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x, 364 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
  • Prologue: Past as precursor of future
  • I. Natural phase. 1. The Himalayan memoir ; 2. Tectonic serendipity ; 3. International biological highway ; 4. Life in flux
  • II. Cultural phase. 5. The first axe ; 6. The Chipko saga
  • III. Mechanical phase. 7. The first train to Lhasa ; 8. Dam rivers, damn rivers ; 9. Payback time
  • IV. Networking phase. 10. Toward sustainability ; 11. Individuals, institutions, and ideals.
Life in the Himalaya explores the interconnectedness between geophysical and biological components of the mountain and its relation to the sustainability of human activities in the region. At the end of glacial age, the Himalayan landscape was significantly transformed by humans; today nearly one-fourth of the world population inhabits the Himalayan river basins. With the unfolding of burgeoning human population, urbanization, geo-politics of militarization, automobile revolution, tourism and dam-building, the Himalaya is an ecosystem at risk where human communities suffer recurrent natural disasters. The book comprehensively reviews Himalaya's past and present and suggests a future of sustainable living. To achieve this, human communities must operate within the region's carrying capacity that is based on Himalaya's geological vulnerability, ecological fragility and human cultural sensitivity.-- Provided by publisher
Science Library (Li and Ma)
207 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
SAL3 (off-campus storage)
xvi, 346 p., [10] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), maps (some col.) ; 25 cm.
"Ecological Applications" presents a broad range of methods and techniques for managing environmental sustainability. This book examines ecological theory at the individual, populations, and community levels, and is an excellent resource for anyone looking to improve the health of their local ecosystems. This work focuses on ecological applications for sustainability including restoration, conservation, biosecurity, pest control, harvest management, and the design of reserves. It also considers economic and socio-political aspects.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781405136983 20160528
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xxiii, 287 p. : ill., maps ; 23 cm.
  • Resilience of large-scale resource systems / Lance H. Gunderson ... [et al.]
  • Models and metaphors of sustainability, stability, and resilience / Donald Ludwig, Brian H. Walker, and C.S. Holling
  • Resilience and the restoration of lakes / Stephen R. Carpenter and Kathryn L. Cottingham
  • The Baltic Sea: reversibly unstable or irreversibly stable? / Bengt-Owe Jansson and AnnMari Jansson
  • Resilience of coral reefs / Tim R. McClanahan, Nicholas V.C. Polunin, and Terry J. Done
  • Resilience in wet landscapes of Southern Florida / Lance H. Gunderson and Carl J. Walters
  • Ecological resilience in grazed rangelands: a generic case study / Brian H. Walker
  • Resilience of tropical wet and dry forests in Puerto Rico / Ariel Lugo ... [et al.]
  • Forest dynamics in the Southeastern United States: managing multiple stable states / Garry D. Peterson
  • A summary and synthesis of resilience in large-scale systems / Lance H. Gunderson ... [et al.].
Scientists and researchers concerned with the behaviour of large ecosystems have focused in recent years on the concept of "resilience". Traditional perspectives held that ecological systems exist close to a steady state and resilience is the ability of the system to return rapidly to that state following perturbation. However, beginning with the work of C.S. Holling in the early 1970s, researchers began to look at conditions far from the steady state where instabilities can cause a system to shift into an entirely different regime of behaviour, and where resilience is measured by the magnitude of disturbance that can be absorbed before the system is restructured. This volume examines theories of resilience and change, offering readers a thorough understanding of how the properties of ecological resilience and human adaptability interact in complex, regional-scale systems. The book addresses the theoretical concepts of resilience and stability in large-scale ecosystems as well as the empirical application of those concepts in a diverse set of cases. In addition, it discusses the practical implications of the new theoretical approaches and their role in the sustainability of human-modified ecosystems.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781559639712 20160528
SAL3 (off-campus storage)
xii, 625 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
From earliest times, human beings have noticed patterns in nature: night and day, tides and lunar cycles, the changing seasons, plant succession, and animal migration. While recognizing patterns conferred great survival advantage, we are now in danger from our own success in multiplying our numbers and altering those patterns for our own purposes. It is imperative that we engage again with the patterns of nature, but this time, with awareness of our impact as a species. How will burgeoning human populations affect the health of ecosystems? Is loss of species simply a regrettable byproduct of human expansion? Or is the planet passing into a new epoch in just a few human generations?"Nature and Human Society" presents a wide-ranging exploration of these and other fundamental questions about our relationship with the environment. This book features findings, insights, and informed speculations from key figures in the field: E.O. Wilson, Thomas Lovejoy, Peter H. Raven, Gretchen Daily, David Suzuki, Norman Myers, Paul Erlich, Michael Bean, and many others. This volume explores the accelerated extinction of species and what we stand to lose - medicines, energy sources, crop pollination and pest control, the ability of water and soil to renew itself through biological processes, aesthetic and recreational benefits - and how these losses may be felt locally and acutely.What are the specific threats to biodiversity? The book explores human population growth, the homogenization of biota as a result in tourism and trade, and other factors, including the social influences of law, religious belief, and public education. Do we have the tools to protect biodiversity? The book looks at molecular genetics, satellite data, tools borrowed from medicine, and other scientific techniques to firm up our grasp of important processes in biology and earth science, including the 'new' science of conservation biology. "Nature and Human Society" helps us renew our understanding and appreciation for natural patterns, with surprising details about microorganisms, nematodes, and other overlooked forms of life: their numbers, pervasiveness, and importance to the health of the soil, water, and air and to a host of human endeavors. This book will be of value to anyone who believes that the world's gross natural product is as important as the world's gross national product.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780309065559 20160528
Earth Sciences Library (Branner)
x, 518 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
  • Scientific introduction-- biological diversity and the natural heritage of the Black Sea region-- analysis of human impacts and threats to biological diversity-- instruments for conservation and sustainable development.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780792351139 20160528
The countries of the Black Sea region are beset by a great number of problems: there are many large cities along the coast; intensive agriculture is practised in the region; great rivers such as the Danube and the Dnieper carry pollution from a large part of Europe; and the lowlands are threatened by flooding from the rivers, wind-induced surges, and future sea-level rise due to global warming. Any integrated, sustainable development of the region will require an interdisciplinary approach, which the present book reflects. Contributions range from the monitoring of biological diversity through the influence of tourism on marine and coastal ecosystems to environmental economics. The problem also has an international dimension: only by interdisciplinary, international co-operation can the environment of the Black Sea region be conserved for future generations.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780792351139 20160528
SAL3 (off-campus storage)
xviii, 316 p. ; 20 cm.
