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2011 State of Michigan's Environment Triennial Report.
Michigan DEQ, 2011.
Active 2011 Hurricane Season Breaks “Hurricane Amnesia”
Press release with summary of 2011 hurricane season which produced a normal number of named storms and seven hurricanes, but only one, Irene, which hit the U.S. From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Agriculture and Climate Change
Offers some predictions and commentary relating to the effect of climate change on agriculture and forestry in Great Britain. From the Library of the House of Commons.
Arctic Report Card 2011
Concludes that 6 years of observations indicate a shift in the Arctic Ocean system since 2006 characterized by persistent decline in the thickness and summer extent of the sea ice cover and a warmer upper ocean. Biological productivity at the base of the marine food chain has increased but sea-ice dependent marine mammals continue to lose habitat. From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Assessment of the Effects of Conservation Practices on Cultivated Cropland in the Great Lakes Region. http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb1045480.pdf
USDA. NRCS. August, 2011.
Baseline and Projected Future Carbon Storage and Greenhouse-Gas Fluxes in the Great Plains Region of the United States
First in a series of regional studies measuring the amount of carbon stored in U.S. ecosystems. This report examines the current and future carbon storage in an area that includes 14 states from eastern Montana to eastern Iowa and southern Texas. From the U.S. Geological Survey.
Breast Cancer and the Environment: A Life Course Approach
Assesses current evidence on the contribution of environmental exposures to the risk of developing breast cancer. Reports that studies support associations between some factors and increased risk—exposure to ionizing radiation, combination hormone therapy, and postmenopausal weight gain. From the Institute of Medicine.
Careers in Recycling
Describes the different types of jobs involved with recycling and the duties, requirements, and wages that are involved. From the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Compliance and Enforcement Annual Results 2011 Fiscal Year
Reports that EPA enforcement actions resulted in 1.8 billion pounds of pollution reduced, treated or eliminated, and $168 million in assessed penalties to deter pollution. From the Environmental Protection Agency.
Environmental health: action needed to sustain agencies’ collaboration on pharmaceuticals in drinking water. Report to congressional requesters.
United States. Government Accountability Office. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Govt. Accountability Office, 2011.
EPA Issues First National Standards for Mercury Pollution from Power Plants: Historic Mercury and Air Toxics Standards Meet 20-Year Old Requirement To Cut Dangerous Smokestack Emissions
Press release which describes the significance of the standards to regulate emissions of mercury, arsenic, acid gas, nickel selenium, and cyanide. From the Environmental Protection Agency.
Fuel Economy Guide 2012
Updated guide for the 2012 models, showing average city and highway mileage and estimated annual fuel costs. Features official federal fuel estimates for over 950 vehicles. From the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency.
Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2011
Subtitled: Analysis of trends and issues in the financing of renewable energy. Reports that global investment in renewable energy jumped by 32% in 2010 to a record $211 billion. Details investment by developed versus developing countries and by type of renewable energy. From the United Nations Environment Programme.
Greening of the World of Work: ONET Project’s Book of References
Investigates the impact of green economy activities and technologies on occupational requirements and the development of new occupations. From the U.S. Department of Labor.
Gulf of Mexico Regional Ecosystem Restoration Strategy
Joint strategy developed by five Gulf states and eleven federal agencies to restore and conserve habitat, restore water quality, restore and protect coastal and marine resources, and enhance community resilience. From the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force and the Environmental Protection Agency.
Interpretive Master Plan, Copper Country Trail National Byway, Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula. http://www.wuppdr.com/pdf/cctnbinterpretivemasterplan.pdf
Wells Resources, Fort Collins CO. September 2011.
Light-duty automotive technology, carbon dioxide emissions, and fuel economy trends: 1975 through 2010.
Washington, D.C.: Compliance and Innovative Strategies Division and Transportation and Climate Division, Office of Transportation and Air Quality, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 2010.
Macondo Well-Deepwater Horizon Blowout: Lessons for Offshore Drilling Safety
Companies involved in offshore drilling for energy resources should take a “system safety” approach to anticipating and managing dangers at every level of operation to prevent another disaster like the Gulf Coast one of 2010. Also calls for strengthened regulatory approaches. From the National Research Council.
Major Uses of Land in the United States, 2007
Presents findings from the most recent inventory (2007) of U.S. major land uses. The largest percentage is forestland (30%) followed by grass and range pasture (27%), and cropland (18%). Urban land accounted for only 3%. From the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Natural Flood Management
Describes how alteration of the landscape can be used as a strategy for reducing flood risks and damages. From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology.
Sources and Preparation of Data for Assessing Trends in Concentrations of Pesticides in Streams of the United States, 1992-2010
Updates a previously published water-quality dataset of 44 commonly used pesticides and 8 pesticide degradates for a national assessment of trends in pesticide concentrations in U.S. streams. From the U.S. Geological Survey.
