Environmental Transitions: Transformation and Ecological Defense in Central and Eastern Europe

By Petr Pavlínek

Environmental Transitions is an in depth and complete account of the environmental adjustments in principal and jap Europe, either less than kingdom socialism and through the interval of transition to capitalism. The swap in politics within the overdue Eighties and early Nineties allowed a chance for a speedy environmental freshen up, in a space as soon as certainly one of the main environmentally devastated areas on the earth. The ebook illustrates how modifications after 1989 have introduced significant environmental advancements, in addition to new environmental difficulties. It exhibits how environmental coverage, monetary switch and renowned help for environmental activities, have particular and altering geographies linked to them. Environmental Transitions addresses a great number of themes, together with the ancient geographical research of the environmental swap, healthiness affects of environmental degradation, the position of environmental concerns through the anti-communist revolutions, legislative reform and the consequences of transition on environmental caliber after 1989. Environmental Transitions comprises designated case reviews from the area, which illustrate the complexity of environmental matters and their intimate dating with political and fiscal realities. It offers theoretically educated rules for realizing environmental swap within the context of the political economic system of nation socialism and post-communist changes, drawing on a large physique of literature from West, primary and japanese Europe.

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Earth Odyssey: Around the World in Search of Our Environmental Future

By Mark Hertsgaard

Like many folks, Mark Hertsgaard has lengthy nervous concerning the declining health and wellbeing of our surroundings. yet in 1991, he determined to behave on his personal hindrance and examine the escalating main issue for himself. touring on his personal dime, he launched into an odyssey lasting lots of the decade and spanning nineteen international locations. Now, in Earth Odyssey he experiences on our environmental trouble during the eyes of the folk who stay it.

Earth Odyssey is a bright, passionate narrative approximately one man's trip around the globe looking for the reply to the basic query of our time: Is the way forward for the human species in danger? Combining first-class reportage with impossible to resist storytelling, Mark Hertsgaard has written an essential--and finally hopeful--book concerning the doubtful destiny of humankind.

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Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World

By Paul Stamets

Mycelium Running is a handbook for the mycological rescue of the planet. That’s correct: becoming extra mushrooms could be the smartest thing we will be able to do to avoid wasting the surroundings, and during this groundbreaking textual content from mushroom specialist Paul Stamets, you’ll discover how.
 
The uncomplicated technological know-how is going like this: Microscopic cells known as “mycelium”--the fruit of that are mushrooms--recycle carbon, nitrogen, and different crucial components as they holiday down plant and animal particles within the production of wealthy new soil. What Stamets has found is that we will be able to capitalize on mycelium’s digestive strength and aim it to decompose poisonous wastes and pollution (mycoremediation), capture and decrease silt from streambeds and pathogens from agricultural watersheds (mycofiltration), regulate insect populations (mycopesticides), and customarily increase the health and wellbeing of our forests and gardens (mycoforestry and myco-gardening).
 
In this finished consultant, you’ll locate chapters detailing every one of those 4 interesting branches of what Stamets has coined “mycorestoration,” in addition to chapters at the medicinal and dietary houses of mushrooms, inoculation equipment, log and stump tradition, and species choice for numerous environmental reasons. seriously referenced and wonderfully illustrated, this publication is destined to be a vintage reference for bemushroomed generations to come back.

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Introduction to Renewable Energy, Second Edition (Energy and the Environment)

Introduction to Renewable power, moment Edition covers the basics of renewable power and serves as a source to undergraduates in renewable power classes, non-specialists in the strength industries, or a person operating to aid the profitable implementation of renewable energy.

The moment version discusses advancements that experience happened because the book of the 1st variation and considers the starting to be environmental effect of human job on planet Earth. devoted to converging technological know-how and know-how in a manner that guarantees a sustainable destiny, this ebook outlines the fundamentals of renewable strength and makes a speciality of present and constructing rules that help the shift to renewable power. New within the moment version, the ebook addresses bioenergy, strength stability, biodiesel, photovoltaic purposes, and weather change.

The authors take a multidisciplinary strategy and percentage their observations on trending applied sciences (including neuroscience, synthetic intelligence, digital truth (VR), nanotechnology, and genetic engineering) that they are expecting may have an important influence within the subsequent 25 years. Attributing the main difficulties on the planet to overconsumption and overpopulation, they define ideas that rely on international and native rules and paintings to minimize intake, inhabitants development, greenhouse fuel emissions, environmental pollutants, and army expenditures.

In addition, the booklet proposes attainable solutions to our strength hassle that include:

  • Reduced call for of fossil fuels to depletion rate
  • Transition to 0 inhabitants progress and the start of a steady-state society
  • A tax put on carbon
  • Implementing extra guidelines and incentives to extend conservation and potency and to diminish the emissions of carbon dioxide

"… a easy advent to renewable power… for non-engineering and physics students... a balanced ebook when it comes to content material and themes lined … with constrained pursuits for pros operating within the field."
—Radian Belu, college of Alaska Anchorage, USA

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Economics After Capitalism: A Guide to the Ruins and a Road to the Future

‘There is not any replacement’ has been the unofficial mantra of the neoliberal order because its utterance by means of Margaret Thatcher within the Nineteen Eighties. As Derek Wall argues in Economics After Capitalism, there's in reality a substitute for our crisis-ridden, austerity-inflicted global - and never only one replacement, yet many. hard the arguments for markets, mainstream economics and capitalism from Adam Smith onwards, Economics After Capitalism presents a step by step advisor to numerous writers, routine and faculties of notion, serious of neoliberal globalisation. those variety from Keynesian-inspired reformists equivalent to Geroge Soros and Joseph Stiglitz, critics of inequality like Thomas Piketty and Amaitya Sen, to extra radical voices together with Naomi Klein, Marxists equivalent to David Harvey, anarchists, and autonomists together with Toni Negri and Michael Hardt. through offering a transparent and available consultant to the economics of anti-capitalism, Derek Wall effectively demonstrates that an open resource eco-socialist replacement to rampant weather swap, elite rule and monetary chaos isn't just beneficial, yet attainable.

