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Going Green - True Tales from Gleaners, Scavengers, and Dumpster Divers (Paperback): Laura Pritchett Going Green - True Tales from Gleaners, Scavengers, and Dumpster Divers (Paperback)
Laura Pritchett
R409 Discovery Miles 4 090 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Never mind the Ph.D. and middle-class trappings--Laura Pritchett is a Dumpster diver and proud of it. Ever since she was old enough to navigate the contents of a metal bin, she has reveled in the treasures found in other people's cast-offs.

For "Going Green," Pritchett has gathered the work of more than twenty writers to tell their personal stories of Dumpster diving, eating road kill, salvaging plastic from the beach, and forgoing another trip to the mall for the thrill of bargain hunting at yard sales and flea markets. These stories look not just at the many ways people glean but also at the larger, thornier issues dealing with what re-using--or not--says about our culture and priorities.

The essayists speak to the joys of going beyond the norm to save old houses, old dishwater, old cultures, old Popsicle sticks, and old friendships--and turning them into something new. Some write about gleaning as a means of survival, while others see the practice as a rejection of consumerism or as a way of treading lightly on the earth.

Brimming with practical and creative new ways to think about recycling, this collection invites you to dive in and find your own way of going green.

Practical Field Ecology - A Project Guide (Paperback): C. Philip Wheater, Penny A. Cook, James R Bell Practical Field Ecology - A Project Guide (Paperback)
C. Philip Wheater, Penny A. Cook, James R Bell
R964 R754 Discovery Miles 7 540 Save R210 (22%) Shipped within 7 - 13 working days

This book introduces experimental design and data analysis / interpretation as well as field monitoring skills for both plants and animals. Clearly structured throughout and written in a student-friendly manner, the main emphasis of the book concentrates on the techniques required to design a field based ecological survey and shows how to execute an appropriate sampling regime. The book evaluates appropriate methods, including the problems associated with various techniques and their inherent flaws (e.g. low sample sizes, large amount of field or laboratory work, high cost etc). This provides a resource base outlining details from the planning stage, into the field, guiding through sampling and finally through organism identification in the laboratory and computer based data analysis and interpretation.

The text is divided into six distinct chapters. The first chapter covers planning, including health and safety together with information on a variety of statistical techniques for examining and analysing data. Following a chapter dealing with site characterisation and general aspects of species identification, subsequent chapters describe the techniques used to survey and census particular groups of organisms. The final chapter covers interpreting and presenting data and writing up the research. The emphasis here is on appropriate wording of interpretation and structure and content of the report.

Central European Stream Ecosystems - The Long Term Study of the Breitenbach (Hardcover): Rudiger Wagner, Jurgen Marxsen, Peter... Central European Stream Ecosystems - The Long Term Study of the Breitenbach (Hardcover)
Rudiger Wagner, Jurgen Marxsen, Peter Zwick, Eileen J. Cox
R4,377 R3,065 Discovery Miles 30 650 Save R1,312 (30%) Shipped within 7 - 13 working days

Pollution of freshwater resources becomes an issue in virtually every country undergoing an industrialization process. While the main emphasis has been for many years on lakes due to their limited capacity of self-renewal, streams and rivers attract increasing attention due to their importance for agriculture, fisheries, drinking water reserves and as feeder of freshwater lakes and reservoirs. There are many factors influencing the ecology of streams, only some of them relating to direct anthropogenic influences and it is important to have reliable long term data on natural occurring variations in order to better estimate the default' status of a stream and to judge the influence of modern anthropogenic influences.

The Breitenbach is one of the best-studied streams on earth, as the nearby Max-Planck Outstation in Schlitz was founded in 1949 and scientists there have been collecting data ever since.

"Central European Stream Ecosystems: The Long Term Study of the Breitenbach "is the result of this research, and special focus has been placed on animal and microorganism occurrence and variation as well as chemical and physical parameters. Already this data influences the discussion of the good ecological state' reference values and it will be in particular useful to analyze the effect of global warming on the ecology of streams.

An invaluable data basis for modeling purposes, this important book is a useful resource for everyone in the world dealing with stream ecology, for example limnologists, ecologists, biologists and hydrologists.

