Introducing Environment takes the reader on a guided tour of some of the major environmental issues of our time. It is the ideal text for anyone new to environmental science and ecology looking to master the essentials in a quick, straightforward way.
This book is very different from existing environment and development texts. Rather than listing problems, making warnings and voicing advocacy, this title looks at practical management and problem-solving techniques.
Global Environments through the Quaternary delves into the environmental changes that have taken place during the Quaternary: the two to three million years during which man has inhabited the Earth. It is essential reading for any students seeking a balanced, objective overview of this truly interdisciplinary subject.
From artificial glaciers in the Himalayas to painted mountains in Peru, electrified reefs in the Maldives to garbage islands in the Caribbean, the author found people doing the most extraordinary things to solve the problems that we ourselves have created.
The National Research Council conducted an independent study to weigh the collective evidence for fishery-induced changes to marine ecosystems and the implications of the findings for US fisheries management. This book provides comprehensive information in regard to these findings.
Presents an analysis of sustainable development in both theory and practice. This book discusses the origins of thinking about sustainability and sustainable development and its evolution. It offers insights into the challenges of environmental sustainability and social and economic development.
This is a unique, timely and engaging text with wide ranging geographical coverage. The text brings together, for the first time, information about a vast array of hazards associated with ice and snow, spanning both well known phenomenon (e.g. avalanches) and the less familiar (e.g.
Provides an introduction to the major pollutants causing concern, a description of their sources and how their emissions and concentrations have changed through time. This book examines - atmospheric pollution at global, continental and local scales; the development of policy at national and international levels; among others.
As the tectonic plates of the world food system shift, forces are being unleashed that threaten the security of billions. This book traces the history of the global food system and reveals the underlying causes of food shortages and price spikes - what the media has labelled a 'world food crisis'.
This work provides an overview of environmental politics since 1945 - both in its formative and in its maturing years. The overall focus is on the emergence of an environmental culture that has engaged millions of Americans in varied ways of thought and action.
Explains what Fair Trade is and where you can find Fair Trade products. This title discusses who it helps, who it doesn't help, and why. It asks questions, such as "Are you willing to spend more money on an item knowing that the producers of the item have received fair pay?"
Reviews the way in which our unchecked human activity could change the world forever, with a perspective on what we can do to reverse the damage. This book charts the dramatic explosion of human population and consumption and its impact on climate change and our planet.
This book provides a description, based upon research evidence from the Near East and elsewhere, of changes in climate and how they affected social and political developments. It includes three major case studies of the Neolithic, Early Bronze, and Roman/Byzantine periods.
In this sweeping social history Dorceta E. Taylor examines the emergence and rise of the multi-faceted conservation movement from the mid-nineteenth to the early twentieth century, showing how race, class, and gender influenced its every aspect.
From one of our greatest science writers, this biography of a beech-and-bluebell wood through diverse moods and changing seasons combines stunning natural history with the ancient history of the countryside to tell the full story of the British landscape.
Four fields spread around the world: their grasses, their hedges, their birds, their skies, and their natural and human histories. Four real fields - walkable, mappable, man-made, mowable and knowable, but also secretive, mysterious, wild, contested and changing. This book tells the story of four green fields.
This work provides a wide perspective of the oceans by examining their places in the earth sciences, drawing together all the key strands of ocean study and presenting a holistic view of ocean processes, ancient and modern.
Blends natural science, myth, folklore and the history of travel to introduce you to the ancient art of finding your way using nature's own sign-posts, from the feel of a rock to the look of the moon. In this edition, you'll learn why some trees grow the way they do and how they can help you find your way in the countryside.
The first indepth analysis of the role of cities in addressing climate change. Provides a valuable interdisciplinary analysis of the issues and will appeal to students and researchers interested in sustainability at local and global scales. Features on Australian case study (Newcastle, NSW).
With lyrical evocations of nature and the wild, this book features essays that have charted the change in Kingsnorth's thinking. It articulates a vision that he calls 'dark ecology,' which stands firmly in opposition to the belief that technology can save us, and he argues for a renewed balance between the human and nonhuman worlds.
Traditional ploughland is disappearing. The corncrake is all but extinct in England. And the hare is running for its life. This book tells the story of the wild animals and plants that live in and under our ploughland, from microbes to the patrolling kestrel above the corn, from the linnet to seven-spot ladybirds that eat aphids that eat the crop.
Few of us have what it takes to go 'all the way' on the green scale. This title sets out your choices on a scale from 'completely green' to 'not even a little bit green'. It gives what you need to know so you can choose what suits you best.
Described as 'Britain's greatest living nature writer', the author has revealed his passion for the natural world in eloquent stories for BBC Wildlife Magazine. This title features his favourite pieces and presents a view of the changing natural landscape in which we live.
Parks are such a familiar part of everyday life. You might be forgiven for thinking they have always been there - and that they always will. In fact, the roots of even the most humble neighbourhood park lie in age-old battles over land and liberty. This celebration of parks is filled with history, and anecdotes.
Britain has some of the most beautiful woodland in the world, with some of the most beautiful inhabitants. All year round, the trees in forests, copses and wastelands offer our feathered friends food, shelter and a place to congregate and show-off. This book captures Britain's woodland life with his charming and distinctive illustrations.
Richard Mabey, Britain's foremost nature writer, fell into a severe depression. The natural world - which since childhood had been a source of joy and inspiration for him - became meaningless. Then, cared for by friends, he moved to East Anglia and he started to write again. This book deals with his life and work.
An account English weather, which is at the very heart of English life and culture, as it is experienced physically, emotionally and spiritually. It catches the distinct voices of compelling individuals: 'Bloody cold', says Jonathan Swift in the 'slobbery' January of 1713; Percy Shelley wants to become a cloud and John Ruskin wants to bottle one.