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Deltas And Humans

Author : Thomas S. Bianchi
ISBN : 9780199764174
Genre : Climatic changes
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Humans have had a long relationship with the ebb and flow of tides on river deltas around the world. The fertile soils of river deltas provided early human civilizations with a means of farming crops and obtaining seafood from the highly productive marshes and shallow coastal waters associated with deltas. However, this relationship has at times been both nurturing and tumultuous for the development of early civilizations. The vicissitudes of seasonal changes in river flooding events as well as frequently shifting deltaic soils made life for these early human settlements challenging. These natural transient processes that affect the supply of sediments to deltas today are in many ways very similar to what they have been over the millennia of human settlements. But something else has been altered in the natural rhythm of these cycles. The massive expansion of human populations around the world in both the lower and upper drainage basins of these large rivers have changed the manner in which sediments and water are delivered to deltas. Because of the high density of human populations found in these regions, humans have developed elaborate hydrological engineering schemes in an attempt to "tame" these deltas. The goal of this book is to provide information on the historical relationship between humans and deltas that will hopefully encourage immediate preparation for coastal management plans in response to the impending inundation of major cities, as a result of global change around the world.

World Birdwatch

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Global Wetlands

Author : William J. Mitsch
ISBN : 0444814787
Genre : Nature
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This book contrasts both wetland ecology and wetland management in the Old and New Worlds. The diversity of wetlands covered is extensive, with discussions on many "crown Jewel" wetlands of the world. Examples from the New World include the Pantanal (Brazil), the Paranaacute; River Delta (Argentina), and the Chesapeake Bay (USA), among others.This book will be of great interest to all tidal/estuarine ecologists, ecological/environmental engineers, environmental scientists, and nature/landscape conservationists; it will help to provide new directions for the 21st century.

Biogeochemistry Of Estuaries

Author : Thomas S. Bianchi
ISBN : 9780195160826
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Biogeochemistry of Estuaries offers a comprehensive and interdisciplinary approach to understanding biogeochemical cycling in estuaries. Designed as a text for intermediate to advanced students, this book utilizes numerous illustrations and an extensive literature base to impart the current state-of-the-art knowledge in this field. While many of the existing books in estuarine science are comprised of edited volumes, typically focused on highly specific topics in estuaries,Biogeochemistry of Estuaries provides, for the first time, a unique foundation in the areas of geomorphology, geochemistry, biochemistry, aqueous chemistry, and ecology, while making strong linkages (trhoughout the text) to ecosystem-based processes in estuarine sciences. Estuaries, located at the interface between land and the coastal ocean are dynamic, highly productive systems that, in many cases, have been historically associated with development of many of the great centers of early human civilization. Consequentially, these systems have and continue to be highly impacted by anthropogenic inputs. This timely book takes the foundational basis of elemental cycling in estuarine and applies it to estuarine management issues. Biogeochemistry of Estuaries will be welcomed by estuarine/marine scientists, ecologists, biogeochemists, and environmentalists around the world.

Strategies Toward Sustainable Development

Author : Nicholas A. Robinson
ISBN : STANFORD:36105063669431
Genre : Business & Economics
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This unparalleled resource sets forth the international community's blueprint for worldwide development. Here is one reference source for all of the action plans negotiated since the United Nations' historic "Earth Summit" in 1992 in Rio de Janeiro that established the global and regional priorities necessary to sustain environmentally sound economic and social development. Expert commentary and annotations on the implications - both opportunities for investment and concerns about changes in regulatory regimes - of these international legal policy decisions is featured here. This is the only resource integrating implementation strategies with the Agenda 21 directives, complete with analytical commentary and annotations. This comprehensive work provides expert guidance to the legal instruments framing the strategic objectives for sustainable development. It includes full coverage of the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation, adopted at the UN World Summit for Sustainable Development (2002), which set the priorities for implementing Agenda 21, the action plan that was adopted at the U.N. Summit for Environment and Development a decade earlier. Here also are the strategic measures for financing these strategic objectives, negotiated at the summit meeting in Monterrey, Mexico. Taken together, these legal instruments comprise the current international action plan that guides the multilateral, bilateral, and national economic development agendas around the world. This invaluable reference is essential for those involved in international trade law, since free trade agreements now contain provisions that mandate negotiations to harmonize environmental and social regulations. Similarly, these agreed policies guide the international programs of the World Bank, regional development banks, and regional integration pacts such as the European Union or the Association of South East Asian Nations. Coverage includes: Evolving Delivery Mechanisms for a Clear & Urgent Mission (Commentary by Nicholas A. Robinson) Agenda 21 - Annotated Action Plan Johannesburg Plan of Implementation Monterrey Financing Plan Policy Resolutions and Implementing Measures Valuable references to Internet sources for national reports submitted to the U.N. Commission on Sustainable Development.

The Phi Delta Kappan

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ISBN : UOM:39015039262368
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Oceanic Abstracts

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ISBN : UVA:X002434908
Genre : Oceanography
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Peatlands And Climate Change

Author : International Peat Society
ISBN : 9529940114
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Europe S Environment

Author : David Stanners
ISBN : 9282654095
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"This report, requested in 1991 at the Dobříš conference of European environment ministers, presents an assessment of the state of Europe's environment and the pressures and human activities impacting on it, and analyses prominent environmental problems of concern to Europe as a whole."--Editor.

Water Cultural Diversity And Global Environmental Change

Author : Barbara Rose Johnston
ISBN : 9789400717732
Genre : Science
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Co-published with UNESCO A product of the UNESCO-IHP project on Water and Cultural Diversity, this book represents an effort to examine the complex role water plays as a force in sustaining, maintaining, and threatening the viability of culturally diverse peoples. It is argued that water is a fundamental human need, a human right, and a core sustaining element in biodiversity and cultural diversity. The core concepts utilized in this book draw upon a larger trend in sustainability science, a recognition of the synergism and analytical potential in utilizing a coupled biological and social systems analysis, as the functioning viability of nature is both sustained and threatened by humans.

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