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Big Pharma, Dirty Lies, Busy Bees And Eco Activists - 20 Environmental Stories From South Africa (Paperback): David Bristow Big Pharma, Dirty Lies, Busy Bees And Eco Activists - 20 Environmental Stories From South Africa (Paperback)
David Bristow
R260 R190 Discovery Miles 1 900 Save R70 (27%) In stock

This exciting third book from David Bristow covers everything environmental in South Africa that you always wanted to know about.

The topics in this book include pesticides, poaching, petrol, plastics, population, pollination, pollution, pods, politics, pharmaceuticals, people, prophets, power and poop. Find out what industrially manufactured foods and large-scale farming are doing to us; how state capture has derailed our civil service and triggered sewerage spills, oil slicks and air pollution; who benefits most from health supplements; and what are the real costs of generating power and what works best – coal, nuclear, fracking, solar or wind.

You will also read about the good deeds of our eco heroes: those who bring water and hope to stricken towns; who farm regeneratively and sell us wholesome foods; who clean up other people’s messes; as well as individual superheroes who nurture their own back gardens. This book celebrates some of them. Written in the same engaging style as his previous two books in the series Stories from the Veld series (The Game Ranger, the Knife, the Lion and the Sheep and Of Hominins, Hunter-Gatherers and Heroes), this book is a journey into unravelling the environmental landscape of South Africa.

Our Living Earth - Custom Edition (Paperback): George Miller, Scott Spoolman Our Living Earth - Custom Edition (Paperback)
George Miller, Scott Spoolman 1
R598 R561 Discovery Miles 5 610 Save R37 (6%) In stock

Provides learners with sufficient knowledge, skills and attitudes that will enable them to identify and explain the impact of human activities on the physical environment on the global, regional and local scales and measures that can be taken to reduce environmental degradation.

Key themes explored in the course include environmental worldviews, ecosystems, biodiversity, waste, renewable and non-renewable energy.

Environment - An Interdisciplinary Anthology (Paperback): Glenn Adelson, James Engell, Brent Ranalli, Kevin P. Van Anglen Environment - An Interdisciplinary Anthology (Paperback)
Glenn Adelson, James Engell, Brent Ranalli, Kevin P. Van Anglen
R835 R642 Discovery Miles 6 420 Save R193 (23%) In stock

This major, definitive anthology of writings is a complete and up-to-date guide to environmental literacy. This major anthology is the first to apply a fully interdisciplinary approach to environmental studies. A comprehensive guide to environmental literacy, the book demonstrates how the sciences, social sciences, and humanities all contribute to understanding our interrelationships with the natural world. Though not specialized, Environment is a book that even specialists can learn from. Ten innovative case studies--climate shock, species endangerment, nuclear power, biotechnology, sustainable development, deforestation, environmental security, globalization, wilderness, and the urban environment-are followed by readings from specific disciplines. These can be integrated with the case studies to shape individual interests and teaching strategies. The volume presents an imaginative array of texts, from scientific papers to poetry, legal decisions to historical accounts, personal essays to economic analysis. Taken together, these selections provide a balanced, authoritative, and up-to-date treatment of key issues in environmental studies.

The Environmental Ethics and Policy Book - Philosophy, Ecology, Economics (Paperback, 3rd edition): Christine Pierce, Donald... The Environmental Ethics and Policy Book - Philosophy, Ecology, Economics (Paperback, 3rd edition)
Christine Pierce, Donald VanDeVeer
R913 R784 Discovery Miles 7 840 Save R129 (14%) Ships in 15 - 25 working days

Consisting of an assortment of landmark essays and the best in contemporary scholarship, this anthology delves deeply into the most pressing environmental issues of our times. Articles included in this anthology are distinguished for their relevance to real-life policy making and for their ability to promote rich and lively discussion about controversial matters. In addition, the editors' careful organization of the topics and illuminating section previews keep students focused on the most essential points of current environmental debates.

