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Natural Resources and Economic Development (Hardcover, 2nd Revised edition): Edward B. Barbier Natural Resources and Economic Development (Hardcover, 2nd Revised edition)
Edward B. Barbier
R2,011 R1,882 Discovery Miles 18 820 Save R129 (6%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Why is natural resource exploitation not yielding greater benefits for the poor economies? In this second edition of his landmark book, Barbier explores this paradox in three parts. Part One gives a historical review of resource use and development, examining current theories that explain the under-performance of today's resource-abundant economies, and proposing a hypothesis of frontier expansion as an alternative explanation. Part Two develops models to analyse the key economic factors underlying land expansion and water use in developing countries. Part Three explores further the structural pattern of resource dependency, rural poverty and resource degradation within developing countries, and through illustrative country case studies, proposes policy and institutional reforms necessary for successful resource-based development. First published in 2005, each chapter in this new edition has been thoroughly revised and updated, with new material, tables, figures and supporting empirical evidence. It will appeal to graduate students and scholars researching environmental and developmental economics.

Cambridge Studies in Landscape Ecology - European Landscapes in Transition: Implications for Policy and Practice (Hardcover):... Cambridge Studies in Landscape Ecology - European Landscapes in Transition: Implications for Policy and Practice (Hardcover)
Teresa Pinto-Correia, Jorgen Primdahl, Bas Pedroli
R1,467 R1,381 Discovery Miles 13 810 Save R86 (6%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

European rural landscapes as we experience them today are the result of ongoing processes and interactions between nature and society. These are changing fast: the future landscapes will be different from those we know currently. Written for academics, policy-makers and practitioners, this book is the first to explore the complex histories of rural landscapes in Europe as a basis for their sound governance in future. Tensions between the needs of agricultural spaces driven by economic incentives and a variety of non-agricultural functions are explored to demonstrate current challenges and the shortfalls in the policies that address them. Using inspiring case studies that highlight the roles of regional agents and communities, the authors go further than the usual analyses to illustrate the importance of local context. Written by experts currently working to revitalise the rural landscapes of Europe, the text concludes with suggestions for improving landscape policy and planning practice.

Vulnerability and Resilience to Natural Hazards (Hardcover): Sven Fuchs, Thomas Thaler Vulnerability and Resilience to Natural Hazards (Hardcover)
Sven Fuchs, Thomas Thaler
R1,364 R1,286 Discovery Miles 12 860 Save R78 (6%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

In recent years there has been growing recognition that disaster risk cannot be reduced by focusing solely on physical hazards without considering factors that influence socio-economic impact. Vulnerability: the susceptibility to the damaging impacts of hazards, and resilience: the ability to recover, have become popular concepts in natural hazard and risk management. This book provides a comprehensive overview of the concepts of vulnerability and resilience and their application to natural hazards research. With contributions from both physical and social scientists it provides an interdisciplinary discussion of the different types of vulnerability and resilience, the links between them, and concludes with the remaining challenges and future directions of the field. Examining global case studies from the US coast to Austria, this is a valuable reference for researchers and graduate students working in natural hazard and risk reduction from both the natural and social sciences.

This Blessed Earth - A Year in the Life of an American Family Farm (Paperback): Ted Genoways This Blessed Earth - A Year in the Life of an American Family Farm (Paperback)
Ted Genoways
R301 R243 Discovery Miles 2 430 Save R58 (19%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

The family farm lies at the heart of our national identity, and yet its future is in peril. Rick Hammond grew up on a farm, and for forty years he has raised cattle and crops on his wife's fifth-generation homestead in Nebraska, in hopes of passing it on to their four children. But as the handoff nears, their family farm-and their entire way of life-are under siege on many fronts, from shifting trade policies, to encroaching pipelines, to climate change. Following the Hammonds from harvest to harvest, Ted Genoways explores the rapidly changing world of small, traditional farming operations. He creates a vivid, nuanced portrait of a radical new landscape and one family's fight to preserve their legacy and the life they love.