What is our place on Earth? Are humans destined to become a footnote in history, or will we become stronger and wiser, and conquer our environmental problems? In this extraordinary story of our planet and our place upon it, "Here on Earth" discovers the remarkable source of all life and how it has developed into the wonder around us today. From ant-colonies to zinc mining, Tim Flannery takes us on a journey around the world and from the top of the food-chain to the very chemicals of which we are made, and explores how the fate of humanity is in our own hands.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780241950739 20160608
Green Library
329 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), col. maps. col. ports. ; 26 cm.
A practical guide to what we have lost in the modern world, why we have lost it and how easily it is to rediscover. Harmony is a blueprint for a more balanced, sustainable world that the human race must create to survive. For more than 30 years His Royal Highness Prince Charles The Prince of Wales has been at the forefront of a growing ecological movement. Originally treated with scepticism, many of his ideas are now widely accepted and gaining increasing impact and influence. His work has sought to meet a huge range of modern challenges, from urbanisation to deforestation. In every case, however, the philosophy that is the foundation of his work has always been the same, but has always been unspoken, until now. For the first time, Prince Charles, with the help of his two leading advisors, has brought together his vast knowledge and experience to set out this philosophy - a philosophy that is as robust as it is practical. In Harmony, Prince Charles looks at different aspects of our modern world to demonstrate how many of the challenges seen in areas as diverse as architecture, farming and medicine can be traced to how we have abandoned a classical sense of balance and proportion. From the rice farms of India to America's corn belt, Harmony spans the globe, dissecting the specific practices of modern life that have put us at odds with the world and showing how this imbalance manifests itself throughout our lives. Harmony shows how the imbalance that has emerged is at heart of a crisis which now threatens our very civilisation. It tells the story of how our disconnection from Nature has contributed to the greatest crisis in the history of mankind and how seeking balance in our actions will return us to a more considered, secure, comfortable and cleaner world. Drawing on his own practical experience, Prince Charles charts how changes to how we look at the world could lead us toward a better future. He describes how knowledge and perspectives now largely lost could help us meet very modern challenges, including in the built environment, engineering, medicine and farming.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780007348039 20160605
SAL3 (off-campus storage)
x, 367 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
  • General Overview.- What is Life?- Ecology of Organisms with Different Body Sizes.- Ecology of Locomotive Animals.- Ecological Principles of Biotic Regulation.- Biotic Regulation in Action.- Energy and Information.- Unique Nature of Climate Stability on Earth.- Genetic Bases of Biotic Regulation and Life Stability: Theoretical Consideration.- Genetic Bases of Biotic Regulation and Life Stability: Analysis of Empirical Evidence.- Evolution.- Conclusion.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781852331818 20160528
It is not possible to understand the apparent stability of the Earth's climate and environment unless we can fully understand how the best possible environmental conditions may be maintained for life to exist. Human colonization of areas with natural biota, for industrial or agricultural activities, will lead to degradation of those natural communities and violation of the BRE (biotic regulation of the environment) principle. Thus, to maintain an environment on Earth that is suitable for life it is necessary to preserve and allow the natural recovery of natural biotic communities, both in the oceans and on land. This book is devoted to a quantitative version of the BRE concept, and is built on a foundation of modern scientific knowledge accumulated in the fields of physics and biology.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781852331818 20160528
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v, 139 p. : ill., maps ; 28 cm.
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xv, 429 p. : ill., maps ; 23 cm.
This is an important continental work that brings Canadian, American, & Mexican perspectives on the role of regional planning & conservation of protected areas. It is the first book of its kind to provide a tri-nation perspective on protected areas (and the role of regional planning), including marine parks. Some areas discussed include: Yellowstone National Park, Tijuana River National Estuarine, Yukon, Sky Islands Wildlands, Baja California. This timely collection of essays presents new protected area theory, method, & practice as an explicit part of regional planning. With a North American focus, these essays consider the history of ecology, policy, & planning of protected areas in the context of the fundamental need for a linkage with ongoing regional planning. This title includes an important chapter on the Commission on Environmental Co-Operation (CEC), set up under NAFTA, that refers to a major marine program for North America.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781552380840 20160527
Regional planning is imperative if North America has any hope of retaining continental biodiversity. This collection of essays that presents new protected area theory, method and practice reinforces this theme of regional planning.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780870136733 20160528
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