Living in the Environment (Hardcover, 19th edition): Scott Spoolman, G. Miller Living in the Environment (Hardcover, 19th edition)
Scott Spoolman, G. Miller
R1,000 R866 Discovery Miles 8 660 Save R134 (13%) Ships in 15 - 25 working days

Team up with Miller/Spoolman's, LIVING IN THE ENVIRONMENT and the National Geographic Society for the most inspiring introduction to environmental science available! Providing clear introductions to the multiple environmental problems that we face and balanced discussions to evaluate potential solutions, this new edition includes everything you need to succeed in the course, while you get the knowledge you need to make a difference in solving today's environmental issues. The MindTap online edition of the book offers exclusive National Geographic content, including high-quality videos on important environmental problems.

Sea Change - Return To The Wild (Paperback): Craig Foster, Ross Frylinck Sea Change - Return To The Wild (Paperback)
Craig Foster, Ross Frylinck; Designed by Libby Doyle; Produced by Libby Doyle
R395 R295 Discovery Miles 2 950 Save R100 (25%) Pre-order

Finally available in paperback, including the story from the Netflix documentary ‘My Octopus Teacher’ and many other remarkable creatures from the great African Sea Forest.

Sea Change takes you on an evocative journey into the secret life of an almost unknown ecosystem; the beautiful kelp forest of Southern Africa. Craig and Ross spent eight years exploring this sea forest together, diving almost every day.

This is the story of what they found in the wild, and how it has transformed their lives.

As the World Burns: How a New Generation of Activists Is Leading the Landmark Case Against Climate Change (Hardcover): Lee Van... As the World Burns: How a New Generation of Activists Is Leading the Landmark Case Against Climate Change (Hardcover)
Lee Van Der Voo
R566 R452 Discovery Miles 4 520 Save R114 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

"The story of Juliana v. United States and the committed young people behind it will give you hope in the next generation." --Elizabeth Kolbert, author of The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural HistoryDo children have a right to inherit a livable planet, and if so, is the government obliged to protect it? That's the question posed by Juliana v. United States, one of the most critical lawsuits of our time. Twenty-one young people from across America sued the federal government over climate change, charging that US actions to promote a fossil fuel economy violate their constitutional rights to life, liberty, and property. Their trial could be the civil rights trial of the century. But it hasn't happened yet. While rare legal tactics attempt to stymie the case, As the World Burns follows the plight of the young plaintiffs, chronicling their legal battle through a year of drought and wildfire, floods and hurricanes, and the most tumultuous political season in modern history. Acknowledging that forces larger than themselves are stealing their childhoods as well as their futures, the plaintiffs wrenchingly describe personal experiences with recurring "thousand-year" floods, wildfire smoke so thick they can't ride a bike to school, drought that threatens family farms, and disappearing coastlines that send waves lapping ominously at their doors. Along the way, journalist Lee van der Voo weaves their experience into a broader narrative of America, where politics and policy threaten the very existence of our youth and our way of life. As the World Burns is climate breakdown like you've never seen it--through the eyes of the young.

The Lost Words: Spell Songs (Hardcover): Robert Macfarlane, Jackie Morris, Karine Polwart, Julie Fowlis, Seckou Keita, Kris... The Lost Words: Spell Songs (Hardcover)
Robert Macfarlane, Jackie Morris, Karine Polwart, Julie Fowlis, Seckou Keita, … 1
R533 R414 Discovery Miles 4 140 Save R119 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Spell Songs is a musical companion piece to The Lost Words: A Spell Book by author Robert Macfarlane and artist Jackie Morris. This mixed media CD is accompanied by sumptuous illustrations from Jackie Morris, new 'spells' by Robert Macfarlane, enlightening thoughts by Robert, Jackie and Spell Singer Karine Polwart and stunning photography by Elly Lucas. In 2018 Folk by the Oak Festival commissioned Spell Songs because of their love of The Lost Words book. Spell Songs comprises eight remarkable musicians whose music engages deeply with landscape and nature; musicians who are perfectly placed to respond to the creatures, art and language of The Lost Words. They spent a week in Herefordshire bringing this music together in the company of Jackie Morris. Art inspired music and music inspired art. Jackie Morris immersed herself in the musical residency where she generously created new iconesque artwork of each musician and their instruments portrayed in an unexpected and enchanting way. These stunning new artworks accompany the CD. Spell Songs allowed these acclaimed and diverse musicians to weave together elements of British folk music, Senegalese folk traditions, and experimental and classical music to create an inspiring new body of work. Here are 14 songs which capture the essence of The Lost Words book. Spoken voice, whispers, accents, dialects, native languages, proverbs, sayings, birdsong, river chatter and insect hum all increase the intimacy of the musical world conjured by the songs. Inspired by the words, art and ethos of The Lost Words book, each musician brings new imaginings, embellishments and diversions which are rooted in personal experience, a deep respect for the natural world, protest at the loss of nature and its language and an appreciation for wildness and beauty. In February 2019 Spell Songs enjoyed standing ovations at sell-out performances in major venues across the UK culminating at The Queen Elizabeth Hall at the Southbank Centre, London. Spell Songs was a highlight of The Hay International Literary Festival 2019 and in August 2019 they were invited to perform at the BBC's Lost Words Prom in the Royal Albert Hall. They will continue to tour each year. "There are songs here that would live with me for the rest of my years, even if I'd had no part in their making". Robert Macfarlane