United Nations Decade on Biodiversity, 2011-2020
Website for UN initiative to preserve diversity of species. From the United Nations.
Update on the Impact of the Indoor Smoking Ban, 2011. http://www.mi.gov/documents/treasury/SmokingBan_UpdateDec2011_370609_7.pdf
Tax Analysis Division. Office of Revenue and Tax Analysis. Michigan Department of Treasury. December, 2011
Wisconsin's Lake Michigan Water Trail Project: Inventory & Analysis of Access Sites in Support of a Lake Michigan Water Trail.
Wisconsin DNR, 2011.
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 Homeowners Improve on Energy Efficiency
Show date: 01-03-2012
Host: Rebecca Williams
Violation Notice for Palisades Nuclear Plant
Show date: 01-05-2012
Host: Rebecca Williams
Visit the E the Environmental Magazine web site to check out the latest postings from this popular magazine.
Some of the articles from the January/February 2012 issue include:
Defender of the Seas
Captain Paul Watson Travels the World to Challenge Illegal Whaling and Fishing, and Whale Wars Captures the Action
January 1, 2012 | Cover Story |
A few years ago, National Geographic Traveler ranked Denmark’s Faroe Islands first among unspoiled island destinations. The landscape there is breathtakingly dramatic—impossibly sheer…
The Impacts of Climate Change Are Already Being Felt by Coastal Communities Across the World
January 1, 2012 | Features |
Sea-level rise may be the most tangible aspect of climate change, something we can immediately see and document. Water expands as it warms, contributing to rising seas, and melting glaciers…
Arm Warmers, Fleece Zip-Ups, iPad Sleeves and More
January 1, 2012 | Tools for Green Living |
Signs that you may need arm warmers: You live somewhere that is currently cold and: a) you are always texting, browsing or playing games on a handheld device; b) you walk a…
Cap and Trade Comes to California
Passing the Nation’s First Cap-and-Trade Regulations
January 1, 2012 | Unearthed |
Eight members of the California Air Resources Board (CARB) unanimously approved the nation’s first state-governed cap-and-trade regulations. The milestone decision, which will create market…
Slice of Life: Connected
Protesters Call on Obama to Stop the Keystone Pipeline
January 1, 2012 | Unearthed |
On November 6, 2011, 12,000 protesters called on President Obama to stop the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline by forming a circle around the White House. Four days later, Obama announced that…
Closing off the Carp
Green Groups Say Urgent Action Needed to Prevent Carp in the Great Lakes
January 1, 2012 | Unearthed |
Asian carp are still a looming threat to the Great Lakes, even if the fish are no longer generating headlines. Now, Friends of the Earth Canada has joined five U.S. states—Michigan,…
The Problem With Palm Oil
With the Rise in Palm Oil Comes Massive Deforestation
January 1, 2012 | Unearthed |
Palm oil is hidden inside a range of packaged foods, body care and cleaning products under names like palmitate, sodium lauryl sulphate and stearic acid—even in presumably healthy foods like…
January 1, 2012 | E Word |
There are few people who approach life with the singular conviction of Paul Watson. His life’s mission is no less than to rescue the endangered creatures of the sea from those who would do…
Thinking Inside The Box
The Inspired GiveBox Makes Its Debut
January 1, 2012 | Unearthed |
An idea that came to life in the summer of 2011 in Berlin called the Givebox is now springing up in other cities and countries. The Givebox is much like a large, furnished closet: Anyone can…
How Green Is That ... Ice Melt?
