• Fiction
      January 2003

      The Wind In The Pylons Vol 1

      The Adventures Of The Mole In Weaselworld

      by Gareth Lovett Jones

      Environmental satire: When Mole (from Kenneth Grahame’s “The Wind In The Willows”) finds a tunnel behind the big old cupboard in his kitchen and goes exploring, little does he know the adventures in store. For the passage-way turns out to be a time tunnel that eventually brings him out in the mid 1990’s – a strange world in which his beloved valley has been devastated by hulking shed-like shopping zones and most of the animals seem to be trapped inside flotillas of bizarrely-shaped contraptions moving at nightmare speeds along a network of titanic roads. He meets descendants or look-alikes of his old chums, all involved in business, politics and such like. But the time tunnel has unaccountably invested in him a magical skill: whomever he is near is unable to resist telling him the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. A biting satire on modern Britain, by turns scathing and heart-rending, The Wind In The Pylons captures its essence, seen through the eyes of an innocent abroad. The author, with sharp eye and cutting wit, holds a mirror up to “the way we live today”: compared with Kenneth Grahame’s bucolic view of life at the turn of the last century, it is not a pretty sight.

    • Environmentalist thought & ideology
      March 2014

      Ecofeminism

      by Maria Mies and Vandana Shiva

      This groundbreaking work remains as relevant today as when it was when first published. Two of Zed's best-known authors argue that ecological destruction and industrial catastrophes constitute a direct threat to everyday life, the maintenance of which has been made the particular responsibility of women. In both industrialized societies and the developing countries, the new wars the world is experiencing, violent ethnic chauvinisms and the malfunctioning of the economy also pose urgent questions for ecofeminists. Is there a relationship between patriarchal oppression and the destruction of nature in the name of profit and progress? How can women counter the violence inherent in these processes? Should they look to a link between the women's movement and other social movements? Maria Mies and Vandana Shiva offer a thought-provoking analysis of these and many other issues from a unique North-South perspective. They critique prevailing economic theories, conventional concepts of women's emancipation, the myth of 'catching up' development, the philosophical foundations of modern science and technology, and the omission of ethics when discussing so many questions, including advances in reproductive technology and biotechnology. In constructing their own ecofeminist epistemology and methodology, these two internationally respected feminist environmental activists look to the potential of movements advocating consumer liberation and subsistence production, sustainability and regeneration, and they argue for an acceptance of limits and reciprocity and a rejection of exploitation, the endless commoditization of needs, and violence.

    • Mind, Body, Spirit
      June 2015

      Awakening Leadership

      Embracing Mindfulness, Your Life’s Purpose, and the Leader You Were Born to Be

      by Horner, Christine

      Human advancement requires the realization that each one of us has an essential role to fulfill to lead humanity into a new era of true equality and prosperity. In Awakening Leadership, Horner describes how mindfulness connects us to the Unified Field of Creation, opening the door to our infinite potential and our life’s purpose. If Earth’s prime directive is oneness, its universal guiding principle is sustainability. In the New Leadership Blueprint, sustainability becomes the all-inclusive compass that redefines morality, values, the way we care for one another and the planet. Transcending boundaries, Awakening Leadership is an illuminating “human” guide that will inspire you to immediately begin living your life on purpose toward building a better world. It’s your time to thrive! www.ChristineHorner.com. www.AwakeningLeader.org

    • Environmentalist, conservationist & Green organizations
      December 2015

      Why Women Will Save the Planet

      by Friends of the Earth, Jenny Hawley

      Women's empowerment is critical to environmental sustainability, isn't it? When Friends of the Earth asked this question on Facebook half of respondents said yes and half said no, with women as likely to say no as men. This collection of articles and interviews, from some of the leading lights of the environmental and feminist movements, demonstrates that achieving gender equality is vital if we are to protect the environment upon which we all depend. It is a rallying call to environmental campaigning groups and other environmentalists who have, on the whole, neglected women's empowerment in their work.We hope that the book will encourage the environmental movement and women's movement to join in fighting the twin evils of women's oppression and environmental degradation, because social justice and environmental sustainability are two sides of the same coin.

