The Human Footprint: A Global Environmental History

By Anthony N. Penna

The Human Footprint: an international Environmental heritage, moment Edition, offers a multidisciplinary worldwide background of Earth from its origins to the current day.

  • Provides a finished, international, multidisciplinary background of the planet from its earliest origins to the current era
  • Draws at the latest learn in geology, climatology, evolutionary biology, archaeology, anthropology, heritage, demography and the social and actual sciences
  • Features the most recent learn findings on planetary background, human evolution, the golf green agricultural revolution, weather switch, worldwide warming and the character of world/human historical past interdependencies
  • Offers in-depth analyses of subject matters in relation to human evolution, agriculture, inhabitants development, urbanization, production, intake, industrialization, and fossil gasoline dependency.

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Tropical Forests and Global Atmospheric Change

Tropical forests signify the world's so much biodiverse ecosystems and play a key position in hydrology, carbon garage and alternate. a few of the human-induced pressures those areas are dealing with, e.g. fragmentation and deforestation, were extensively suggested and good documented. besides the fact that, there were strangely few efforts to synthesize state-of-the-art technological know-how within the region of tropical wooded area interplay with atmospheric swap. At a time whilst our international surroundings is present process a interval of speedy swap, either when it comes to weather and within the biking of crucial parts resembling carbon and nitrogen, an intensive and updated research is now well timed. This examine point textual content, appropriate for graduate point scholars in addition to expert researchers in plant ecology, tropical forestry, weather switch technological know-how, and conservation biology, explores the lively modern debate as to how speedily tropical forests might be plagued by atmospheric switch, and what this can suggest for his or her future.

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The Case for a Carbon Tax: Getting Past Our Hang-ups to Effective Climate Policy

By Dr. Shi-Ling Hsu PhD JD

There's an easy, trouble-free approach to reduce carbon emissions and forestall the main disastrous results of weather change-and we are rejecting it due to irrational political fears. that is the crucial argument of The Case for a Carbon Tax, a clear-eyed, refined research of weather switch policy.
 
Shi-Ling Hsu examines the 4 significant techniques to curtailing CO2: cap-and-trade; command and keep watch over law; govt subsidies of different power; and carbon taxes. Weighing the industrial, social, administrative, and political advantages of every, he demonstrates why a tax is presently the simplest coverage. Hsu doesn't declare tax is the ideal or simply solution-but that in contrast to the choices, it may be carried out instantly and coupled successfully with different approaches.
 
In truth, the sole barrier is mental. whereas politicians can current subsidies and cap-and-trade as "win-win" strategies, the prices of a tax are instantly obvious. Hsu deftly explores the social and political elements that hinder us from embracing this common-sense technique. And he indicates why we needs to get previous our hang-ups if we're to evade a world crisis.

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Silviculture in the Tropics (Tropical Forestry)

This publication integrates the newest worldwide advancements in forestry technology and perform and their relevance for the sustainable administration of tropical forests. The effect of social dimensions at the improvement of silvicultural techniques is one other highlight. Ecology and silvicultural innovations shape all tropical continents, and woodland formations from dry to wet forests and from lowland to mountain forests are coated. overview chapters which consultant readers via this advanced topic combine a number of illustrative and quantitative case reviews via specialists from world wide. at the foundation of a cross-sectional evaluate of the case reviews offered, the authors recommend attainable silvicultural contributions in the direction of sustainability in a altering global. The booklet is addressed to a extensive readership from forestry and environmental disciplines.

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Edible Forest Gardens - Volume 1: Ecological Vision and Theory For Temperate Climate Permaculture

By Dave Jacke, Eric Toensmeier

Fit to be eaten woodland Gardens is a groundbreaking two-volume paintings that spells out and explores the main suggestions of wooded area ecology and applies them to the desires of average gardeners in temperate climates. quantity I lays out the imaginative and prescient of the wooded area backyard and explains the fundamental ecological rules that make it paintings. In quantity II, Dave Jacke and Eric Toensmeier movement directly to useful considerations:concrete how you can layout, determine, and continue your personal wooded area backyard. alongside the way in which they current case experiences and examples, in addition to tables, illustrations, and a uniquely important "plant matrix" that lists 1000s of the easiest fit for human consumption and precious species.
Taken jointly, the 2 volumes of safe to eat wooded area Gardens supply a sophisticated path in ecological gardening--one that may eternally switch how you examine vegetation and your setting.