Biological Oceanography of the Baltic Sea (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2017): Pauline Snoeijs, Hendrik Schubert, Teresa Radziejewska Biological Oceanography of the Baltic Sea (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2017)
Pauline Snoeijs, Hendrik Schubert, Teresa Radziejewska
R2,369 R1,247 Discovery Miles 12 470 Save R1,122 (47%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This is the first comprehensive science-based textbook on the biology and ecology of the Baltic Sea, one of the world's largest brackish water bodies. The aim of this book is to provide students and other readers with knowledge about the conditions for life in brackish water, the functioning of the Baltic Sea ecosystem and its environmental problems and management. It highlights biological variation along the unique environmental gradients of the brackish Baltic Sea Area (the Baltic Sea, Belt Sea and Kattegat), especially those in salinity and climate. pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"; color:#262626">The first part of the book presents the challenges for life processes and ecosystem dynamics that result from the Baltic Sea's highly variable recent geological history and geographical isolation. The second part explains interactions between organisms and their environment, including biogeochemical cycles, patterns of biodiversity, genetic diversity and evolution, biological invasions and physiological adaptations. In the third part, the subsystems of the Baltic Sea ecosystem - the pelagic zone, the sea ice, the deep soft sea beds, the phytobenthic zone, the sandy coasts, and estuaries and coastal lagoons - are treated in detail with respect to the structure and function of communities and habitats and consequences of natural and anthropogenic constraints, such as climate change, discharges of nutrients and hazardous substances. Finally, the fourth part of the book discusses monitoring and ecosystem-based management to deal with contemporary and emerging threats to the ecosystem's health.

Habitat and struggle - The case of the Kruger National Park in South Africa (Paperback): Leslie Dikeni Habitat and struggle - The case of the Kruger National Park in South Africa (Paperback)
Leslie Dikeni
R265 R210 Discovery Miles 2 100 Save R55 (21%) Shipped within 4 - 10 working days

"The Starry Night, a painting by Vincent Van Gogh, is the most famous painting for which the subject is the background: the night sky. In this book, Leslie Dikeni, just like Van Gogh, brings to life the voices of the destitute and the silent found in communities around the Kruger National Park as they offer contrasting narratives of their experience with the Park to those of the bureaucracy of the Park and those who have benefited from the flora and fauna of the Kruger National Park." --Dr Lufuno Marwala

Ecology, Biodiversity and Conservation - Conserving Africa's Mega-Diversity in the Anthropocene: The Hluhluwe-iMfolozi... Ecology, Biodiversity and Conservation - Conserving Africa's Mega-Diversity in the Anthropocene: The Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park Story (Hardcover)
Joris P. G. M. Cromsigt, Sally Archibald, Norman Owen-Smith
R881 Discovery Miles 8 810 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Centring on South Africa's Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, this book synthesizes a century of insights from the ecology and conservation management of one of Africa's oldest protected wildlife areas. The park provides important lessons for conservation management, as it has maintained conservation values rivalling those of much larger parks sometimes through, and sometimes despite, strong management interventions, including the rescue of the white rhino from extinction. In addition, the book highlights the ecological science produced in the park, much of which has become widely influential, including the megaherbivore concept, new functional approaches to understanding biomes, and new understandings about the role of consumers in shaping ecosystems. The volume is ideal for researchers and policymakers interested in the conservation of relatively small, isolated and protected areas.

Technologies and Eco-innovation towards Sustainability II - Eco Design Assessment and Management (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2019):... Technologies and Eco-innovation towards Sustainability II - Eco Design Assessment and Management (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2019)
Allen H. Hu, Mitsutaka Matsumoto, Tsai Chi Kuo, Shana Smith
R2,895 R2,196 Discovery Miles 21 960 Save R699 (24%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This 2-volume book covers the state-of-the-art of the research and practices on eco-design. It covers the latest topics in the field: e.g. global eco-design management, big data in eco-design, social perspectives in eco-design; as well as emphasizing the developments in emerging economies such as Asian countries. Eco-design of products and product-related services are indispensable to realize the circular economy and to increase resource efficiencies of our society. Eco-design practices are necessary both in developed countries and developing countries. The book chapters are contributed by the worldwide authors, especially authors from East Asian countries, European countries, and Southeast Asian countries, and contains selected presentations at the EcoDesign2017 symposium (10th International Symposium on Environmentally Conscious Design and Inverse Manufacturing). The second volume focus on assessment and management, including topics such as sustainable manufacturing and End of Life (EOL) management, sustainability assessment, policy and regulations and Incentives for eco-design.

