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1. Sustainability [2009 - ]

1 online resource (xii, 367 p.) : ill. (some col.). Digital: text file; PDF.
  • Introduction.- Sustainable Development - Background and Context.- Transformational Sustainability.-Research Methodology.- Green and Sustainable Chemistry.- Sustainability and Ecosystems.-Sustainability Assessment of Technologies.- Corporate Sustainability Management.- Sustainable Development in Economics.- Sustainable Development and Law.- Finance and Sustainability.-Sustainability - Politics and Governance.- Sustainability Communication.- Sustainability and Science Policy.- Justice and Sustainability.- Sustainability Ethics.- Ocean Space and Sustainability.- Sustainable Landscape Development.- Sustainable Development and Material Flows.- Sustainable Energy Systems.-Sustainability and Health.- Mobility and Sustainability.- International Development and Sustainability.-Tourism and Sustainability.- Consumption and Sustainability.- Climate Change - Responding to a Major Challenge for Sustainable Development.- Art and Sustainability.- Teaching and Learning in Sustainability Science.- Education for Sustainable Development.- Problem-based and Project-based Learning for Sustainable Development.- Science for Sustainability - A Societal and Political Perspective.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9789401772419 20160619
This textbook provides a comprehensive compilation of conceptual perspectives, methodological approaches and empirical insights of inter- and transdisciplinary sustainability science. Written by an international team of authors from leading sustainability institutions, the textbook covers key perspectives and topics of the scientific discourse on sustainable development. More than two decades after conceptualizing sustainability as societal guiding vision and regulative idea the necessity of concretizing and realizing sustainability in societal praxis is bigger than ever. Sharply improved individual and societal sustainable decision-making and action is necessary for a better future of humankind and the planet. On that account problem- and solution-oriented perspectives and competencies are crucial. The different chapters assemble an encompassing view of essential foundations and specific areas of research and action in sustainability science and practice. The textbook aims at fostering the further establishment of sustainability science in higher education and to enable the next generation of sustainability experts to tackle the challenging and exciting topic of sustainable development.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9789401772419 20160619
xv, 459 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
  • Preface Complexity, Problem Solving, and Social Sustainability The Nature of the Problem A Hierarchical Approach to Ecological Sustainability Complexity and Social Sustainability: Framework Complexity and Social Sustainability: Experience The Criteria for Observation and Modeling Biomes and the Biosphere Ecosystems, Energy Flows, Evolution, and Emergence Retrospect and Prospects.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780231105873 20160528
The authors outline a strategy for dealing with the new challenges of sustaining natural resources and human institutions. Without compromising their scientfic objectivity, they argue that sustainability is a matter of human values. Since it affects many people, discussions of sustainability inevitably enter the political arena. The authors maintain that big (and increasingly complex) government may reduce sustainability and they see commerce as a having a central and potentially very positive role in sustainaiblity. On the other hand, they do show explicit concern for the factors that many economists dismiss as "externalities". The authors use the concepts of scale, hierarchy and the criteria of organism, landscape, population and community to address the central issues of ecological sustainability with concrete implications for ecology and management.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780231105866 20160528
While environmentalists insist that lower rates of consumption of natural resources are essential for a sustainable future, many economists dismiss the notion that resource limits act to constrain modern, creative societies. The conflict between these views tinges political debate at all levels and hinders our ability to plan for the future. Supply-Side Sustainability offers a fresh approach to this dilemma by integrating ecological and social science approaches in an interdisciplinary treatment of sustainability. Written by two ecologists and an anthropologist, this book discusses organisms, landscapes, populations, communities, biomes, the biosphere, ecosystems and energy flows, as well as patterns of sustainability and collapse in human societies, from hunter-gatherer groups to empires to today's industrial world. These diverse topics are integrated within a new framework that translates the authors' advances in hierarchy and complexity theory into a form useful to professionals in science, government, and business.The result is a much-needed blueprint for a cost-effective management regime, one that makes problem-solving efforts themselves sustainable over time.The authors demonstrate that long-term, cost-effective resource management can be achieved by managing the contexts of productive systems, rather than by managing the commodities that natural systems produce.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780231105873 20160528
Green Library
Database topics
Economics and Business; Environmental Studies; Biology
"The Sustainability database explores the management of human use and conservation of the natural resource base, ensuring the attainment and continued satisfaction of human needs in the present as well as maintaining the potential to meet the needs and aspirations of future generations. This involves the maintenance of species diversity & genetic diversity within the species and protection of the habitat/ecosystem they rely upon. The economy is an important aspect of Sustainability and should be seen as "a means to an end" not an end in itself. Coverage includes relevant papers, reports, books and reviews from standard peer-reviewed scientific journals. To ensure comprehensive coverage, material from conference proceedings and hard-to-find gray literature has also been summarized"--CSA Sustainability Science Abstracts factsheet.
