New & noteworthy: Geography and Environmental Sciences

February 28, 2013

Environmental Policy in the EU: Actors, Institutions and Processes

Editors: Andrew Jordan and Camilla Adelle
Edition: Third
Publisher: Earthscan
Pages: 398
Price: £90.00 and £29.99
ISBN: 9781849714686, 14693 and 9780203109823 (e-book)

Seeking to provide state-of-the-art analysis of all European Union environmental policies, this updated edition covers the rapidly changing context in which EU environmental policies are made, the key actors and the dynamics of policymaking.


Geographic Thought: A Critical Introduction

Author: Tim Cresswell
Edition: First
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Pages: 298
Price: £60.00 and £19.99
ISBN: 9781405169400, 69394 and 9781118256442 (e-book)

This resource aims to introduce the key thinkers and theoretical developments in human geography, from ancient geography to contemporary non- representational theory. The author considers the influence of Darwin and Marx, the impact of feminism and the emergence of anarchist geographies.


Urban Maps: Instruments of Narrative and Interpretation in the City

Authors: Richard Brook and Nick Dunn
Edition: First
Publisher: Ashgate
Pages: 266
Price: £.00
ISBN: 9781409461883

Focusing on the city and the “devices” defining the urban environment by their presence, representation or interpretation, the Manchester-based authors use a wider framework of urban theory supplemented by case studies to offer an interdisciplinary discourse and critique of the complex systems, artefacts, interventions and evidences that can inform our understanding of urban territories. Mapping is used as a form of critical instrumentality to expose, record and contribute to the understanding of the singular essences of space, place and networks.


The Chinese City

Authors: Weiping Wu and Piper Gaubatz
Edition: First
Publisher: Routledge
Pages: 312
Price: £85.00 and £25.99
ISBN: 9780415575744, 75751 and 9780203854471 (e-book)

Two US-based academics aim to offer a comprehensive survey of China’s evolving urban landscape, anchored in the spatial sciences. The text ranges from the geographical setting and China’s historical urban setting and traditional urban forms, to the post-1949 urban system, the rural-urban divide and migration, economic restructuring and urban governance.


Sustainable Energy: Choosing Among Options

Authors: Jefferson W. Tester, Elisabeth M. Drake, Michael J. Driscoll et al.
Edition: Second
Publisher: MIT Press
Pages: 1,056
Price: £51.95
ISBN: 9780262017473

In a text designed for advanced undergraduate and postgraduate use, scholars from the Massachussetts Institute of Technology and Cornell University explore energy options and technologies, the quest for sustainability, and the trade-offs inherent in choosing sound energy portfolios and assessing policy solutions. This second edition examines broader aspects of energy use, including resource estimation, environmental effects and economic evaluations, and offers updated statistical data and references.

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