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Ecological Sustainability

Author : Robert B. Northrop
ISBN : 9781466565135
Genre : Nature
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Complex systems is a new field of science studying how parts of a system give rise to the collective behaviors of the system, and how the system interacts with its environment. This book examines the complex systems involved in environmental sustainability, and examines the technologies involved to help mitigate human impacts, such as renewable energy, desalination, carbon capture, recycling, etc. It considers the relationships and balance between environmental engineering and science, economics, and human activity, with regard to sustainability.

Understanding Human Ecology

Author : Robert Dyball
ISBN : 9781136271083
Genre : Nature
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We are facing hugely complex challenges – from climate change to world poverty, our problems are part of an inter-related web of social and natural systems. Human ecology promises an approach to these complex challenges, a way to understand these problems holistically and to start to manage them more effectively. This book offers a coherent conceptual framework for Human Ecology – a clear approach for understanding the many systems we are part of and for how we frame and understand the problems we face. Blending natural, social and cognitive sciences with dynamical systems theory, the authors offer systems approaches that are accessible to all, from the undergraduate student to policy-makers and practitioners across government, business and community. Road-tested and refined over a decade of teaching and workshops, the authors have built a clear, inspiring and important framework for anyone approaching the management of complex problems and the transition to sustainability.

The Future Of Arid Grasslands

Author : Barbara Tellman
ISBN : 9780788178122
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Proceedings of a conf. on the major problems facing grasslands in arid & semi-arid regions of the U.S. & Mexico & to seek solutions to those problems. Grasslands in many parts of the Southwest & northern Mexico are facing serious threats -- from urbanization & subdivision development to spread of invasive plant species to conflicts over grazing policy. Target groups for participation included private landowners, non-profit groups, government agencies, environmental advocates, economists, scientists, etc. Emphasized practical, hands-on mgmt. methods, including time in grasslands managed under a variety of techniques.

Consuming Sustainability

Author : Debra J. Davidson
ISBN : STANFORD:36105114227080
Genre : Business & Economics
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Examining several contemporary environmental controversies—including water consumption, food safety, and air pollution—this guide illustrates how a critical perspective can aid in understanding such complex social, economic, and political issues. Key concepts in environmental social science are introduced to clarify controversies and address broader questions such as How do our consumption decisions affect ecosystems? Can we rely on governments to maintain environmental well being? Do those living in rural areas see the environment differently from urban dwellers? and Is sustainability possible? The discussion both examines the disputes and demonstrates that ecological problems and their solutions are as much social and political as they are scientific. Activism resources at the end of each chapter are included as are suggestions on ways to reduce individual ecological footprints.

Ecosystem Sustainability And Health

Author : David Waltner-Toews
ISBN : 0521531853
Genre : Science
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Improving the health of people and animals, and improving the health, integrity or sustainability of ecosystems are laudable and important objectives. Can we do both? There are no ecosystems untouched by human activity, and there are worrying signs that the world's ecosystems are reaching the limits of their ability to adapt to human impacts. Drawing on fields as diverse as epidemiology and participatory action research, philosophy and environmental sciences, ecology and systems sciences this book is about searching for solutions to complex problems to produce a new science fo r sustainability.

Climate And Energy In A Complex Transition Process Towards Sustainability In Hyderabad

Author : Konrad Hagedorn
ISBN : 9783867418997
Genre : Political Science
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The Sustainable Hyderabad Project has over the course of its implementation generated knowledge towards improved understanding of the problems of climate change and energy efficiency in the complex transformation process that Hyderabad is undergoing. It has further identified potentials to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and vulnerabilities of various supply systems to climate change impacts. Analysis of institutions and governance structures, a core approach to analyzing the problems in multiple focus fields of the project, was carried out in various sectors, namely, transport, lifestyles, food provision, citizens’ participation, urban and peri-urban land use and provision of energy and water. This paper summarizes the core concepts of the project, reports its main scientific and practical results and draws lessons from obstacles encountered. The authors further analyze the key findings for policy interventions and conclude by recommending prospective actions for climate change adaptation and mitigation in Hyderabad.

Ecology Diversity And Sustainability Of The Middle Rio Grande Basin

Author : Deborah M. Finch
ISBN : 9780788130137
Genre : Basins (Geology)
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Synthesizes existing information on the ecology, diversity, human uses & research needs of the Middle Rio Grande Basin of New Mexico. Begins with a review of the environmental history & human cultures of the basin, followed by an analysis of the influences & problems of climate & water. Also focuses on ecological processes, environmental changes & management problems. Each chapter identifies studies that can supply information to mitigate environmental problems, rehabilitate ecosystems, & sustain them in light of human values & needs.

Exploring Sustainability Science

Author : Michael Burns
ISBN : 9781920109516
Genre : Business & Economics
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Southern Africa is well-blessed with a diverse and vibrant human population and a wealth of natural capital. The key challenge for sustainable development is to grow society’s capacity to use this natural capital to meet the needs of the region’s human population, especially the poor, in ways that sustain environmental life-support systems. Collaborating across disciplines, the authors explore the underpinning principles and the potential of sustainability science in a number of case studies.

Sustainability And Health

Author : Valerie A. Brown
ISBN : 9781134033621
Genre : Medical
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Radical changes in the biosphere and human interaction with the environment are increasingly impacting on the health of populations across the world. Diseases are crossing the species barrier, and spreading rapidly through globalised transport systems. From new patterns of cancer to the threat of global pandemics, it is imperative that public health practitioners acknowledge the interdependence between the sustainability of the environment and the sustainability of the human species * Why are issues of global and local sustainability of increasing impotance to the public's health? * Why do issues of sustainability require new practices within the professions of public health? * How can future and current public health practitioners develop those new practices? Drawing on scientific evidence of global and local environmental changes, Sustainability and Health offers a thorough background and practical solutions to the overlapping issues in environment and health. It examines potential and existing responses to global and local environment and health issues involving individuals, community, industry and government. The authors introduce a range of emerging conceptual frameworks and theoretical perspectives, link IT and epidemiology and explain how scoping can link program design, delivery, data collection and evaluation in projects from their very beginning. Public health practitioners need to be able to manage health issues that cut across environmental, economic and social systems and to develop the capacity for leadership in facilitating change. Incorporating learning activities, readings, international case studies and an open learning approach, this is a valuable resource for students of public and environmental health, as well as medical, environmental and health science professionals.

Post Keynesian And Ecological Economics

Author : Richard P. F. Holt
ISBN : 9781849802086
Genre : Business & Economics
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This book argues that mainstream economics, with its present methodological approach, is limited in its ability to analyze and develop adequate public policy to deal with environmental problems and sustainable development. Each chapter provides major insights into many of today s environmental problems such as global warming and sustainable growth. Building on the strengths and insights of Post Keynesian and ecological economics and incorporating cutting-edge work in economic complexity, bounded rationality and socio-economic dynamics, this book provides an interdisciplinary approach to deal with a broad range of environmental concerns. The contributors show how and where the two traditions share common ground concerning environmental problems and shed light on how the two schools can learn from one another. The book will be of great value to Post Keynesian and ecological economists as well as to those interested in new approaches to important global environmental issues.

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