Pet-and People-Friendly Alternatives to Road and Sidewalk Salt
January 1, 2012 | Unearthed |
Nearly 20 million tons, or one million truckloads worth, of salt is deposited on America’s roadways each winter. This road salt raises salinity and reduces oxygen levels in local water, and…
Etsy Gets Earthy
One Group of Etsy Merchants Are Promoting All Things Green
January 1, 2012 | Unearthed |
Popular online retailer Etsy is “the place to buy and sell all things handmade and vintage,” and, lately, all things earth-friendly, too. This can be credited in part to the 56 merchants…
Urban Homesteading’s Dark Side
The Trend in Backyard Chickens and Goats has Left Rescues Overrun with Abandoned Livestock
January 1, 2012 | Currents |
Wayne Geiger fields up to 10 calls per week about hens and roosters in need of new homes. When Geiger founded Lighthouse Farm Sanctuary in 2002, most of the calls he received involved horses,…
Black Carbon’s Big Impacts
Pollution from Diesel Exhaust and Cookstoves Is Driving Up Global Warming Rates
January 1, 2012 | Currents |
For years, efforts to study and reduce the impacts of climate change have focused on one very specific gas—carbon dioxide (CO2). But when it comes to global warming, other gases and…
The Great Jellyfish Invasion
January 1, 2012 | Currents |
Jellyfish, a prominent feature of ancient oceans, have weathered multiple mass extinctions and date back at least 500 million years. Their populations were kept in check by fish, which eat…
Radiant Heating Comes of Age
It’s Pricey but Efficient ... and Very Cozy
January 1, 2012 | House & Home |
Dig three or four feet into the ground and the earth is a constantly temperate place. Beneath that upper layer, it’s a dependable 54 degrees, give or take, making geothermal systems for…
E ’s Green Home Picks: Setting the Mood
From Ambient Lighting to Layering to Plastic-Free Pops
January 1, 2012 | House & Home |
There is indeed something delightful about the Yup DeLight Pebble ($69.99), an egg-shaped LED light that’s weather resistant for outdoor use, offers eight primary colors and…
Kristen Bell in the Movie Big Miracle
January 1, 2012 | Behind The Greens |
In 1988, three gray whales were found trapped in ice in Barrow, Alaska, and became a worldwide media sensation. Hundreds of rescuers flocked to the scene, a Soviet icebreaker was sent to…
What’s In Season?
Approaching Food from a Seasonal Perspective Opens New Worlds of Health and Taste
January 1, 2012 | Eating Right |
Once upon a time the seasons formed a natural setting for what was eaten. Spring welcomed fresh, green growth. Birds laid eggs. Tender stalks of asparagus burst from the ground. It was a time…
A review of High Voltage: The Fast Track to Plug In the Auto Industry by Jim Motavalli
January 1, 2012 | Books |
Jim Motavalli (the former editor of E), gets inside the green car revolution in his latest book High Voltage: The Fast Track to Plug In the Auto Industry (Rodale). Even if you aren’t a car…
Global Warming, Digested
A review of Generation Us: The Challenge of Global Warming by Andrew Weaver, Ph.D.
January 1, 2012 | Books |
Whether you’re a teacher, parent, writer, or curious individual, an easy-to-digest guide to global warming can be handy to have around. Generation Us: The Challenge of Global Warming (Raven…
A review of Wine to Water: A Bartender’s Quest to Bring Clean Water to the World by Doc Hendley
January 1, 2012 | Books |
“What the hell is a guy like me doing in the Sudanese desert, getting shot at in the middle of the largest humanitarian crisis of our lifetime?” asks Doc Hendley in Wine to Water: A…
By the Numbers: Pipe Dreams
TransCanada’s Inflated Job Numbers
January 1, 2012 | Unearthed |
119,000. That’s the number of jobs in person-years—one person working full time for one year—that will be created by TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline according to a study…
Adventures in Healing
Turning to the Rapids to Combat Cancer
January 1, 2012 | Your Health |
The roiling river flows over my head flooding my nose and mouth. My life jacket holds me up, but I can’t take a breath. Above me, the flipped paddle raft makes a gray roof blocking the…
Where the Green Jobs Are
Hint: They Aren’t In Wind and Solar
January 1, 2012 | Money Matters |
Newsflash: The job market stinks. Even people with two or three advanced degrees are having trouble finding work in their chosen fields. So if you’re a young person with the goal of moving…
Swap ‘Til You Drop
Online Sites Make Swapping and Sharing Easier Than Ever
January 1, 2012 | The Conscious Consumer |
Thanks to the ease of exchanging treasures, clothing, books, games and other items online, swapping is back in fashion. And the environmental benefits of keeping still-usable goods out of the…
From Key West, With Care
At the Banyan Resort, a Green Ethos Prevails
January 1, 2012 | Going Green |
The Banyan Resort in Key West, Florida, is the first lodging establishment in the Keys to earn Green Lodging certification. In other words, the resort has been recognized by Florida’s…
America's water and wastewater crisis : the role of private enterprise.
Lewis D. Solomon.
New Brunswick, N.J. : Transaction Publishers, c2011. 234pp.
Main Library HD1694.A5 S74 2011
This work reviews the role of the private sector in America's water supply and wastewater industry, and also reviews the role of the federal government as a key funder and regulator. Addressing water scarcity, the book assesses groundwater depletion and the dwindling supply of freshwater resources, especially in the Southwest. Views are presented from both sides of the climate change/global warming debate, and the author explains how technology commercialized by for-profit firms can help increase water supplies through methods such as water reuse and desalination. The book also describes various forms of privatization and examines America's dilapidated infrastructure and the funding crisis in America's water supply. Results of empirical studies and arguments in favor of privatization are reviewed, and case studies from Atlanta and Indianapolis are presented. The book also discusses the equity aspects of full-cost pricing.
