Reading the Graphs in This Book Appendix 3. Putting Global Environmental Impact into a Quantitative Framework That Links Impact and Behavior Appendix 4. Some Charitable Organizations Involved with Global Environmental Issues Notes Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780231139670 20160528
For the first time in history, humans have exceeded the sustaining capacity of Earth's global ecosystems. Our expanding footprint has tremendous momentum, and the insidious explosion of human impact creates a shockwave that threatens ecosystems worldwide for decades-possibly centuries.Walter K. Dodds depicts in clear, nontechnical terms the root causes and global environmental effects of human behavior. He describes trends in population growth, resource use, and global environmental impacts of the past two centuries, such as greenhouse effects, ozone depletion, water pollution, and species extinctions and introductions. Dodds also addresses less familiar developments, such as the spread of antibiotic resistant genes in bacteria and the concentration of pesticides in the Arctic and other remote ecosystems. He identifies fundamental human activities that have irreversible effects on the environment and draws on recent social science and game theory results to explain why people use more than their share. Past behavior indicates that as resources grow scarce, humans will escalate their use of what remains instead of managing their consumption.Humanity's Footprint paints a lively but ultimately sobering picture of our environmental predicament. Dodds calls for a consilient approach to socioenvironmental restoration that draws on new thinking from across disciplines to develop sustainable solutions to global environmental problems.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780231139670 20160528
Green Library
xi, 267 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
  • Colonialism and Landscape-- The Precolonial Landscape-- Colonization-- From Archive to Map to Landscape-- Material/Conceptual Colonization-- The Postcolonial Landscape-- Colonialism, Landscape, and the Future of Geography-- Bibliography.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780742515604 20160528
Spurred by the dramatic landscape transformation associated with European colonization of the Americas, this illustrated work creates a prototype theory to explain relationships between colonialism and landscape. Andrew Sluyter weaves historical sources and empirical research into a comprehensive geographical theory and applies it to a case study of the Veracruz lowlands along the Gulf Coast of Mexico. He then explores broader considerations of environmental conservation, development and global policy challenges. This book should be of significance to geographers and others interested in development and environmental studies.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780742515604 20160528
Green Library
xi, 210 p. ; 21 cm.
We are living beyond our means, running up debts both economic and ecological, consuming the planet's resources at rates not remotely sustainable. But it's hard to imagine a different way. How can we live without cheap goods and easy credit? How can we consume without consuming the systems that support life? How can we live well and live within our means? In Treading Softly, Thomas Princen helps us imagine an alternative. We need, he says, a new normal, an ecological order that is actually economical with resources, that embraces limits, that sees sustainable living not as a "lifestyle" but as a long-term connection to fresh, free-flowing water, fertile soil, and healthy food. The goal would be to live well by living well within the capacities of our resources. Princen doesn't offer a quick fix -- there's no list of easy ways to save the planet to hang on the refrigerator. He gives us instead a positive, realistic sense of the possible, with an abundance of examples, concepts, and tools for imagining, then realizing, how to live within our biophysical means.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780262014175 20160603
Green Library
xi, 281 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Green Library
xvi, 238 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
  • Introduction * Populations and Feedback Systems * Human Population * Ecosystems and Social Systems as Complex Adaptive Systems * Ecosystem Organization * Ecological Succession * Coevolution and Coadaptation of Human Social Systems and Ecosystems * Ecosystem Services * Perceptions of Nature * Unsustainable Human-Ecosystem Interaction * Sustainable Human-Ecosystem Interaction * Examples of Ecologically Sustainable Development * Glossary * Further Reading.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781853837142 20160528
'The scope and clarity of this book make it accessible and informative to a wide readership. Its messages should be an essential component of the education for all students from secondary school to university...[It] provides a clear and comprehensible account of concepts that can be applied in our individual and collective lives to pursue the promising and secure future to which we all aspire' - From the Foreword by Maurice Strong, Chairman of the Earth Council and former Secretary General of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (Earth Summit). The most important questions of the future will turn on the relationship between human societies and the natural ecosystems on which we all, in the end, depend. The interactions and interdependencies of the social and natural worlds are the focus of growing attention from a wide range of environmental, social and life sciences. Understanding them is critical to achieving the balance involved in sustainable development. "Human Ecology: Basic Concepts for Sustainable Development" presents an extremely clear and accessible account of this complex range of issues and of the concepts and tools required to understand and tackle them. Extensively supported by graphics and detailed examples, this book makes an excellent introduction for students at all levels, and for general readers wanting to know why and how to respond to the dilemmas we face.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781853837142 20160528
SAL3 (off-campus storage)
xvi, 269 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
  • Local Development, Biodiversity Conservation and Protection Areas: Frameworks for Understanding Conservation and Development Through Protected Areas-- Social Science Understanding Principles and Processes-- Using Knowledge from the Social Sciences-- Issues in Linking Development and Conservation through Protected Areas: Rural Development-- Indigenous Peoples-- Ecotourism-- Models of Management: Biosphere Reserves.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780471949022 20160527
Whereas in the past national parks and other protected areas have excluded development, they are now concentrating on facilitating ecological sustainable development within their boundaries and surrounding areas. This volume makes use of comparative case studies to show sustainable development activities within the national parks and reserves of Asia, the Americas, Africa, Europe and Australia. The linking of development and biodiversity conservation requires the understanding and use of social science concepts, methods, techniques and ethics. The book describes and discusses these and illustrates their use in the field in such areas as ecotourism. The authors show how understanding social science can provide a framework for linking the complexities of local level development to the global economic, ecological, cultural and political frameworks.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780471949022 20160527
Green Library


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