The International Handbook of Political Ecology (Paperback): Raymond L. Bryant The International Handbook of Political Ecology (Paperback)
Raymond L. Bryant
R1,018 Discovery Miles 10 180 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The International Handbook of Political Ecology features chapters by leading scholars from around the world in a unique collection exploring the multi-disciplinary field of political ecology. This landmark volume canvasses key developments, topics, issues, debates and concepts showcasing how political ecologists today address pressing social and environmental concerns. Introductory chapters provide an overview of political ecology and the Handbook. Remaining chapters examine five broad themes: issues and approaches; governance and power; knowledge and discourse; method and scale; and connections and transformations. The authors focus on an intrinsically international endeavour, considering both the topic and source of research, and integrate the approaches, debates, concepts and methods that define the field internationally. A combination of general reflection and case study research demonstrates both political ecology's place in wider social science debates and trends, as well as how its concerns relate to diverse empirical problems and settings. Across diverse topics and perspectives, these chapters amount to a wide-ranging survey of current research, making the International Handbook an indispensable reference for scholars and students in political ecology.

Planning Cities with Nature - Theories, Strategies and Methods (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2019): Fabiano Lemes De Oliveira, Ian Mell Planning Cities with Nature - Theories, Strategies and Methods (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2019)
Fabiano Lemes De Oliveira, Ian Mell
R3,321 R2,915 Discovery Miles 29 150 Save R406 (12%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This book explores novel theories, strategies and methods for re-naturing cities. It enables readers to learn from best practice and advances the current theoretical and empirical understanding in the field. The book also offers valuable insights into how planners and policymakers can apply this knowledge to their own cities and regions, exploring top-down, bottom-up and mixed mechanisms for the systemic re-naturing of planned and existing cities. There is considerable interest in `naturalising' cities, since it can help address multiple global societal challenges and generate various benefits, such as the enhancement of health and well-being, sustainable urbanisation, ecosystems and their services, and resilience to climate change. This can also translate into tangible economic benefits in terms of preventing health hazards, positively affecting health-related expenditure, new job opportunities (i.e. urban farming) and the regeneration of urban areas. There is, thus, a compelling case to investigate integrative approaches to urban and natural systems that can help cities address the social, economic and environmental needs of a growing population. How can we plan with nature? What are the models and approaches that can be used to develop more sustainable cities that provide high-quality urban green spaces?

Ecological Bulletins - The Use of Population Viability Analyses in Conservation Planning (Hardcover, Bulletin 48): P Sjogren... Ecological Bulletins - The Use of Population Viability Analyses in Conservation Planning (Hardcover, Bulletin 48)
P Sjogren Gulve, T Ebenhard
R1,300 R932 Discovery Miles 9 320 Save R368 (28%) Shipped within 7 - 13 working days

The scope of this volume is intentionally broad. We review applications of spatially realistic occupancy models and age- or stage-structured demographic models as well as individual-based demographic models. These three main Population Viability Analysis (PVA) approaches initially are compared with other conservation assessment tools in an overview by Akcakaya, Lacy and Sjogren-Gulve and Hanski, with a special chapter on plant PVAs by Menges, all using illustrative examples. Fleishman et al. subsequently outline how nested subsets analyses can help discern focal species, taxa whose habitat requirements may encompass those of larger species groups and can be subjected to PVAs. Kindvall then compares the predictive accuracy of simpler occupancy models versus a democratic model for predicting local extinctions and colonizations in a bush-cricket metapopulation. Thereafter, four case studies which use the three model categories are presented (papers by Berglind, Ebenhard, Lennartsson, and Vos et al.). The volume concludes with Gardenfors' paper on the use of PVAs in the classification of threatened species, and Lacy's presentation of the structure and logic of VORTEX, a widely used demographic and genetic PVA model.