    • Geography & the Environment

      Science and Hope

      a Forest History

      by John Dargavel and Elisabeth Johann

      A HISTORY OF THE SCIENCE AND IDEAS OF FORESTRY OVER THE PAST THREE CENTURIES This book tells the story of the hopeful science and trusting art of forestry. It is a story about the hopes of foresters and other scientists to understand the forests more deeply, and about their unspoken trust that their knowledge could ensure an enduring sylvan future. Much has been written on the origins and development of modern forestry in various countries, and on the people and institutions involved, but there is little in the forest history literature that explains what the science actually is. Forest knowledge has an ancient history documented since classical times and applied within the intricate social and legal systems of medieval Europe. This volume is concerned with the modern form of forest science, founded in Europe early in the nineteenth century, when regimes for managing the forests that could be traced to the ancient world and had flourished in the Middle Ages were disrupted. New ways had to be found. Foresters have tried to know their forests scientifically for over three centuries and have hoped to apply their knowledge to good effect, even though they could not live to see the futures they envisioned. How far did their scientific understanding enable a sylvan future? What, over the three centuries discussed in this book, were their successes and failures? And now what might the future hold for forest science and its application? This is no tale of triumph: the outlook for the world’s forests is too bleak for that. While many forests are flourishing, the climate is changing, tropical forests are disappearing, others are degrading, species are being lost, governments dither, international conferences fail. This is another, longer story – one of inquiry, of science and persistent endeavour to find a better future for the forests.

    • Geography & the Environment
      May 2016

      British Urban Trees

      A Social and Cultural History c.1800–1914

      by Paul A. Elliott

      GREENING THE VICTORIAN URBAN WORLD Whether we consider the great London Planes which are now the largest trees in many British urban streets, the exotic ornamentals from across the globe flourishing in numerous private gardens, the stately trees of public parks and squares or the dense colourful foliage of suburbia, the impact of trees and arboriculture upon modern towns and their ecosystems is clear. From the formal walks and squares of the Georgian town to Victorian tree-lined boulevards and commemorative oaks, trees are the organic statuary of modern urban society, providing continuity yet constantly changing through the day and over the seasons. Interfacing between humans and nature, connecting the continents and reaching back and forward through time to past and future generations, they have come to define urbanity while simultaneously evoking nature and the countryside. This book is the first major study of British urban arboriculture between 1800 and 1914 and draws upon fresh approaches in geographical, urban and environmental history. It makes a major contribution to our understanding of where, how and why trees grew in British towns in the period, the social and cultural impact of these and the attitudes taken towards them.

    • Geography & the Environment
      June 2014

      Eco-History

      An Introduction to Biodiversity and Conservation

      by Ian Rotherham

      AN ACCESSIBLE INTRODUCTION TO BIODIVERSITY, CONSERVATION AND THE ECO-CULTURAL NATURE OF LANDSCAPES Key issues are addressed in short, focused chapters, supported by a detailed thousand-year timeline based on the British Isles. Rotherham is convinced that to conserve wildlife or ecology, and to heal the wounds of human impacts, we must understand our own history and how, over countless centuries, we have forged today’s ecologies from our impacts on, and utilisation of, nature. He argues that the interlinked concepts of biodiversity, nature conservation and of sustainability are too often mixed with notions of ‘wilderness’ and ‘nature’ and ‘naturalness’. Much of the biodiversity that we hope to conserve is the result of long-term interactions between people and nature. It is a ‘cultural ecology’, the product of the environment, history and tradition. Recognising that the landscapes around us are ‘eco-cultural’ not ‘natural’ is, Rotherham suggests, the key to understanding contemporary biodiversity and major challenges for ideas of future conservation and sustainability. The book introduces the background to humanity’s interactions with Nature and the forces at work in shaping today’s world. It is essential reading for anyone wishing to understand the nature of the global environmental crisis and how we got here. In particular, it will be a stimulating guide to students and teachers or lecturers from sixth form and college to university. It will also appeal to the ordinary wildlife enthusiast wishing understand the past, and to gain insight into what might be in store for the future.

    • Geography & the Environment
      April 2009

      The Charm of Folk Customs

      by Hong Jiang

      This volume gives an authentic introduction and brief explanation of Chinese folklore and customs from such aspects as mascots, zodiac, folk deities, birthday customs, traditional wedding and funeral ceremonies.

    • Science & Mathematics
      November 2018

      Supercritical Fluid Chromatography

      Volume 1

      by Gerard Rosse, Terry A. Berger, Eric R. Francotte, Abhijit Tarafder, Steven M. Collier, Jason F. Hill, Craig White, Andreas Kaerner, Alfonso Rivera, Eric Seest, Matthew Belvo, John Burnett, Thomas Perun, Arancha Sonia Marin, Thomas Castle, María Luz de la Puente, Cristina Anta, Pilar Lopez, Vincent Desfontaine, Raul Nicoli, Tiia Kuuranne, Jean-Luc Veuthey, Davy Guillarme, Alexander Marziale, Eric Lesellier, Caroline West, Chandan L. Barhate, Erin E. Jordan, Philip A. Searle

      Supercritical Fluid Chromatography is a comprehensive guide to this modern separation technology. The book examines the main principles of SFC, advantages and challenges in comparison with common liquid chromatography as well as capabilities on the analytical and preparative scale. In particular, the authors demonstrate excellence of SFC for chiral separations, which makes the technique indispensable for pharmaceutical industry.

