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Sustainable Living with Environmental Risks

Author : Nobuhiro Kaneko
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We are not free from environmental risks that accompany the development of human societies. Modern economic development has accelerated environmental pollution, caused loss of natural habitats, and modified landscapes. These environmental changes have impacted natural systems: water and heat circulation, nutrient cycling, and biodiversity. These changes in natural systems degrade ecosystem services and subsequently increase environmental risks for humans. Environmental risks, therefore, are not only human health risks by pollution, climatic anomalies and natural disasters, but also degradation of ecosystem services on which most people are relying for their lives. We cannot entirely eliminate the risks, because it is not possible to attain zero impact on the environment, but we need to find a mechanism that minimizes environmental risks for human sustainably. This is the idea of the interdisciplinary framework of “environmental risk management” theory, which advocates harmony between economic development and environmental conservation. Based on this theory, the Sustainable Living with Environmental Risk (SLER) programme, adopted by the Japanese Ministry of Education (MEXT) as one of its strategic programmes, has been training graduate students at the Yokohama National University, Japan, from 2009 to 2013 to become future environmental leaders who will take the initiative in reducing the level of environmental risks and in protecting natural resources in the developing nations of Asia and Africa. This book provides students and teachers of this new academic field with a comprehensive coverage of case studies of environmental risks and their practical management technologies not only in Japan but also in developing nations in Asia and Africa.

Everyday Lifestyles and Sustainability

Author : Fabricio Chicca
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The impact of humanity on the earth overshoots the earth’s bio-capacity to supply humanity’s needs, meaning that people are living off earth’s capital rather than its income. However, not all countries are equal and this book explores why apparently similar patterns of daily living can lead to larger and smaller environmental impacts. The contributors describe daily life in many different places in the world and then calculate the environmental impact of these ways of living from the perspective of ecological and carbon footprints. This leads to comparison and discussion of what living within the limits of the planet might mean. Current footprints for countries are derived from national statistics and these hide the variety of impacts made by individual people and the choices they make in their daily lives. This book takes a ‘bottom-up’ approach by calculating the footprints of daily living. The purpose is to show that small changes in behaviour now could avoid some very challenging problems in the future. Offering a global perspective on the question of sustainable living, this book will be of great interest to anyone with a concern for the future, as well as students and researchers in environmental studies, human geography and development studies.

Enabling Solutions for Sustainable Living

Author : Ezio Manzini
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Sustainability, environmental impact, green design, urban sprawl -- all buzzwords we have become familiar with in the ongoing dialogue about climate change and global warming. This book presents student work that explores these issues and exemplifies the application of Ezio Manzini's theories of "enabling solutions". Students from the University of Calgary's Faculty of Environmental Design worked together to identify some of the challenges of suburbia with respect to sustainable design. Exploring such issues as the local quality of life, community cohesiveness, and environmental impacts of suburban areas, the workshop participants presented posters, tables, matrices, and other graphic materials that illustrate key concepts, the resources required, and the main players involved in their implementation. In addition to the student work showcased here, "Enabling Solutions" also includes essays by Manzini, Walker, and Wylant that contextualise the key issues and elaborate on the theoretical basis for the student workshop.

Sustainable Living

Author : Nalanie Mithraratne
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Achieving a sustainable building is not just a matter of design and construction: what happens once the building is occupied is absolutely critical. This book shows how the choices designers, developers and building users make impact on sustainability over the life span of the building. The authors show how a holistic approach considering costs, energy use, environmental impact, global warming potential as well as items which a usually disregarded such as finishes, furniture and appliances is needed to achieve best practice. * How-to assess life-time costs and environmental impact of buildings * Predict and assess the impact of user behaviour on sustainability * Uses case studies to illustrate the importance of different factors

Community Campaigns for Sustainable Living

Author : Liam Leonard
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"This book is based on research and observations undertaken for the author's PhD thesis at the National University of Ireland, and represents a case study of national and regional campaigns against both the Irish state's Regional Waste Management Plans and the corporate sector's attempts to develop waste incinerators or dumps in various parts of Ir

Global Business Expansion Concepts Methodologies Tools and Applications

Author : Management Association, Information Resources
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As businesses seek to compete on a global stage, they must be constantly aware of pressures from all levels: regional, local, and worldwide. The organizations that can best build advantages in diverse environments achieve the greatest success. Global Business Expansion: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications is a comprehensive reference source for the latest scholarly material on the emergence of new ideas and opportunities in various markets and provides organizational leaders with the tools they need to be successful. Highlighting a range of pertinent topics such as market entry strategies, transnational organizations, and competitive advantage, this multi-volume book is ideally designed for researchers, scholars, business executives and professionals, and graduate-level business students.