Toward a Unified Ecology (Paperback, second edition): Timothy Allen, Thomas Hoekstra Toward a Unified Ecology (Paperback, second edition)
Timothy Allen, Thomas Hoekstra
R927 R706 Discovery Miles 7 060 Save R221 (24%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The first edition of Toward a Unified Ecology was ahead of its time. For the second edition, the authors present a new synthesis of their core ideas on evaluating communities, organisms, populations, biomes, models, and management. The book now places greater emphasis on post-normal critiques, cognizant of ever-present observer values in the system. The problem it addresses is how to work holistically on complex things that cannot be defined, and this book continues to build an approach to the problem of scaling in ecosystems. Provoked by complexity theory, the authors add a whole new chapter on the central role of narrative in science and how models improve them. The book takes data and modeling seriously, with a sophisticated philosophy of science.

Introduction to Population Biology (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): Dick Neal Introduction to Population Biology (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
Dick Neal
R901 Discovery Miles 9 010 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

How do plant and animal populations change genetically to evolve and adapt to their local environments? How do populations grow and interact with one another through competition and predation? How does behaviour influence ecology and evolution? This second edition of Dick Neal's unique textbook on population biology addresses these questions and offers a comprehensive analysis of evolutionary theory in the areas of ecology, population genetics, and behaviour. Taking a quantitative and Darwinian perspective, Neal uses mathematical models to develop the basic theory of population processes. Key features in this edition include new chapters on inbreeding and species interactions and community structure, a modified structure in Part II, more recent empirical examples to illustrate the application of theoretical models to the world around us, and end-of-chapter problems to help students with self-assessment. A series of spreadsheet simulations have also been conveniently located online, for students to further improve their understanding of such models.

Marine Carbon Biogeochemistry - A Primer for Earth System Scientists (Paperback, 1st ed. 2019): Jack J. Middelburg Marine Carbon Biogeochemistry - A Primer for Earth System Scientists (Paperback, 1st ed. 2019)
Jack J. Middelburg
R454 R388 Discovery Miles 3 880 Save R66 (15%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This open access book discusses biogeochemical processes relevant to carbon and aims to provide readers, graduate students and researchers, with insight into the functioning of marine ecosystems. A carbon centric approach has been adopted, but other elements are included where relevant or needed. The book focuses on concepts and quantitative understanding of primary production, organic matter mineralization and sediment biogeochemistry. The impact of biogeochemical processes on inorganic carbon dynamics and organic matter transformation are also discussed.

Urban Ecology - Science of Cities (Paperback, New): Richard T.T. Forman Urban Ecology - Science of Cities (Paperback, New)
Richard T.T. Forman
R1,197 R1,132 Discovery Miles 11 320 Save R65 (5%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

How does nature work in our human-created city, suburb, and exurb/peri-urb? Indeed how is ecology - including its urban water, soil, air, plant, and animal foundations - spatially entwined with this great human enterprise? And how can we improve urban areas for both nature and people? Urban Ecology: Science of Cities explores the entire urban area: from streets, lawns, and parks to riversides, sewer systems, and industrial sites. The book presents models, patterns, and examples from hundreds of cities worldwide. Numerous illustrations enrich the presentation. Cities are analyzed, not as ecologically bad or good, but as places with concentrated rather than dispersed people. Urban ecology principles, traditionally adapted from natural-area ecology, now increasingly emerge from the distinctive features of cities. Spatial patterns and flows, linking organisms, built structures, and the physical environment highlight a treasure chest of useful principles. This pioneering interdisciplinary book opens up frontiers of insight, as a valuable source and text for undergraduates, graduates, researchers, professionals, and others with a thirst for solutions to growing urban problems.