God Is Green - Christianity and the Environment (Paperback): Ian Bradley God Is Green - Christianity and the Environment (Paperback)
Ian Bradley 1
R335 R272 Discovery Miles 2 720 Save R63 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

God is Green examines what the Bible has to say about humanity's relationship with and responsibility for the environment, and how Church traditions over the centuries have interpreted this. Ian Bradley argues that Christianity at its essence is a 'green faith' which has been distorted over the years. First published in 1990, this new edition of the book is revised for the contemporary state of our climate, and includes a chapter-by-chapter study guide for individuals and small groups.

Stewart L. Udall - Steward of the Land (Hardcover): Thomas G Smith Stewart L. Udall - Steward of the Land (Hardcover)
Thomas G Smith
R710 R559 Discovery Miles 5 590 Save R151 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

As a three-term member of Congress and as the secretary of the interior in the Kennedy and Johnson cabinets (1961-1969), Stewart L. Udall (1920-2010) was a distinguished public servant and one of the great environmental leaders in US history. This book, the first biography of Udall, introduces his work to a new generation of Americans concerned with the environment. The author traces the influences on Udall's career, the evolution of his views on conservation, and his setbacks as well as his triumphs. In addition to his efforts to preserve wilderness areas and protect the planet, Udall advocated reforming the seniority system in Congress, limiting the production and testing of nuclear weapons, promoting coexistence with the Soviet Union, and helping oppressed peoples in emerging nations. A visionary leader, Udall was inspired by his pioneering Mormon forebears who helped settle the Arizona high plateau, where he first connected with the natural world.

Globalization and Diversity: Pearson New International Edition - Geography of a Changing World (Paperback, 4th edition): Lester... Globalization and Diversity: Pearson New International Edition - Geography of a Changing World (Paperback, 4th edition)
Lester Rowntree, Martin Lewis, Marie Price, William Wyckoff
R1,612 Discovery Miles 16 120 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Were you looking for the book with access to MasteringGeography? This product is the book alone and does NOT come with access to MasteringGeography. Buy the book and access card package to save money on this resource. This contemporary approach to World Regional Geography introduces the latest ideas, concepts, and theories in geography while also developing a strong foundation in the fundamentals of world regions. It helps professors convey a strong sense of place and an understanding of the connections within and between world regions. Globalization and Diversity is a briefer version of the popular Diversity Amid Globalization by the same authors; this distillation focuses on the core materials that students need in a World Regional Geography course. The Fourth Edition features a new and unique focus on sustainability.

Environmental Political Theory (Paperback): Steven Vanderheiden Environmental Political Theory (Paperback)
Steven Vanderheiden
R588 Discovery Miles 5 880 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Our politics is intimately linked to the environmental conditions - and crises - of our time. The challenges of sustainability and the discovery of ecological limits to growth are transforming how we understand the core concepts at the heart of political theory. In this essential new textbook, leading political theorist Steve Vanderheiden examines how the concept of sustainability challenges - and is challenged - by eight key social and political ideas, ranging from freedom and equality to democracy and sovereignty. He shows that environmental change will disrupt some of our most cherished ideals, requiring new indicators of progress, new forms of community, and new conceptions of agency and responsibility. He draws on canonical texts, contemporary approaches to environmental political theory, and vivid examples to illustrate how changes in our conceptualization of our social aspirations can inhibit or enable a transition to a just and sustainable society. Vanderheiden masterfully balances crystal clear explanation of the essentials with cutting-edge analysis to produce a book that will be core reading for students of environmental and green political theory everywhere.