    • Geography & the Environment
      August 2018

      Green Chemistry in Industry

      by Mark Anthony Benvenuto, Heinz Plaumann, Philip G. Jessop, Laura M. Reyes, Steven P. Kelley, Paula Berton, Andreas Metlen, Robin D. Rogers, Keith E. Gutowski, Philip G. Sliva, Raymond Neff, Agnieszka Gajewski, Pei-Yu Kuo, Ning Yan, Nicole Tratnik, Jing Luo, Steven J. Bachofer, Mark D. Lingwood

      The “greening” of industry processes, i.e. making them more sustainable, is a popular and often lucrative trend which has emerged over recent years. The 3rd volume of Green Chemical Processing considers sustainable chemistry in the context of corporate interests. The American Chemical Society’s 12 Principles of Green Chemistry are woven throughout this text as well as the series to which this book belongs.

    • The Arts
      June 2019

      China's New Architecture

      Return to the context

      by Christian Schittich

    • Geography & the Environment
      2018

      The Rise and Fall of the Emerald Tigers

      Ten Years of Research in Panna National Park

      by Raghu Chundawat

      ‘This book is a must-read for everything you ever wanted to know about wild tigers in India.’—Valmik Thapar In this seminal book about the Indian tiger, Raghu Chundawat, a renowned conservation biologist, shares his findings from the only long-term ecological research project on tigers undertaken in India till date. Chundawat closely studied the Panna tigers and their prey, from 1996 to 2006—meticulously recording their space use, movements, feeding and reproductive behaviours—in the dry tropical forests of Madhya Pradesh. With support from the national park management, he oversaw a spectacular revival of Panna’s tiger population. However, by 2002-03, the fortunes of Panna’s tigers, and Chundawat’s research, nosedived when the park management changed. Monitoring privileges and access to the park were curtailed, and subsequently, poaching and poisoning of tigers spiked. When Chundawat blew the whistle on the alarming decline, he faced immense backlash from the state wildlife authorities. Despite the systemic opposition, Chundawat continued the fight to save Panna’s tigers, collecting data and petitioning the government to intervene. In this immensely informative work, Chundawat presents not just his research, but also an insider’s account of the politics and administrative apathy plaguing Indian wildlife conservation. He discusses the larger threats to Indian wildlife—and the possible solutions. Filled with stunning photographs, The Rise and Fall of the Emerald Tigers is a must-read for all wildlife enthusiasts and researchers across the world.

    • Geography & the Environment

      Education in the Age of Ecological Crisis

      by Veli-Matti Värri

      Contemporary education regards overconsumption as a normal way of living. A citizen whose main intention is to become ever more productive is regarded as a model for daily education. How can we as educators deconstruct this vicious circle? Our basic concept of the relationship between humans and nature must be re-thought in order to save life on Earth. We also need to re-think educational paradigms and aims to ensure worthwhile living conditions for future generations. What kind of people are we educating, for what kind of world? What beliefs and moral commitments do we have? Veli-Matti Värri studies the theoretical background of education, which is dominated by excessive hedonistic desire and over-consumption as guiding forces. This philosophical book has been written for educators, teachers, and educational researchers. As a cultural critical analysis, it is also an ethical statement of the author’s worldview.

    • Geography & the Environment

      The Human Age: How We and Nature Are Coping with the Anthropocene

      by Seppo Turunen

      Climate change is a fact. However, mankind has already done a lot to reverse it. Climate change, declining biodiversity, degradation of agricultural soil, shortage of fresh water and invasive pest species all result from human actions. The Human Age examines these and other threats, as well as our current promising efforts to reverse them. Data from previous climate changes suggest that nature may adapt to such changes more readily than in the most pessimistic scenarios. For instance, increasing forest cover outside the tropics, introducing eco-friendly water-saving agricultural techniques and new genetic methods of plant breeding encourage positive development.