1 online resource (40 p.)
This study seeks to understand how materials scarcity and competition from alternative uses affects the potential for widespread deployment of solar electricity in the long run, in light of related technology and policy uncertainties. Simulation results of a computable partial equilibrium model predict a considerable expansion of solar electricity generation worldwide in the near decades, as generation technologies improve and production costs fall. Increasing materials scarcity becomes a significant constraint for further expansion of solar generation, which grows considerably slower in the second half of the coming century. Solar generation capacity increases with higher energy demand, squeezing consumption in industries that compete for scarce minerals. Stringent climate policies hamper growth in intermittent solar photovoltaics backed by fossil fuel powered plants, but lead to a small increase in non-intermittent concentrated solar power technology. By the end of the coming century, solar electricity remains a marginal source of global electricity supply even in the world of higher energy demand, strict carbon regulations, and generation efficiency improvements.
1 online resource (xii, 226 p.) ill., maps.
  • From the Editors -- Preface -- Sustainability in the Curriculum - The Big Picture -- 1. ACS and Sustainability: Vision for Now and the Future -- Judith L. Benham -- 2. Is Chemistry Education Sustainable? -- Mary M. Kirchhoff -- 3. Sustainability: A Vehicle for Learning How To Respond to the Challenges of the 21st Century -- Judith A. Ramaley -- Sustainability in the Curriculum - Pedagogy and Practice -- 4. Sustainability and the Pedagogical Perspective of <"Connected Science" -- Matthew A. Fisher -- 5. Sustainability! What, How, and Why Now for All Our Chemistry Students -- Catherine H. Middlecamp -- 6. Bridging Disciplinary Boundaries: Sustainability Discussions in the Chemistry Classroom -- Brian Naasz -- 7. Sustainability, Not Just Another Addition to Our Syllabus -- Andy Jorgensen -- 8. Critical Evaluation of New Ideas in Sustainability: We Can, But Should We? -- Sharon M. Smith Strickland -- 9. Sustainability in the Undergraduate Chemistry Curriculum -- Jeremiah K. N. Mbindyo -- 10. Sustainability and Chemistry: Key Concepts in an Arctic-Focused Interdisciplinary Course -- Lawrence K. Duffy, Anna Godduhn, Kriya Dunlap, Mary van Muelken, and Catherine H. Middlecamp -- 11. The Imperative for Infusing Sustainability into the Chemistry Curriculum -- Michael C. Cann -- 12. Science and Global Sustainability as a Course Context for Non-Science Majors -- Bettie A. Davis and Matthew A. Fisher -- 13. Science, Society, and Sustainability: -- Cynthia Maguire, Richard Jones, Jennifer da Rosa, and Richard D. Sheardy -- Sustainability and the Chemistry of Water -- 14. Water for a Thirsty World: A Liberal Arts Seminar Course Designed for First-Year Non-Science Students -- Amy E. Witter -- 15. Following the Phosphorus: The Case for Learning Chemistry through Great Lakes Ecosystem Stewardship -- Glenn Clayton Odenbrett -- 16. Your Water Footprint Is Next -- Marion O'Leary -- Sustainability and the Chemistry of Climate Change -- 17. Chemistry and Society Courses Can Address Global Issues -- Keith E. Peterman and Matthew R. Cordes -- 18. Introducing Global Climate Change and Renewable Energy with Media Sources and a Simple Demonstration -- Sara E. Skrabalak and Ellen M. P. Steinmiller -- Editors' Biographies -- Indexes -- Author Index -- Subject Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780841226944 20160610
Now more than ever we are facing pressing world challenges of energy (identifying alternate energy), food (ensuring the food supply), water (providing clean water), and human health (enabling individualized medicine); and to solve these challenges will require chemistry and the related chemical sciences. Integrating sustainability into everything we do from instituting responsible operations, to selecting partners for change and innovating sustainable solutions. Industry needs academe to prepare their graduates to ascend the ladder with skill and agility. This can only be done by integrating sustainability expeditiously into chemistry curricula.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780841226944 20160610
pubs.acs.org American Chemical Society
1 online resource (xxviii, 431 pages) : illustrations (some color)
1 online resource
184 p. : ill. ; 21x28 cm.
