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Climate change and global energy security : technology and policy options.
Marilyn A. Brown and Benjamin K. Sovacool.
Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, c2011. 416pp.
Main Library TJ808 .B76 2011
Tackling climate change and improving energy security are two of the twenty-first century's greatest challenges. In this book, Marilyn Brown and Benjamin Sovacool offer detailed assessments of the most advanced commercially available technologies for strengthening global energy security, mitigating the effects of climate change, and enhancing resilience through adaptation and geo-engineering. They also evaluate the barriers to the deployment of these technologies and critically review public policy options crucial to their adoption. Arguing that society has all the technologies necessary for the task, Brown and Sovacool discuss an array of options available today, including high-efficiency transportation, renewable energy, carbon sequestration, and demand-side management. They offer eight case studies from around the world that document successful approaches to reducing emissions of greenhouse gases and improving energy security. These include the Danish approach to energy policy and wind power, Brazil's ethanol program, China's improved cookstove program; and the U.S. Toxics Release Inventory. Brown and Sovacool argue that meeting the twin challenges of climate change and energy security will allow us to provide energy, maintain economic growth, and preserve the natural environment--without forcing tradeoffs among them.
Climate change and migration : security and borders in a warming world.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, c2011. 180pp.
Main Library JV6225 .W45 2011
In the modern era, two types of international migration have consumed our attention: politically induced migration to flee war, genocide, and instability, and migration for economic reasons. Recently, though, another force has generated a new wave of refugees-global warming. Climate change has altered terrains and economies throughout the tropical regions of the world, from sub-Saharan Africa to Central America to South and Southeast Asia. In Climate Change and Migration, Greg White provides a rich account of the phenomenon. Focusing on climate-induced migration from Africa to Europe, White shows how global warming's impact on international relations has been significant, enhancing the security regimes in not only the advanced economies of the North Atlantic, but in the states that serve as transit points between the most advanced and most desperate nations. Furthermore, he demonstrates that climate change has altered the way the nations involved view their own sovereignty, as tightening or defining borders in both Europe and North Africa leads to an increase of the state's reaches over society. White closes by arguing that a serious and comprehensive program to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change is the only long-term solution. With an in-depth coverage of both environmental and border policy from a global perspective, Climate Change and Migration provides a provocative and much-needed link between two of the most pressing issues in contemporary international politics.
Eco-warriors, nihilistic terrorists, and the environment .
Lawrence E. Likar.
Santa Barbara, Calif : Praeger, c2011. 416pp.
Main Library GE197 .L55 2011
Retired FBI agent Likar (La Roche College) warns that the nexus between a vulnerable environment and terrorism threatens US national security, international security, and the security of multinational corporations. In this work, he provides a synthesis of the subjects of climate change and resource scarcity, environmentally linked terrorism, and risk assessment and security planning. When discussing environmentally linked terrorism, he examines terrorism as a general subject and terrorists that perceive the environment as a motivational cause, powerful weapon, or target to be destroyed.
Energy sources and policies in India.
Rishi Muni Dwivedi.
New Delhi : New Century Publications, 2011. 331pp.
Main Library HD9502.I4 D95 2011
This work reviews Indian policies related to the demand for energy, looking at policy in the context of recent economic trends such as economic liberalization and globalization. Information is presented in outline format. The first part of the book reviews the country's energy needs and describes the legal and institutional framework for energy management in India. Later chapters cover the history and current situation in different energy sectors, looking at aspects such as private enterprise, foreign collaboration, and reforms. Sectors covered include electricity, coal, petroleum and natural gas, renewable energy (solar, wind, and hydro), atomic energy, and energy conservation. About 130 pages of appendices offer recommendations and policies from various governmental committees.
Environmental anthropology today.
edited by Helen Kopnina and Eleanor Shoreman-Ouimet.
London ; New York : Routledge, 2011. 301pp.