Belize environment outlook : GEO Belize 2010.
Belmopan : Land and Surveys Dept., M.N.R.E--Belize, Land Information Centre : University of Belize : UNEP, c2010. 148pp.
Main Library GE160.B42 B45 2010
The purpose of this report was to examine the state of the country’s environment by documenting the existing pressures on the country’s environment and the responses that have been taken to either exacerbate or mitigate them. The report reflects the Government of Belize’s mandate and commitment to report on and take stock of the state of the environment in order to inform future decision–making for the sustainable management of the country’s natural resources.
But will the planet notice? : how smart economics can save the world .
New York : Hill and Wang, 2011. 258pp.
Main Library GE170 .W34 2011
You are one of seven billion people on Earth. Whatever you or I do personally—eat tofu in a Hummer or hamburgers in a Prius—the planet doesn’t notice. In our confrontation with climate change, species preservation, and a planet going off the cliff, it is what several billion people do that makes a difference. The solution? It isn't science, politics, or activism. It's smarter economics....The hope of mankind, and indeed of every living thing on the planet, is now in the hands of the dismal science. Fortunately, we’ve been there before. Economists helped crack the acid rain problem in the 1990s (admittedly with a strong assist from a phalanx of lawyers and activists). Economists have helped get lead out of our gas, and they can explain why lobsters haven’t disappeared off the coast of New England but tuna is on the verge of extinction. More disquietingly, they can take the lessons of the financial crisis and model with greater accuracy than anyone else the likelihood of environmental catastrophe, and they can help save us from global warming, if only we let them.
Carbon coalitions : business, climate politics, and the rise of emissions trading.
Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, 2011. 250pp.
Main Library HC79.P55 M43 2011
Over the past decade, carbon trading has emerged as the industrialized world's primary policy response to global climate change despite considerable controversy. With carbon markets worth $144 billion in 2009, carbon trading represents the largest manifestation of the trend toward market-based environmental governance. In Carbon Coalitions, Jonas Meckling presents the first comprehensive study on the rise of carbon trading and the role business played in making this policy instrument a central pillar of global climate governance.Meckling explains how a transnational coalition of firms and a few market-oriented environmental groups actively promoted international emissions trading as a compromise policy solution in a situation of political stalemate. The coalition sidelined not only environmental groups that favored taxation and command-and-control regulation but also business interests that rejected any emissions controls. Considering the sources of business influence, Meckling emphasizes the importance of political opportunities (policy crises and norms), coalition resources (funding and legitimacy,) and political strategy (mobilizing state allies and multilevel advocacy).Meckling presents three case studies that represent milestones in the rise of carbon trading: the internationalization of emissions trading in the Kyoto Protocol (1989--2000); the creation of the EU Emissions Trading System (1998--2008); and the reemergence of emissions trading on the U.S. policy agenda (2001--2009). These cases and the theoretical framework that Meckling develops for understanding the influence of transnational business coalitions offer critical insights into the role of business in the emergence of market-based global environmental governance.
Changing planet, changing health : how the climate crisis threatens our health and what we can do about it .
Paul R. Epstein and Dan Ferber ; foreword by Jeffrey Sachs.
Berkeley : University of California Press, c2011. 355pp.
Main Library RA793 .E67 2011
Climate change is now doing far more harm than marooning polar bears on melting chunks of ice--it is damaging the health of people around the world. Brilliantly connecting stories of real people with cutting-edge scientific and medical information, Changing Planet, Changing Health brings us to places like Mozambique, Honduras, and the United States for an eye-opening on-the-ground investigation of how climate change is altering patterns of disease. Written by a physician and world expert on climate and health and an award-winning science journalist, the book reveals the surprising links between global warming and cholera, malaria, lyme disease, asthma, and other health threats. In clear, accessible language, it also discusses topics including Climategate, cap-and-trade proposals, and the relationship between free markets and the climate crisis. Most importantly, Changing Planet, Changing Health delivers a suite of innovative solutions for shaping a healthy global economic order in the twenty-first century.
Crops and carbon : paying farmers to combat climate change.
Washington, DC : Earthscan, c2011. 300pp.
Main Library HC79.E5 R597 2011
Rich countries are paying poor countries to fight climate change on their behalf - and one way they are doing it is through carbon sinks. These are reservoirs of organic carbon tied up in plants and in the earth, rather than being in the atmosphere as greenhouse gases. This book looks critically at this mode of climate change mitigation. Can it work? Is it just? Will poorer countries benefit? The book considers the scientific, economic and ethical basis for this type of mitigation. Previous attention has been focused mainly on reducing emissions from deforestation and land degradation (REDD), but this book is one of the first attempts to examine the potential for carbon sinks in agriculture in crop plants and the soil. In assessing this, the author examines exactly how north-south climate mitigation trading works, or does not, and what the pitfalls are. It highlights the complex relationship between agriculture, particularly different forms of farming systems, and the mitigation of climate change. The arguments are backed up by original research with farmers in Brazil to demonstrate the challenges and prospects which these proposals offer in terms of payments for environmental services from agriculture through carbon trading.