  • Foreword
  • Acronyms
  • Executive summary
  • Overall assessment and recommendations
  • Overview of food and agriculture challenges and performance in Canada
  • Economic stability and trust in institutions in Canada
  • Investment in the Canadian food and agriculture system
  • Capacity building and services for the Canadian food and agriculture system
  • Canadian agricultural policy: Structural change, sustainability and innovation
  • The Canadian Agricultural Innovation System.
The Canadian food and agriculture sector is for the most part competitive and export-oriented: although challenges and opportunities vary significantly between regions, primary agriculture benefits from an abundance of natural resources and faces limited environmental constraints. Negative environmental impacts of agriculture relate mainly to local water pollution by agricultural nutrients. Productivity growth, resulting from innovation and structural change, has driven production and income growth without significantly increasing pressure on resource use. Nonetheless, the capacity to innovate is crucial to take advantage of the growing and changing demand for food and agricultural products at the global level.
1 online resource (xii, 630 pages) : illustrations (some color).
  • Part 1
  • Curriculum Innovation
  • Preparing teachers for sustainable development in higher education
  • A Minor Programme on Sustainability for the Engineering Curriculum at the University of Chile
  • Food for Thought: A University-wide Approach to Stimulate Curricular and Extracurricular ESD Activity
  • Part 2
  • Best Practice
  • Embedding environmental sustainable development within social enterprise at the University of Northampton
  • Improvements for a sustainable distance education with the new UNED on-site system for virtualization of exams: Malaga region (Andalucía, Spain) as case study
  • Overview of the sustainability in Brazilian Information and Communications Technology market.
Including considerations of sustainability in universities{u2019} activities has long since become mainstream. However, there is still much to be done with regard to the full integration of sustainability thinking into science and engineering curricula. Among the problems that hinder progress in this field, the lack of sound information on how to actually implement it is prominent. Created in order to address this need, this book presents a wealth of information on innovative approaches, methods and tools that may be helpful in translating sustainability principles into practice.
1 online resource (41 p.)
One of the key environmental problems facing India is that of particle pollution from the combustion of fossil fuels. This has serious health consequences and with the rapid growth in the economy these impacts are increasing. At the same time, economic growth is an imperative and policy makers are concerned about the possibility that pollution reduction measures could reduce growth significantly. This paper addresses the tradeoffs involved in controlling local pollutants such as particles. Using an established Computable General Equilibrium model, it evaluates the impacts of a tax on coal or on emissions of particles such that these instruments result in emission levels that are respectively 10 percent and 30 percent lower than they otherwise would be in 2030. The main findings are as follows: (i) A 10 percent particulate emission reduction results in a lower gross domestic product but the size of the reduction is modest; (ii) losses in gross domestic proudct from the tax are partly offset by the health gains from lower particle emissions; (iii) the taxes reduce emissions of carbon dioxide by about 590 million tons in 2030 in the case of the 10 percent reduction and 830 million tons in the case of the 30 percent reduction; and (iv) taken together, the carbon dioxide reduction and the health benefits are greater than the loss of gross domestic product in both cases.
1 online resource (33 p.)
Russia entered the global crisis with strong fiscal position, low public debt, and large fiscal and monetary reserves, which helped it cushion the crisis shocks. But the rise in the non-oil fiscal deficit in 2007-08 and, more importantly, the massive impact of the global crisis in late 2008 and 2009 have dramatically altered Russia's medium-term and long-term economic and fiscal outlook. While Russia is emerging from this crisis on a much stronger footing than during the 1998-09 crisis thanks to its strong-pre crisis fundamentals, large fiscal reserves and solid management of the crisis, it will nevertheless need to implement sustained fiscal adjustment in the coming years. Both revenue and expenditure measures will be needed. This will require 2-3 percentage points of GDP in fiscal adjustment for about five years in addition to keeping total expenditure levels at a relatively low 31.5 percent of GDP, consistent with long-term social expenditure needs and requirements of long-term fiscal sustainability. Following a period of adjustment, if Russia would restrain its long-term non-oil deficits to the permanent income (PI) equivalent of its oil revenues as proposed in this paper, its fiscal policy will return to long-term sustainable path. The long-term, sustainable level of non-oil fiscal deficit is estimated at about 4.3 percent of GDP. With the 2009 actual non-oil fiscal deficit of about 14 percent of GDP, this implies significant and sustained fiscal adjustment over the medium term. The expenditure needs of the social security system as well as a reduction in key non-oil taxes represent a major fiscal risk to all scenarios.