Environmental Sustainability for Engineers and Applied Scientists (Paperback): Greg Peters, Magdalena Svanstroem Environmental Sustainability for Engineers and Applied Scientists (Paperback)
Greg Peters, Magdalena Svanstroem
R943 R804 Discovery Miles 8 040 Save R139 (15%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This textbook presents key theoretical approaches to understanding issues of sustainability and environmental management, perfectly bridging the gap between engineering and environmental science. It begins with the fundamentals of environmental modelling and toxicology, which are then used to discuss qualitative and quantitative risk assessment methods, and environmental assessments of product design. It discusses how business and government can work towards sustainability, focusing on managerial and legal tools, before considering ethics and how decisions on environmental management can be made. Students will learn quantitative methods while also gaining an understanding of qualitative, legal, and ethical aspects of sustainability. Practical applications are included throughout, and there are study questions at the end of each chapter. PowerPoint slides and jpegs of all the figures in the book are provided online. This is the perfect textbook on environmental studies for engineering and applied science students.

Research Handbook of Investing in the Triple Bottom Line - Finance, Society and the Environment (Hardcover): Sabri Boubaker,... Research Handbook of Investing in the Triple Bottom Line - Finance, Society and the Environment (Hardcover)
Sabri Boubaker, Douglas Cumming, Duc K. Nguyen
R3,859 Discovery Miles 38 590 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The triple bottom line has become the standard modus operandi for assessing the sustainability of financial markets, industries, institutions and corporations. This Research Handbook provides the most recent developments, current practices and new initiatives related to sustainable finance and impact investing. In doing so, it demonstrates how the triple bottom line principle can be used to design sustainable strategies for firms, markets and the economy as a whole. The Handbook covers aspects of socially responsible investment, finance and sustainable development, corporate socially responsible banking, green bonds and sustainable financial instruments. Comprising 20 topical chapters from experts in the field, this Handbook is a comprehensive investigation of financial services and products that help cope with sustainable investing and climate risk management. Chapters discuss the role of regulation framework in guaranteeing the stability and resilience of financial markets and offer insight into governance issues including the management of organizational risks, CSR culture, and social-impact investing culture. An essential reference for scholars and students, the multidisciplinary approach covers business, finance, accounting, management and entrepreneurship. Practitioners such as financial analysts, rating agencies and regulators will also find this an accessible read for exploring the possibilities the triple bottom line principle can provide.

Innovation Addressing Climate Change Challenges - Market-Based Perspectives (Hardcover): Mona Hymel, Larry Kreiser, Janet E.... Innovation Addressing Climate Change Challenges - Market-Based Perspectives (Hardcover)
Mona Hymel, Larry Kreiser, Janet E. Milne, Hope Ashiabor
R2,183 Discovery Miles 21 830 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Although the world faces many environmental challenges, climate change continues to demand attention in both academic and public spheres. Innovation Addressing Climate Change Challenges explores ways in which market-based instruments and complementary policies can help countries meet their climate change goals following the Paris Agreement. In this insightful book, internationally distinguished climate change scholars have come together to examine the potential of a range of market-based instruments. These include carbon pricing, coal subsidies, vehicle taxation, government incentives for the electricity sector, and noise pollution taxes. Offering useful market-based perspectives, the book not only demonstrates the possibilities that these various instruments offer in reducing the risks of climate change, but also the challenges that exist in utilizing them. These insights will help to inform the many climate policy decisions that lie ahead. Astute and forward thinking, this timely book will be of vital importance to both students and scholars of environmental law and environmental economics with a particular focus on climate change. Political science students, as well as government officials, will also find its guidance on future policy engaging and timely.

Cambridge Studies in Economics, Choice, and Society - Governing Complexity: Analyzing and Applying Polycentricity (Hardcover):... Cambridge Studies in Economics, Choice, and Society - Governing Complexity: Analyzing and Applying Polycentricity (Hardcover)
Andreas Thiel, William A Blomquist, Dustin E Garrick
R1,891 R1,745 Discovery Miles 17 450 Save R146 (8%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

There has been a rapid expansion of academic interest and publications on polycentricity. In the contemporary world, nearly all governance situations are polycentric, but people are not necessarily used to thinking this way. Governing Complexity provides an updated explanation of the concept of polycentric governance. The editors provide examples of it in contemporary settings involving complex natural resource systems, as well as a critical evaluation of the utility of the concept. With contributions from leading scholars in the field, this book makes the case that polycentric governance arrangements exist and it is possible for polycentric arrangements to perform well, persist for long periods, and adapt. Whether they actually function well, persist, or adapt depends on multiple factors that are reviewed and discussed, both theoretically and with examples from actual cases.