Main Library GF41 .E417 2011
Today, we face some of the greatest environmental challenges in global history. Understanding the damage being done and the varied ethics and efforts contributing to its repair is of vital importance. This volume poses the question: What can increasing the emphasis on the environment in environmental anthropology, along with the science of its problems and the theoretical and methodological tools of anthropological practice, do to aid conservation efforts, policy initiatives, and our overall understanding of how to survive as citizens of the planet?...Environmental Anthropology Today combines a range of new ethnographic work with chapters exploring key theoretical and methodological issues, and draws on disciplines such as sociology and environmental science as well as anthropology to illuminate those issues. The case studies include work on North America, Europe, India, Africa, Asia, and South America, offering the reader a stimulating and thoughtful survey of the work currently being conducted in the field.
The environmental debate : a documentary history, with timeline, glossary, and appendices.
edited by Peninah Neimark & Peter Rhoades Mott.
Amenia, N.Y. : Grey House Pub., 2011. 2nd edition, 460pp.
Main Library HD1691 .W38 2011
Ranging from colonial times to the present, 168 primary documents are presented on matters that the present age characterizes as environmental concerns. They cover foundations of American environmental thought and action; politicians, naturalists, and artists in the new nation 1776-1839; the origins of environmental activism 1840-89; the conservation movement era 1890-1919; rethinking our relationship to nature 1920-59; the heyday of the environmental movement 1960-79; confronting economic and social realities 1980-99; and challenges for the 21st century. Among the topics are Christopher Columbus inventories the New World's natural resources in 1493, Meriwether Lewis on the slaughter of buffalo, the constitution of the Boone and Crockett Club 1887, J. Robert Oppenheimer on the use of science 1953, The Deep Ecology Platform 1984, and Paul Krugman on economics and global change 2010.
Environmental restoration and design for recreation and ecotourism.
Robert L. France.
Boca Raton, FL : CRC Press, c2012. 242pp.
Main Library QH541.15.R45 F73 2012
"A wetland center in London, parks in downtown San Francisco, a wildlife sanctuary in Arcata, and a wetlands park on the outskirts of Las Vegas--what do these urban and suburban locations have in common? They are leading examples of a new restoration design approach that is squarely placed at the interface of nature and culture. This multidisciplinary paradigm bridges the gap between an ecological approach preoccupied with returning damaged landscapes to an imagined original state and a landscape design approach concerned with creating a place for people to reinhabit.Environmental Restoration and Design for Recreation and Ecotourism is the first book to provide a detailed examination of the entire process of restoring damaged or abandoned landscapes to benefit both nature and people, specifically for the purposes of recreation and ecotourism. With a focus on history, planning, methodology, design, and construction, it explores five case studies of successful regenerative landscape design projects and gives readers an inside look at the evolution of design projects. Two of the cases offer a particularly comprehensive review of award-winning projects: the reparation of the degraded Las Vegas Wash into Clark County Wetlands Park and the transformation of the abandoned Barn Elms Reservoirs into the London Wetland Centre. Supported by extensive photographs, tables, maps, sketches, and schematics, these case studies trace how ideas are first conceived and then adopted, transformed, or even abandoned along the way. Each case study also includes a questions-and-answers discussion with designers and managers. Emphasizing the need for interdisciplinary cooperation, the book presents lessons learned from some of the most innovative projects in regenerative landscape design"
EU energy security in the gas sector : evolving dynamics, policy dilemmas and prospects.
Farnham ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, c2012, . 171pp.
Main Library HD9502.E862 P76 2011
To counter eco-terrorism, we must understand why it occurs. Eco-Warriors, Nihilistic Terrorists, and the Environment is a comprehensive examination of the vulnerability of the natural environment, of its nexus with the strategic goals of terrorists, and of a security-planning methodology that can prevent or ameliorate environmentally linked attacks....The first book to comprehensively address the prevention of environmentally focused terrorism, this work looks at the environment and the private and government facilities that impact it as assets to be protected. Focusing on the capability of lone-wolf terrorists and small, self-radicalizing cells to commit effective violent acts, security expert Lawrence E. Likar furnishes personality and operational profiles of both nihilistic and eco-warrior terrorists, showcasing an essential component of the behavioral-science-based, security-planning methodology he promotes. Most critically, the book addresses the gap in current security-planning methodology and literature, and it reveals novel intelligence-gathering techniques, operational procedures, and countermeasures designed to defend against attacks.
Governing the Energy Transition : Reality, Illusion or Necessity? [electronic resource].
