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From the Ground Up - Environmental Racism and the Rise of the Environmental Justice Movement (Hardcover): Luke W. Cole, Sheila... From the Ground Up - Environmental Racism and the Rise of the Environmental Justice Movement (Hardcover)
Luke W. Cole, Sheila R Foster
R1,558 R1,266 Discovery Miles 12 660 Save R292 (19%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

"They assess the effectiveness of the organizing tactics employed, casting particular scrutiny on the courts as agents of social change...The authors have presented concrete examples, all the while making clear that there are no road maps for successful organizing."
-- "New York Law Journal"

"This is an important and unusual booka].It is an academic book on an important issue
--the environmental justice movement
--that is timely and relevant."
--"Argumentation and Advocacy"

When Bill Clinton signed an Executive Order on Environmental Justice in 1994, the phenomenon of environmental racism--the disproportionate impact of environmental hazards, particularly toxic waste dumps and polluting factories, on people of color and low-income communities--gained unprecedented recognition. Behind the President's signature, however, lies a remarkable tale of grassroots activism and political mobilization. Today, thousands of activists in hundreds of locales are fighting for their children, their communities, their quality of life, and their health.

From the Ground Up critically examines one of the fastest growing social movements in the United States, the movement for environmental justice. Tracing the movement's roots, Luke Cole and Sheila Foster combine long-time activism with powerful storytelling to provide gripping case studies of communities across the U.S--towns like Kettleman City, California; Chester, Pennsylvania; and Dilkon, Arizona--and their struggles against corporate polluters. The authors effectively use social, economic and legal analysis to illustrate the historical and contemporary causes for environmental racism. Environmental justice struggles, theydemonstrate, transform individuals, communities, institutions and even the nation as a whole.

Controlling Technocracy - Citizen Rationality and the NIMBY Syndrome (Paperback): Gregory E. McAvoy Controlling Technocracy - Citizen Rationality and the NIMBY Syndrome (Paperback)
Gregory E. McAvoy
R378 R334 Discovery Miles 3 340 Save R44 (12%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Disputes over hazardous waste sites usually are resolved by giving greater weight to expert opinion over public "not-in-my-back-yard" reactions. Challenging the assumption that policy experts are better able to discern the general welfare, Gregory E. McAvoy here proposes that citizen opinion and democratic dissent occupy a vital, constructive place in environmental policymaking.

McAvoy explores the issues of citizen rationality, the tension between democracy and technocracy, and the link between public opinion and policy in the case of an unsuccessful attempt to site a hazardous waste facility in Minnesota. He shows how the site was defeated by citizens who had reasonable doubts over the need for the facility.

Offering a comprehensive look at the policymaking process, McAvoy examines the motivations of public officials, the resources they have for shaping opinion, the influence of interest groups, and the evolution of waste reduction programs in Minnesota and other states. Integrating archival material, interviews, and quantitative survey data, he argues that NIMBY movements can bring miscalculations to light and provide an essential check on policy experts' often partisan views.

This book will be of value to those who work or study in the fields of hazardous waste policy, facility siting, environmental policy, public policy, public administration, and political science.

Greenspeak - A Study of Environmental Discourse (Paperback): Rom Harre, Jens Brockmeier, Peter Mulhausler Greenspeak - A Study of Environmental Discourse (Paperback)
Rom Harre, Jens Brockmeier, Peter Mulhausler
R1,375 R1,229 Discovery Miles 12 290 Save R146 (11%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

In this remarkably interdisciplinary examination of the discourse of environmentalism, the authors explore the linguistic, philosophical, psychological and cultural-historical aspects of environmental discourse; rather than environmental phenomena themselves. This volume is not advocacy on environmentalism, rather, it is an analysis of the means of persuasion and the techniques of advocacy used by both sides of the environmental debate between ˘conservationists÷ and ˘conservatives.÷ Based on studies conducted between 1992 and 1996, the book includes an analysis of the concepts of time and space in their linguistic manifestations. Another theme is the interdependencies of the natural world with political and economic institutions. Ultimately, it is a call to action, as the authors see in the increasing ˘greening÷ of English and other Western languages, a kind of linguistic way of replacing or postponing action with talk alone. A groundbreaking volume, Greanspeak will promote dialogue among professionals and students in the fields of environmental issues, linguistics, discourse, psychology, and public policy.