A Research Agenda for Tourism and Development (Hardcover): Richard Sharpley, David Harrison A Research Agenda for Tourism and Development (Hardcover)
Richard Sharpley, David Harrison
R2,190 Discovery Miles 21 900 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Elgar Research Agendas outline the future of research in a given area. Leading scholars are given the space to explore their subject in provocative ways, and map out the potential directions of travel. They are relevant but also visionary. Tourism is integral to local, regional and national development policies; as a major global economic sector, it has the potential to underpin economic growth and wider development. Yet, transformations in both the nature of tourism and the dynamic environment within which it occurs give rise to new questions with regards to its developmental role. This Research Agenda offers a state-of-the-art review of the research into the tourism-development nexus. Bringing together contributors from across the globe, this Research Agenda answers the key questions including: Are growth-focused tourism policies becoming increasingly detrimental to destination development? Can mass forms of tourism in fact generate more benefits than alternative forms of tourism? Does the role of the state in supporting tourism-induced development require reconsideration? How effective is tourism-related philanthropy in contributing to development? Is community-based tourism a realistic development policy? To what extent can tourism contribute to what is still the most pressing development challenge, namely poverty reduction? A Research Agenda for Tourism and Development offers valuable insights for students and researchers of development studies and tourism, as well as for policymakers and practitioners in tourism industries.

Collaboration for Sustainable Tourism Development (Hardcover): Janne Liburd, Deborah Edwards Collaboration for Sustainable Tourism Development (Hardcover)
Janne Liburd, Deborah Edwards
R1,893 R1,697 Discovery Miles 16 970 Save R196 (10%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

In order to engage tourism's possibilities and responsibilities in the creation of more sustainable futures, collaboration is vital. Collaboration does not imply a division of labour, which is often the essence of cooperation, but rests on the hypothesis that the sum of the work is more than its individual parts. The UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals highlights collaboration and partnerships as central tenets for resilient action. Collaboration leverages the sustainable development of tourism between diverse groups of agencies, organisations, businesses and people with many different values and agendas. Collaboration for Sustainable Tourism Development explores the role of collaboration in tourism to sustain livelihoods, create profitable partnerships, and protect cultures and the environment. Based on robust research, it critically examines how collaboration enables (or impedes) sustainable tourism development, and suggests a role for collaboration where there is currently none. With contributions from leading international scholars it charts a course for unpredictable futures and suggests advances in sustainable tourism development education. Essential reading for undergraduate and post-graduate students engaged in international tourism and hospitality as well as academic researchers, planners, managers and developers of tourist destinations. Complementing online tutorials are available for select chapters as part of the BEST EN Lecture Series, see http://www.innotour.com/bestenModules.

Nonprofit Sustainability - Making Strategic Decisions for Financial Viability (Paperback): Jeanne Bell, Jan Masaoka, Steve... Nonprofit Sustainability - Making Strategic Decisions for Financial Viability (Paperback)
Jeanne Bell, Jan Masaoka, Steve Zimmerman
R838 R608 Discovery Miles 6 080 Save R230 (27%) Shipped within 7 - 13 working days

Praise for NONPROFIT SUSTAINABILITY

"This is much more than a financial how-to book. It's a nonprofit's guide to empowerment. It demystifies mission impact and financial viability using The Matrix Map to provide strategic options for any organization. A must-read for every nonprofit CEO, CFO, and board member."
--Julia A. McClendon, chief executive officer, YWCA Elgin, Illinois

"This book should stay within easy reaching distance and end up completely dog-eared because it walks the reader through a practical but sometimes revelatory process of choosing the right mix of programs for mission impact and financial sustainability. Its use is a practice in which every nonprofit should engage its board once a year."
--Ruth McCambridge, editor in chief, "The Nonprofit Quarterly"