Geert Verbong and Derk Loorbach.
New York : Routledge, c2012. 388pp.
Available via Ebrary
The Energy Transition, the inevitable shift away from cheap, centralized, largely fossil-based energy systems, is one of the core challenges of our time. This book provides a coherent and novel insight into the nature of this challenge and possible strategies to accelerate and guide such transitions. It brings together prominent European scholars and practitioners from the fields of energy transition research and governance to draw attention to the current complex dynamics in the energy domain, and offer elegant and provocative explanations for current crises and lock-ins. They identify multiple energy transition pathways that emerge and increasingly compete, and emphasize the need and possibilities for novel governance. By analysing the complexity of energy transition processes and the difficulties in shifting to sustainable pathways, this text questions the extent to which actually governing energy transitions is already reality, just an illusion, or a bare necessity.
The green leap : a primer for conserving biodiversity in subdivision development.
Mark E. Hostetler.
Berkeley : University of California Press, c2012. 197pp.
Main Library HT169.55 .H67 2012
Written for anyone interested in green development--including policy makers, architects, developers, builders, and homeowners--this practical guide focuses on the central question of how to conserve biodiversity in neighborhoods and to minimize development impacts on surrounding habitats. The Green Leap specifically helps move green development beyond the design stage by thoroughly addressing construction and post-construction issues.
Incorporating many real-world examples, Mark Hostetler explains key conservation concepts and techniques, with specific advice for a wide variety of stakeholders that are interested in creating and maintaining green developments. He outlines the key players and principles needed to establish biodiverse communities and illustrates eight key design and management strategies. The Green Leap not only offers essential information for constructing new developments but also helps existing communities retrofit homes, yards, and neighborhoods to better serve both people and nature.
The green paradox : a supply-side approach to global warming.
Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, c2012. 269pp.
Main Library HC79.P55 S574 2012
The Earth is getting warmer. Yet, as Hans-Werner Sinn points out in this provocative book, the dominant policy approach--which aims to curb consumption of fossil energy--has been ineffective. Despite policy makers' efforts to promote alternative energy, impose emission controls on cars, and enforce tough energy-efficiency standards for buildings, the relentlessly rising curve of CO2 output does not show the slightest downward turn. Some proposed solutions are downright harmful: cultivating crops to make biofuels not only contributes to global warming but also uses resources that should be devoted to feeding the world's hungry. In The Green Paradox, Sinn proposes a new, more pragmatic approach based not on regulating the demand for fossil fuels but on controlling the supply. The owners of carbon resources, Sinn explains, are pre-empting future regulation by accelerating the production of fossil energy while they can. This is the "Green Paradox": expected future reduction in carbon consumption has the effect of accelerating climate change. Sinn suggests a supply-side solution: inducing the owners of carbon resources to leave more of their wealth underground. He proposes the swift introduction of a "Super-Kyoto" system--gathering all consumer countries into a cartel by means of a worldwide, coordinated cap-and-trade system supported by the levying of source taxes on capital income--to spoil the resource owners' appetite for financial assets....Only if we can shift our focus from local demand to worldwide supply policies for reducing carbon emissions, Sinn argues, will we have a chance of staving off climate disaster.
An Indispensable Truth : How Fusion Power Can Save the Planet.
Francis F. Chen.
New York : Springer May 2011 433pp.
Recent books have raised the public consciousness about the dangers of global warming and climate change. This book is intended to convey the message that there is a solution. The solution is the rapid development of hydrogen fusion energy. This energy source is inexhaustible and, although achieving fusion energy is difficult, the progress made in the past two decades has been remarkable. The physics issues are now understood well enough that serious engineering can begin.The book starts with a summary of climate change and energy sources, trying to give a concise, clear, impartial picture of the facts, separate from conjecture and sensationalism. Controlled fusion -- the difficult problems and ingenious solutions -- is then explained using many new concepts.The bottom line -- what has yet to be done, how long it will take, and how much it will cost -- may surprise you.
The new environmentalism? : civil society and corruption in the enlarged EU.
Burlington, VT : Ashgate, c2012, . 206pp.