Developing a plan for the planet : a business plan for sustainable living .
by Ian Chambers and John Humble.
Burlington, VT : Gower Pub., 2011, . 326pp.
Main Library HC79.E5 C44 2010
The world struggles with increasing threats to global sustainability, caused by population growth, overuse of fresh water resources, depletion of biodiversity, and reliance on non-renewable energy sources. There is an urgent need for an overall plan to address these challenges in a coordinated and effective manner. Whether in government, business, community or as an individual, we need to begin acting a lot smarter, faster and more collaboratively if we are going to avert the potential devastating impacts on this planet. "Plan for the Planet" outlines a co-ordinated approach to tackling the global challenges we face which can be implemented at every level. Using proven business management wisdom and principles, this book provides perhaps the most comprehensive and robust framework within which business, government and the community can work together to build a sustainable world. Whether you want to understand how to prepare your organisation and yourself to deal successfully with the global challenges, or seize the opportunities which are fast developing with the emergence of the sustainability revolution, you will benefit from reading this timely book.
Ending dirty energy policy : prelude to climate change.
Joseph P. Tomain.
Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2011. 308pp.
Main Library HD9502.U52 T66 2011
Climate change presents the US with regulatory challenges never faced before. How will this country reform the relationships among law, policy, and politics to end dirty energy policy? Tomain (Univ. of Cincinnati, College of Law) provides an elaborate discussion of this question. He emphasizes two points initially. First, despite attempts to alter the status quo, US energy policy continues to favor incumbent fossil fuel energy industries. Second, when it comes to the formulation of sensible energy policy, the choice is not between the government and free markets. The real choice is about the apposite relationship between the government and markets. When pondering this relationship, Tomain asserts, policy makers need to recognize that future energy policy must utilize diverse energy resources efficiently. At the same time, this future policy must be environmentally responsible and promote domestic and global security. The book's discussion of economic theory is occasionally inscrutable, and some points could have been made with greater brevity. Even so, this timely book provides a good outline of the past, present, and likely future of US energy policy.
Engaging the public with climate change : behaviour change and communication.
edited by Lorraine Whitmarsh, Saffron O'Neill, and Irene Lorenzoni.
London ; Washington, DC : Earthscan, 2011. 289pp.
Main Library BF353.5.C55 E54 2011
Despite increasing public awareness of climate change, our behaviours relating to consumption and energy use remain largely unchanged. This book answers the urgent call for effective engagement methods to foster sustainable lifestyles, community action, and social change. Written by practitioners and academics, the chapters combine theoretical perspectives with case studies and practical guidance, examining what works and what doesn't, and providing transferable lessons for future engagement approaches. Showcasing innovative thought and approaches from around the world, this book is essential reading for anyone working to foster real and lasting behavioural and social change.
Environment at the margins : literary and environmental studies in Africa.
edited by Byron Caminero-Santangelo and Garth A. Myers.
Athens, Ohio : Ohio University Press, 2011. 295pp.
Main Library PR9340.5 .C36 2011
Environment at the Margins brings literary and environmental studies into a robust interdisciplinary dialogue, challenging dominant ideas about nature, conservation, and development in Africa and exploring alternative narratives offered by writers and environmental thinkers. The essays examine how geographers, anthropologists, and historians make use of literature and how they apply theories and ideas drawn from their respective fields in the study of both African and colonial literatures. Contributors analyze the writing of Nadine Gordimer and J. M. Coetzee and the intersections between literary and policy devices in the works of Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Zakes Mda, Mia Couto, Ben Okri, and Wangari Maathai. These postcolonial ecocritical discussions focus on dialogue among disciplines and among different visions of African environments. Through its cross-disciplinary approach, Environment at the Margins moves African ecocriticism beyond the marginalized visions of the imaginary Africa.
Environmental history of early India : a reader.
edited by Nandini Sinha Kapur.
New Delhi : Oxford University Press, 2011. 282pp.
Main Library GF661 .E58 2011
This reader provides a multilayered analysis of different aspects of history, politics, economy and its interface with environment and ecology in early India. One of the first anthologies on the subject, it also examines the linkage between the environmental and agrarian histories of colonial times. Thematically organized, the volume has five sections. The first focuses on forests, deforestation, tribes, and states. The next discusses land grants, settlements, and rural landscape. The third examines water resources, irrigation, agricultural expansion and how it interacted with folk culture and religion and Brahmanical tradition. The fourth section explores pastoralism, ecology, and society. It also studies rise of states, agrarian production and economy. The final section explores ecology in literature and religion. A detailed introduction surveys the historiography and key debates in the environmental history of early India and highlights the areas for further research.