"Up until a few years ago, funding and managing a nonprofit was a bit like undertaking an ocean voyage. Now, it's akin to windsurfing--you must be nimble, prepared to maximize even the slightest breeze, and open to modifying your course at a moment's notice. Innovative executive directors or bold board members who want their organization to be able to ride the big waves of the new American economy must read this book."
--Robert L. E. Egger, president, DC Central Kitchen/Campus Kitchens Project/V3 Campaign

"Most nonprofits struggle to find a long-term sustainable business model that will enable them to deliver impact on their mission. Thanks to Jeanne Bell, Jan Masaoka, and Steve Zimmerman help is now in sight. This book offers practical, concrete steps you can take to develop your own unique path to sustainability without compromising your mission."
--Heather McLeod Grant, consultant, Monitor Institute, and author, "Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits"

"At last An urgently needed framework to prepare leaders to meet head-on the persistent twin challenges of impact and sustainability. This is a practical tool based on good business principles that can bring boards and staff members together to lead their organizations to sustainable futures."
--Nora Silver, adjunct professor and director, Center for Nonprofit and Public Leadership, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley

"Together, Jeanne Bell, Jan Masaoka, and Steve Zimmerman equal wisdom, experience, and know-how on sustainability and lots of other things. Buy, read, and learn from this terrific book "
--Clara Miller, president and CEO, Nonprofit Finance Fund

"Wisdom, experience, and know-how. Buy, read, and learn from this terrific book "
--Clara Miller, president and CEO, Nonprofit Finance Fund

Driven by Demand - How Energy Gets its Power (Paperback): Jimmy Y. Jia, Jason Crabtree Driven by Demand - How Energy Gets its Power (Paperback)
Jimmy Y. Jia, Jason Crabtree
R563 Discovery Miles 5 630 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Energy plays a central role in shaping our society and infrastructure, making it increasingly important for today's leaders to understand the impact of energy decisions. Discussions about energy often neglect important historical lessons about previous energy transformations and provide inadequate consideration of context - Driven by Demand takes a fresh approach by exploring the emergence of energy systems, outcomes and priorities. It outlines select historical and current events, challenges, and developing energy trends using a range of case studies. Readers will gain foundational knowledge about energy flows and end-uses, helping them to become more conversant about energy outcomes and priorities. This accessible book paves the way for broader discussions about societal resilience, privacy, and security concerns associated with the move towards 'smart' infrastructure. This is a must-read for business executives, policymakers and students working in energy policy, energy management and sustainable business.

Sustainability in the Twenty-First Century - Applying Sustainomics to Implement the Sustainable Development Goals (Paperback,... Sustainability in the Twenty-First Century - Applying Sustainomics to Implement the Sustainable Development Goals (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
Mohan Munasinghe
R1,709 R1,606 Discovery Miles 16 060 Save R103 (6%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

In applying the innovative 'sustainomics' framework and identifying the balanced inclusive green growth (BIGG) path to achieve sustainability, this book provides a rigorous and practical analysis of sustainable development today. Developed and applied globally over the past 25 years by world renowned multi-disciplinary expert Mohan Munasinghe, sustainomics gives us an optimistic message: although our problems are serious, we can respond effectively by making development more sustainable, but only if we begin immediately. Sustainomics shows us the first practical steps in making the transition from the risky business-as-usual scenario to a safe and sustainable future for all. Some key features include: an explanation of the key principles of sustainomics, free of technical jargon; empirical case studies that are practical and policy-relevant over a wide range of time scales, countries, sectors, ecosystems and circumstances; annexes that provide mathematical and additional details; and an extensive and up-to-date bibliography to aid further research.

Fair Food - Growing a Healthy, Sustainable Food System for All (Paperback): Oran Hesterman Fair Food - Growing a Healthy, Sustainable Food System for All (Paperback)
Oran Hesterman
R319 R298 Discovery Miles 2 980 Save R21 (7%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Our food system is broken, and it's endangering what's most precious to us: our environment, our health, our soil and water, and our future. In recent years, a host of books and films have compellingly documented the dangers. But advice on what to do about them largely begins and ends with the admonition to eat local" or eat organic." Longtime good food pioneer Oran Hesterman knows that we can't fix the broken system simply by changing what's on our own plates: the answer lies beyond the kitchen. In Fair Food he shares an inspiring and practical vision for changing not only what we eat, but how food is grown, packaged, delivered, marketed, and sold. He introduces people and organizations across the country who are already doing this work in a number of creative ways, and provides a wealth of practical information for readers who want to get more involved.