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Breathing Space: The Natural and Unnatural History of Air

Air is key to human existence—it protects us from radiation, keeps weather and climate styles, disperses seeds and pollen, and serves instead strength resource. regardless of all of this, air is still ignored in environmental coverage, with its ownerless, without borderlines nature making it tricky to crusade and legislate.
 
Breathing Space is the 1st e-book to correctly combine air into the broader environmental discourse. Mark Everard assesses the atmosphere’s constitution and its position inside of our total setting and argues persuasively for the need of governments’ and activists’ reputation of air as a necessary source, in addition to the dire want for greater around the world rules on air law. This paintings is lengthy late and a must-read for students, environmental activists, and an individual environmental policy.

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The Unified Neutral Theory of Biodiversity and Biogeography (MPB-32) (Monographs in Population Biology)

By Stephen P. Hubbell

Despite its very best value and the specter of its international crash, biodiversity is still poorly understood either empirically and theoretically. This formidable e-book offers a brand new, normal impartial concept to provide an explanation for the foundation, upkeep, and lack of biodiversity in a biogeographic context.

earlier biogeography (the learn of the geographic distribution of species) and biodiversity (the examine of species richness and relative species abundance) have had principally disjunct highbrow histories. during this e-book, Stephen Hubbell develops a proper mathematical thought that unifies those fields. whilst a speciation method is integrated into Robert H. MacArthur and Edward O. Wilson's now classical idea of island biogeography, the generalized conception predicts the lifestyles of a common, dimensionless biodiversity quantity. within the concept, this basic biodiversity quantity, including the migration or dispersal cost, thoroughly determines the steady-state distribution of species richness and relative species abundance on neighborhood to massive geographic spatial scales and non permanent to evolutionary time scales.

even if impartial, Hubbell's concept is however capable of generate many nonobvious, testable, and remarkably actual quantitative predictions approximately biodiversity and biogeography. in lots of methods Hubbell's concept is the ecological analog to the impartial conception of genetic glide in genetics. The unified impartial concept of biogeography and biodiversity may still stimulate study in new theoretical and empirical instructions by means of ecologists, evolutionary biologists, and biogeographers.

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Waking Up in Eden: In Pursuit of an Impassioned Life on an Imperiled Island

By Lucinda Fleeson

Like such a lot of folks, Lucinda Fleeson desired to get away what had turn into a regimen lifestyles. So, she surrender her big-city activity, bought her suburban apartment, and moved midway the world over to the island of Kauai to paintings on the nationwide Tropical Botanical backyard. think a one-hundred-acre backyard property nestled amid ocean cliffs, rain forests, and secluded coves. unique and gorgeous, certain, yet as Fleeson awakens to this sensual global, exploring the island's nutrition, shorelines, and historical past, she encounters an endangered paradise―the Hawaii we do not see within the vacationer brochures.

Native crops are demise at an staggering rate―Hawaii is termed the Extinction Capital of the World―and invasive species (plants, animals, and people) have imperiled this backyard of Eden. Fleeson accompanies a plant hunter into the rain woodland to discover the final of a death species, descends into limestone caves with a paleontologist who deconstructs island historical past via fossil lifestyles, and shadows a botanical pioneer who propagates infrequent seeds, hoping to reclaim the panorama. Her grown-up experience is a reminder of the worth of selecting ardour over protection, individuality over conference, and the urgent have to guard the earth. And as she witnesses the island's plant renewal efforts, she sees her personal lifestyles blossom again.

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Facing Global Environmental Change: Environmental, Human, Energy, Food, Health and Water Security Concepts (Hexagon Series on Human and Environmental Security and Peace)

By R. K. Pachauri, Hans Günter Brauch, Úrsula Oswald Spring, Czeslaw Mesjasz, John Grin, Patricia Kameri-Mbote, Béchir Chourou, Nav

This policy-focused, international and multidisciplinary safeguard instruction manual on dealing with worldwide Environmental switch addresses new protection threats of the twenty first century posed through weather swap, desertification, water rigidity, inhabitants development and urbanization. those safeguard risks and issues result in migration, crises and conflicts. they're at the time table of the UN, OECD, OSCE, NATO and european. In a hundred chapters, 132 authors from forty nine nations study the worldwide debate on environmental, human and gender, strength, nutrients, livelihood, future health and water safeguard options and coverage difficulties. In 10 elements they talk about the context and the securitization of worldwide environmental swap and of utmost normal and societal results. They recommend a brand new learn programme to maneuver from wisdom to motion, from reactive to proactive regulations and to discover the possibilities of environ-mental cooperation for a brand new peace coverage.

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A River Lost: The Life and Death of the Columbia (Revised and Updated)

By Blaine Harden

"Superbly said and written with readability, perception, and nice skill." ―Washington publish ebook World

After twenty years, Washington Post journalist Blaine Harden back to his small-town birthplace within the Pacific Northwest to stick to the increase and fall of the West’s so much completely conquered river. To discover the Columbia River and befriend those that collaborated in its destruction, he traveled on a enormous freight barge crusing west from Idaho to the Grand Coulee Dam, the positioning of the river’s harnessing for the sake of jobs, electrical energy, and irrigation. A River Lost is a searing own narrative of rediscovery joined with a story of exploitation: of local americans, of endangered salmon, of nuclear waste, and of a once-wild river. up-to-date all through, this version includes a new foreword and afterword. 7 maps

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