At a time of growing environmental crisis, a pioneer of Green Buddhist thought offers challenging and illuminating perspectives. With species rapidly disappearing and global temperatures rising, there is more urgency than ever to act on the ecological crises we face. Hundreds of millions of people around the world-including unprecedented numbers of Westerners-now practice Buddhism. Can Buddhists be a critical voice in the green conversation? Leading Buddhist environmentalist Stephanie Kaza has spent her career exploring the intersection of religion and ecology. With so much at stake, she offers guidance on how people and communities can draw on Buddhist concepts and practices to live more sustainable lives on our one and only home.
Highlighting the limitations of existing approaches in plant conservation, this book introduces new approaches and links these through ecological theory and available practices. Detailed methodological guidelines are provided for application of these approaches in real settings for students, researchers and conservation practitioners.
Put quite simply, the twin impacts of globalization and environmental degradation pose new security dangers and concerns. In this new work on global security thinking, 91 authors from five continents and many disciplines, from science and practice, assess the worldwide reassessment of the meaning of security triggered by the end of the Cold War and globalization, as well as the multifarious impacts of global environmental change in the early 21st century.
Comprehensively covers the definition, methodology, and current applications of the principles of sustainability and resiliency in every engineering discipline This book contains detailed information about sustainability and resiliency principles and applications in engineering practice, and provides information on how to use scientific tools for sustainability assessment that help engineers select the best alternative for each project or activity. Logically organized around the three pillars of sustainability--environment, economy, and society--it is a primary resource for students and professionals alike. Sustainable Engineering: Drivers, Metrics, Tools, and Applications offers numerous ways to help engineers contribute towards global sustainable development while solving some of the grand challenges the world is facing today. The first part of the book covers the environmental, economic, and social impacts associated with project/product development as well as society as a whole. This is followed by a section devoted to sustainability metrics and assessment tools, which includes material flow analysis and material budget, carbon footprint analysis, life cycle assessment, environmental health risk assessment, and more. Next comes an in-depth examination of sustainable engineering practices, including sustainable energy engineering, sustainable waste management, and green and sustainable buildings. The book concludes with a look at how sustainable engineering may be applied to different engineering (i.e. environmental, chemical, civil, materials, infrastructure) projects. Some of the key features of this book include the following: * Provides a complete and sensible understanding of the important concepts of sustainability, resiliency, and sustainable engineering * Offers detailed explanations of sustainable engineering practices in waste management and remediation of contaminated sites, civil construction and infrastructure, and climate geoengineering * Presents a set of case studies across different engineering disciplines such as bio/chemical, environmental, materials, construction, and infrastructure engineering that demonstrate the practical applicability of sustainability assessment tools to diverse projects * Includes questions at the end of each chapter as well as a solutions manual for academic adopters The depth of coverage found in Sustainable Engineering: Drivers, Metrics, Tools, and Applications makes it an ideal textbook for graduate students across all engineering disciplines and a handy resource for active professionals.
This book reviews the latest research and developments concerning the biodiversity and biocontamination assessment of aquatic ecosystems in Poland. The authors present expert analyses of the current biological status of Polish surface waters, and examine a broad range of elements related to aquatic ecosystems, including macrophytes, phytoplankton, zooplankton and macroinvertebrates, microorganisms, fish, and selected invasive aquatic species. A set of conservation and restoration practices, and a review of protected sites within the Polish basins and catchment areas, are also provided. This book and the companion volume Polish River Basins and Lakes - Part I: Hydrology and Hydrochemistry offer valuable resources for students, environmental chemists, biologists, geologists, hydrologists and surface waters managers interested in the environmental conditions of Poland´s surface waters.
Die Alpen gelten als Frühwarnsystem für die Auswirkungen des Klimawandels: Einerseits stieg die Durchschnittstemperatur in den Alpen in den letzten 50 Jahren doppelt so stark wie im globalen Durchschnitt. Gleichzeitig reagiert der Alpenraum besonders sensibel auf Klimaveränderungen. Da das globale Klimasystem sehr träge reagiert, sind einschneidende Folgen selbst dann unvermeidlich, wenn internationale Klimaschutzziele verschärft und global umgesetzt würden. Der Tagungsband richtet seinen Fokus daher auf die zunehmende Gefährdung alpiner Regionen durch Naturgefahren und die Folgen des Klimawandels für den Alpentourismus. Einen Schwerpunkt bildet die Vorstellung lokaler und regionaler Good-Practice-Beispiele, bei denen nachhaltige Strategien für den Umgang mit zunehmenden Naturgefahren und Anpassungsstrategien der Tourismuswirtschaft umgesetzt worden sind.
