Sustainability Management: Lessons from and for New York City, America, and the Planet

Can we develop our global financial system and create possibilities for the negative whereas conserving the planet intact? do we continue our brilliant, dynamic existence whereas making sure the Earth remains efficient and conceivable? aimed toward managers, scholars, students, and policymakers, Sustainability Management solutions those questions within the affirmative, arguing it truly is attainable for environmentally sustainable company practices and guidelines to foster fiscal and long term development.

Written by means of a former analyst and advisor with the EPA, this booklet initially combines sustainable efforts in water, agriculture, city, and gear administration to achieve—in perform, not only in theory—a sustainable planet and financial system. Steven Cohen starts with the technical, monetary, managerial, and political demanding situations of the sort of undertaking, after which in truth assesses sustainable practices within the production and repair industries. He addresses renewable and carbon-free strength creation; water sustainability, specially in regards to strength concerns concerning filtration, distribution, and altering rainfall styles; meals cultivation and distribution; and how you can hold the interdependent structures on which we rely to stay. Taking examples from manhattan urban, essentially the most sustainable and sustainability-minded metropolises on this planet, Cohen explains how every thing from building to waste administration will be designed to facilitate a sustainable surroundings, not only for brand new York but in addition for the realm. He concludes with this macroscopic view, outlining the worldwide efforts essential to guard biodiversity and ecosystems, and the effect of struggle, terrorism, and human clash on sustainability.

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The Food Revolution: How Your Diet Can Help Save Your Life and Our World

By John Robbins

In 1987, John Robbins released Diet for a brand new America, which was once an early model of this booklet, and he begun the meals revolution. He keeps to paintings tirelessly to advertise awake nutrients offerings greater than twenty years later.

First released in 2001, The nutrients Revolution continues to be the most usually mentioned and referred to books of the food-politics revolution. It used to be one of many first actual books to debate the damaging future health results of consuming genetically converted meals and animal items of all types, to show the risks inherent in our manufacturing unit farming approach, and to suggest a whole plant-based nutrition.

The booklet garnered endorsements through each person from Paul Hawken to Neal Donald Walsch, Marianne Williamson to Julia Butterfly Hill. After ten years in print, The nutrients Revolution is timelier than ever--and a truly compelling learn. The tenth anniversary version has an up to date, new modern glance and a brand new advent by way of the writer.

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Waking Up in Eden: In Pursuit of an Impassioned Life on an Imperiled Island

By Lucinda Fleeson

Like such a lot of folks, Lucinda Fleeson desired to break out what had turn into a regimen existence. So, she give up her big-city task, bought her suburban condo, and moved midway the world over to the island of Kauai to paintings on the nationwide Tropical Botanical backyard. think a one-hundred-acre backyard property nestled amid ocean cliffs, rain forests, and secluded coves. unique and gorgeous, certain, yet as Fleeson awakens to this sensual global, exploring the island's nutrients, shorelines, and historical past, she encounters an endangered paradise―the Hawaii we do not see within the vacationer brochures.

Native vegetation are demise at an dazzling rate―Hawaii is termed the Extinction Capital of the World―and invasive species (plants, animals, and people) have imperiled this backyard of Eden. Fleeson accompanies a plant hunter into the rain woodland to discover the final of a death species, descends into limestone caves with a paleontologist who deconstructs island background via fossil existence, and shadows a botanical pioneer who propagates infrequent seeds, hoping to reclaim the panorama. Her grown-up event is a reminder of the price of selecting ardour over defense, individuality over conference, and the urgent have to guard the earth. And as she witnesses the island's plant renewal efforts, she sees her personal lifestyles blossom again.

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Globalization: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

Globalization has develop into one of many defining buzzwords of our time--a time period that describes various complicated monetary, political, cultural, ideological, and environmental forces which are quickly changing our adventure of the area. In transparent, available language, Manfred B. Steger is going past a slim monetary concentration to hide the entire significant motives and effects of globalization in addition to the hotly contested query of no matter if globalization is, finally, a very good or a nasty factor. This re-creation has been absolutely up to date, incorporating the entire significant international advancements long ago 4 years, together with the 2008-2010 international monetary obstacle, the 2011 eastern earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear catastrophe, the 2011 killing of Osama bin weighted down, the on-going revolutions within the heart East, and the increase of social networking reminiscent of fb and Twitter. The publication additionally examines political pursuits either for and opposed to globalization, from WTO protests to the increase in worldwide jihadism; considers such recommendations as "Americanization" and "McDonaldization"; and explores the position of the media and conversation applied sciences within the strategy of cultural globalization. eventually, Steger explains in obtainable language the relationship among financial globalization and multinational companies, international financial institution, foreign financial Fund, and the area alternate Organization.

