Geography & Environmental Science round-up

February 23, 2012

Introduction to Restoration Ecology

Authors: Evelyn A. Howell, John A. Harrington and Stephen B. Glass

Edition: First

Publisher: Island Press

Pages: 568

Price: £57.00

ISBN: 9781597261890

Written for upper-division undergraduates and first-year postgraduates, this textbook offers a real-life introduction to the field of restoration ecology and an interdisciplinary overview of the theory behind it. The focus of the book is on providing a framework that can be used to guide restoration decisions anywhere in the world, both now and in the future.

Practical Guide to Environmental Management

Author: Frank B. Friedman

Edition: Eleventh

Publisher: Island Press/Environmental Law Institute

Pages: 500

Price: £64.00

ISBN: 9781585761555

Practical Guide to Environmental Management, its publishers claim, has earned its place among the classic texts on the subject, aiming to provide readers with the firm grounding in history necessary to put environmental issues in context. The updated 11th edition offers recent examples of the practical utilisation of sustainability principles, greenhouse gas issues and a look at the new auditing standards.

Global Climate Change: A Primer

Authors: Orrin H. Pilkey, Keith C. Pilkey and Mary Edna Fraser

Edition: First

Publisher: Duke University Press

Pages: 160

Price: £54.00 and £13.99

ISBN: 9780822350958 and 1092

After explaining the greenhouse effect, the authors turn to the damage it is causing in terms of sea-level rise, ocean acidification, glacier and sea-ice melting, changing habitats, desertification and the threats to animals, humans, coral reefs, marshes and mangroves. These explanations are accompanied by Mary Edna Fraser’s batiks depicting the large-scale arenas in which climate change plays out.

Understanding the Environment and Social Policy

Editor: Tony Fitzpatrick

Edition: First

Publisher: Policy Press

Pages: 384

Price: £65.00 and £21.99

ISBN: 9781847423801 and 3795

Featuring the work of leading experts as contributors, this textbook explores the key social, political, economic and moral challenges that environmental problems pose for social policy in a global context. Combining theory and practice with an interdisciplinary approach, it reviews current strategies and policies and seeks to provide a critique of proposed future developments in the field.

Curriculum Studies Gone Wild: Bioregional Education and the Scholarship of Sustainability

Author: Nathan Hensley

Edition: First

Publisher: Peter Lang

Pages: 245

Price: £81.30 and £20.30

ISBN: 9781433112966 and 2959

Exploring the intersections between curriculum studies and sustainability, this book takes the view that a bioregion is our “life place” and that curriculum studies is the interdisciplinary study of lived experience. The intention is to enable the reader to become better placed to formulate a more inspired, informed and transformative understanding of the overlap between sustainability and education.

Contesting the Future of Nuclear Power: A Critical Global Assessment of Atomic Energy

Author: Benjamin K. Sovacool

Edition: First

Publisher: World Scientific

Pages: 308

Price: £46.00

ISBN: 97898143251

By assessing the technical, economic, social, environmental and political impact of nuclear power, this book aims to provide a concise, yet vigorous appraisal of the future of nuclear power. It concludes that the risks far outweigh the benefits. Addressing undergraduates and graduates in social sciences, Benjamin Sovacool concludes that we should spend funds on other forms of energy.

Global Warming: Understanding the Forecast

Author: David Archer

Edition: Second

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

Pages: 207

Price: £32.99

ISBN: 9780470943410

Presented in an accessible style for both students and general readers, complex scientific evidence is summarised and discussed alongside political and economic commentary to offer a comprehensive guide to global warming. Spanning the distant past to the distant future, the text introduces readers to issues surrounding global warming.

Exploring Environmental History: Selected Essays

Author: T.C. Smout

Edition: First

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

Pages: 256

Price: £19.99

ISBN: 9780748645619

This collection of T.C. Smout’s essays and articles is intended to provide a multifaceted guide to environmental history. Although the essays often focus on Scotland’s environmental history, the articles endeavour to create a detailed picture of the history of Britain’s environment as a whole.