Main Library HM881 .T676 2011
Drawing on rich ethnographic work in both Eastern and Western Europe, "The New Environmentalism?" presents a range of case studies to explore the impact of corruption in EU-funded structural development projects. With detailed analyses of the forms and contexts of environmentalism, the book reveals the manner in which corruption is generated by the planning and implementation procedures of the projects, demonstrating in each case that environmental movements emerge as by-products of these processes, using corruption as part of a discourse employed in support of their action against political (regional and state) institutions, as well as to communicate their goals to local citizens. Shedding light on the ways in which revelations about corruption are adopted as a means to fostering civic participation in environmental movements and influencing institutional trust, this book contributes to our understanding of the loss of legitimacy and trust in local and global political institutions. Comparative in approach, "The New Environmentalism?" provides new insights into the emergence of strong civic movements at local and trans-local levels, in resistance to citizens' sense of increasing alienation from political participation and decision making. As such, it will be of interest to anthropologists, sociologists and political scientists concerned with questions of legitimacy, corruption and activism.
Saving a million species : extinction risk from climate change.
edited by Lee Hannah.
Washington, DC : Island Press, 2012. 417pp.
Main Library QC902.9 .S28 2012
The research paper "Extinction Risk from Climate Change" published in the journal Nature in January 2004 created front-page headlines around the world. The notion that climate change could drive more than a million species to extinction captured both the popular imagination and the attention of policy-makers, and provoked an unprecedented round of scientific critique....Saving a Million Species reconsiders the central question of that paper: How many species may perish as a result of climate change and associated threats? Leaders from a range of disciplines synthesize the literature, refine the original estimates, and elaborate the conservation and policy implications.
Saving a Million Species offers a clear explanation of the science behind the headline-grabbing estimates for conservationists, researchers, teachers, students, and policy-makers. It is a critical resource for helping those working to conserve biodiversity take on the rapidly advancing and evolving global stressor of climate change-the most important issue in conservation biology today, and the one for which we are least prepared.
Stratospheric ozone depletion and climate change.
edited by Rolf Müller ; [foreword, Paul J. Crutzen].
Cambridge : Royal Society of Chemistry, c2012. 332pp.
Main Library QC879.7 .S77 2012
In recent years, several new concepts have emerged in the field of stratospheric ozone depletion, creating a need for a concise in-depth publication covering the ozone-climate issue. This monograph fills that void in the literature and gives detailed treatment of recent advances in the field of stratospheric ozone depletion. It puts particular emphasis on the coupling between changes in the ozone layer and atmospheric change caused by a changing climate. The book, written by leading experts in the field, brings the reader the most recent research in this area and fills the gap between advanced textbooks and assessments.
That's all folks? : ecocritical readings of American animated features.
Robin L. Murray and Joseph K. Heumann.
Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, 2011. 283pp.
Main Library NC1766.5.E58 M87 2011
"Although some credit the environmental movement of the 1970s, with its profound impact on children's television programs and movies, for paving the way for later eco-films, the history of environmental expression in animated film reaches much further back in American history, as That's All Folks? makes clear. Countering the view that the contemporary environmental movement--and the cartoons it influenced--came to life in the 1960s, Robin L. Murray and Joseph K. Heumann reveal how environmentalism was already a growing concern in animated films of the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. From Felix the Cat cartoons to Disney's beloved Bambi to Pixar's Wall-E and James Cameron's Avatar, this volume shows how animated features with environmental themes are moneymakerson multiple levels--particularly as broad-based family entertainment and conveyors of consumer products. Only Ralph Bakshi's X-rated Fritz the Cat and R-rated Heavy Traffic and Coonskin, with their violent, dystopic representation of urban environments, avoid this total immersion in an anti-environmental consumer market. Showing us enviro-toons in their cultural and historical contexts, this book offers fresh insights into the changing perceptions of the relationship between humans and the environment and a new understanding of environmental and animated cinema"
Tomorrow's energy : hydrogen, fuel cells, and the prospects for a cleaner planet .
Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, c2012. 367pp.