Environmental management in organizations : the IEMA handbook.
edited by John Brady, Alison Ebbage, and Ruth Lunn
Washington, DC : Earthscan, 2011. 2nd edition, 5728pp.
Main Library GE300 .E568 2011
Environmental issues can present some daunting operational concerns for all types of organization, whether in the private, public and voluntary sectors. Managing them requires environmental professionals with a working knowledge of the rapidly developing body of regulatory measures....This new edition of Environmental Management in Organizations provides all the management tools, performance measures and communication strategies that organizations need to manage their environmental responsibilities effectively. Leading experts on each topic provide focused explanations and clear practical guidance, as well as setting out the context and the key environmental and management drivers....This edition significantly updates the original handbook to take account of developments in the environmental agenda, including new dedicated chapters on climate change, energy, transport, biodiversity and chemicals. Published with IEMA.
Evolution of green China.
compiled by Zhu Ling.
Beijing Shi : New World Press, 2010. 257pp.
Main Library TD171.5.C6 L8313 2010
China's first publication seeking to examine the country's efforts to address climate change and environmental issues from journalistic perspectives.
Force of nature : the unlikely story of Wal-Mart's green revolution.
New York, NY : HarperBusiness, c2011. 265pp.
Business Library Popular Collection HC79.E5 .H86 2011
What happens when a renowned river guide teams up with the CEO of one of the largest and least Earth-friendly corporations in the world? When it's former Wal-Mart CEO H. Lee Scott and white-water expert turned sustainability consultant Jib Ellison, the result is nothing less than a green business revolution....Wal-Mart—long the target of local businesses, labor advocates, and environmentalists who deplore its outsourced, big-box methods—has embraced an unprecedented green makeover, which is now spreading worldwide. The retail giant that rose from Sam Walton's Ozarks dime store is leveraging the power of 200 million weekly customers to drive waste, toxics, and carbon emissions out of its stores and products. Neither an act of charity nor an empty greenwash, Wal-Mart's green move reflects its river guide's simple, compelling philosophy: that the most sustainable, clean, energy-efficient, and waste-free company will beat its competitors every time. Not just in some distant, utopian future but today....From energy conservation, recycling, and hybrid trucks to reduced packaging and partnerships with environmentalists it once met only in court, Wal-Mart has used sustainability to boost its bottom line even in a tough economy—belying the age-old claim that going green kills jobs and profits. Now the global apparel business, the American dairy industry, big agriculture, and even Wall Street are following Wal-Mart's lead, along with the 100,000 manufacturers whose products must become more sustainable to remain on Wal-Mart's shelves. Here Pulitzer Prize winner and bestselling author Edward Humes charts the course of this unlikely second industrial revolution, in which corporate titans who once believed profit and planet must be at odds are learning that the best business just may be a force of nature.
From red to green? : how the financial credit crunch could bankrupt the environment .
Paul Donovan and Julie
London : Earthscan, 2011. 232pp.
Main Library HC79.E5 D655 2011
Written by an economist and an investment professional, this book addresses the twin crises that the world is facing in the form of a simultaneous financial and environmental credit crunch. Financially, consumers are less able to consume now, and pay later. Environmentally, we may have already reached our credit limit and the bill for past financial and environmental consumption is falling due. Whether the financial credit crunch constrains consumers in a way that will be environmentally supportive, naturally slowing the consumption of finite resources, or hinders any effective resolution of the environmental credit crunch is of crucial importance. Policy responses to the financial crisis are likely to be constrained by the political need to support the economic status quo, and when combined with a global reduction in available investment capital there are serious challenges ahead if the economic and environmental damage of the environmental credit crunch is to be minimised. This book asks whether financial crunch-induced changes in consumer behaviour will be enough to avoid, or reduce, the environmental crunch many believe is just round the corner. Donovan and Hudson combine their respective economic and environmental perspectives to address this key question, reviewing this 'tale of two crunches' from the perspective of different economic sectors. The answer to the conundrum this book poses may lie in the only unlimited resource on the planet - human ingenuity.
Gender and climate change : an introduction.
edited by Irene Dankelman.
Washington, DC : Earthscan, c2010. 284pp.