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Oxford's Very brief Introductions sequence deals concise and unique introductions to quite a lot of subjects--from Islam to Sociology, Politics to Classics, Literary concept to background, and Archaeology to the Bible. now not easily a textbook of definitions, each one quantity during this sequence presents trenchant and provocative--yet continually balanced and complete--discussions of the crucial concerns in a given self-discipline or box. each Very brief creation offers a readable evolution of the topic in query, demonstrating how the topic has built and the way it has prompted society. ultimately, the sequence will surround each significant educational self-discipline, delivering all scholars an available and considerable reference library. regardless of the region of analysis that one deems vital or attractive, regardless of the subject that fascinates the overall reader, the Very brief Introductions sequence has a convenient and cheap advisor that would most probably turn out indispensable.

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Ecology without Nature: Rethinking Environmental Aesthetics

In Ecology with no Nature, Timothy Morton argues that the manager stumbling block to environmental pondering is just like nature itself. Ecological writers suggest a brand new worldview, yet their very zeal to maintain the flora and fauna leads them clear of the "nature" they revere. the matter is a symptom of the ecological disaster during which we live. Morton units out a seeming paradox: to have a accurately ecological view, we needs to relinquish the assumption of nature as soon as and for all.

Ecology with no Nature investigates our ecological assumptions in a manner that's provocative and deeply attractive. Ranging greatly in eighteenth-century via modern philosophy, tradition, and background, he explores the worth of paintings in imagining environmental initiatives for the longer term. Morton develops a clean vocabulary for studying "environmentality" in inventive shape in addition to content material, and strains the contexts of ecological constructs throughout the heritage of capitalism. From John Clare to John Cage, from Kierkegaard to Kristeva, from The Lord of the Rings to digital existence kinds, Ecology with out Nature widens our view of ecological feedback, and deepens our figuring out of ecology itself. rather than attempting to use an idea of nature to heal what society has broken, Morton units out a thorough new type of ecological feedback: "dark ecology."

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NASA and the Environment: The Case of Ozone Depletion (The NASA History Series)

By W. Henry Lambright

Whereas the nationwide Aeronautics and area management (NASA) is greatly perceived as an area service provider, considering the fact that its inception NASA has had a undertaking devoted to the house planet. in the beginning, this challenge concerned utilizing house to raised realize and are expecting climate and to allow around the globe communique. Meteorological and verbal exchange satellites confirmed the worth of area for earthly endeavors within the Sixties. In 1972, NASA introduced Landsat, and the period of earth-resource tracking started. while, within the overdue Sixties and early Nineteen Seventies, the environmental stream swept during the United Sates and so much industrialized nations. the 1st Earth Day occasion happened in 1970, and the govt typically started to pay even more consciousness to problems with environmental caliber. Mitigating pollutants grew to become an overriding aim for plenty of companies. NASA’s present challenge to watch planet Earth was once augmented in those years and directed extra towards environmental caliber. within the Nineteen Eighties, NASA sought to devise and identify a brand new environmental attempt that eventuated within the Nineties with the Earth gazing process (EOS). The organization used to be in a position to make its preliminary mark through atmospheric tracking, in particular ozone depletion. a massive coverage stimulus in lots of respects, ozone depletion spawned the Montreal Protocol of 1987 (the most vital foreign environmental treaty then in existence). It additionally was once a subject matter serious to NASA’s background that served as a bridge linking NASA’s climate and land-resource satellites to NASA’s drawback for the worldwide alterations affecting the house planet. considerably, as an international environmental challenge, ozone depletion underscored the significance of NASA’s skill to watch Earth from area. additionally, the NASA administration team’s skill to use large-scale examine efforts and mobilize the skills of alternative companies and the personal region illuminated its function as a “lead” employer in a position to crossing organizational obstacles in addition to the science-policy divide. The method used to envision the evolving dating among an organisation and a application makes a speciality of decision-making. The decision-making approach is going via a couple of phases that could span decades. The ozone decision-making procedure started within the overdue Sixties. alongside the best way, NASA assumed a brand new function and constructed new relationships with different companies. It made key judgements within the program’s delivery and improvement. whereas not acute, the ozone coverage procedure maintains, and there's elevated clinical acceptance of the hyperlink among ozone depletion and weather switch. That hyperlink, in addition to different matters last to be understood, has required consistent awareness. Ozone depletion hence represents a tremendous case research within the historical past of NASA and environmental sciences. it really is one from which many classes should be realized concerning the administration of technology and expertise and the applying of information to policy-making judgements. In monitoring NASA’s decision-making strategy, the writer has made use of some of the books on ozone policy—and it may be emphasised this paper’s orientation is on ozone coverage and the NASA govt application, no longer the background of environmental technology.

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The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels

By Alex Epstein

Could every thing we all know approximately fossil fuels be wrong?

For many years, environmentalists have advised us that utilizing fossil fuels is a self-destructive habit that would ruin our planet. but while, by means of each degree of human health and wellbeing, from lifestyles expectancy to wash water to weather protection, lifestyles has been improving and better.