Survival Prepping - A Guide to Hunkering Down, Bugging Out, and Getting Out of Dodge (Paperback): Jason Ryder Adams Survival Prepping - A Guide to Hunkering Down, Bugging Out, and Getting Out of Dodge (Paperback)
Jason Ryder Adams
R298 R245 Discovery Miles 2 450 Save R53 (18%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Food, Water, First Aid, and Self-Defense Tips for Surviving Natural Disasters, Extreme Weather, Pandemics, Biological Threats, Terrorist Attacks, and Riots It could be a fire, flood, hurricane, tornado, or hailstorm. Financial system collapse or bioterrorism. Governmental shutdown or societal breakdown. The world is full of possible threats, and they seem to be coming at us from all sides these days. Jason Ryder Adams covers everything you need to know prepare your home, keep your family safe, and get ready to leave if the worst happens. You'll learn how to: Prep with children and pets (and do test runs ahead of time) Plan for staying put, sealing yourself in, and leaving depending on the threat Choose and protect a safe location and develop an escape route Defend your family with self-defense training and firearms Put together a 72-hour emergency kit, bug-out bag, and first aid kit So don't panic-prepare! Prepping today is for everyone. Survival Prepping is written for ordinary folks who want to get started on preparing for the worst. Adams shares bug-out plans for every scenario, safety tips, and invaluable checklists for acquiring the right supplies for emergency situations. Survival Prepping will help you ensure your family survives-and hopefully thrives-should a disaster strike.

Sustainable Value Creation in Hospitality - Guests on Earth (Hardcover): Elena Cavagnaro Sustainable Value Creation in Hospitality - Guests on Earth (Hardcover)
Elena Cavagnaro
R1,890 R1,694 Discovery Miles 16 940 Save R196 (10%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The environmental, social and financial dimensions of sustainability rest on the ethical principles of avoiding harm and doing good. This means diminishing the environmental impact of societies, organizations and individuals and avoiding waste in all its forms wherever possible. Doing good means leaving a positive environmental and social footprint and throughout, this text the focus is on all three levels. Based on theory and practice it takes the student through the key issues focusing on the hospitality industry, particularly the hotel sector. It analyses environmental, economic and social value in the industry, and what can be done to maximise the good for all the stakeholders in the long term. In an accessible and structured manner, it delivers: * A clear focus on the four major areas in which value is created in the hotel industry- distribution; buildings; procurement and operations; * A clear description and analysis of the key sustainability challenges faced in each area; * A wide range of international industry cases; * Chapters structured with clear introductions, summaries and learning outcomes. It is an ideal text for students on bachelors and masters courses in Hospitality Management, Hotel Management and Tourism Management and for practitioners in the hospitality sector.

Changing the Food Game - Market Transformation Strategies for Sustainable Agriculture (Paperback): Lucas Simons Changing the Food Game - Market Transformation Strategies for Sustainable Agriculture (Paperback)
Lucas Simons
R651 Discovery Miles 6 510 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

By 2050, the world's population is estimated to grow to 10 billion. To feed everyone, we will have to double our food production, to produce more food in the next 40 years than in the whole of the last 6,000. Changing the Food Game shows how our unsustainable food production system cannot support this growth. In this prescient book, Lucas Simons argues that the biggest challenge for our generation can only be solved by effective market transformation to achieve sustainable agriculture and food production. Lucas Simons explains clearly how we have created a production and trading system that is inherently unsustainable. But he also demonstrates that we have reason to be hopeful - from a sustainability race in the cocoa industry to examples of market transformation taking place in palm oil, timber, and sugarcane production. He also poses the question: where next? Provocative and eye-opening, Changing the Food Game uncovers the real story of how our food makes it on to our plates and presents a game-changing solution to revolutionize the industry.

