Description : This fascinating introduction to environmental studies explores contemporary issues such as drought, flooding, loss of biodiversity, ecosystem toxicity, and crop failure, while also offering the tools to understand the impacts, alternatives, and possible solutions. This fully updated andrevised edition reflects the most current data, profiles the most pressing environmental hotspots both at home and abroad, and emphasizes that being informed is the key to meeting environmental challenges and affecting positive change.
Description : a href="http://www.oupcanada.com/ebrochure/dearden/index.html"img src="/images/hed/closer_look_btn.gif"/aNow in a fourth edition, Environmental Change and Challenge is a fascinating introduction to the field of environmental studies. Respected geographers Philip Dearden and Bruce Mitchell explore a host of contemporary environmental issues such as drought, flooding, loss of biodiversity, ecosystemtoxicity, and crop failure, while also offering a detailed overview of basic scientific concepts. Maintaining the same optimistic tone of previous editions, the text emphasizes that informed global citizens are the key to meeting these challenges and generating positive change. With increasedcoverage of demography, more international examples, and new material on human health and the environment throughout, this updated edition shows students how environmental concerns impact our daily lives both at home and abroad.
Description : Environmental Change and Challenge: A Canadian Perspective, Updated SecondEdition with DVD helps students understand the ongoing change, complexity, andconflict associated with environmental issues. Introducing the basic scientificconcepts relevant to the study of the global environment, this text explains theapplication of science to resource management.The book aids student with an understanding of the biosphere's function, and tolink basic environmental management principles to environmental and resourceproblems in a Canadian context. It provides both a basic background of theissues and a broad platform on which further understanding can be built._ This new updatededition includes a DVD in partnership with ekosTV (a web-based 'televisionstation' that focuses its programming on environmental issues) that includeseight 8-15 minute teachable segments. _
Description : We are now experiencing a period of unprecedented change; what amounts to a global revolution in our economy, society and awareness of the human impact on the environment. Global Change and Challenge examines some of the crucial issues facing society in the 1990s and how geography can contribute to their understanding and management. Using the broad theme of how societies adapt to change, the contributors seek to present a range of views on the `geography of change' in an accessible form for both school and university students. The general aim of the book is as much to encourage students to understand where we are and where we have some from, as to where we may be going. Robert Bennett and Robert Estall are both Professors of Geography at the London School of Economics. The contributors were all members of the Department of Geography at the LSE at the time of writing.
Description : This title was first published in 2003. Over the last 30 years, Liverpool has undergone more economic restructuring and urban change than virtually any other city in Britain and Europe. It has also been a testing ground for almost every experiment and innovation in modern urban policy. City of Change and Challenge analyses the urban planning and regeneration experience in Liverpool over this period. In doing so, it considers the extent to which the pressure to create jobs has led to economic development aims consistently taking precedence over environmental and social concerns, and the degree to which regeneration has been dominated by centralised and top-down approaches without a strong strategic planning framework. It also discusses why some policies and programmes have been more successful than others and what lessons might be learned, not only by Liverpool's future policy makers, but also by planners, politicians and academics throughout the world.
Description : Climate change and ecological instability have the potential to disrupt human societies and their futures. Cultural, social and ethical life in all societies is directed towards a future that can never be observed, and never be directly acted upon, and yet is always interacting with us. Thinking and acting towards the future involves efforts of imagination that are linked to our sense of being in the world and the ecological pressures we experience. The three key ideas of this book – ecologies, ontologies and mythologies – help us understand the ways people in many different societies attempt to predict and shape their futures. Each chapter places a different emphasis on the linked domains of environmental change, embodied experience, myth and fantasy, politics, technology and intellectual reflection, in relation to imagined futures. The diverse geographic scope of the chapters includes rural Nepal, the islands of the Pacific Ocean, Sweden, coastal Scotland, North America, and remote, rural and urban Australia. This book will appeal to researchers and students in anthropology, sociology, environmental studies, cultural studies, psychology and politics.
Description : Coping with Global Environmental Change, Disasters and Security - Threats, Challenges, Vulnerabilities and Risks reviews conceptual debates and case studies focusing on disasters and security threats, challenges, vulnerabilities and risks in Europe, the Mediterranean and other regions. It discusses social science concepts of vulnerability and risks, global, regional and national security challenges, global warming, floods, desertification and drought as environmental security challenges, water and food security challenges and vulnerabilities, vulnerability mapping of environmental security challenges and risks, contributions of remote sensing to the recognition of security risks, mainstreaming early warning of conflicts and hazards and provides conceptual and policy conclusions.
Description : How does climate change affect social work and social development? What actions are needed to integrate the three pillars of economic development, environmental development and social protection? This informative and incisively written edited collection brings together experts from around the world to analyse the person-in-environment concept and to find measures for its implementation. Through the presentation of theoretical and practical platforms for environmental social work or ‘green social work’, the editors hope to bring about a new paradigmatic shift in our attitude to the concept of person-in- environment.
Description : A critical, comparative exploration of the framing of environmental problems in Northern and Southern Europe. The book addresses theoretical and empirical questions about environmental attitudes and behaviours, politics and protest, cultures and contexts.
Description : This book explores the connections between two of the most transformative processes of the twenty-first century, namely climate change and globalization. In this book, Leichenko and O'Brien present a conceptual framework for analyzing the interactions between these two processes, and illustrate, through case studies, how these interactions create situations of "double exposure." Drawing upon prominent recent and current climate-related events -- Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, recurring droughts in India, and the melting of Arctic sea ice -- the case studies each demonstrate a different pathway of interaction between globalization and global environmental change. Through exploration of these pathways of double exposure, the book also shows how broader human security concerns including growing inequalities, growing vulnerabilities, and unsustainable rates of development are integrally connected to both processes of global change. The double exposure framework not only sheds light on the challenges raised by these two global processes, but also reveals possibilities for using the interactions to generate positive opportunities for action.