How can this be?

The rationalization, power professional Alex Epstein argues in The ethical Case for Fossil Fuels, is that we frequently listen just one part of the tale. We’re taught to imagine in basic terms of the negatives of fossil fuels, their hazards and uncomfortable side effects, yet now not their positives—their special skill to supply affordable, trustworthy power for a global of 7 billion humans. And the ethical importance of inexpensive, trustworthy power, Epstein argues, is woefully underrated. strength is our skill to enhance each element of lifestyles, no matter if fiscal or environmental.

If we glance on the big picture of fossil fuels in comparison with the choices, the general influence of utilizing fossil fuels is to make the area a higher position. we're morally obligated to take advantage of extra fossil fuels for the sake of our economic climate and our environment.

Drawing on unique insights and state of the art study, Epstein argues that almost all of what we listen approximately fossil fuels is a fantasy. for example . . .

Myth: Fossil fuels are dirty.
Truth: The environmental merits of utilizing fossil fuels a long way outweigh the dangers. Fossil fuels don’t take a certainly fresh atmosphere and make it soiled; they take a clearly soiled surroundings and make it fresh. They don’t take a clearly secure weather and make it risky; they take a evidently harmful weather and make it ever safer.

Myth: Fossil fuels are unsustainable, so we must always attempt to take advantage of “renewable” sunlight and wind.
Truth: The solar and wind are intermittent, unreliable fuels that usually desire backup from a competent resource of energy—usually fossil fuels. There are large quantities of fossil fuels left, and we now have lots of time to discover whatever cheaper.

Myth: Fossil fuels are hurting the constructing world.
Truth: Fossil fuels are the most important to bettering the standard of existence for billions of individuals within the constructing international. If we withhold them, entry to wash water plummets, serious scientific machines like incubators turn into most unlikely to function, and lifestyles expectancy drops considerably. Calls to “get off fossil fuels” are calls to degrade the lives of blameless those who in simple terms wish a similar possibilities we take pleasure in within the West.

Taking every little thing under consideration, together with the proof approximately weather switch, Epstein argues that “fossil fuels are effortless to misconceive and demonize, yet they're completely stable to take advantage of. they usually completely must be championed. . . . Mankind’s use of fossil fuels is supremely virtuous—because human lifestyles is the traditional of price and since utilizing fossil fuels transforms our surroundings to make it tremendous for human life.”

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Economics: A Very Short Introduction

By Partha Dasgupta

The following Partha Dasgupta, an across the world famous authority in economics, offers readers with an exceptional advent to its easy recommendations, together with potency, fairness, sustainability, dynamic equilibrium, estate rights, markets, and public items. all through, he highlights the relevance of economics to lifestyle, supplying a truly human exploration of a technical topic. Dasgupta covers enduring concerns corresponding to inhabitants progress, the surroundings, and poverty. for instance, he explores how the world's looming inhabitants difficulties impact us on the neighborhood, nationwide, and foreign level.

Economics has the skill to provide us deep insights into essentially the most bold difficulties of existence. the following, Dasgupta is going past the fundamentals to teach it really is innate results on our historical past, tradition, and lifestyles.

About the sequence: Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and magnificence, Very brief Introductions offer an creation to a couple of life's finest subject matters. Written through specialists for the newcomer, they exhibit the best modern wondering the important difficulties and concerns in enormous quantities of key subject matters, from philosophy to Freud, quantum concept to Islam.

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Deserts and Desert Environments

Taking an international point of view, this e-book offers a concise evaluate of drylands, together with their actual, organic, temporal, and human elements.

  • Examines the actual platforms taking place in barren region environments, together with weather, hydrology, earlier and current lakes, weathering, hillslopes, geomorphic surfaces, water as a geomorphic agent, and aeolian processes
  • Offers an obtainable advent to the actual, organic, temporal, and human parts of drylands
  • Investigates the character, environmental necessities, and crucial geomorphic roles of crops and animals during this annoying organic environment
  • Highlights the impression of human inhabitants development on weather, desertification, water assets, and mud typhoon activity
  • Includes an exam of surface/atmosphere interactions and the influence of ENSO events.

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The Environment, Risk and Liability in International Law (Legal Aspects of Sustainable Development)

By Julio Barboza

Chance has regularly been a component of existence. but smooth know-how keeps to unfold environmentally unsafe job past kingdom obstacles. those harmful but socially helpful actions exist in a gray quarter among legality and wrongfulness. "The surroundings, hazard and legal responsibility in foreign legislation" explains the $64000 position legal responsibility performs in possibility administration and environmental defense, in the realm of overseas legislation. The textual content explores questions resembling the lawfulness of acts which negatively impact the surroundings, in addition to who may be answerable for transfrontier damages. From inner most to public curiosity, from person to universal crisis, actions related to hazard are a transforming into preoccupation of our societies."

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