The Hindu Kush Himalaya Assessment - Mountains, Climate Change, Sustainability and People (Paperback, 1st ed. 2019): Philippus... The Hindu Kush Himalaya Assessment - Mountains, Climate Change, Sustainability and People (Paperback, 1st ed. 2019)
Philippus Wester, Arabinda Mishra, Aditi Mukherji, Arun Bhakta Shrestha
R1,225 R1,024 Discovery Miles 10 240 Save R201 (16%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This open access volume is the first comprehensive assessment of the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) region. It comprises important scientific research on the social, economic, and environmental pillars of sustainable mountain development and will serve as a basis for evidence-based decision-making to safeguard the environment and advance people's well-being. The compiled content is based on the collective knowledge of over 300 leading researchers, experts and policymakers, brought together by the Hindu Kush Himalayan Monitoring and Assessment Programme (HIMAP) under the coordination of the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD). This assessment was conducted between 2013 and 2017 as the first of a series of monitoring and assessment reports, under the guidance of the HIMAP Steering Committee: Eklabya Sharma (ICIMOD), Atiq Raman (Bangladesh), Yuba Raj Khatiwada (Nepal), Linxiu Zhang (China), Surendra Pratap Singh (India), Tandong Yao (China) and David Molden (ICIMOD and Chair of the HIMAP SC). This First HKH Assessment Report consists of 16 chapters, which comprehensively assess the current state of knowledge of the HKH region, increase the understanding of various drivers of change and their impacts, address critical data gaps and develop a set of evidence-based and actionable policy solutions and recommendations. These are linked to nine mountain priorities for the mountains and people of the HKH consistent with the Sustainable Development Goals. This book is a must-read for policy makers, academics and students interested in this important region and an essentially important resource for contributors to global assessments such as the IPCC reports.

Scaling-up Community-Led Total Sanitation - From village to nation (Paperback): Kamal Kar Scaling-up Community-Led Total Sanitation - From village to nation (Paperback)
Kamal Kar
R704 R649 Discovery Miles 6 490 Save R55 (8%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
The Planning and Management of Responsible Urban Heritage Destinations in Asia - Dealing with Asian Urbanisation and Tourism... The Planning and Management of Responsible Urban Heritage Destinations in Asia - Dealing with Asian Urbanisation and Tourism Forces (Hardcover)
Walter Jamieson, Richard Engelhardt
R1,894 R1,409 Discovery Miles 14 090 Save R485 (26%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This new and timely book looks at the issue that Heritage in general, and in particular urban heritage in Asia, is at the centre of a perfect storm. Populations are increasing rapidly in cities as urbanization grows and there are ever larger numbers of tourists placing significant pressure on urban heritage resources. It does not ignore the fact however that many heritage sites were urban sites historically, with architecture and infrastructure all squeezed into a small space. This means the issues of managing large numbers of tourists in small spaces not designed for this use at Angkor/Bagan are really no different than Bangkok or Yangon. The core issues that need to be confronted for the future of these cities are clearly analyzed and the authors address- * Cities that are above their `carrying capacity' and the physical, social, psychological, ritual issues that follow alongside the poor handling of visitor management issues damaging both tangible and intangible heritage assets * The need for a management process very different from simply "hardening" of heritage to accommodate greater numbers * The need to move to stewardship rather than visitor management as the approach for the future * The ethical, social and regulatory issues surrounding the expropriation of heritage It will be essential reading for faculty, students, planners, urban policymakers and a range of tourism professionals concerned with the future of the heritage tourism industry.

Question of Balance - Weighing the Options on Global Warming Policies (Paperback): William D Nordhaus Question of Balance - Weighing the Options on Global Warming Policies (Paperback)
William D Nordhaus
R456 R428 Discovery Miles 4 280 Save R28 (6%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The 2018 Nobel laureate for economics analyzes the politics and economics of the central environmental issue of today and points the way to real solutions How economic analysis can help us design economic policies to address the looming challenges of global warming As scientific and observational evidence on global warming piles up every day, questions of economic policy in this central environmental topic have taken center stage. But as author and prominent Yale economist William Nordhaus observes, the issues involved in understanding global warming and slowing its harmful effects are complex and cross disciplinary boundaries. For example, ecologists see global warming as a threat to ecosystems, utilities as a debit to their balance sheets, and farmers as a hazard to their livelihoods. In this important work, William Nordhaus integrates the entire spectrum of economic and scientific research to weigh the costs of reducing emissions against the benefits of reducing the long-run damages from global warming. The book offers one of the most extensive analyses of the economic and environmental dynamics of greenhouse-gas emissions and climate change and provides the tools to evaluate alternative approaches to slowing global warming. The author emphasizes the need to establish effective mechanisms, such as carbon taxes, to harness markets and harmonize the efforts of different countries. This book not only will shape discussion of one the world's most pressing problems but will provide the rationales and methods for achieving widespread agreement on our next best move in alleviating global warming.