Anthropogenic Soils in Japan (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2019): Makiko Watanabe, Masayuki Kawahigashi Anthropogenic Soils in Japan (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2019)
Makiko Watanabe, Masayuki Kawahigashi
R2,654 R2,174 Discovery Miles 21 740 Save R480 (18%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This book enhances the discussion of anthropized soils with photographs of soil profiles and provides general information about soils in Japan, using data on their physical and chemical properties. Soils targeted in this book have wide spectra in anthropized influences from lesser effects such as agricultural improvements to drastic changes caused by infrastructure construction. These include soils sealed by technic hard materials, on ski slopes, on river embankments and coastal berms, in historical urban parks, on man-made islands in Tokyo Bay, in reclaimed lands, in greenhouse fields, and those filling in swamplands. These examples supported with data can be a bridge between agriculture and civil engineering to understand how anthropogenic activities influence soils. Because anthropogenic impacts have increased during the past decades along with concentrations of populations into cities, processes in soils must be addressed from the point of view of diverse land-use purposes. The book includes information with new data produced by active researchers from many institutes and universities as it refers to soils altered by human activities and thus is informative to specialists in various disciplines related to soils. It is also valuable to students for viewing soils in cities, infrastructure construction areas, and other affected locations. Evaluation and understanding of soils now has become essential for researchers in a range of fields and for policy makers in agriculture as well as urban planning, civil engineering, and disaster sciences. This work serves as an impetus for launching further study of soils and environments.

Conservation Biology, Series Number 22 - Decision-Making in Conservation and Natural Resource Management: Models for... Conservation Biology, Series Number 22 - Decision-Making in Conservation and Natural Resource Management: Models for Interdisciplinary Approaches (Paperback)
Nils Bunnefeld, Emily Nicholson, E.J.Milner- Gulland
R758 Discovery Miles 7 580 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Making decisions about the management and conservation of nature is necessarily complex, with many competing pressures on natural systems, opportunities and benefits for different groups of people and a varying, uncertain social and ecological environment. An approach which is narrowly focused on either human development or environmental protection cannot deliver sustainable solutions. This volume provides frameworks for improving the integration of natural resource management with conservation and supporting stronger collaboration between researchers and practitioners in developed and developing countries. Novel approaches are required when ecological and social dynamics are highly interdependent. A structured, participatory, model-based approach to decision-making for biodiversity conservation has been proven to produce real-world change. There are surprisingly few successful case studies, however; some of the best are presented here, from fisheries, pest management and conservation. Researchers and practitioners need this interdisciplinary approach, focused on quantitative tools that have been tested and applied, and learning from success.

Adventures in the Anthropocene - A Journey to the Heart of the Planet we Made (Patterns of Life) (Paperback): Gaia Vince Adventures in the Anthropocene - A Journey to the Heart of the Planet we Made (Patterns of Life) (Paperback)
Gaia Vince 1
R235 R185 Discovery Miles 1 850 Save R50 (21%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

PATTERNS OF LIFE: SPECIAL EDITIONS OF GROUNDBREAKING SCIENCE BOOKS In recent decades human beings have altered the planet beyond anything it has experienced in its 4.5 billion-year history. We have become a force on a par with earth-shattering asteroids and planet-cloaking volcanoes. As a result, our planet is said to be crossing a geological boundary - from the Holocene into the Anthropocene, or the Age of Man. Gaia Vince quit her job to travel the world and to explore what all these changes really mean to our daily lives. She discovers the shocking ways in which we have reshaped our living planet and reveals the ingenious solutions we've evolved to engineer Earth for the future.

High Mountain Conservation in a Changing World (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2017): Jordi Catalan, Josep Ninot, M. Merce Aniz High Mountain Conservation in a Changing World (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2017)
Jordi Catalan, Josep Ninot, M. Merce Aniz
R1,589 R1,387 Discovery Miles 13 870 Save R202 (13%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This book provides case studies and general views of the main processes involved in the ecosystem shifts occurring in the high mountains and analyses the implications for nature conservation. Case studies from the Pyrenees are preponderant, with a comprehensive set of mountain ranges surrounded by highly populated lowland areas also being considered. The introductory and closing chapters will summarise the main challenges that nature conservation may face in mountain areas under the environmental shifting conditions. Further chapters put forward approaches from environmental geography, functional ecology, biogeography, and paleoenvironmental reconstructions. Organisms from microbes to large carnivores, and ecosystems from lakes to forest will be considered. This interdisciplinary book will appeal to researchers in mountain ecosystems, students and nature professionals. This book is open access under a CC BY license.

