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The Environmental Studies Shelf.

Climate Change And Environmental Ethics

Ved P. Nanda, editor

Transaction Publishers

35 Berrue Circle, Piscataway, NJ 08854-8042

9781412849678, $29.95,

Climate change is a significant and lasting change in the statistical distribution of weather patterns over periods ranging from decades to millions of years. It may be a change in average weather conditions, or in the distribution of weather around the average conditions (i.e., more or fewer extreme weather events). Climate change is caused by factors that include oceanic processes (such as oceanic circulation), variations in solar radiation received by Earth, plate tectonics and volcanic eruptions, and human-induced alterations of the natural world; these latter effects are currently causing global warming, and "climate change" is often used to describe human-specific impacts. Once a denied concept by conservative political elements in the United States (which denials were largely funded by polluting corporations with vested financial interests in maintaining the status quo), the concept of climate change is now clearly accepted by the general public. The question now becomes not whether 'Global Warming' is a reality, but what can be done about it that would be possible, responsible, and lawful. That's why "Climate Change and Environmental Ethics", a 262 page compendium compiled and edited by Ved P. Nanda (John Evans Professor, University of Denver and Director of the International Legal Studies Program) is so timely and such an important contribution to our national (and international) dialogue. Comprised of fourteen seminal articles which are deftly organized into five major sections (Philosophy; Governance; International Law and Human Rights; Civil Society; and Case Studies), "Climate Change and Environmental Ethics" is especially recommended for governmental, NGO, and academic library Environmental Studies reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

Green Logistics

Alan McKinnon, Michael Browne, Anthony Whiteing

Kogan Page USA

1518 Walnut Street, Suite 1100

Philadelphia, PA 19102

9780749466251, $60.00,

Logistics is the procurement, supply, implementation, and coordination of the details of a business or other operation. Compiled and edited by the team of Alan McKinnon (Head of Logistics, Kuhne Logistics University, Hamburg, Germany), Michael Browne (Professor of Logistics, University of Westminister, London, England), and Anthony Whiteing (Senior Lecturer in the Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds, United Kingdom), "Green Logistics: Improving the Environmental Sustainability of Logistics" is now in an updated and expanded second edition and remains an seminally important contribution to academic library Environmental Studies reference collections and supplemental reading lists. Comprised of seventeen major articles organized into five major sections (Assessing the Environmental Effects of Logistics; Strategic Perspective; Operational Perspective; Key Issues; and Public Policy Perspective), this 390 page compendium is enhanced with a comprehensive index and contributor biographies. Touching upon such seminal issues as carbon auditing of supply chains, transferring freight to greener transport modes, reducing the environmental impact of warehousing, improving fuel efficiency in freight transport, making city logistics more environmentally sustainable, reverse logistics for the management of waste, and the role of government in promoting sustainable logistics, "Green Logistics" should be considered mandatory reading by anyone with a governmental authorities, corporate managers having a responsibility for these issues, as well as environmental activists concerned with the impact of new technologies and public policies upon the environmental health of their communities and the world at large.

Environmental Policy in the EU, third edition

Andrew Jordan & Camilla Adelle, editors


c/o Routledge

711 - 3rd Avenue, Floor 8

NY, NY 10017-9209

9781849714693, $53.95,

Compiled and edited by the team of Andrew Jordan (Professor of Environmental Politics, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, University of East Anglia, UK) and Camilla Adelle (Senior Research Associate, School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, UK), and now in an updated and expanded third edition, "Environmental Policy in the EU: Actors, Institutions And Processes" is a 424 page compendium comprised of twenty erudite and seminal papers by experts in their fields and focusing upon how the diverse nations comprising the European Union are responding to a variety of environmental issues including biodiversity losses, climate change, energy deficits, water and air pollution. Of special note in this third edition is the emphasis on rapid adaptations to current and anticipated environmental crises of the 21st Century. Informed and informative, "Environmental Policy in the EU: Actors, Institutions And Processes" is highly recommended for governmental, NGO, and academic library Environmental Studies reference collections and supplemental reading lists. Also very strongly recommended for these same collections is the newly published Earthscan/Routledge edition of "Water And Sanitation Services: Public Policy And Management" (9780415507035, $51.95) by Jose Esteban Castro and Leo Heller

Ecological Restoration, second edition

Andre F. Clewell and James Aronson

Island Press

2000 M St NW Suite 650

Washington, DC 20036

9781610911689 $30.00

Now in an updated second edition Ecological Restoration: Principles, Values, and Structure of an Emerging Profession is an excellent resource for students and professionals in a wide variety of fields connected to ecological restoration, from those who are responsible for the administration of government permits to scientists studying how to most effectively promote the renewal of damaged ecosystems. Chapters discuss the ecological attributes of restored ecosystems including biosphere support, resilience, and self-sustainability; approaches to restoration; ecological restoration as an emerging career field; and much more. "The more atmospheric carbon dioxide that can be sequestered in biomass, the cooler the Earth's surface becomes. However, a distinction can and must be made between simple reforestation with monocultures of fastgrowing tree species and holistic restoration (Clewell and Aronson 2006). Restoration ecologists have yet to collaborate with climatologists, hydrologists, soil scientists, and other specialists to calculate rates and amounts of carbon sequestration by different kinds of restored ecosystems at different latitudes. Nonetheless, we can safely say that ecological restoration contributes to carbon sequestration in living and detrital biomass, which, in turn, cools the biosphere." Highly recommended, especially for college and technical school library collections as well as for professionals in and aspirants to this exciting new scientific field.