1 online resource (xxi, 892 pages 285 illustrations, 85 illustrations in color.).
  • Acknowledgments.- Contributors.- Section 1. An Introduction to Southern Forests in a Changing Environment.- 1. Southern Forest Ecosystems in a Changing Chemical and Physical Environment.- 2. General Circulation Model Scenarios for the Southern United States.- 3. Developing Policy-Relevant Global Climate Change Research.- Section 2. Global Change Impacts on Tree Physiology and Growth.- 4. Influence of Drought Stress on the Response of Shortleaf Pine to Ozone.- 5. Effects of Elevated Carbon Dioxide on the Growth and Physiology of Loblolly Pine.- 6. Environmental Stresses and Reproductive Biology of Loblolly Pine (Pinus taeda L.) and Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida L.).- 7. Interactions of Elevated Carbon Dioxide, Nutrient Status, and Water Stress on Physiological Processes and Competitive Interactions Among Three Forest Tree Species.- 8. Effects of Elevated Carbon Dioxide Levels and Air Temperature on Carbon Assimilation of Loblolly Pine.- 9. An Investigation of the Impacts of Elevated Carbon Dioxide, Irrigation, and Fertilization on the Physiology and Growth of Loblolly Pine.- 10. Effects of Elevated Carbon Dioxode, Water, and Nutrients on Photosynthesis, Stomatal Conductance, and Total Chlorophyll Content of Young Loblolly Pine (Pinus taeda L.) Trees.- 11. Ecophysiological Response of Managed Loblolly Pine to Changes in Stand Environment.- 12. Dynamic Responses of Mature Forest Trees to Changes in Physical and Chemical Climate.- 13. Productivity of Natural Stands of Longleaf Pine in Relation to Competition and Climatic Factors.- 14. The Impacts of Acidic Deposition and Global Change on High Elevation Southern Appalachian Spruce-Fir Forests.- 15. The Influences of Global Change on Tree Physiology and Growth.- Section 3. Modeling the Biophysical Effects of Global Change.- 16. Modeling Nutrient Uptake as a Component of Loblolly Pine Response to Environmental Stress.- 17. A Linked Model for Simulating Stand Development and Growth Processes of Loblolly Pine.- 18. MAESTRO Simulations of the Response of Loblolly Pine to Elevated Temperatures and Carbon Dioxide.- 19. Projections of Growth of Loblolly Pine Stands Under Elevated Temperatures and Carbon Dioxide.- 20. Modeling the Potential Sensitivity of Slash Pine Stem Growth to Increasing Temperature and Carbon Dixode.- 21. An Index for Assessing Climate Change and Elevated Carbon Dioxide Effects on Loblolly Pine Productivity.- 22. Predictions and Projections of Pine Productivity and Hydrology in Response to Climate Change Across the Southern United States.- 23. Scaling Up Physiological Responses of Loblolly Pine to Ambient Ozone Exposure Under Natural Weather Variations.- 24. Intregrating Research on Climate Change Effects on Loblolly Pine: A Probability Regional Modeling Approach.- 25. Projected Impacts of Global Climate Change on Forests and Water Resources of the Southeastern United States.- 26. Summary of Simulated Forest Responses to Climate Change in the Southeastern United States.- Section 4. The Effects of Climate Change on Forest Soils.- 27. Simulated Effects of Atmospheric Deposition and Species Change on Nutrient Cycling in Loblolly Pine and Mixed Deciduous Forests.- 28. Influence of Microclimate on Short-Term Litter Decomposition in Loblolly Pine Ecosystems.- 29. Soil Organic Matter and Soil Productivity: Searching for the Missing Link.- 30. Effects of Soil Warming on Organic Matter Decomposition and Soil-Nitrogen Cycling in a High Elevation Red Spruce Stand.- 31. Effects of Soil Warming, Atmospheric Deposition, and Elevated Carbon Dioxide on Forest Soils in the Southeastern United States.- Section 5. Disturbance Interactions With Global Change.- 32. Environmental Effects on Pine Tree Carbon Budgets and Resistance to Bark Beetles.- 33. Predictions of Southern Pine Beetle Populations Using a Forest Ecosystem Model.- 34. Soil Effects Mediate Interaction of Dogwood Anthracnose and Acidic Precipitation.- 35. Effects of Temperature and Drought Stress on Physiological Processes Associated With Oak Decline.- 36. Effects of Global Climate Change on Biodiversity in Forests of the Southern United States.- 37. Regional Climate Change in the Southern United States: The Implications for Wildfire Occurrence.- 38. Detecting and Predicting Climatic Variation from Old-Growth Baldcypress.- 39. Modeling the Differential Sensitivity of Loblolly Pine to Climatic Change Using Tree Rings.- 40. Global Change and Disturbance in Southern Forest Ecosystems.- Section 6. Socioeconomic Impacts of Global Change.- 41. Evaluation of Effects of Forestry and Agricultural Policies on Forest Carbon and Markets.- 42. Economic Dimensions of Climate Change Impacts on Southern Forests.- 43. Assessing Present Biological Information for Valuating the Economic Impacts of Climate Change on Softwood Stumpage Supply in the South.- 44. An Integrated Assessment of Climate Change on Timber Markets of the Southern United States.- 45. Integrating Local and Global Objectives in Forest Management: A Value-Based, Multiscalar Approach.- 46. Sensitivity of Protection Value to Forest Condition in the Southern Appalachian Spruce-Fir Forest.- 47. Economics and Global Climate Change.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781461274469 20160613