    • The environment
      February 2014

      Quality Assurance & Quality Control of Environmental Field Sampling

      by Chunlong Zhang, Jochen F Mueller, Munro R Mortimer

      In environmental laboratory analysis, quality issues related to the taking and handling of samples are commonly unrecognized, underestimated, or ignored by the professionals involved in the chain of data acquisition, analysis and use. The ten chapters of this book provide comprehensive coverage of quality issues in environmental sampling, addressing recent developments and research advances together with advice based on the contributing experts’ practical experience. Each chapter includes a literature review and, where appropriate, a case study relevant to the topic. The book will be of value to those new to sampling as well as to those who are more experienced but who may face challenges under various scenarios of environmental, resource, and budgetary constraints. The book will be suitable to students in environmental studies as well as practitioners, such as field personnel, project managers, data users, and decision-makers.

    • The environment
      December 2013

      Applications of nanomaterials for water quality

      by Bart Van der Bruggen

      Nanotechnology offers the potential to boost quality of potable and industrial water supplies and to enable us to deal with the challenges of many and varied pollutants. This book translates the findings from research studies in nanoscience and nanotechnology into potential practical applications relating to water quality. The application of nanomaterials for measuring or upgrading water quality is still a young, promising and ambitious area, and the book provides an overview of current technologies and highlights obstacles and future prospects. The seven chapters provide a valuable reference for researchers involved in such research, offering a glimpse of the current and future potential of nanomaterials in the aqueous environment.

    • The environment
      February 2014

      Contaminated soils: a guide to sampling and analysis

      by Maria Gavrilescu, Laura Bulgariu

      Soil contamination is caused by diverse human activities. Requirements for monitoring and quantification of soil contaminants should be tightly linked to the best practice for sampling and analysis. This book gathers together in six chapters the experience of scientists from specific research areas connected to the problem of sustainable remediation and use of contaminated soils. The book addresses the challenges of sampling and analysis, together with considerations regarding laboratory processes and data acquisition, reporting and processing. The book provides those with a strong interest in the area of soil analysis – including students, researchers, academics, specialists, as well as land users – with practical tools and guidelines to conduct research and performance verification studies as a support in site remediation decision-making.

    • Management of land & natural resources
      April 2014

      Breathing Space

      The Natural and Unnatural History of Air

      by Mark Everard

      In this book Mark Everard argues that governments and citizens too often take the air we breathe for granted. Air and the wider atmosphere are vital in protecting us from radiation, maintaining climate and weather patterns, dispersing water, seeds and pollen, and serving as an alternative source of energy. Breathing Space overturns conventional thinking on the atmosphere, and is the first book to properly integrate air into the wider environmental discourse. Outlining the structure and development of the atmosphere, Everard assesses its importance within the environment as a whole. Everard’s work represents the long overdue incorporation of air into our wider understanding of ecosystems, and argues persuasively for the need for governments to recognise the importance of air as a resource. A must read for scholars, students and activists.

    • Regional geography
      October 2011

      Rural Wales in the Twenty-First Century

      Society, Economy and Environment

      by Paul Milbourne (Editor)

      The book explores the complex and shifting geographies of rural Wales in the twenty first century. It draws on a broad range of recent academic and policy research to provide the most comprehensive and critical account of the spaces, places and environments of rural Wales to date. The book highlights recent processes of change as well as important continuities with the past. It also indicates the ways in which the contemporary geographies of rural Wales are bound up with rather complex connections between society, culture, economy and environment. The book consists of 16 specially commissioned chapters written by human geographers and sociologists with considerable expertise in rural studies. It is structured around five main themes. The first is concerned with society and community and explores changing rural demographics, the cultural impacts of in-migration, alternative communities and community action in rural Wales. The second theme is economy and employment, with chapters on labour markets, the eco-economy, migrant workers and market towns. The focus of the third theme is farming and food and the changing agri-food agenda in Wales. Welfare and services constitutes the fourth theme of the book with attention given to poverty and community responses to service provision in rural areas. The final theme of the book is environment, which is explored through discussions of environmental sustainability and the post-productivist turn in forestry. The book uses these accounts of the social, economic and environmental geographies of rural Wales to provide a broader critique of rural geography and rural studies in the UK and other developed countries.

    • Geography
      June 2012

      Cartographies of Culture

      New Geographies of Welsh Writing in English

      by Damian Walford Davies (Author)

      Cartographies of Culture: New Geographies of Welsh Writing in English offers a pioneering new examination of the links between maps and imaginative writing. Concerned to draw literary studies and geography into a fruitful dialogue, the book offers a genuinely interdisciplinary study of literary texts in relation to the spatialities of culture. Taking the anglophone literature of Wales as its main ‘data field’, the book offers a boldly imaginative and stringently theorised analysis of five literary ‘maps’. What emerges is nothing less than a new way of reading literature through, and as, maps.

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