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.
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.
Money doesn't grow on trees. Or does it? From Indian vultures to Chinese bees, nature provides 'natural services', 24/7. This book offers impactful stories, containing both warnings (such as in the tale of India's vultures, killed off by drugs given to cattle, leading to an epidemic of rabies) and also the positive.
Offers a range of information to help the reader understand environmental politics, from the Flood to present-day holes in the sky, and from the earthworm to Agribiz and the photobiological reactor. The book presents a portrait of our beleaguered Earth and points to sustainable alternatives.
Achieving a sustainable society is the biggest issue of our time. This book presents a complete 'curriculum' for effecting a personal transformation towards sustainability, showing you how to align your personal and professional actions with your values and beliefs. It is full of activities that can be done individually or in groups.
It started very small and full of hope. But its daring campaigns have placed Fairtrade goods at the heart of the supermarket shelves. From bananas and coffee beans to cotton and chocolate, Fairtrade has grown to become an important global movement that has revolutionised the way we shop.
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.
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.
Explores the place of women in the environment of India in particular, both as its saviors and as victims of maldevelopment. This book shows how women's efforts constitute a non-violent and humanly inclusive alternative to the dominant paradigm of contemporary scientific and development thought.
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.
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.
Some people's lives are entirely their own creations. James Rebanks' isn't. The first son of a shepherd, who was the first son of a shepherd himself, he and his family have lived and worked in and around the Lake District for generations. Their way of life is ordered by the seasons and the work they demand, and has been for hundreds of years.
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.
Reveals how rain is not just an essential element of the world around us, but a key part of our own identity too. In this book, the author explores our relationship with the weather as she follows the course of four rain showers, in four seasons, across Wicken Fen, Shropshire, the Darent Valley and Dartmoor.
Presents an introduction to the inter-relationship of food and the environment. This title intends to bring to our attention the multiplicity of linkages and interconnections between what we eat and how this impacts on the earth's resources.
An introduction to the sociological study of the environment. It emphasises the ways in which our conceptualisation of the relationships between environments and human societies differ historically and cross-culturally.
Analysing how materialistic capitalism is self-limiting, how efficiency may be the enemy of a cohesive society, this work examines the false certainties of science and religion. It builds a theory of meaning, based on the research for identity the role of the arts and the idea of immortality.
From the Vikings to Clarence Birdseye, the author introduces the explorers, merchants, writers, chefs and fisherman, whose lives have been interwoven with the prolific fish. He chronicles the cod wars of the 16th and 20th centuries. He shows how the most profitable fish in history is faced with extinction.
This unique and insightful text offers an exploration of the origins and subsequent development of the concept of just sustainability, with a focus on solutions-oriented policy and planning initiatives that specifically address issues of equity and justice within the context of developing sustainable communities.
Remote sensing describes the technique of collecting information from a distance. This book describes the ways that remotely sensed data from research on biodiversity and its conservation can be captured and used, especially for evaluating human impacts on ecological systems.
Challenges conventional understandings of 'solving' environmental problems and offers a radically new set of strategies to attain sustainability. This book identifies problematic cultural attributes, such as the unending consumption that characterizes modern life, and outlines practical steps toward developing sustainability as a mindset.
Includes a preface and epilogue that brings Wilderness and the American Mind into dialogue with contemporary debates about wilderness. This is a study of changing attitudes toward wilderness during American history, as well as the origins of the environmental and conservation movements.
Climate change seems to be an insurmountable problem. Political solutions have so far had little impact. Some scientists are now advocating the so-called Plan B , a more direct way of reducing the rate of future warming by reflecting more sunlight back to space, creating a thermostat in the sky.
Following the tracks, drove-roads and sea paths that form part of a vast ancient network of routes criss-crossing the British Isles and beyond, the author discovers a lost world - a landscape of the feet and the mind, of pilgrimage and ritual, of stories and ghosts; above all of the places and journeys which inspire and inhabit our imaginations.
Seeks to discover why we deny our children the freedoms of space, time and the natural world. Visiting communities as far apart as West Papua and the Arctic, as well as the UK, and delving into history, philosophy, language and literature, this book explores how children's affinity for nature is an essential and universal element of childhood.
K2, August 1st, 2008. Thirty climbers are attempting the summit of the most savage mountain on Earth. They make it. But before they start their descent an ice shelf collapses, sweeping away their ropes. It is dark. Their lines are gone. They are low on oxygen. And it is getting very, very cold. How many will make it down alive?
The tools required to avoid a climate disaster already exist. Between emissions cuts and emerging technologies, we can do it. This book introduces us to the innovative new solutions being developed around the world, which work with the Earth's systems to combat climate change - and could safeguard our future.
The Commission was created by the UN in 1983 to formulate new proposals to deal with the important issues of environmental development facing the world. The Commission's findings are presented in this book.
This book explores how far the European Union can go towards its goal of forming its 28 member states into an Energy Union. It looks at the tension between liberalization and state intervention, subsidy in markets, the revolution in the electricity sector, and the need for a new market design.
Provides a timely and wide-ranging overview of the fast expanding field of dispersal ecology, incorporating the very latest research. The causes, mechanisms, and consequences of dispersal at the individual, population, species, and community levels are considered.