The Little Book of Bees - An Illustrated Guide to the Extraordinary Lives of Bees (Hardcover): Hilary Kearney The Little Book of Bees - An Illustrated Guide to the Extraordinary Lives of Bees (Hardcover)
Hilary Kearney; Illustrated by Amy Holliday 1
R266 R196 Discovery Miles 1 960 Save R70 (26%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Bees continue to fascinate and charm us all - from novice gardeners and nature-lovers to dedicated environmentalists - and today, bees need our help more than ever. Discover the story of these incredible creatures, with The Little Book of Bees. Bees first appeared on Earth an incredible 130 million years ago. Since the time of the dinosaurs, evolution has taken our beloved bees on an incredible journey - and today, there are 20,000 species on the planet. The Little Book of Bees is a lovely, informative book of all things bee - from evolution and communication, to honey, beekeeping, and saving the bees - all in a beautifully illustrated gift book. Contents Chapter One: The Story of Bees The Evolution of the Bee The Bee Life Cycle The Bee Family Tree Bee Anatomy Bee Nesting Behaviours Bee Factoids Chapter Two: Superorganisms Sociality in Bees Bumble Bees Honey Bees Stingless Bees Chapter Three: Honey What is Honey? Types of Honey Practical Uses for Honey Honey Healthcare Chapter Four: Beekeeping Why Keep Bees? An Introduction to Beekeeping Keeping Stingless Bees Chapter Five: Protecting Our Bee Buddies Why Are Bees in Decline? Supporting Our Bees in 10 Easy Steps Providing a Home for Bees

Citizen Mack - Politics, an Honorable Calling (Hardcover): Connie MacK Citizen Mack - Politics, an Honorable Calling (Hardcover)
Connie MacK
R574 R461 Discovery Miles 4 610 Save R113 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Environmental Science for CAPE Unit 2 CXC (CD-ROM, New edition): Alana Lancaster Environmental Science for CAPE Unit 2 CXC (CD-ROM, New edition)
Alana Lancaster; Contributions by Vindra Cassie, Philip DaSilva, Jillian Orford, Caribbean Examinations Council
R618 Discovery Miles 6 180 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

These Study Guides have been developed exclusively with the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC(r)) to be used as an additional resource by candidates who are following the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE(r)) programme. They provide candidates with extra support to help them maximise their performance in their examinations.

To Die For - Is Fashion Wearing out the World? (Paperback, Epub Edition): Lucy Siegle To Die For - Is Fashion Wearing out the World? (Paperback, Epub Edition)
Lucy Siegle 1
R310 R248 Discovery Miles 2 480 Save R62 (20%) In stock

An expose on the fashion industry written by the Observer's 'Ethical Living' columnist, examining the inhumane and environmentally devastating story behind the clothes we so casually buy and wear. Coming at a time when the global financial crisis and contracting of consumer spending is ushering in a new epoch for the fashion industry, To Die For offers a very plausible vision of how green could really be the new black. Taking particular issue with our current mania for both big-name labels and cheap fashion, To Die For sets an agenda for the urgent changes that can and need to be made by both the industry and the consumer. Far from outlining a future of drab, ethical clothing, Lucy Siegle believes that it is indeed possible to be an 'ethical fashionista', simply by being aware of how and where (and by whom) clothing is manufactured. The global banking crisis has put the consumer at a crossroads: when money is tight should we embrace cheap fast fashion to prop up an already engorged wardrobe, or should we reject this as the ultimate false economy and advocate a return to real fashion, bolstered by the principles of individualism and style pedigree? In this impassioned book, Siegle analyses the global epidemic of unsustainable fashion, taking stock of our economic health and moral accountabilities to expose the pitfalls of fast fashion. Refocusing the debate squarely back on the importance of basic consumer rights, Siegle reveals the truth behind cut price, bulk fashion and the importance of your purchasing decisions, advocating the case for a new sustainable design era where we are assured of value for money: ethically, morally and in real terms.