The research presented here provides a sound scientific basis for management and policy decisions regarding the productivity and sustainability of forest ecosystems in the context of a rapidly changing global environment. It is the synthesis of 5 years of field and laboratory research on southern forests conducted by the US Department of Agriculture Forest Service to provide scientific assessments to the US Global Change Research Program, and, as such, is invaluable for policy makers and land use managers.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781461274469 20160613

15. Sustainable humanosphere [2005 - ]

v. : ill. ; 28 cm.
1 online resource (xx , 123 pages) : illustrations (some color)
This book is in part a response to the attempts of governments to address increasing concerns over such environmental issues as the impact of climate change; carbon emissions; pressures from overpopulation of cities; coal seam gas extraction and depleting natural resources. The authors have developed a Sustainable Communities Framework (SCF) which incorporates social-cultural, environmental and economic sustainability principles in the process of urban planning. The authors propose a five-step SCF built on an application of sustainability tables. The book examines a wide range of urban planning practices utilizing sustainability criteria, outlining both qualitative and quantitative tools. Separate chapters discuss application of the SCF to both the natural environment and the built environment. This framework is applied to a case study of the outer Sydney growth area of Wyong Shire, Central Coast, NSW, Australia. Addressing the question of how best to measure the environment, the authors present a table for selecting indicators of sustainability, and outline sustainability scorecards which use color-coded ratings of green, red and amber to measure indicators of sustainability. The authors show how aggregating these ratings allows the framework to be scaled up for application to larger areas. Finally, the authors show how scorecards can be incorporated in sustainability reports, with actions and monitoring components. The authors also examine urban planning education including land use planning, natural resource planning and sustainable urban planning, focusing on the extent to which schools incorporate principles of sustainability. The authors offer their critique on the movement of planning practices towards a more coordinated and holistic framework, in incorporating sustainability principles. Sustainable Communities: A Framework for Planning concludes by drawing a future scenario on the application of the SCF to incorporate principles of sustainability into urban planning. The authors propose future options for SCF applications, including adopting a systems program; environmental performance monitoring and showing how the framework will accommodate the social-cultural and economic components of sustainability, in addition to the environmental ones as examined in the case study.
1 online resource (xix, 248 p.) : maps (some col.)
  • Pt. 1. Theory of ecological economics
  • pt. 2. Ecological-economic applications.
dx.doi.org SpringerLink
118 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
SAL3 (off-campus storage)
99 p. : col. ill. ; 24 cm.
Green Library
1 online resource (26 p.)
This paper explores the challenges and opportunities that government officials face in designing coherent ‘rules of the game’ for achieving urban sustainability during times of growth. Sustainability is judged by three criteria. The first involves elements of day-to-day quality of life, such as having clean air and water and green space. The provision of these public goods has direct effects on the urban public's health and productivity. The second focuses on the city's greenhouse gas emissions. Developing cities are investing in new infrastructure, from highways and public transit systems to electricity generation and transmission. They are building water treatment, water delivery, and sewage disposal systems. Residents of these cities are simultaneously making key decisions about where they live and work and whether to buy such energy-consuming durables as private vehicles and home air-conditioning units. Given the long-lived durability of the capital stock, short-term decisions will have long-term effects on the city's carbon footprint. The third criterion is a city's resilience to natural disasters and extreme weather events. This subsection focuses on how the urban poor can be better equipped to adapt to the anticipated challenges of climate change.


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