Indian Hotspots - Vertebrate Faunal Diversity, Conservation and Management Volume 2 (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2018): Chandrakasan... Indian Hotspots - Vertebrate Faunal Diversity, Conservation and Management Volume 2 (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2018)
Chandrakasan Sivaperuman, Krishnamoorthy Venkataraman
R3,548 R2,772 Discovery Miles 27 720 Save R776 (22%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This book offers a comprehensive account of India's four biodiversity hotspots: the Himalaya, Indo-Burma, Western Ghats and Sri Lanka and Andaman and Nicobar Islands. With a focus on tropical rainforests, it includes more than 30 chapters covering different vertebrate fauna e.g. fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals, as well as topics such as conservation and management aspects. Written by experts in the field of biodiversity conservation and management, it offers ample new insights into a number of subjects related to the faunal communities of tropical forest ecosystems, providing a valuable resource for conservationists and researchers in the field of flora and fauna diversity.

River Dynamics and Integrated River Management (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2015): Zhaoyin Wang, Joseph H.W. Lee, Charles S. Melching River Dynamics and Integrated River Management (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2015)
Zhaoyin Wang, Joseph H.W. Lee, Charles S. Melching
R4,479 R3,599 Discovery Miles 35 990 Save R880 (20%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

"River Dynamics and Integrated River Management provides comprehensive information on rivers for integrated management, including natural processes, stresses resulting from human activities, and restoration of various parts of the river basin, including the watershed, mountain streams, alluvial rivers, estuaries, and natural and man-made lakes. Essential concepts, traditional and modern, such as river patterns, step-pool systems, vegetation-erosion charts, habitat diversity, and flushing times of bays, are clearly defined physically and explained with figures and pictures. Detailed mathematics and rigorous analyses are avoided so as to facilitate a holistic view of the subject of integrated river management. Researchers can easily familiarize themselves with the science of river management in its widest sense with the impressive pictures and examples in this book.
Dr. Zhaoyin Wang is a professor at the Department of Hydraulic Engineering, Tsinghua University, China. Dr. Joseph H.W. Lee is a Chair Professor at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, The Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, China. Dr. Charles S. Melching is a Professor at the College of Engineering, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI, USA."

Atlas of Ecosystem Services - Drivers, Risks, and Societal Responses (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2019): Matthias Schroeter, Aletta... Atlas of Ecosystem Services - Drivers, Risks, and Societal Responses (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2019)
Matthias Schroeter, Aletta Bonn, Stefan Klotz, Ralf Seppelt, Cornelia Baessler
R4,478 R3,787 Discovery Miles 37 870 Save R691 (15%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This book aims to identify, present and discuss key driving forces and pressures on ecosystem services. Ecosystem services are the contributions that ecosystems provide to human well-being. The scope of this atlas is on identifying solutions and lessons to be applied across science, policy and practice. The atlas will address different components of ecosystem services, assess risks and vulnerabilities, and outline governance and management opportunities. The atlas will therefore attract a wide audience, both from policy and practice and from different scientific disciplines. The emphasis will be on ecosystems in Europe, as the available data on service provision is best developed for this region and recognizes the strengths of the contributing authors. Ecosystems of regions outside Europe will be covered where possible.

Valuing Ecosystem Services - Methodological Issues and Case Studies (Hardcover): K.N. Ninan Valuing Ecosystem Services - Methodological Issues and Case Studies (Hardcover)
K.N. Ninan
R2,908 Discovery Miles 29 080 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Conserving biodiversity and ecosystem services is critical to promoting human welfare and sustainable development. Valuing Ecosystem Services: Methodological Issues And Case Studies presents the latest research on valuing ecosystem services and case studies by leading experts from around the world. This thought provoking book draws together prominent international authorities to discuss the key methodological issues and challenges in valuing ecosystem services. Covering a cross-section of ecosystems and services in different sites, countries and regions, and presenting state of the art surveys of studies on valuation of forest and coastal ecosystems and pollination services, the collection presents essential case studies that value ecosystem services and experiences with operationalising valuation into policy. Providing a unique blueprint for moving the science and practice of ecosystem services valuation forward, this timely book will be of special interest to academics, policy makers and professionals working in ecological economics, natural resources, forestry and conservation.