Main Library QC903 .G47 2010
Gender issues surrounding development policies and practices have already been addressed in the literature (the UN declared 1976-85 as the Decade for Women), but the way that climate change and environmental disasters have differentially affected women has received less attention. Furthermore, much of the recent literature has appeared as World Bank, United Nations, and other agency reports, so this edited volume is a welcome addition. Editor Dankelman has extensive experience on topics relating to gender and the environment, and does a good job of bringing together policy issues, comparative research, and case studies that highlight the gender inequalities associated with climate change. The theoretical chapters combined with the case studies from various countries make a convincing argument for the intersectionality of gender and poverty in terms of the effects of environmental challenges, but maybe more importantly, for understanding the role of women in mitigating these effects and in policy formulation.
Global warming gridlock : creating more effective strategies for protecting the planet.
David G. Victor.
Cambridge, UK : Cambridge University Press, 2011. 358pp.
Main Library TD885.5.G73 V53 2011
"Global warming is one of today's greatest challenges. The science of climate change leaves no doubt that policies to cut emissions are overdue. Yet, after twenty years of international talks and treaties, the world is now in gridlock about how best to do this. David Victor argues that such gridlock has arisen because international talks have drifted away from the reality of what countries are willing and able to implement at home. Most of the lessons that policy makers have drawn from the history of other international environmental problems WON'T ACTUALLY WORK ON THE PROBLEM OF global WARMING. Victor argues that a radical rethinking of global warming policy is required and shows how to make international law on global warming more effective. This book provides a roadmap to a lower carbon future based on encouraging bottom-up initiatives at national, regional and global levels, leveraging national self-interest rather than wishful thinking"
Greening the city : urban landscapes in the twentieth century.
edited by Dorothee Brantz and Sonia Dümpelmann.
Charlottesville : University of Virginia Press, c2011. 246pp.
Main Library HT241 .G744 2011
Covering a wide range of locations over more than a century, this collection of essays on green spaces and urban planning discusses the way in which historical relationships between cities and environmental policy have lasting effects on the evolutionary ecology of the urban landscape. Topics covered include constructions of green urban spaces, nature and urban identity, functions of nature in cities, and ecology and the urban environment. Several articles include maps and black and white photographs. The contributors are American and European academics in fields such as urban planning, history and architecture.
Handbook of catchment management.
edited by Robert C. Ferrier and Alan Jenkins.
Chichester, UK ; Hoboken, NJ : Wiley-Blackwell, 2010. 540pp.
Main Library TD365 .H356 2010 Online
Environmental scientists from around the world analyze historical and current strategies for managing a water catchment as a single unit, in contrast to managing the constituent coastlines, lakes, wetlands, and stretches of river separately. In the first section, they discuss single-issue management approaches, examine the positive and negative impacts of each, ponder the lessons learned, and suggest visions for the future. They include flood management, managing urban runoff, potable water supplies, and hydropower generation. The second section surveys examples of management that is responding to multiple pressures, both several uses of the water itself, and pressure from external factors such as climate change and shifts in land use. Among them are the Danube River as the most international river basin, catchments of the Great Barrier Reef, the Senegal River, a collaborative and science-based approach to water quality restoration in the Chesapeake Bay catchment, the Glasgow Strategic Drainage Plan, and the catchment of the Mackenzie River Basin in high northern latitudes.
Health and environment in Europe : progress assessment.
WHO Regional Office for Europe.
Copenhagen, Denmark : World Health Organization, Regional Office for Europe, c2010. 137pp.
Main Library RA566.5.E85 H39 2010
This report describes the progress made by WHO European Member States in improving their health and environment situations over the last 20 years. The assessment focuses on the aspects of health related to clean water and air, chemical safety, noise and safety at work, and environments supporting safe mobility and physical activity. These issues arise from the four regional priority goals of the Children's Environment and Health Action Plan for Europe (CEHAPE), agreed at the Fourth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health in 2004. Information collected by the European Environment and Health Information System forms the basis for the analysis. The report also presents the aspects of national policies on environment and health that are related to public governance and healthy public policy. It summarizes the implementation, impact and challenges of CEHAPE in countries, using the information collected through a web-based survey conducted in November 2009.
Integrating science and policy : vulnerability and resilience in global environmental change.
edited by Roger E. Kasperson and Mimi Berberian.
Washington, DC : Earthscan, 2011, . 457pp.
Main Library GE149 .I525 2010
As progress towards a greater knowledge in sustainability science continues, the question of how better to integrate scientific progress with actual decisions made by practitioners remains paramount. This book aims to help close the gap between science and practice. Based on a two year collaborative project between Harvard and Clark Universities, the book takes as its focus the vulnerability and resilience of people around the world to the effects of environmental change, a mature area of research in which one might expect the gap between science and policy/practice to have been extensively bridged....Integrating Science and Policy presents analysis of past studies, interviews conducted with the producers and users of scientific knowledge, and case studies performed by leading scholars across a spectrum of international settings and political systems. Crucially, the authors identify new directions and tools for closing the gap between science and policy across a range of situations and societies. The result is an illuminating collection of studies and analyses that suggest to researchers, students, practitioners, and policy-makers alike how best to ensure that high quality environmental research informs good environmental policy and practice.