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Resilience and the Cultural Landscape: Understanding and Managing Change in Human-Shaped Environments

By Dr Tobias Plieninger

Around the globe, efforts are being made to maintain landscapes dealing with primary swap due to common agricultural intensification, land abandonment and urbanization. The 'cultural panorama' and 'resilience' ways have, beforehand, mostly been seen as designated equipment for figuring out the results of those dynamics and the ways that they could be tailored or controlled. This e-book brings jointly those views, offering new insights into the social-ecological resilience of cultural landscapes by means of coming to phrases with, and difficult, the ideas of 'driving forces', 'thresholds', 'adaptive cycles' and 'adaptive management'. by way of linking those examine groups, this booklet develops a brand new standpoint on panorama alterations. in line with enterprise conceptual contributions and wealthy case reports from Europe, the Americas and Australia, it's going to attract a person drawn to interpreting and handling switch in human-shaped environments within the context of sustainability.

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The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight: Revised and Updated: The Fate of the World and What We Can Do Before It's Too Late

By Thom Hartmann

Whereas every thing seems to be collapsing round us -- ecodamage, genetic engineering, virulent ailments, the top of inexpensive oil, water shortages, worldwide famine, wars -- we will be able to nonetheless cope with it and create a global that may paintings for us and for our children’s little ones. the muse for Leonardo DiCaprio’s internet motion picture worldwide Warning, The final Hours of historic Sunlight info what's taking place to our planet, the explanations for our culture’s blind habit, and the way we will be able to repair the matter. Thom Hartmann’s entire publication, initially released in 1998, has turn into one of many primary handbooks of the environmental activist flow. Now, with clean, up-to-date fabric and a spotlight on political activism and its impression on company habit, The final Hours of historical Sunlight is helping us understand--and heal--our dating to the area, to one another, and to our typical assets.

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The Lakes Handbook, Volume 2: Lake Restoration and Rehabilitation

By Patrick O'Sullivan, Colin S. Reynolds

Carrying on with difficulty approximately water offer and caliber, atmosphere sustainability and recovery calls for that the fashionable method of the administration of lakes and reservoirs might be in accordance with a valid figuring out of the appliance of the medical and ecological ideas that underlie freshwater processes.

The Lakes instruction manual offers an updated review of the appliance of ecologically sound methods, tools and instruments utilizing adventure received world wide for an figuring out of lakes and their administration. quantity one of many instruction manual addresses the actual and organic points of lakes pertinent to lake administration, emphasising these features quite proper to massive, nonetheless our bodies of water. quantity then considers lake administration, with specific emphasis on sustainability, recovery and rehabilitation.

This instruction manual could be important to ecologists, environmental scientists, actual geographers and hydrologists inquisitive about limnological examine, in addition to complex undergraduate and graduate scholars trying to find authoritative studies of the main components of limnological research.

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Sepp Holzer's Permaculture: A Practical Guide to Small-Scale, Integrative Farming and Gardening

By Sepp Holzer

Sepp Holzer farms steep mountainsides in Austria 1,500 meters above sea point. His farm is an difficult community of terraces, raised beds, ponds, waterways and tracks, good coated with effective fruit timber and different plants, with the farmhouse well nestling among them. this is often in dramatic distinction to his pals' spruce monocultures.In this booklet, Holzer stocks the ability and information bought over his lifetime. He covers each element of his farming equipment, not only find out how to create a holistic method at the farm itself, yet the way to make a dwelling from it. Holzer writes approximately every little thing from the final recommendations, all the way down to the sensible details.In Sepp Holzer's Permaculturereaders will learn:

  • How he units up a permaculture system
  • The fruit kinds he has stumbled on top for permaculture growing
  • How to build terraces, ponds, and waterways
  • How to construct shelters for animals and the way to paintings with them at the land
  • How to domesticate fit for human consumption mushrooms within the backyard and at the farm
  • and a lot more!

Holzer bargains a wealth of data for the gardener, smallholder or substitute farmer but the book's maximum worth is the attitudes it teaches. He finds the considering tactics in accordance with rules present in nature that create his effective platforms. those could be utilized anywhere.

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The Global Forest: Forty Ways Trees Can Save Us

By Diana Beresford-Kroeger

A lushly written, compelling tribute to trees-grounded in a large variety of clinical wisdom, and the muse for Diana Beresford-Kroeger's documentary, Call of the woodland: The Forgotten knowledge of Trees

Renowned scientist Diana Beresford-Kroeger offers an unforgettable and hugely unique paintings of usual background with The worldwide Forest. She explores the interesting and principally untapped ecological and pharmaceutical homes of timber: leaves which may comb the air of particulate toxins, fatty acids within the nuts of hickory and walnut timber that advertise mind improvement, the compound within the water ash that is helping hinder melanoma, aerosols in pine timber that calm nerves. In specified, inventive, and poetic prose, she describes the complexity and sweetness of forests, in addition to the environmental risks they face. The author's undeniable ardour for her subject material will encourage readers to examine bushes, and at their very own connection to the flora and fauna, with newfound awe.

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