Parks, Peace, and Partnership

Michael Quinn, Len Broberg, Wayne Freimund

University of Calgary Press

2500 University Drive, N.W.

Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2N 1N4

9781552386422, $44.95,

Yellowstone was the first wilderness area to be declared a national park. It also provided the precedent and template for the creation of protected areas elsewhere around the country and around the world that currently total more than 3,000 parks and wilderness reserves - including 'Transboundary Protected Areas', or what has come to be called 'peace parks'. Compiled and edited by the team of Michael Quinn (Professor of Environmental Science and Planning, University of Calgary), Len Broberg (Director of Environmental Studies program, University of Montana), and Wayne Freimund (Director of Wilderness Institute), "Parks, Peace, and Partnership" is a 400 page compendium comprised of nineteen seminal articles focusing upon thematically relevant issues of history, politics, and environmental issues with respect to the conservation, management, and sustainability of ecosystems, species, and communities in 'peace parks' around the globe. These informed and informative contributions are accessibly organized into four major sections: Lessons from the Field; The Southern African Experience; Education and International Peace Parks; and Peace Park Proposals. Of special note is the article 'Under the Penumbra of Waterton-Glacier and Homeland Security: Could a Peace park Appear along the U.S.-Mexican Border?' by Charles C. Chester and Belinda Sifford. The Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park across the United States/Canada border was the first Peace Park in the Americas, formed by the merger of the Waterton Lakes and Glacier National Parks in 1932. In contrast to other peace parks, the primary purpose of the union was to serve as a symbol of friendship and peace between the two countries. The International Peace Garden was also established in 1932, another United States/Canada park with a similar purpose. It lies on the North Dakota/Manitoba border. Another United States/Canada peace park, Peace Arch Park, lies on the British Columbia/Washington border, and is famous for the Peace Arch, a large peace structure straddling the border itself. Efforts are under way for a U.S./Mexico international park with a similar purpose, joining the Big Bend National Park in the United States with the Maderas del Carmen and Canon de Santa Elena protected areas in Mexico, as well as a USA/Russia international park in the Bering Strait, highlighting the shared heritage of Russians and Americans of the area. Enhanced with the inclusion of a comprehensive index, "Parks, Peace, and Partnership", making it a welcome and highly recommended contribution to academic library, NGO, and governmental library reference collections and supplemental reading lists.

Cowasee Basin

John Cely

University of South Carolina Press

718 Devine Street

Columbia, SC 29208

9780615562599, $34.95,

Through rivers and forests, the natural glory of America lurks where we want to seek it. "Cowasee Basin: The Green Heart of South Carolina" is a collection of photography and text surrounding the beautiful natural history and American history surrounding the Congaree, Wateree, and Santee Rivers, of Cowasee Basin. With full color photography presented in multipage displays, on nature and the wildlife that call it home. For anyone seeking a beautiful collection of American nature, "Cowasee Basin" is a strongly recommended addition to any coffee table photography book collection, not to be missed.

A Land Between Waters

Christopher R. Boyer, Editor

University of Arizona Press

355 South Euclid Avenue, Suite 103

Tucson, AZ 85719-6654

9780816502493, $55.00,

A Land Between Waters: Environmental Histories of Modern Mexico explores the relationship between the people and environment in Mexico and arranges a dozen original works of environmental history by experts in Mexican environmental issues on both sides of the border. From a history of Mexico's early independence to modern times, essays consider how humans have interacted with nature in Mexico for over two hundred years in a work widely recommended for college-level readers in social issues, Mexican history and culture, and environmental history alike.

Fields and Streams

Rebecca Lave

University of Georgia Press

330 Research Drive

Athens, GA, 30602-4901

9780820343921, $22.95,

FIELDS AND STREAMS: STREAM RESTORATION, NEOLIBERALISM, AND THE FUTURE OF ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE considers the science of stream restoration and argues that the neoliberal emphasis on the privatization and commercialization of knowledge has changed how science is both funded and conducted in this country. Stream restoration science is one example of this disparity: its most successful expert is a private consultant with little formal scientific background. Many academic and federal agency-based scientists have denounced him as a charlatan - yet his unique approach and classification system are widely accepted, and are now promoted by federal agencies. This focus on Rosgen's success and the evolution of how science receives legitimate analysis makes for a thought-provoking, well researched analysis key to any geography or environmental studies program.

The Whole Story of Climate

E. Kristen Peters

Prometheus Books

59 John Glenn Drive, Amherst, NY 14228-2197

9781616146726, $26.00,

THE WHOLE STORY OF CLIMATE: WHAT SCIENCE REVEALS ABOUT THE NATURE OF ENDLESS CHANGE comes from a geologist who describes the contributions geology has made to our perception of climate change, and considers the evidence of rocks in the evolution of global climate processes. The geologic history of Earth in fact reveals a long succession of climate change patterns and shifts, some very rapid occurring in as little as twenty or thirty years time, and this book reflects the story of how Earth's geological history contributes additional insights into how climate change happens. Readers will find this a powerful addition to any collection discussing natural and manmade effects on climate change patterns.
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