Ground Truth - A Guide to Tracking Climate Change at Home (Paperback): Mark L Hineline Ground Truth - A Guide to Tracking Climate Change at Home (Paperback)
Mark L Hineline
R365 R296 Discovery Miles 2 960 Save R69 (19%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Before you read this book, you have homework to do. Grab a notebook, go outside, and find a nearby patch of nature. What do you see, hear, feel, and smell? Are there bugs, birds, squirrels, deer, lizards, frogs, or fish, and what are they doing? What plants are in the vicinity, and in what ways are they growing? What shape are the rocks, what texture is the dirt, and what color are the bodies of water? Does the air feel hot or cold, wet or dry, windy or still? Everything you notice, write it all down. We know that the Earth's climate is changing, and that the magnitude of this change is colossal. At the same time, the world outside is still a natural world, and one we can experience on a granular level every day. Ground Truth is a guide to living in this condition of changing nature, to paying attention instead of turning away, and to gathering facts from which a fuller understanding of the natural world can emerge over time. Featuring detailed guidance for keeping records of the plants, invertebrates, amphibians, birds, and mammals in your neighborhood, this book also ponders the value of everyday observations, probes the connections between seasons and climate change, and traces the history of phenology--the study and timing of natural events--and the uses to which it can be put. An expansive yet accessible book, Ground Truth invites readers to help lay the groundwork for a better understanding of the nature of change itself.

Decision-Making in Conservation and Natural Resource Management - Models for Interdisciplinary Approaches (Hardcover): Nils... Decision-Making in Conservation and Natural Resource Management - Models for Interdisciplinary Approaches (Hardcover)
Nils Bunnefeld, Emily Nicholson, E.J.Milner- Gulland
R1,630 R1,530 Discovery Miles 15 300 Save R100 (6%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Making decisions about the management and conservation of nature is necessarily complex, with many competing pressures on natural systems, opportunities and benefits for different groups of people and a varying, uncertain social and ecological environment. An approach which is narrowly focused on either human development or environmental protection cannot deliver sustainable solutions. This volume provides frameworks for improving the integration of natural resource management with conservation and supporting stronger collaboration between researchers and practitioners in developed and developing countries. Novel approaches are required when ecological and social dynamics are highly interdependent. A structured, participatory, model-based approach to decision-making for biodiversity conservation has been proven to produce real-world change. There are surprisingly few successful case studies, however; some of the best are presented here, from fisheries, pest management and conservation. Researchers and practitioners need this interdisciplinary approach, focused on quantitative tools that have been tested and applied, and learning from success.

Global Change and the Terrestrial Biosphere - Achievements and Challenges (Paperback): H. H. Shugart, F.I. Woodward Global Change and the Terrestrial Biosphere - Achievements and Challenges (Paperback)
H. H. Shugart, F.I. Woodward
R868 R631 Discovery Miles 6 310 Save R237 (27%) Shipped within 7 - 13 working days

Global climate change challenges ecologists to synthesize what we know to solve a problem with deep historical roots in our discipline. In ecology, the question, ""How do terrestrial ecosystems interact with the other earth systems to produce planetary change?"" has sufficient depth to be "the" focal challenge. This central question is sharpened further as the changes that we may be manifesting upon our planet's systems of land, sea, air and ice can have potential consequences for the future of human civilization.

This book provides the depth of the history of global ecology and reviews the breadth of the ideas being studied today. Each chapter starts with a brief narrative about a scientist whose work traces forward into today's issues in global ecosystems. The discussions are framed in a growing realization that we may be altering the way our planet functions almost before we have gained the necessary knowledge of how it works at all.

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