Greening the Past - Towards a Social-Ecological Analysis of History (Paperback, New): Thomas S. Martin Greening the Past - Towards a Social-Ecological Analysis of History (Paperback, New)
Thomas S. Martin
R1,075 R936 Discovery Miles 9 360 Save R139 (13%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Greening the Past argues that "western civilization" is rapidly approaching a crisis unique in world history, and that a new world-view now emerging is best encapsulated by a Green, anarchist-ecological analysis. The approach outlined in this book embraces general systems theory and recent discoveries in physics as well as key philosophical issues such as the nature of time, objectivity and causality, and an eco-psychological view of human nature. It includes new interpretations of the place of myth and language in historical writing and urges a re-evaluation of the dialectical method.

Innovation in Environmental Leadership - Critical Perspectives (Paperback): Benjamin W. Redekop, Deborah Rigling Gallagher,... Innovation in Environmental Leadership - Critical Perspectives (Paperback)
Benjamin W. Redekop, Deborah Rigling Gallagher, Rian Satterwhite
R839 Discovery Miles 8 390 Shipped within 8 - 13 working days

Innovation in Environmental Leadership offers innovative approaches to leadership from a post-industrial and ecological vantage point. Chapters in this collection are written by leading scholars and practitioners of environmental leadership from around the globe, and are informed by a variety of critical perspectives, including post-heroic approaches, systems thinking, and the emerging insights of Critical Leadership Studies (CLS). By taking the natural environment seriously as a foundational context for leadership, Innovation in Environmental Leadership offers fresh insights and compelling visions of leadership pertinent to 21st century environmental and social challenges. Concepts and understandings of leadership emerged as part of an extractive industrial system; this work asks its readers to re-think what leadership looks like in an ecologically sustainable biological system. This book provides fresh insights and critical perspectives on the vibrant and growing field of environmental leadership. It shows the latest state of knowledge on the topic and will be of interest both to students at an advanced level, academics and reflective practitioners. It addresses the topics with regard to leadership theory and environmental leadership and will be of interest to researchers, academics, and students in the fields of sustainability, environmental ethics, natural resource management, environmental studies, business management, public policy, and environmental management.

Driving Green Consumerism Through Strategic Sustainability Marketing (Hardcover): Farzana Quoquab, Ramayah Thurasamy, Jihad... Driving Green Consumerism Through Strategic Sustainability Marketing (Hardcover)
Farzana Quoquab, Ramayah Thurasamy, Jihad Mohammad
R4,446 Discovery Miles 44 460 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

The use of environmentally safe products is an emerging and popular trend throughout various industries. Product manufacturing and sales has changed in order to incorporate green initiatives that will appeal to this fast-growing market. Driving Green Consumerism Through Strategic Sustainability Marketing is an essential reference source for the latest scholarly research on the latest trends of consumerism and its effect and implications on the environment. Featuring coverage on topics and perspectives such as nutricosmetic products, green marketing, and animal products, this publication is ideal for those interested in aspects of green consumerism.

Canadian Environmental Resource Guide, 2016 (Paperback): Grey House Canada Canadian Environmental Resource Guide, 2016 (Paperback)
Grey House Canada
R9,170 R8,042 Discovery Miles 80 420 Save R1,128 (12%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The Canadian Environmental Resource Guide is Canada's most complete reference of environmental associations and organizations, government regulators and purchasing groups, product and service companies and special libraries.

Green Canada (Paperback, New edition): Oriana Palusci Green Canada (Paperback, New edition)
Oriana Palusci
R983 R892 Discovery Miles 8 920 Save R91 (9%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
Green Initiatives for Business Sustainability and Value Creation (Hardcover): Arun Kumar Paul, Dipak Kumar Bhattacharyya,... Green Initiatives for Business Sustainability and Value Creation (Hardcover)
Arun Kumar Paul, Dipak Kumar Bhattacharyya, Sandip Anand
R4,620 Discovery Miles 46 200 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Sustainability has become an unavoidable topic in modern society. In order for sustainable development to be fully achieved, it must be integrated into the planning and measurement systems of business enterprises. Green Initiatives for Business Sustainability and Value Creation is an essential reference source including the most recent scholarly research on the development and application of green business models for contemporary organizations, with a focus on possible contexts and constructs of closed loop supply chain management. Featuring extensive coverage on topics such as consumption behavior, political economy, and structural modeling, this book is ideally designed for academicians, researchers, and professionals seeking current research on the importance of strategic green business practices.

