Environment

The Snail Darter and the Dam: How Pork-Barrel Politics Endangered a Little Fish and Killed a River

By Zygmunt J. B. Plater

Even this day, thirty years after the felony battles to save lots of the endangered snail darter, the little fish that blocked finishing touch of a TVA dam continues to be invoked as an icon of leftist extremism and governmental foolishness. during this eye-opening publication, the legal professional who together with his scholars fought and received the excellent court docket case—known formally as Tennessee Valley Authority v. Hill—tells the hidden tale in the back of one of many nation’s most vital environmental legislation battles.
The realities of the darter’s case, Plater asserts, were always mischaracterized in politics and the media. This publication deals an in depth account of the six-year campaign opposed to a pork-barrel undertaking that made no monetary experience and used to be improper from the beginning. actually TVA’s undertaking used to be designed for sport and actual property improvement. And on the center of the little workforce battling the undertaking within the courts and Congress have been kin farmers attempting to shop their houses and farms, such a lot of which have been to be resold in a company land improvement scheme. Plater’s gripping story of electorate navigating the tangled corridors of nationwide energy stimulates vital questions about our nation’s governance, and finally units the snail darter’s list straight.

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The Last Drop: The Politics of Water

By Marianella Yanes

The one vital source, water is more and more managed or even owned by way of deepest capital. by way of 2012, water was once a trillion-dollar industry—and as inhabitants progress, commercial creation, and ecological swap make shortage ever-more universal, water may perhaps develop into the resource of army and political clash within the years to come.
 
This booklet appears to be like at how we came and what we will and will do subsequent. Laying out the advanced arguments surrounding water, its possession and entry to it, Mike Gonzalez and Marianella Yanes make the technical and medical points of the dialogue transparent and accessible—and thereby permit themselves to make the political questions extra pressing. Pushing again opposed to the marketplace fundamentalists, the authors argue that it really is either attainable and invaluable that issues of fairness and social justice succeed within the debates approximately water. strong and polemical, The final Drop might be an essential source for water activists worldwide.

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Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion

By Elizabeth L. Cline

“Overdressed does for T-shirts and leggings what Fast Food Nation did for burgers and fries.”
—Katha Pollitt
 
Cheap style has essentially replaced the way in which so much american citizens gown. shops starting from discounters like aim to conventional chains like JCPenny now provide the most recent tendencies at unprecedentedly low costs. And we now have little cause to maintain donning and repairing the garments we already personal while types switch so quick and it’s more cost-effective to simply purchase more.
 
Cline units out to discover the real nature of the inexpensive model juggernaut. What are we doing with a lot of these reasonable outfits? And extra vital, what are they doing to us, our society, the environment, and our fiscal health?

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Antarctica 2041: My Quest to Save the Earth's Last Wilderness

By Robert Swan, Gil Reavill

Adventurer grew to become environmentalist Robert Swan illuminates the perils dealing with the planet come 2041the yr whilst the overseas treaty conserving Antarctica is up for reviewand the various steps that may be taken to prevent environmental calamity.

In 1985, while Robert Swan walked throughout Antarctica, the delicate polar atmosphere was once now not excessive in his brain. yet upon his go back, the earth’s perilous nation turned own: Robert’s ice-blue eyes have been singed a faded grey, because of the being uncovered to the sun’s rays passing unfiltered throughout the depleted ozone layer. At this second, his dedication to conserving the surroundings used to be born, and in Antarctica 2041 Swan info his trip to know-how, and his enterprise trust that people can opposite the damage performed to the planet up to now, and safe its destiny for generations to come.

Despite the dire warnings Swan increases in Antarctica 2041—exponentially excessive greenhouse-gas degrees; emerging seas; tremendous species extinction—he says there's a lot we will do to ward off looming catastrophe. eventually an upbeat name to motion, his booklet presents the data humans have to comprehend the world’s trouble, and the instruments they should wrestle it, finally exhibiting us all that saving Antarctica quantities to saving ourselves.

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Uncertain Path: A Search for the Future of National Parks

By William C. Tweed

In this provocative jogging meditation, author and previous park ranger William Tweed takes us to California’s miraculous excessive Sierra to find a brand new imaginative and prescient for our nationwide parks as they procedure their one centesimal anniversary. Tweed, who labored one of the Sierra Nevada’s huge peaks and large bushes for greater than thirty years, has now hiked greater than 2 hundred miles alongside California’s John Muir path in a private look for solutions: How will we tackle the weather switch we're seeing even now—in melting glaciers in Glacier nationwide Park, altering wet seasons on Mt Rainer, and extra fireplace within the West’s iconic parks. should still we intrude the place we will to maintain biodiversity? should still the parks simply turn into surroundings museums that convey recognized landscapes and species? Asking how we will make those exceptional parks correct for the subsequent new release, Tweed, via his trip, finally exhibits why we needs to do exactly that.

