Rainforests of the World

A Reference Handbook

Author: Kathlyn Gay

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1576074242

Category: Nature

Page: 257

View: 7158

This authoritative volume examines the reasons for rainforest destruction, the effects of deforestation on indigenous plant and animal life, and the policies and actions that are currently being taken to protect rainforests. * Includes extensive charts and graphs of rainforest data and a collection of significant legal documents and public manifestos pertaining to rainforest protection * Provides annotated listings of organizations and additional resources for further research

This Borrowed Earth

Lessons from the Fifteen Worst Environmental Disasters around the World

Author: Robert Emmet Hernan

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 9780230105270

Category: Science

Page: 256

View: 8032

Over the last century mankind has irrevocably damaged the environment through the unscrupulous greed of big business and our own willful ignorance. Here are the strikingly poignant accounts of disasters whose names live in infamy: Chernobyl, Bhopal, Exxon Valdez, Three Mile Island, Love Canal, Minamata and others. And with these, the extraordinary and inspirational stories of the countless men and women who fought bravely to protect the communities and environments at risk.

Biodiversity and Environmental Philosophy

An Introduction

Author: Sahotra Sarkar

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781139446693

Category: Science

Page: N.A

View: 5659

This book explores the epistemological and ethical issues at the foundations of environmental philosophy, emphasising the conservation of biodiversity. Sahota Sarkar criticises attempts to attribute intrinsic value to nature and defends an anthropocentric position on biodiversity conservation based on an untraditional concept of transformative value. Unlike other studies in the field of environmental philosophy, this book is as much concerned with epistemological issues as with environmental ethics. It covers a broad range of topics, including problems of explanation and prediction in traditional ecology and how individual-based models and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology is transforming ecology. Introducing a brief history of conservation biology, Sarkar analyses the consensus framework for conservation planning through adaptive management. He concludes with a discussion of directions for theoretical research in conservation biology and environmental philosophy.

Green Encounters

Shaping and Contesting Environmentalism in Rural Costa Rica

Author: Luis A. Vivanco

Publisher: Berghahn Books

ISBN: 1845455045

Category: Nature

Page: 240

View: 3829

Since the 1970s and 1980s, Monte Verde, Costa Rica has emerged as one of the most renowned sites of nature conservation and ecotourism in Costa Rica, and some would argue, Latin America. It has received substantial attention in literature and media on tropical conservation, sustainable development, and tourism. Yet most of that analysis has uncritically evaluated the Monte Verde phenomenon, using celebratory language and barely scratching the surface of the many-faceted socio-cultural transformations provoked by and accompanying environmentalism. Because of its stature, Monte Verde represents an ideal case study to examine the socio-cultural and political complexities and dilemmas of practicing environmentalism in rural Costa Rica. Based on many years of close observation, this book offers rich and original material on the ongoing struggles between environmental activists and of collective and oppositional politics to Monte Verde's new "culture of nature."


Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Wildlife conservation

Page: N.A

View: 3614


The Amazon

Author: Roger Harris,Peter Hutchison

Publisher: Bradt Publications

ISBN: 9781841621739

Category: Travel

Page: 406

View: 7515

This new edition has been completely revised with updated information on hotels, lodges and tour operators. It contains a detailed and illustrated natural history section on native species and habitats. The Amazon is an ideal location for eco-travellers, naturalists, sports enthusiasts and explorers. Travellers are given sound advice on responsible travel and planning their own expedition.


Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: International business enterprises

Page: N.A

View: 5206


Rain Forests

Author: Dwight Holing,Scott Forbes

Publisher: Discovery Books


Category: National parks and reserves

Page: 224

View: 514

This 224-page title explores the world's magnificent rain forests, from Alaska's temperate Tongass National Forest to Peru's Manu Biosphere Reserve in the heart of the Amazon Basin, and from Borneo's Mount Kinabulu to New Zealand's Fiordland National Park. Numerous informative essays look at the flora and fauna and the human residents of the forests, how to plan a journey, and profile 17 of the most spectacular rainforest destinations in the world. A Travel Tips section offers carefully selected lodging, camping and touring information. The work is lavishly illustrated with more than 250 spectacular photographs as well as specially commissioned maps.

Rainforest Organizations

A Worldwide Directory of Private and Governmental Entities

Author: Steve Shipp

Publisher: McFarland Publishing

ISBN: 9780786403813

Category: Science

Page: 184

View: 1482

Rainforests -- home to more than half of all plant and animal species on earth while covering less than six percent of the world's land area -- have intricate ecosystems with multitudes of animal and plant species, including humans. Yet deforestation of the rainforests has greatly increased in the past half century. Ten thousand years ago rainforests covered an estimated 9. 5 million square miles, but as millions of trees are lost daily to agricultural and commercial development, scientific studies project the reduction of rainforests to six million square miles by the year 2000 and 3. 5 million square miles by 2050. Numerous scientific, political, conservationist, public-information and other organizations have been formed to address every aspect of rainforests; over 120 worldwide can be found in this directory. Each entry lists the address, phone number, contact person, e-mail or Internet address, (if available), mission statement or goals, publications, and often the group's history and current projects. All listed agencies and organizations readily accept queries for information about rainforests, and most invite participation in their activities and projects.

The Island Press Bibliography of Environmental Literature

Author: Joseph Arthur Miller,Yale University. School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

Publisher: N.A


Category: Business & Economics

Page: 396

View: 850

Environnmental professionals have long felt the need for a practical reference work that takes an interdisciplinary approach to environmental research. This comprehensive reference work lists books, monographs, journals, conference proceedings, government reports, and other publications that contain essential information for those working to solve environmental problems--professionals, researchers, policymakers, and students.

Environmental Science

Creating a Sustainable Future

Author: Daniel D. Chiras

Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Pub

ISBN: 9780763713164

Category: Science

Page: 730

View: 4826

Biological Sciences

The Mother Earth handbook

what you need to know and do--at home, in your community, and through your church--to help heal our planet now

Author: Judith S. Scherff

Publisher: Burns & Oates


Category: Nature

Page: 320

View: 3504

The Mother Earth Handbook not only clarifies the most important environmental problems facing us, it informs the reader of many new and scientific courses of action which can be taken by individuals and grups for both global and local environmental problems.