Environmental Problems Globally - From Perception to Reaction (Paperback, New edition): Daniel Lachmann Environmental Problems Globally - From Perception to Reaction (Paperback, New edition)
Daniel Lachmann
R979 R887 Discovery Miles 8 870 Save R92 (9%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Human behavior causes environmental problems which, in turn, affect people and whole societies. The author elaborates the role of the public in the discourse about environmental protection. As the public consists of socio-economic, legal and political actors, the behavior of those actors is of significance. With a thorough analysis of the International Social Survey Programme, this book illustrates the rocky road from the perception of environmental threats to the reaction toward them. Combining a constructivist and rational choice perspective, the author points out that there are distinctive differences between individual countries in the perception, evaluation as well as in the reaction toward environmental issues. Neither is there a uniform path from perception to reaction, nor exists a one-size-fits-all-solution.

Climate Action in a Globalizing World - Comparative Perspectives on Environmental Movements in the Global North (Hardcover):... Climate Action in a Globalizing World - Comparative Perspectives on Environmental Movements in the Global North (Hardcover)
Carl Cassegard, Linda Soneryd, Hakan Thorn, A...sa Wettergren
R2,636 R2,458 Discovery Miles 24 580 Save R178 (7%) Shipped within 8 - 13 working days

The existence and urgency of global climate change is a matter of scientific consensus. Yet the global politics of climate change have been anything but consensual. In this context, a wave of global climate activism has emerged in the last decade in response to the perceived failure of the political negotiations. This book provides a unique comparative study of environmental movements in USA, Japan, Denmark and Sweden, analyzing their interaction with the international climate institutions of the United Nations, with national governments, and with currents in the global climate movement. It documents how and why the movement evolved between the Copenhagen Summit of 2009 and the Paris Summit of 2015, altering its strategies and tactics while attracting new actors to the issue area. Further, it demonstrates how the development of global environmental networks has increased contact between environmental movements in the Global North and those from the Global South, resulting in the establishment of `climate justice' as a political cause and unifying frame for global climate activism.

Environmental Issues Surrounding Human Overpopulation (Hardcover): Rajeev Pratap Singh, Vaibhav Srivistava Environmental Issues Surrounding Human Overpopulation (Hardcover)
Rajeev Pratap Singh, Vaibhav Srivistava
R3,959 Discovery Miles 39 590 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

There are many factors to be considered when examining the current state of environmental problems in the modern world. By addressing these causes, the preservation of ecosystems and environmental resources can be maintained. Environmental Issues Surrounding Human Overpopulation is an authoritative reference source for the latest scholarly research on the depletion of natural resources due to overpopulation and presents insights on how these environmental threats can be addressed. Highlighting technological, economic, and social perspectives, this book is ideally designed for policymakers, researchers, academics, students, and practitioners interested in better understanding the current state of the global environment.

Sustainable Development and CSR in China - A Multi-Perspective Approach (Paperback, Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed.... Sustainable Development and CSR in China - A Multi-Perspective Approach (Paperback, Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2015)
Rene Schmidpeter, Hualiang Lu, Christopher Stehr, Haifeng Huang
R1,850 Discovery Miles 18 500 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

This book offers an in-depth analysis of Corporate Social Responsibility, gathering contributions by authors from various countries, cultures and political systems. It provides readers with a better understanding of the concept and its implementation in China by pursuing an international approach. The respective contributions examine Corporate Social Responsibility in terms of its close ties to ecology, corporate sustainability and the future of specific industries. The book is the product of two international meetings, the "Ecological Education and Sustainable Development Forum" in Chengdu, China, and the "CSR & Business Sustainability Development Forum" in Shenzen, China.

The Politics of Nature and Science in Southern Africa (Paperback): Maano Ramutsindela, Giorgio Miescher, Melanie Boehi The Politics of Nature and Science in Southern Africa (Paperback)
Maano Ramutsindela, Giorgio Miescher, Melanie Boehi
R817 Discovery Miles 8 170 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Changing Climate Politics - U.S. Policies and Civic Action (Paperback, Revised ed.): Yael Wolinsky-Nahmias Changing Climate Politics - U.S. Policies and Civic Action (Paperback, Revised ed.)
Yael Wolinsky-Nahmias
R721 R658 Discovery Miles 6 580 Save R63 (9%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Changing Climate Politics provides a comprehensive account of the current state of government action and political participation in the United States on the issue of climate change. Author Yael Wolinsky-Nahmias evaluates the role of the federal government, the courts, states, and cities in tackling the problems created by climate change, offering an inclusive and balanced assessment of progress and challenges. The book further explores the growing role of civic society in climate action plans, analyzing public opinion, the U.S. climate movement, policy making through ballot measures, consumer action, and the prospect of a social transformation toward a more sustainable society. This timely volume examines new approaches to policies and civic action on climate change addressing critical questions about the responsibilities and obligations of governments and citizens.