John Joseph Mathews - Life of an Osage Writer (Paperback): Michael Snyder John Joseph Mathews - Life of an Osage Writer (Paperback)
Michael Snyder; Foreword by Russ Tall Chief
R450 R366 Discovery Miles 3 660 Save R84 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

John Joseph Mathews (1894-1979) is one of Oklahoma's most revered twentieth-century authors. An Osage Indian, he was also one of the first Indigenous authors to gain national renown. Yet fame did not come easily to Mathews, and his personality was full of contradictions. In this captivating biography, Michael Snyder provides the first book-length account of this fascinating figure. Known as ""Jo"" to all his friends, Mathews had a multifaceted identity. A novelist, naturalist, biographer, historian, and tribal preservationist, he was a true ""man of letters."" Snyder draws on a wealth of sources, many of them previously untapped, to narrate Mathews's story. Much of the writer's family life - especially his two marriages and his relationships with his two children and two stepchildren - is explored here for the first time. Born in the town of Pawhuska in Indian Territory, Mathews attended the University of Oklahoma before venturing abroad and earning a second degree from Oxford. He served as a flight instructor during World War I, traveled across Europe and northern Africa, and bought and sold land in California. A proud Osage who devoted himself to preserving Osage culture, Mathews also served as tribal councilman and cultural historian for the Osage Nation. Like many gifted artists, Mathews was not without flaws. And perhaps in the eyes of some critics, he occupies a nebulous space in literary history. Through insightful analysis of his major works, especially his semiautobiographical novel Sundown and his meditative Talking to the Moon, Snyder revises this impression. The story he tells, of one remarkable individual, is also the story of the Osage Nation, the state of Oklahoma, and Native America in the twentieth century.

Industry 4.0 and Circular Economy - Towards a Wasteless Future or a Wasteful Planet? (Hardcover): Antonis Mavropoulos, Anders... Industry 4.0 and Circular Economy - Towards a Wasteless Future or a Wasteful Planet? (Hardcover)
Antonis Mavropoulos, Anders Waage Nilsen
R1,469 Discovery Miles 14 690 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

How the marriage of Industry 4.0 and the Circular Economy can radically transform waste management--and our world Do we really have to make a choice between a wasteless and nonproductive world or a wasteful and ultimately self-destructive one? Futurist and world-renowned waste management scientist Antonis Mavropoulos and sustainable business developer and digital strategist Anders Nilsen respond with a ringing and optimistic "No!" They explore the Earth-changing potential of a happy (and wasteless) marriage between Industry 4.0 and a Circular Economy that could--with properly reshaped waste management practices--deliver transformative environmental, health, and societal benefits. This book is about the possibility of a brand-new world and the challenges to achieve it. The fourth industrial revolution has given us innovations including robotics, artificial intelligence, 3D-printing, and biotech. By using these technologies to advance the Circular Economy--where industry produces more durable materials and runs on its own byproducts--the waste management industry will become a central element of a more sustainable world and can ensure its own, but well beyond business as usual, future. Mavropoulos and Nilsen look at how this can be achieved--a wasteless world will require more waste management--and examine obstacles and opportunities such as demographics, urbanization, global warming, and the environmental strain caused by the rise of the global middle class. - Explore the new prevention, reduction, and elimination methods transforming waste management - Comprehend and capitalize on the business implications for the sector - Understand the theory via practical examples and case studies - Appreciate the social benefits of the new approach Waste-management has always been vital for the protection of health and the environment. Now it can become a crucial role model in showing how Industry 4.0 and the Circular Economy can converge to ensure flourishing, sustainable--and much brighter--future.

The Good Ancestor - How to Think Long Term in a Short-Term World (Paperback): Roman Krznaric The Good Ancestor - How to Think Long Term in a Short-Term World (Paperback)
Roman Krznaric 1
R340 R250 Discovery Miles 2 500 Save R90 (26%) Ships in 5 - 21 working days

How can we be good ancestors?

