• 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.

    • 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.

    • Fiction
      November 2014

      Another Place To Die

      The Endtime Chronicles

      by Sam Hawksmoor, Sam North

      A city gripped by fear as a lethal virus approaches from the East. No one knows how many are dying. People are petrified of being thrown into quarantine. Best friends Kira and Liz once parted are scared they will never see each other again. Teen lovers, Chris and Rachel, prepare to escape to the islands. Do you stay and hide, or do you flee? And if you flee - how do you know you aren't taking it with you? Review from the First Edition: 'Beautiful, plausible, and sickeningly addictive, Another Place to Die will terrify you, thrill you, and make you petrified of anyone who comes near you...' Roxy Williams - Amazon.co.uk

    • Regional studies

      The Nature of Southwestern Colorado

      Recognizing Human Legacies and Restoring Natural Places

      by Deborah D Paulson

      Travellers pass through one jaw-dropping landscape after another where the snowy San Juan Mountains meet the canyon and mesa country of the Colorado Plateau in southwestern Colorado. Yet this small but remarkably varied region also plainly reveals a history of hard use, including logging scars, mine-polluted rivers, and overgrazed grasslands and forests. In The Nature of Southwestern Colorado, Deborah D. Paulson and William L. Baker guide readers through this awe-inspiring land and its human legacies, describing in detail the ecology of its six sub-regions, showing readers how to recognise human influences on the flora and fauna, and discussing current trends. Although some of the policies and attitudes in southwestern Colorado continue to harm the natural world, a number of community projects suggest a promising future. Examining these trends, the authors search for signs of a new relationship between people and nature emerging here, one that enables people to protect, restore, and coexist with the wild.

    • Pollution & threats to the environment

      The Earth Under Threat

      A Christian Perspective

      by Ghillean T. Prance

    • Global warming

      I want to live.

      by James Kilcullen

      Global warming has reached its peak; the area between the tropics of Cancer and Capriciorn is so hot it can no longer support human or animal life. People are dying or moving north and south to cooler climates, which have closed their borders as they cannot cope with increased populations. Violence is widespread. James Laffoy,earth scientist, has failed to persuade the powers to take drastic action before it's too late. He retreats to his late father's uninhabited island off the west coast of ireland and, over a number of years, with a small number of like minded people, prepares for the worst. Can they survive in a world that's closing down rapidly?

    • Geography & the Environment
      November 2018

      Wastewater Treatment

      Application of New Functional Materials

      by Jianyu Chen, Jun Luo, Qijin Luo, Zhihua Pang, China Environment Publishing Group

      This book describes the research results and applications of functional zeolite, functional ceramsite, modified montmorillonite and other functional materials in water purification areas. With abundant project experiences, the book is an essential reference for researchers and PhD students in environmental science, material science, environmental chemistry, as well as industrial engineers.

    • Science & Mathematics
      June 2017

      Chemistry of the Climate System

      by Detlev Möller

      Climate change is a major challenge facing the modern world. The chemistry of air and it's influence on the climate system forms the main focus of this monograph. The book presents a problem-based approach to presenting global atmospheric processes, evaluating the effects of changing air composition as well as possibilities for interference within these processes and indicates ways for solving the problem of climate change through chemistry.

    • Medicine
      June 2017

      Proceedings from the ICERP 2016

      International Conference on Environmental Research and Public Health

      by Yuegang Zuo

    • Geography & the Environment
      May 2017

      Climate Change and Crop Production

      by E Barrett-Lennard, Matthew P Reynolds, H Braun, Jose Crossa, Peter Hobbs, David Hodson, Andy Jarvis, Peter Langridge, Anne Legrève, David Lobell, Mark Mazzola, Ivan Ortiz-Monasterio, Martin A J Parry, Daniel Mullan

      Current trends in population growth suggest that global food production is unlikely to satisfy future demand under predicted climate change scenarios unless rates of crop improvement are accelerated. In order to maintain food security in the face of these challenges, a holistic approach that includes stress-tolerant germplasm, sustainable crop and natural resource management, and sound policy interventions will be needed. The first volume in the CABI Climate Change Series, this book provides an overview of the essential disciplines required for sustainable crop production in unpredictable environments. Chapters include discussions of adapting to biotic and abiotic stresses, sustainable and resource-conserving technologies and new tools for enhancing crop adaptation. Examples of successful applications as well as future prospects of how each discipline can be expected to evolve over the next 30 years are also presented. Laying out the basic concepts needed to adapt to and mitigate changes in crop environments, this is an essential resource for researchers and students in crop and environmental science as well as policy makers.