Handbook of Research on Green Economic Development Initiatives and Strategies (Hardcover): M. Mustafa Erdogdu, Thankom Arun,... Handbook of Research on Green Economic Development Initiatives and Strategies (Hardcover)
M. Mustafa Erdogdu, Thankom Arun, Imran Habib Ahmad
R6,628 Discovery Miles 66 280 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Climate change is one of the most pressing issues facing the world today, as it affects all sectors of life, be it global economics or human rights activism; timely action is required to avoid global catastrophe. Understanding the importance of climate change mitigation, renewable energies, clean technologies, and green development has become necessary for effective leadership. The Handbook of Research on Green Economic Development Initiatives and Strategies provides the necessary information to reduce the climate change vulnerability of socio-economic systems in the most cost-effective manner. This handbook of research is ideal for policy makers, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), government agencies, businesses, and professionals looking to temper the effects of climate change.

Ocean Country - One Woman's Voyage from Peril to Hope in her Quest To Save the Seas (Paperback): Liz Cunningham Ocean Country - One Woman's Voyage from Peril to Hope in her Quest To Save the Seas (Paperback)
Liz Cunningham
R327 R254 Discovery Miles 2 540 Save R73 (22%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Driven Wild - How the Fight against Automobiles Launched the Modern Wilderness Movement (Hardcover): Paul S. Sutter Driven Wild - How the Fight against Automobiles Launched the Modern Wilderness Movement (Hardcover)
Paul S. Sutter; Foreword by William Cronon
R1,810 Discovery Miles 18 100 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

In its infancy, the movement to protect wilderness areas in the United States was motivated less by perceived threats from industrial and agricultural activities than by concern over the impacts of automobile owners seeking recreational opportunities in wild areas. Countless commercial and government purveyors vigorously promoted the mystique of travel to breathtakingly scenic places, and roads and highways were built to facilitate such travel. By the early 1930s, New Deal public works programs brought these trends to a startling crescendo. The dilemma faced by stewards of the nation's public lands was how to protect the wild qualities of those places while accommodating, and often encouraging, automobile-based tourism. By 1935, the founders of the Wilderness Society had become convinced of the impossibility of doing both. In Driven Wild, Paul Sutter traces the intellectual and cultural roots of the modern wilderness movement from about 1910 through the 1930s, with tightly drawn portraits of four Wilderness Society founders--Aldo Leopold, Robert Sterling Yard, Benton MacKaye, and Bob Marshall. Each man brought a different background and perspective to the advocacy for wilderness preservation, yet each was spurred by a fear of what growing numbers of automobiles, aggressive road building, and the meteoric increase in Americans turning to nature for their leisure would do to the country's wild places. As Sutter discovered, the founders of the Wilderness Society were "driven wild"--pushed by a rapidly changing country to construct a new preservationist ideal. Sutter demonstrates that the birth of the movement to protect wilderness areas reflected a growing belief among an important group of conservationists that the modern forces of capitalism, industrialism, urbanism, and mass consumer culture were gradually eroding not just the ecology of North America, but crucial American values as well. For them, wilderness stood for something deeply sacred that was in danger of being lost, so that the movement to protect it was about saving not just wild nature, but ourselves as well.