The invention of ecocide : agent orange, Vietnam, and the scientists who changed the way we think about the environment.
Athens : University of Georgia Press, c2011. 245pp.
Main Library GF75 .Z54 2011
As the public increasingly questioned the war in Vietnam, a group of American scientists deeply concerned about the use of Agent Orange and other herbicides started a movement to ban what they called “ecocide.”...David Zierler traces this movement, starting in the 1940s, when weed killer was developed in agricultural circles and theories of counterinsurgency were studied by the military. These two trajectories converged in 1961 with Operation Ranch Hand, the joint U.S.-South Vietnamese mission to use herbicidal warfare as a means to defoliate large areas of enemy territory....Driven by the idea that humans were altering the world's ecology for the worse, a group of scientists relentlessly challenged Pentagon assurances of safety, citing possible long-term environmental and health effects. It wasn't until 1970 that the scientists gained access to sprayed zones confirming that a major ecological disaster had occurred. Their findings convinced the U.S. government to renounce first use of herbicides in future wars and, Zierler argues, fundamentally reoriented thinking about warfare and environmental security in the next forty years....Incorporating in-depth interviews, unique archival collections, and recently declassified national security documents, Zierler examines the movement to ban ecocide as it played out amid the rise of a global environmental consciousness and growing disillusionment with the containment policies of the cold war era.
Island environments in a changing world.
Lawrence R. Walker, Peter Bellingham.
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2011. 324pp.
Main Library GB471 .W35 2011
Islands represent unique opportunities to examine human interaction with the natural environment. They capture the human imagination as remote, vulnerable and exotic, yet there is comparatively little understanding of their basic geology, geography, or the impact of island colonization by plants, animals and humans. This detailed study of island environments focuses on nine island groups, including Hawaii, New Zealand and the British Isles, exploring their differing geology, geography, climate and soils, as well as the varying effects of human actions. It illustrates the natural and anthropogenic disturbances common to island groups, all of which face an uncertain future clouded by extinctions of endemic flora and fauna, growing populations of invasive species, and burgeoning resident and tourist populations. Examining the natural and human history of each island group from early settlement onwards, the book provides a critique of the concept of sustainable growth and offers realistic guidelines for future island management.
Nature, society and environmental crisis.
edited by Bob Carter and Nickie Charles.
[Malden, Mass.] : Wiley-Blackwell/Sociological Review, 2010. 246pp.
Main Library HM856 .N38 2010
The threat to the global environment has become a major political concern over the past decade. This concern has been sharpened by an awareness of the critical role played by human activity in this crisis – from rising levels of carbon emission and widespread disregard for ecological sustainability to GM crops and human cloning. The social dimensions of the current environmental crisis present a challenge to the discipline of Sociology: what role can it play in analysing the concerns of the contemporary world?...This volume brings together an unusually broad range of contributors who take up this challenge, exploring debates within social theory about the relationship between the natural and the social worlds. They consider the political and public policy engagement of sociologists in a profoundly unequal social world that faces the prospect of severe ecological degradation. Focusing specifically on climate change and the challenges this poses to human societies, the contributors both reveal and outline the significant part that Sociology has to play in understanding and shaping how human societies respond to the threat of ecological catastrophe.
One man's planet : earth in today's political culture.
Stephen M. Testa.
Alexandria, VA : American Geological Institute, c2009. 206pp.
Main Library GE140 .T47 2009
One Man's Planet is a slightly off-centered geologist's introduction to how politics, pop-culture and the earth sciences mix it up every day in all of our lives. A humorous look at a myriad of issue that grace the news and drive political debates from local councils to international discourse. One Man’s Planet picks apart the rhetoric on all sides of these debates to look at how the science describes the issue, often to the nakedness of the opposing parties. Tackling topics like climate, energy, water, and hazards, Stephen Testa channels Beanie Babies, Mad Max, and Shakespeare among others to examine the latest scientific understanding of these issues. Author Stephen Testa weaves science, personalities, pop culture and politics into a very informative and entertaining tapestry on the planet today and the planet's tomorrow. Come tour the Earth with Testa as your guide!
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Biologists are planning on using a seismic gun to chase gobies from several Lake Michigan reefs that are popular spawning areas. The experiment is to begin next fall. Researchers hope the shell-shocked gobies will stay away long enough for native fish eggs to hatch and escape.
For the full article, see John Flesher, "Underwater cannon may help protect Great Lakes", Detroit News, December 30, 2011.
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