Main Library TP359.H8 H633 2012
Hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe. An invisible, tasteless, colorless gas, it can be converted to nonpolluting, zero-emission, renewable energy. When burned in an internal combustion engine, hydrogen produces mostly harmless water vapor. It performs even better in fuel cells, which can be 2.5 times as efficient as internal-combustion engines. Zero-emission hydrogen does not contribute to CO2-caused global warming. Abundant and renewable, it is unlikely to be subject to geopolitical pressures or scarcity concerns. In this new edition of his pioneering book Tomorrow's Energy, Peter Hoffmann makes the case for hydrogen as the cornerstone of a new energy economy. Hoffmann covers the major aspects of hydrogen production, storage, transportation, fuel use, and safety. He explains that hydrogen is not an energy source but a carrier, like electricity, and introduces the concept of "hydricity," the essential interchangeability of electricity and hydrogen. He brings the hydrogen story up to date, reporting on the latest developments, including new hydrogen and fuel-cell cars from GM, Daimler, BMW, Honda, and Toyota. He describes recent political controversies, including Obama administration Energy Secretary (and Nobel laureate in Physics) Steven Chu's inexplicable dismissal of hydrogen--which puts him at odds with major automakers, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and others. Our current energy system is a complex infrastructure, and phasing in hydrogen will take effort and money. But if we consider the real costs of fossil fuels--pollution and its effects, international tensions over gas and oil supplies, and climate change--we would be wise to promote its development.
Water, Cultural Diversity, and Global Environmental Change [electronic resource]: Emerging Trends, Sustainable Futures?.
New York : Springer Dec. 2011 560pp.
A product of the UNESCO-IHP project on Water and Cultural Diversity, this book represents an effort to examine the complex role water plays as a force in sustaining, maintaining, and threatening the viability of culturally diverse peoples. It is argued that water is a fundamental human need, a human right, and a core sustaining element in biodiversity and cultural diversity. The core concepts utilized in this book draw upon a larger trend in sustainability science, a recognition of the synergism and analytical potential in utilizing a coupled biological and social systems analysis, as the functioning viability of nature is both sustained and threatened by humans
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The Environment Report provides a weekly program service of environmental news and information to public radio stations around the country. Currently, more than 160 stations are airing Environment Report material.
Archive highlights include:
Michigan Retailers Importing Cherries
Show date: 05-15-2012
Host: Rebecca Williams
Neighbors Feel Pressured by Enbridge's New Pipeline Plans
Show date: 05-17-2012
Host: Rebecca Williams
Great Lakes shoreline owners are pushing legislation that would allow them to groom their beaches to the water’s edge without a state permit, a move that’s necessary to combat invasive plants, clean up sharp mussel shells, and keep e. coli outbreaks at bay, the group says.
But officials with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and several environmental and outdoor groups have spoken out against the measure over concerns it could cause issues with public access to the shoreline and the state’s ability to manage wetlands.
Senate Republicans in the Committee on Natural Resources, Environment and Great Lakes approved Senate Bill 1052 on a party-line vote, despite strong objections during two recent hearings.
For the full article, see "State tackles beach grooming", Grand Haven Tribune, May 16, 2012.
For another article, see Victor Skinner, "Group pushes beach grooming law; Shoreline owners want to eliminate required permit for maintenance", Traverse City Record-Eagle, May 10, 2012.
There's a backdoor for Asian carp to sneak into Minnesota, and fisheries officials are worried that the invaders might have found it already.
Commercial fishermen recently caught dozens of Asian carp in northwestern Iowa's Great Lakes, one of that state's most popular vacation spots. Those waters connect with lakes and streams in southwestern Minnesota, so the haul came as an unwelcome surprise to Minnesota officials who've been more focused on the higher-profile fight against Asian carp infiltrating up the Mississippi River.
"We view it as a big threat. ...These fish don't recognize political boundaries," said Ryan Doorenbos, area fisheries supervisor for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in Windom.
For the full article, see "Carp may have found backdoor into Minnesota" , Traverse City Record-Eagle, May 14, 2012.
A $1-million federal grant will dismantle a dam considered devastating in its ecological impact, fully opening the lower Rouge River to the Great Lakes this summer for the first time in more than 100 years.
For the full article, see Megha Satyanarayana, "$1M project to open lower Rouge to Great Lakes", Detroit Free Press, May 15, 2012.
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