From the first seeds sown thousands of years ago, to the construction of the cities we still inhabit, to the scientific discoveries that have ensured our survival, we are the inheritors of countless gifts from the past. Today, in an age driven by the tyranny of the now, with 24/7 news, the latest tweet, and the buy-now button commanding our attention, we rarely stop to consider how our actions will affect future generations. With such frenetic short-termism at the root of contemporary crises, the call for long-term thinking grows every day – but what is it, has it ever worked, and can we even do it?

In The Good Ancestor, leading public philosopher Roman Krznaric argues that there is still hope. From the pyramids to the NHS, humankind has always had the innate ability to plan for posterity and take action that will resonate for decades, centuries, even millennia to come. If we want to become good ancestors, now is the time to recover and enrich this imaginative skill.

The Good Ancestor reveals six profound ways in which we can all learn to think long-term, exploring how we can reawaken oft-neglected but uniquely human talents like ‘cathedral thinking’ that expand our time horizons and sharpen our foresight. Drawing on radical solutions from around the world, Krznaric celebrates the innovators who are reinventing democracy, culture and economics so that we all have the chance to become good ancestors and create a better tomorrow.

Don't Trust, Don't Fear, Don't Beg - The Extraordinary Story of the Arctic 30 (Hardcover): Ben Stewart Don't Trust, Don't Fear, Don't Beg - The Extraordinary Story of the Arctic 30 (Hardcover)
Ben Stewart
R556 R448 Discovery Miles 4 480 Save R108 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The Arctic is now the stage on which our future will be decided. And as temperatures rise and the ice retreats, Putin orders Russia's oil rigs to move north. But in September 2013, 30 men and women from 18 countries - the crew of Greenpeace's Arctic Sunrise - decide to draw a line in the ice and protest the drilling in the Arctic. But their protest is met with brutal force and they are charged with piracy and face 15 years in Russia's prison system. Ben Stewart - who spearheaded the campaign to release the Arctic 30 - tells an astonishing tale of passion, courage and survival.

Environmental Policy - An Economic Perspective (Hardcover): Thomas Walker, Sherif Goubran, Northrop Sprung-Much Environmental Policy - An Economic Perspective (Hardcover)
Thomas Walker, Sherif Goubran, Northrop Sprung-Much
R2,518 Discovery Miles 25 180 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

EXPAND YOUR UNDERSTANDING OF HOW ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY AFFECTS BUSINESS, THE ECONOMY, AND YOUR LIFE WITH THIS ESSENTIAL RESOURCE Environmental Policy: An Economic Perspective offers readers a comprehensive examination of the ever-broadening scope and impact of environmental policy, law, and regulation. Editors Thomas Walker, Northrop Sprung-Much, and Sherif Goubran walk readers through a variety of subjects while maintaining a global perspective on the expanding role of environmental law. This book takes a pragmatic and practical approach to its subject matter, showing readers the real impact across the world of different kinds of environmental policy. Among other topics, Environmental Policy: An Economic Perspective tackles: Climate change legislation Water conservation and pricing Biodiversity of the marine environment Wildlife ranching Emission trading schemes Green job strategies Sustainable investing Written for undergraduate and graduate students in any field affected by environmental legislation and policy, this book also belongs on the shelves of anyone who seeks to better understand the increasingly important role of environmental policy on their business and life.

An Introduction to Physical Geography and the Environment (Paperback, 4th edition): Joseph Holden An Introduction to Physical Geography and the Environment (Paperback, 4th edition)
Joseph Holden
R1,332 Discovery Miles 13 320 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This highly respected and best-selling textbook provides an accessible, engaging and comprehensive introduction to the major topics within physical geography. It focuses on understanding the inter-linkages between processes, places and environments and is comprehensively illustrated to demonstrate how the physical environment works. Now in its fourth edition, the book has been thoroughly updated throughout to contain the latest research. Between them, the contributors have researched in detail every environment on the planet, providing an unrivalled source of rich information from around the world for both undergraduate and postgraduate study in the field of physical geography. An Introduction to Physical Geography and the Environment is accompanied by a rich and extensive range of electronic support resources including updated weblinks relevant for each chapter, an extended and annotated further reading list for each chapter, multiple choice questions, fieldwork exercises and interactive models.

