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.
Presents an exploration of what rivers mean to us and an account of what we owe to them. This title also presents an exploration into the historical, geographical, social, cultural and industrial aspects of a river filled with the curiosities, forgotten characters and departed ways.
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.
Argues that two conflicting paradigms (one developing food through integrating the 'life sciences', the other though 'ecology') are battling to replace the dominant industrial-productionist model of the 20th century, grappling to attract investment, public support and policy legitimacy over the appropriate use of biology and food technologies.
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.
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.
Many of our favourite brands now openly espouse 'ethical' credentials, so how is it that they can import billions of pounds' worth of goods from the developing world every year while leaving the people who produce them barely scraping a living? Are they being cynically opportunistic? The author travels the world to establish the truth.
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.
An introduction to strategic environmental assessment (SEA), which considers the environmental impact of various global policies and programmes. The text reviews the current status of SEA, evaluates its application in various countries and analyzes its future importance.
Contains two interlocking strands: the story of those who sought to know and understand our weather; and the story of its impact on us - our history, our culture, the way we think and behave. This work focuses on the people who volunteered and toiled for the cause, telling their stories by tracking them down to the places.
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.
At the age of 34, Felicity Aston became the first woman to cross Antarctica alone. Frozen into her facemask, she battled desperate weather and raced to reach the coast before the last flight out. This gripping and inspirational account shows what you can achieve when you grit your teeth and decide just to get through today in one piece.
An exploration of our preoccupation with the weather, as heard on BBC Radio 3: Changing Climates. In his trademark style, the author weaves together science, art and memoirs to show the weather's impact on our culture and national psyche. He rambles through the myths of Golden Summers and our persistent state of denial about the winter.
At a time when polls suggest that young British people believe that the future will offer a worse quality of life, it is becoming imperative that children are introduced to principles of sustainability through the educational system from an early age. This book provides perspectives on the philosophy and pedagogy of education for sustainability.
The use of fracking is a tremendously important technology for the recovery of oil and gas, but the advantages and costs of fracking remain controversial. This book examines the issues and social, economic, political, and legal aspects of fracking in the United States.
Analysing four key 'megatrends' - population growth and migration, natural resource demand, climate change and globalisation, the author projects a world that by mid-century will have shifted its political and economic axes radically to the north.
In this ground-breaking book, leading sustainability educators are joined by permaculturists, literary critics, ecologists, artists, journalists, engineers, mathematicians and philosophers in a deep reflection on the skills that people need to survive and thrive in the challenging conditions of the 21st century.
Takes a interdisciplinary and analytical approach to the development, implementation and impact of environmental policies that govern our relationship with the environment. This work also covers how principles are applied in real life to a range of issues from persistent chemical pollution to climate change to fishing rights and watershed usage.
A comprehensive, critical examination of the rise of protected areas and their social and economic position in our world. It examines the social impacts of protected areas, the conflicts that surround them, the alternatives to them and the conceptual categories they impose. It explores key debates on devolution, participation and democracy.
When Malthus famously outlined the brutal relationship between food and population, he never imagined the success of modern agriculture. This book is suitable for anyone concerned with what the coming decades hold for our planet and our diet if we don't take action now.
I am the luckiest man alive, because I get to live and work in the most beautiful place on earth: Matterdale in the English Lake District. In this book the author interweaves thoughts and reflections on the art of shepherding with his photographs of the valley, people and animals that make up the daily life of the fells.
A FULLY UPDATED AND REVISED NEW EDITION that reveals the hidden complexities and terrifying simplicities of a planet squeezing itself dry in order to make half its citizens obese and the other half malnourished
A magical exploration of the ancient landscape of forests and the ancient genre of fairytales, drawing fascinating and surprising connections between the two, by the author of the bestselling A Book Of Silence
A study of 'fracking' (hydraulic fracturing), that casts a critical eye on the oil-industry hype that has hijacked the discussion over energy security. Considers fracking from both economic and environmental perspectives, informed by the most thorough analysis of shale gas and oil drilling data ever undertaken.
Challenges and petitions anthropology and its practitioners to draw not only on the traditional precepts of science, but also on the richness of artistry in the collection, interpretation, and expression of fieldwork data.
Describes a year's worth of walking on the ultimate beach: inter-tidal and constantly turning up revelations: mermaid's purses, lugworms, sea potatoes, messages in bottles, buried cars, and a perfect cup from a Cunard liner. This series of meditations was prompted by walking on the wild beaches of Ainsdale Sands between Blackpool and Liverpool.
Guided by the principle waste equals food, this book explains how products can be designed from the outset so that, after their useful lives, they provide nourishment for something fresh - continually circulating as pure and viable materials within a 'cradle to cradle' model. It makes a viable case for putting eco-effectiveness into practice.
This book is the first study of the science, the politics and the polemics surrounding response to the 1972 book "The Limits to Growth," in particular the reactions of economists that marginalized its methods and conclusions for more than 30 years.
Provides an introduction to the debates, the movements, and the successes and failures of environmentalism. This book focuses on how western people have expressed affinity for, thought about, and advocated on behalf of the non-human environment.
Forget everything you think you know about global warming. It's not about carbon - it's about capitalism. The good news is that we can seize this crisis to transform our failed economic system and build something radically better. This is a book that redefines its era.
In "Earth in Mind", environmental educator David W. Orr focuses not on problems in education, but on the problem of education. Much of what has gone wrong with the world, he argues, is the result of inadequate and misdirected education. Orr presents concrete proposals for reorganizing the curriculum to draw out our affinity for life.
Argues that the chief stumbling block to environmental thinking is the image of nature itself. Ranging widely in 18th-century through contemporary philosophy, culture, and history, this title explores the value of art in imagining environmental projects. It traces the contexts of ecological constructs through the history of capitalism.