Now in its fourth edition, this book is a comprehensive and contemporary analysis of the major areas of natural resource and environmental economics. All chapters have been fully updated in light of new developments and changes in the subject, and provide a balance of theory, applications and examples to give a rigorous grounding in the economic analysis of the resource and environmental issues that are increasingly prominent policy concerns. This text has been written primarily for the specialist market of second and third year undergraduate and postgraduate students of economics. Key features: New chapter on trade and the environment, and for the first time, the text examines the economics of happiness. Extended coverageon economy-wide modelling, valuing the environment, the practice and ethics of discounting and climate change. Easy to follow, new two colour text-design and improved pedagogical features for enhanced readability and quick reference. New boxes on ?real-world problems? and policy, keeping you informed with topical debates. Revised questions for discussion and problem-solving, to test your knowledge and practice your understanding. Detailed mathematical analysisis clearly explained in chapter appendices on the companion website, to help aid your learning. Further reading listshave been fully updated, giving directions to the latest resources to help deepen your understanding. Visit (www.pearsoned.co.uk/perman) to utilise a rich variety of online resources for both lecturers and students. Roger Perman is Reader in Economics, Strathclyde University. Yue Ma is Professor in Economics, Lingnan University, Hong Kong, and Adjunct Professor of Lingnan College, Zhongshan University, China. Michael Common is Emeritus Professor in the Graduate School of Environmental Studies at Strathclyde University. David Maddisonis Professor of Economics at the University of Birmingham The late James McGilvray was Professor of Economics at Strathclyde University.
´Reduce, reuse, recycle´ urge environmentalists; in other words, do more with less in order to minimize damage. But as architect William McDonough and chemist Michael Braungart point out in this provocative, visionary book, this approach only perpetuates the one-way, ´cradle to grave´ manufacturing model, dating to the Industrial Revolution, that creates such fantastic amounts of waste and pollution in the first place. Why not challenge the belief that human industry must damage the natural world? In fact, why not take nature itself as our model for making things? A tree produces thousands of blossoms in order to create another tree, yet we consider its abundance not wasteful but safe, beautiful and highly effective. Waste equals food. Guided by this principle, McDonough and Braungart explain how products can be designed from the outset so that, after their useful lives, they will provide nourishment for something new - continually circulating as pure and viable materials within a ´cradle to cradle´ model. Drawing on their experience in redesigning everything from carpeting to corporate campuses, McDonough and Braungart make an exciting and viable case for putting eco-effectiveness into practice, and show how anyone involved in making anything can begin to do so as well.
The first edition of Mike Alexander´s Management Planning for Nature Conservation , brought a new dimension to the modern literature on conservation management. This second edition, a significant enhancement of the original, deals with the development both, conceptual and practical, of adaptive management planning for nature conservation. It is about preparing management plans, and guides the reader through the entire process. Case-studies, including a conservation and access plan, demonstrate the planning process in action. This approach to planning can be applied to any place which is managed entirely, or in part, for wildlife. It can be applied to the management of species or habitats in any circumstance, regardless of site designation. The process is fully compatible with the Convention on Biological Diversity´s ´ecosystem approach´ to conservation management. Mike Alexander has long been at the forefront of developing management planning for conservation, with experience ranging from Uganda to Estonia, and from Costa Rica to Wales. He is the General Secretary of the Conservation Management System Consortium, a group of organisations with a common aim of raising standards and developing best practice in conservation management and planning. In 2012 Mike Alexander was elected a Fellow of the Society of Biology in recognition of his contribution to nature conservation and in particular management planning. This book has drawn on the experiences and expertise of the CMS consortium and other leaders in both conservation research and wildlife management from around the world. It is essential reading for professional conservation managers and any student studying management planning for conservation within a range of degree and postgraduate courses.