Contested Terrain - A New History of Nature and People in the Adirondacks (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): Phillip G. Terrie Contested Terrain - A New History of Nature and People in the Adirondacks (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
Phillip G. Terrie
R467 R380 Discovery Miles 3 800 Save R87 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Contested Terrain explores the competing understandings of how best to manage this spectacular natural resource. Terrie introduces the key players and events that have shaped the region and its use, from early settlers and loggers to preservationists, year-round residents, and developers. This new edition includes a comprehensive account of the Pataki years, an era of stunning conservation triumphs combined with unprecedented pressures on the region's ecological integrity.

Devastation and Renewal - An Environmental History of Pittsburgh and Its Region (Paperback, New edition): Joel A. Tarr Devastation and Renewal - An Environmental History of Pittsburgh and Its Region (Paperback, New edition)
Joel A. Tarr
R788 Discovery Miles 7 880 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Every city has an environmental story, perhaps none so dramatic as Pittsburgh's. Founded in a river valley blessed with enormous resources-three strong waterways, abundant forests, rich seams of coal-the city experienced a century of exploitation and industrialization that degraded and obscured the natural environment to a horrific degree. Pittsburgh came to be known as "the Smoky City," or, as James Parton famously declared in 1866, "hell with the lid taken off."
Then came the storied Renaissance in the years following World War II, when the city's public and private elites, abetted by technological advances, came together to improve the air and renew the built environment. Equally dramatic was the sweeping deindustrialization of Pittsburgh in the 1980s, when the collapse of the steel industry brought down the smokestacks, leaving vast tracks of brownfields and riverfront. Today Pittsburgh faces unprecedented opportunities to reverse the environmental degradation of its history.
In Devastation and Renewal, scholars of the urban environment post questions that both complicate and enrich this story. Working from deep archival research, they ask not only what happened to Pittsburgh's environment, but why. What forces-economic, political, and cultural-were at work? In exploring the disturbing history of pollution in Pittsburgh, they consider not only the sooty skies, but also the poisoned rivers and creeks, the mined hills, and scarred land. Who profited and who paid for such "progress"? How did the environment Pittsburghers live in come to be, and how it can be managed for the future?
In a provocative concluding essay, Samuel P. Hays explores Pittsburgh's"environmental culture," the attitudes and institutions that interpret a city's story and work to create change. Comparing Pittsburgh to other cities and regions, he exposes exaggerations of Pittsburgh's environmental achievement and challenges the community to make real progress for the future.
A landmark contribution to the emerging field of urban environmental history, Devastation and Renewal will be important to all students of cities, of cultures, and of the natural world.

China Goes Green - Coercive Environmentalism for a Troubled Planet (Paperback): Yifei Li, Judith Shapiro China Goes Green - Coercive Environmentalism for a Troubled Planet (Paperback)
Yifei Li, Judith Shapiro
R461 R373 Discovery Miles 3 730 Save R88 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

What does it mean for the future of the planet when one of the world's most durable authoritarian governance systems pursues "ecological civilization"? Despite its staggering pollution and colossal appetite for resources, China exemplifies a model of state-led environmentalism which concentrates decisive political, economic, and epistemic power under centralized leadership. On the face of it, China seems to embody hope for a radical new approach to environmental governance. In this thought-provoking book, Yifei Li and Judith Shapiro probe the concrete mechanisms of China's coercive environmentalism to show how 'going green' helps the state to further other agendas such as citizen surveillance and geopolitical influence. Through top-down initiatives, regulations, and campaigns to mitigate pollution and environmental degradation, the Chinese authorities also promote control over the behavior of individuals and enterprises, pacification of borderlands, and expansion of Chinese power and influence along the Belt and Road and even into the global commons. Given the limited time that remains to mitigate climate change and protect millions of species from extinction, we need to consider whether a green authoritarianism can show us the way. This book explores both its promises and risks.

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