The Water-Sustainable City - Science, Policy and Practice (Paperback): David Lewis Feldman The Water-Sustainable City - Science, Policy and Practice (Paperback)
David Lewis Feldman
R568 Discovery Miles 5 680 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Cities place enormous pressures on freshwater quality and availability because they are often located some distance from the water sources needed by their populations. This fact compels planners to build infrastructure to divert water from increasingly distant outlying rural areas, thus disrupting their social fabric and environment. In addition, increasing urbanization due to population growth, economic change, and sprawl places huge burdens upon the institutions, as well as the infrastructure, that deliver, protect, and treat urban water. This book assesses the challenges facing the world's cities in providing reliable, safe, and plentiful supplies through infrastructural, economic, legal, and political strategies. The book considers engineering, social science, and built environment issues, with close examination of experiences in California and Australia, and their global implications. It addresses urban stream syndrome and related issues' and includes historical as well as contemporary insights into water sustainability in cities. Conservation, wastewater re-use, green infrastructure innovations, and the water-energy nexus from the vantage point of urban water management are discussed in depth. The authors conclude that while throughout history cities have faced the twin challenges of too much - or too little - water at inopportune times, the impact of climate extremes on cities makes low-impact developments especially relevant. This comprehensive and timely assessment of the world's urban water-sustainability challenges will be of great interest to both students and academics in the field as well as urban water professionals and decision-makers.

Business and Public Policy - Innovations in Urban Climate Governance: Voluntary Programs for Low-Carbon Buildings and Cities... Business and Public Policy - Innovations in Urban Climate Governance: Voluntary Programs for Low-Carbon Buildings and Cities (Hardcover)
Jeroen Van der Heijden
R1,764 R1,630 Discovery Miles 16 300 Save R134 (8%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Building on unique data, this book analyses the efficacy of a prominent climate change mitigation strategy: voluntary programs for sustainable buildings and cities. It evaluates the performance of thirty-five voluntary programs from the global north and south, including certification programs, knowledge networks, and novel forms of financing. The author examines them through the lens of club theory, urban transformation theory, and diffusion of innovations theory. Using qualitative comparative analysis (QCA) the book points out the opportunities and constraints of voluntary programs for decarbonising the built environment, and argues for a transformation of their use in climate change mitigation. The book will appeal to readers interested in sustainable city planning, climate change mitigation, and voluntarism as an alternative governance mechanism for achieving socially and environmentally desirable outcomes. The wide diversity of cases from the global north and south generate new insights, and offers practical guidelines for designing effective programs.

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
R430 Discovery Miles 4 300 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.

Coastal Hydrogeology (Hardcover): Jimmy Jiao, Vincent Post Coastal Hydrogeology (Hardcover)
Jimmy Jiao, Vincent Post
R1,150 R1,089 Discovery Miles 10 890 Save R61 (5%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Water resources are of enormous societal and ecological importance. In coastal areas, they are under ever greater pressure due to population growth, more affluent lifestyles, food production and the growing tourism industry. Changes to the coastal landscape, through urbanization and land reclamation, and by natural processes such as climate change and sea level rise, modify the interaction between seawater and groundwater, and put water resources at risk. This comprehensive volume presents a detailed overview of coastal hydrogeology. It discusses hydrochemistry; submarine groundwater discharge; groundwater management; palaeo-hydrology; land reclamation; climate change and sea level rise; and mathematical models of variable-density flow. With its up-to-date coverage and numerous case studies that illustrate practical implications, it is perfect for students, practitioners, managers and researchers who wish to develop an in-depth understanding of topics relevant to sustainably managing coastal groundwater resources.

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