The Tallgrass Prairie Center Guide to Seed and Seedling Identification in the Upper Midwest (Paperback): Dave Williams The Tallgrass Prairie Center Guide to Seed and Seedling Identification in the Upper Midwest (Paperback)
Dave Williams; Illustrated by Brent Butler
R257 R241 Discovery Miles 2 410 Save R16 (6%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Settlers crossing the tallgrass prairie in the early 1800s were greeted by a seemingly endless landscape of wildflowers and grasses, one of the most diverse ecosystems on our planet. Today, although the tallgrass prairie has been reduced to a tiny percentage of its former expanse, people are working to restore and reconstruct prairie communities. This lavishly illustrated guide to seeds and seedlings, crafted by Tallgrass Prairie Center botanist Dave Williams and illustrator Brent Butler, will insure that everyone from urban gardeners to grassland managers can properly identify and germinate seventy-two species of tallgrass wildflowers and grasses in eastern North Dakota, eastern South Dakota, southwestern Minnesota, southwestern Wisconsin, northern Illinois, northwestern Indiana, Iowa, eastern Nebraska, eastern Kansas, northwestern Missouri, and eastern Oklahoma. Williams has created a brilliant, nearly foolproof system of identification and verification. Two primary keys lead to eleven secondary keys that link to characteristic groups of tallgrass plants: seven groups for wildflowers and four groups for grasses. To identify a seedling, use the primary key to discover its place in the secondary key, then turn to that characteristic group to find your seedling. Circles on each full seedling photograph correspond to close-up photographs; triangles on these close-ups illustrate information in the text to further pinpoint identification. Drawings of leaves illuminate exact identification, and enlarged photographs of each seed provide yet another way to confirm identification. Thousands of seeds were sprouted in the Tallgrass Prairie Center's greenhouse to provide seedlings close in size and development to those grown in the field near the end of their first season; research and photography took place over four years. Williams's text for each species includes a thorough description, a comparison of similar species, and guidance for germination and growth. A complete glossary supports the text, which is concise but detailed enough to be accessible to beginning prairie enthusiasts. Anyone in the Upper Midwest who wishes to preserve the native vegetation of prairie remnants or reconstruct a tallgrass prairie of whatever size--from home gardens to schoolyards to roadsides to large acreages--will benefit from the hundreds of photographs and drawings and the precise text in this meticulously prepared guide.

The Rebirth of Environmentalism - Grassroots Activism from the Spotted Owl to the Polar Bear (Hardcover): Douglas Bevington The Rebirth of Environmentalism - Grassroots Activism from the Spotted Owl to the Polar Bear (Hardcover)
Douglas Bevington
R1,167 R987 Discovery Miles 9 870 Save R180 (15%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Over the past two decades, a select group of small but highly effective grassroots organizations have achieved remarkable success in protecting endangered species and forests in the United States. "The Rebirth of Environmentalism" tells for the first time the story of these grassroots biodiversity groups. Author Douglas Bevington offers engaging case studies of three of the most influential biodiversity protection campaigns - the Headwaters Forest campaign, the 'zero cut' campaign on national forests, and the endangered species litigation campaign exemplified by the Center for Biological Diversity - providing the reader with an in-depth understanding of the experience of being involved in grassroots activism. Based on first-person interviews with key activist in these campaigns, the author explores the role of tactics, strategy, funding, organization, movement culture, and political conditions in shaping the influence of the groups. He also examines the challenging relationship between radicals and moderate groups within the environmental movement, and addresses how grassroots organizations were able to overcome constraints that had limited the advocacy of other environmental organizations. Filled with inspiring stories of activists, groups, and campaigns that most readers will not have encountered before, "The Rebirth of Environmentalism" explores how grassroots biodiversity groups have had such a big impact despite their scant resources, and presents valuable lessons that can help the environmental movement as a whole - as well as other social movements - become more effective.

Environment,People and Development - Experiences from Desert Ecosystems (Hardcover): Gaur Mahesh Kumar, P. Moharana Environment,People and Development - Experiences from Desert Ecosystems (Hardcover)
Gaur Mahesh Kumar, P. Moharana
R2,117 Discovery Miles 21 170 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Desert Regions are Familiar faces in many of History of the world. The Earliest civilizations and two of the world's major Religions were born here. This publication "Environment, People and Development: Experiences from Desert Ecosystems" Highlights some of the Basic and technologically refined information from many parts of the Desert Ecosystems of the world.

Not for Greens (Paperback, large type edition): Ian Plimer Not for Greens (Paperback, large type edition)
Ian Plimer 1
R533 R441 Discovery Miles 4 410 Save R92 (17%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

The processes required to make a humble stainless steel teaspoon are remarkably complicated and every stage involves risk, coal, energy, capital, international trade and finance. Stainless steel cutlery has taken thousands of years of experimentation and knowledge to evolve and the end result is that we can eat without killing ourselves with bacteria. We are in the best times to have ever lived on planet Earth and the future will only be better. All this we take for granted. Greens may have started as genuine environmentalists. Much of the green movement has now morphed into an unelected extremist political pressure group accountable to no one. Greens create problems, many of which are concocted, and provide no solutions because of a lack of basic knowledge. This book examines green policies in the light of established knowledge and shows that they are unrealistic. Policies by greens adopted by supine governments have resulted in rising costs, increased taxes, political instability, energy poverty, decreased longevity and environmental degradation and they don't achieve their ideological aims. Wind, solar and biomass energy emit more carbon dioxide than they save and reduction of carbon dioxide emissions does nothing to change climate and only empties the pocket. No stainless steel teaspoon could be made using green "alternative energy." This book argues that unless the greens live sustainably in caves in the forest and use no trappings of the modern world, then they should be regarded as hypocrites and treated with the disdain they deserve.