    • Geography & the Environment

      Keeping up with the Pace of the World-Record of China's Action to Address Climate Change

      by He Jiankun

      This book adopts the documentary writing style and vivid depictions to elaborate the macroscopic issue of climate change from the microscopic angle. It provides a rich and detailed interpretation of China’s actions on climate change with illustrations and pictures.

    • Sociology
      January 2019

      Trees and the Human Spirit

      by Author(s): Ruth Wilson

      This volume presents a treatise on trees and how they relate to the human spirit. Through its in-depth discussion of the meaning of trees, a need for a shift in thinking becomes clear. Historically, people in dominant cultures have viewed trees as resources to be used and forests as obstacles to such endeavors as farming and ranching. This publication presents a different view of trees and forests, one calling for a shift from domination and irreverence to respect and care—even kinship. While the text includes a discussion about some of the amazing characteristics of trees, the primary focus here is on the philosophical meaning of, and emotional connections with, trees. Its integration of disciplines and the recognition of different ways of knowing will make this book appealing to a wide variety of readers.

    • Sustainability
      October 2017

      Demystifying Climate Risk Volume II

      Industry and Infrastructure Implications

      by Editor(s): Carole LeBlanc

      This book is a distillation of the First Annual International Technical Workshop on Climate Risk held in 2016 in Wells, Maine, USA. It is organized into four major themes, namely: the Montreal Protocol; industry and infrastructure concerns; sustainability and strategic planning; and climate science and informing business risk.The volume’s premise is that, long before the 2015 Paris Agreement, many professionals from diverse fields were working to solve the problems of human-caused climate change. The 1987 Montreal Protocol is now in support of a key emission reduction goal of the Agreement. It was time for the seasoned leaders who implement the Protocol, the world’s most successful treaty for atmospheric protection, to share their knowledge and wisdom with the next generation before that expertise was lost. The purpose of bringing these communities of practice together is to leverage the many successes to date to inspire future innovations through ‘lessons learned’; ensure that new or updated regulations are timely communicated and economically executed; and identify opportunities for related sustainable development.

    • Meteorology & climatology
      March 2019

      The Ocean’s Role in Climate Change

      by Author(s): Alexander Polonsky

      The principal focus of this book is the physical processes in the World Ocean which regulate the interannual-to-multidecadal natural variability of the climate system, and some key atmospheric and marine manifestations of this variability. It analyses a number of Atlantic and Indo-Pacific signals, and describes their regional atmospheric and marine manifestations. The role of the Ocean in the recent hiatus of global warming and the probability of abrupt climate change due to thermohaline catastrophe are also assessed. The book pays special attention to the change of parameters of synoptic atmospheric disturbances over the Northern Hemisphere and its sub-regions in different phases of the natural quasi-periodical climatic signals. It will appeal to oceanographers, climatologists, meteorologists, hydrologist, geographers and the general reader interested in the problem of climate change all over the globe, especially with regards to Eastern Europe and the Black Sea region.

    • Pollution & threats to the environment
      October 2013

      Meeting the Challenges of Climate Change to Tourism

      Case Studies of Best Practice

      by Editor(s): Louis D'Amore and Patrick Kalifungwa

      As UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has stated, “Climate change is the pre-eminent geopolitical and economic issue of the 21st century. It rewrites the global equation for development, peace and prosperity.” The scientific evidence is clear – climate change is happening and the exposure to weather-related disasters such as heat waves, forest fires, cyclones and flooding has the potential to seriously impact the tourism sector. The travel and tourism industry is both a significant contributor to climate change, being responsible for 5% of global greenhouse gas emissions, and is directly impacted by it. At the same time, the industry is a vital driver of the global economy with an estimated US$6.6 trillion total contribution in 2012, and is particularly significant to developing and emerging economies where the impacts of climate change can be most disruptive. This collection of papers is a timely and indispensable source of insights and models of best practice relating to the mitigation of and adaptation to climate change by various sectors of the industry.