Environmental Toxicology: Biological and Health Effects of Pollutants

Author: Ming-Ho Yu

Edition: Third

Publisher: CRC Press/Taylor & Francis

Pages: 397

Price: £63.99

ISBN: 9781439840382

The chemical and biological structure of major pollutants is explained, alongside information on the effect that toxins have on living systems. Looking at pollutants found in water, air and soils, Ming-Ho Yu relates them back to the health of animals, humans and plants. The third edition includes a new chapter and updated material.

Political Geography: World-economy, Nation-state and Locality

Authors: Colin Flint and Peter Taylor

Edition: Sixth

Publisher: Prentice Hall/Pearson Education

Pages: 352

Price: £32.99

ISBN: 97803735908

Political Geography covers, and comments on, principal events and challenges to today’s world, including political violence and terrorism, ecological disaster, imperialism, economic inequity, and exclusionary and fundamentalist attitudes towards nationalism and religion.

Environmental Economics: Theory and Policy in Equilibrium

Author: Hans Wiesmeth

Edition: First

Publisher: Springer

Pages: 307

Price: £72.00

ISBN: 9783642245138

Presenting an analysis and investigation of the most essential areas of environmental theory and policy, this text is based on standard theoretical tools - in particular equilibrium analysis - and aims to demonstrate how economic principles can help citizens to understand environmental issues and guide policymakers.

Land Matters: Landscape Photography, Culture and Identity

Author: Liz Wells

Edition: First

Publisher: I.B. Tauris

Pages: 352

Price: £51.50 and £18.99

ISBN: 9781845118655 and 8648

Lavishly illustrated in both black and white and colour, this book examines ways in which photographers engage with issues about land, its representation and idealisation. Through critical appraisals of key photographs, Liz Wells demonstrates how visual interpretations of land reinforce social, political and environmental attitudes.

Environment and Food

Author: Colin Sage

Edition: First

Publisher: Routledge/Taylor & Francis

Pages: 320

Price: £72.00 and £24.99

ISBN: 9780415363112 and 3129

Environment and Food’s primary purpose is to provide a thorough introduction to the complex relationship between food and environment. Focusing on the view that what we eat has a direct impact on our surrounding environment, the text encourages readers to think about the consequences that our actions have. Colin Sage argues that a re-examination of the assumptions and practices underpinning the contemporary food system is urgently required.

Physical Geography: Great Systems and Global Environments

Authors: William M. Marsh and Martin M. Kaufman

Edition: First

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Pages: 650

Price: £45.00

ISBN: 9780521764285

Written in an easy narrative style, this textbook explains the physical geography of the Earth. Diagrams and illustrations boost understanding of difficult concepts, and exercises and summaries aim to ensure that ideas have been fully understood. Core concepts are highlighted in each chapter and strategies suggested to advance a systems approach to teaching.

The Cryosphere

Author: Shawn J. Marshall

Edition: First

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Pages: 312

Price: £55.00 and £16.95

ISBN: 9780691145259 and 5266

Each component of the cryosphere is detailed and an analysis given of how snow and ice interact with our atmosphere and oceans, and how they influence climate, sea level and ocean circulation. The cryosphere’s role in previous ice ages is also explained in depth.

Fundamentals of Geomorphology

Author: Richard Huggett

Edition: Third

Publisher: Routledge/Taylor & Francis

Pages: 520

Price: £95.00 and £32.99

ISBN: 9780415567749 and 7756

Revised and updated, this edition continues to offer a wide introduction to geomorphology, exploring the world’s landforms from a broad systems perspective. It covers the basics of the Earth’s surface forms and processes, while providing an overview of developments in the field.

Constructed Climates: A Primer on Urban Environments

Author: William G. Wilson

Edition: First

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Pages: 288

Price: £48.50 and £16.00

ISBN: 9780226901459 and 1466

Tackling a host of environmental issues, ranging from global climate change to local interests in sustainability and quality of life, this book gives the reader a broad understanding of the relationship between urban populations and the environment. It describes the earth system components that control what is valued by human society, including clean air and water, a stable climate and good health.

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