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Greening Aid?: Understanding the Environmental Impact of Development Assistance

Each year, billions of bucks of environmental reduction circulate from the wealthy governments of the North to the bad governments of the South. Why do donors offer this relief? What do they search to accomplish? How potent is the help given? And does it usually visit the areas of maximum environmental desire?

From the 1st Earth Summit in Stockholm in 1972 to the G8 Gleneagles assembly in 2005, the problem of the effect of relief at the worldwide surroundings has been the topic of energetic protest and debate. How a lot development has there been in enhancing environmental security and clean-up within the constructing international? What explains the styles of environmental relief spending and distribution - is it designed to deal with genuine difficulties, in attaining geopolitical or advertisement profits out of the country, or purchase political mileage at domestic? And what are the results for the anticipated four million people who die every year from pollution, detrimental ingesting water, and absence of sanitation?

All of those questions and lots of extra are addressed during this groundbreaking textual content, that is in keeping with the authors' paintings compiling the main finished dataset of overseas reduction ever assembled. through comparing the most probably surroundings influence of over 400,000 improvement initiatives through greater than 50 donors to over a hundred and seventy recipient international locations among 1970 and 2001, Greening reduction represents a distinct, cutting-edge photograph of what's taking place in overseas counsel, and its effect at the surroundings. Greening relief explains significant developments and shifts over the past 3 many years, ranks donors based on their functionality, and gives case stories which evaluate and distinction donors and kinds of environmental aid.

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Idiot's Guides: Environmental Science

Environmental technological know-how is an built-in, interdisciplinary box that mixes the examine of ecology, physics, chemistry, biology, soil technology, geology, atmospheric technology, and geography. it truly is one of the best 10 hottest complex Placement examinations taken by way of highschool seniors for you to obtain postsecondary university credits.


Idiot's Guide® to Environmental Science presents a step by step evaluation of the disciplines that contain environmental technological know-how, assisting scholars seize the elemental techniques, internalize the data, and get ready for tests. positive factors include:

- the fundamentals and historical past of the human dating with the usual environment

- The methods species develop, switch, and interact

- an in depth description of the earth's ecosystems, together with deserts, grasslands, forests, and aquatic ecosystems

- the results of economics and agriculture at the environment

- some of the forms of strength people use, in addition to how its construction affects the earth's ecosystems, with a spotlight on renewable strength sources

- The in poor health results of a turning out to be inhabitants, together with pollutants, pollutants, micro organism, waste, and international warming/climate change

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Sustainable Development: Principles, Frameworks, and Case Studies (Social Environmental Sustainability)

By Chris Maser

Coined within the Nineteen Seventies, the time period sustainable improvement and the guidelines at the back of it have loved various quantities of recognition through the years. And whereas dire predictions abound, the whole affects of world warming should not recognized, nor can they be recognized. What we do understand is that to be sustainable, all societies needs to comply with new realities, which come with altering ecosystems and common limits to progress. How can we tackle those matters and keep an equitable lifestyle for all at the planet?

Exploring the human-related facets of sustainable improvement, Sustainable improvement: rules, Frameworks, and Case Studies emphasizes the necessity to circulation clear of an undesirable situation by means of being systemic in our pondering rather than symptomatic. The authors argue that we won't circulation clear of an undesirable, unfavourable situation, except we will circulate towards a wanted, optimistic consequence. The textual content summarizes optimistic methods and offers robust theoretical and historic options in addition to salient case examples that illustrate the specified final result of every version or framework discussed.

Often ensnared in thorny political ideology, the sustainable improvement factor additionally suffers from a deep and multidimensional nature that may be intimidating. This publication deals, in a single quantity, a extensive dialogue of significant frameworks relating sustainable improvement. in line with the services of exclusive practitioners and students, the book’s content material comprises varied and interrelated topics drawn from quite a lot of geographical parts. It deals thoughts for comparing and employing the fundamental ideas of sustainable improvement and participatory undertaking making plans to accomplish monetary and environmental goals.

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Environmental Economics: Theory and Policy in Equilibrium (Springer Texts in Business and Economics)

This textual content presents an research and research of the main crucial parts of environmental concept and coverage, together with overseas environmental difficulties. The method relies on normal theoretical instruments, particularly equilibrium research, and goals to illustrate how fiscal rules might help to appreciate environmental concerns and advisor policymakers. present issues together with weather swap, overfishing and built-in ways to environmental regulations are conscientiously analyzed during this framework, and a mess of sensible examples from a variety of elements of the realm is presented.

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