    • Development studies
      March 2016

      Scale, Governance and Change in Zambezi Teak Forests

      Sustainable Development for Commodity and Community

      by Author(s): Michael Musgrave

      The Zambezi Teak forests of western Zambia have been exploited for their timber for over 80 years. The record of this exploitation and the subsequent collapse of the timber industry provide a unique insight into problems around land use change, governance and the interaction between ecology, society and forest management in south-central Africa. A wide-ranging study, this book is as much an examination of methodology for sustainability research as it is a review of land use change, forest management and rural livelihoods. It explores the problem of scale and how using explicit considerations of scale may contribute to an integration between the life sciences and the social sciences that a holistic assessment of sustainable development problems demands. Specific details of land use change in the region are examined over a 30 year period, including the first detailed mapping of changes to the Zambezi Teak forests since logging ceased in the early 1970s. Forest management practices and fire emerge as important drivers of land use change, and the book provides examples of how forest management and governance are important to sustainable development in this sparsely populated and inaccessible region.For readers interested a detailed understanding of the problems of deforestation, land use change and governance in the dry forests of Africa, this book is essential reading. It also provides insights into wider questions of how multidisciplinary studies may be integrated in a holistic synthesis.African dry forests have been widely studied, but few publications examine the problems of land use change and deforestation in this level of detail. The author draws on 20 years of experience in south-central Africa to combine historical records with research on current political, social and governance issues. The result is a landmark publication which covers a depth and breadth that is seldom achieved in studies of African sustainable development.

    • Environmental science, engineering & technology
      September 2018

      Environmental Contamination and Remediation

      by Editor(s): Yasir Anwar, Khalid Rehman Hakeem, Hesham F Alharby, Khalid M Alghamdi

      This book provides an account of the major environmental contaminations present today, and offers detailed insights into their potential remediation through bio-based solutions. Bringing together the work of various international experts in this field, it contains comprehensive reviews on the mechanisms of bioremediation. Moreover, the book discusses the strategies by which bacteria and plants help in the decontamination of environmental pollutants. As such, it represents a valuable resource for a wide audience, including environmental scientists, biochemists, soil scientists, botanists, agronomists and molecular biologists.

    • Social impact of environmental issues
      September 2017

      Demystifying Climate Risk Volume I

      Environmental, Health and Societal Implications

      by Editor(s): Carole LeBlanc

      This book is a distillation of the First Annual International Technical Workshop on Climate Risk held in 2016 in Wells, Maine, USA. It is organized into three major themes, namely: environmental, health and societal impacts; the special case of Africa; and advances in education.The volume’s premise is that, long before the 2015 Paris Agreement, many professionals from diverse fields were working to solve the problems of human-caused climate change. The 1987 Montreal Protocol is now in support of a key emission reduction goal of the Agreement. It was time for the seasoned leaders who implement the Protocol, the world’s most successful treaty for atmospheric protection, to share their knowledge and wisdom with the next generation before that expertise was lost. The purpose of bringing these communities of practice together is to leverage the many successes to date to inspire future innovations through ‘lessons learned’; ensure that new or updated regulations are timely communicated and economically executed; and identify opportunities for related sustainable development.

    • Global warming
      September 2017

      Patents and Climate Change

      There's No Place Like Home

      by Author(s): Michael J. Dochniak

      After 4.5 billion years of change, is the planet Earth a complex and delicate ecosystem? It is well-known that some human activities may be part of a climate-change process that affects global warming. Environmental scientists continue to make substantial progress in advancing our understanding of how such activities affect climate change. Since the year 1989, hundreds of global-warming related patents have been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. This original and important book thus provides an easy-to-read summary of such patents. Within many of the summaries, there are inventor profiles and news articles that are insightful and thought-provoking. Pioneering inventors hail from many locations including Brazil, Great Britain, India, Japan, Mexico, and Taiwan. At the beginning of several chapters, contradictory opinions on climate change are provided in the form of quotes. Chapter Seven offers an example of a fascinating application that failed to gain US patent protection. In the final chapter, several significant climate-change issues that continue to be addressed are outlined.

    • Management of land & natural resources
      January 2019

      Spiritual and Ecological Civilization

      The Essence and Mechanisms of Formation

      by Author(s): Andrey Vladimirovich Ivanov, Irina Valerjevna Fotieva, Michail Yurjevich Shishin

      The book discuss one of the most acute problems facing society today, namely choosing ways for the further development of mankind. Its analysis of global crises of modern ‘technogenic and consumer’ civilization shows the necessity and possibility of transitioning to a new type of civilization, which could be called ‘spiritually-ecological’. The volume demonstrates the real indicators of such a transformation in all spheres of human life and the main problems of such a transition.

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