The American People and the National Forests - The First Century of the U.S. Forest Service (Paperback): Samuel P. Hays The American People and the National Forests - The First Century of the U.S. Forest Service (Paperback)
Samuel P. Hays
R782 R710 Discovery Miles 7 100 Save R72 (9%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The year 2005 marked the centennial of the founding of the United States Forest Service (USFS). Samuel P. Hays uses this occasion to present a cogent history of the role of American society in shaping the policies and actions of this agency.

From its establishment in 1905 under the auspices of the Department of Agriculture, timber and grazing management dominated the agency's agenda. Due to high consumer demand for wood products and meat from livestock, the USFS built a formidable system of forest managers, training procedures, and tree science programs to specifically address these needs. This strong internal organization bolstered the agency during the tumultuous years in the final one-third of the century--when citizens and scientists were openly critical of USFS policies--yet it restricted the agency's vision and adaptability on environmental issues. A dearth of ecological capabilities tormented the USFS in 1960 when the Multiple-Use and Sustained-Yield Act set new statutes for the preservation of wildlife, recreation, watershed, and aesthetic resources. This was followed by the National Forest Management Act of 1976, which established standards for the oversight of forest ecosystems. The USFS was ill equipped to handle the myriad administrative and technological complexities that these mandates required.

In "The American People and the National Forests, " Hays chronicles three distinct periods in USFS history, provides a summarizing "legacy" for each, and outlines the public and private interests, administrators, and laws that guided the agency's course and set its priorities. He demonstrates how these legacies affected successive eras, how they continue to influence USFS policy in the twenty-first century, and why USFS policies should matter to all of us.

The American People and the National Forests - The First Century of the U.S. Forest Service (Hardcover, New): Samuel P. Hays The American People and the National Forests - The First Century of the U.S. Forest Service (Hardcover, New)
Samuel P. Hays
R1,532 R1,367 Discovery Miles 13 670 Save R165 (11%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The year 2005 marked the centennial of the founding of the United States Forest Service (USFS). Samuel P. Hays uses this occasion to present a cogent history of the role of American society in shaping the policies and actions of this agency.

From its establishment in 1905 under the auspices of the Department of Agriculture, timber and grazing management dominated the agency's agenda. Due to high consumer demand for wood products and meat from livestock, the USFS built a formidable system of forest managers, training procedures, and tree science programs to specifically address these needs. This strong internal organization bolstered the agency during the tumultuous years in the final one-third of the century--when citizens and scientists were openly critical of USFS policies--yet it restricted the agency's vision and adaptability on environmental issues. A dearth of ecological capabilities tormented the USFS in 1960 when the Multiple-Use and Sustained-Yield Act set new statutes for the preservation of wildlife, recreation, watershed, and aesthetic resources. This was followed by the National Forest Management Act of 1976, which established standards for the oversight of forest ecosystems. The USFS was ill equipped to handle the myriad administrative and technological complexities that these mandates required.

In "The American People and the National Forests, " Hays chronicles three distinct periods in USFS history, provides a summarizing "legacy" for each, and outlines the public and private interests, administrators, and laws that guided the agency's course and set its priorities. He demonstrates how these legacies affected successive eras, how they continue to influence USFS policy in the twenty-first century, and why USFS policies should matter to all of us.

The Amazon from an International Law Perspective (Paperback): Beatriz Garcia The Amazon from an International Law Perspective (Paperback)
Beatriz Garcia
R1,050 Discovery Miles 10 500 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

With a vast river network and rainforests extending over eight South American countries, the Amazon plays a vital role particularly in maintaining biodiversity and terrestrial carbon storage. Due to its ecological characteristics, the Amazon benefits not only those countries but also the international community at large. However, the Amazon forests are being rapidly cleared with a consequent loss of biodiversity and impact on global climate. This book examines whether international law has an impact on the preservation of the Amazon by inquiring into the forms of cooperation that exist among the Amazon countries, and between them and the international community, and to what extent international cooperation can help protect the Amazon. Given the role of this region in maintaining the balance of the global environment, the book examines whether the Amazon should be granted a special legal status and possible implications in terms of international cooperation.

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