Global Environmental Issues

Author : Frances Harris
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Global Environmental Issues, second edition builds on the popularity of the first edition, viewing global environmental problems as complex issues with a network of causes, influenced by a range of actors with differing priorities. The book recognises that science underpins much of what happens in society and therefore it is important to be able to interpret the environmental and social consequences of scientific developments. In addition to discussing the main biophysical causes, the book illustrates how socio-economic and political factors determine why and how people use land, resources and technology, and how this in turn affects natural resource management. This edition includes new chapters on the politics of science, International environmental regulation and treaties, environmental issues in a globalised world and natural resource management. Global Environmental Issues, second edition is essential reading for upper level undergraduates and Masters students within departments of Environmental Science and Geography. Includes case studies from around the world to provide a real life context for the issues tackled in each chapter Considers both the results of human actions and natural environmental change in order to provide balanced, in-depth debate Includes coverage of contemporary 'hot topics' such as biodiversity, globalization and sustainable development Chapters authored by experts in the field Includes new chapters on The politics of science, International environmental regulation and treaties , Environmental issues in a globalised world and Natural Resource Management Expanded sections include negotiating multilateral environmental agreements, GM crops, biofuels and marine and freshwater resources

Time to Eat the Dog

Author : Robert James Dennis Vale
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The world and its resources are finite, yet we are seemingly locked into a system based on growth: growth of population, growth of income and growth of consumption. From this irrefutable starting point, Time to Eat the Dog? attempts to uncover what sustainability really means. Brenda and Robert Vale explore the environmental impact of the decisions we make, from what we eat and what we wear to how we travel and enjoy ourselves. Their book will make you see your life and your place in the world in a completely new light. Challenging the orthodoxies that underpin our entire economic system, this is one subversive read.

The Environment in Anthropology Second Edition

Author : Nora Haenn
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The Environment in Anthropology presents ecology and current environmental studies from an anthropological point of view. From the classics to the most current scholarship, this text connects the theory and practice in environment and anthropology, providing readers with a strong intellectual foundation as well as offering practical tools for solving environmental problems. Haenn, Wilk, and Harnish pose the most urgent questions of environmental protection: How are environmental problems mediated by cultural values? What are the environmental effects of urbanization? When do environmentalists’ goals and actions conflict with those of indigenous peoples? How can we assess the impact of “environmentally correct” businesses? They also cover the fundamental topics of population growth, large scale development, biodiversity conservation, sustainable environmental management, indigenous groups, consumption, and globalization. This revised edition addresses new topics such as water, toxic waste, neoliberalism, environmental history, environmental activism, and REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation), and it situates anthropology in the multi-disciplinary field of environmental research. It also offers readers a guide for developing their own plan for environmental action. This volume offers an introduction to the breadth of ecological and environmental anthropology as well as to its historical trends and current developments. Balancing landmark essays with cutting-edge scholarship, bridging theory and practice, and offering suggestions for further reading and new directions for research, The Environment in Anthropology continues to provide the ideal introduction to a burgeoning field.

Caring for the Earth

Author : The World Coservation Union (Iucn)
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'This is a strategy for a kind of development that provides real improvements in the quality of human life and at the same time conserves the vitality and diversity of the Earth. The goal is development that will be sustainable. Today it may seem visionary. but it is attainable. To more and more people it also appears our only rational option.' – from Chapter 1 in 1980, the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources, the United Nations Environment Programme and the World Wide Fund for Nature, the world's three most powerful organizations dedicated to preventing environmental catastrophe, published the World Conservation Strategy. It stressed the interdependence of conservation and development, it gave currency to the idea of sustainable development and it made the point that unless the vitality and productivity of the planet are safeguarded, the future for humanity is at risk. Its impact was immediate and worldwide. Now, ten years later, the same three organizations have formulated a new strategy for the 19905. Caring for the Earth builds on all that has been learned in the last decade about the complexity of the problems and shows how radical and far-reaching are the actions and objectives needed to meet them. Nothing less than a new ethic is required, based on affirming the community of life and cherishing its diversity – an ethic which has to be reflected in our personal attitudes and the organization of our communities as much as in wider policies. Public participation is essential for the success of the strategy, which is addressed to individuals and citizens' groups as well as to governments - whatever their systems. Adopting it will not be easy, but it does provide the agenda for immediate action. Originally published in 1991

Environmental Missouri Issues and Sustainability What You Need to Know

Author : Don Corrigan
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Title: Environmental Missouri: Issues and Sustainability - What You Need to Know Author: Don Corrigan Size: 6 x 9 Bindings: softcover Pages: 240 ISBN: 9781935806684 Cost: $19.95 Environmental Missouri is the first comprehensive guide to local and state environmental issues involving the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the land we inhabit in the Show-Me State. This collection is very serious and yet intensely readable, as it examines such problems as urban sprawl, polluted streams, radioactive waste, lead contamination, airborne mercury, ozone and smog, and noise and light pollution. The book raises questions about wildlife concerns: What's with the Asian Carp taking over our rivers? Why are the bees disappearing? When will the Ozark Hellbender revive and thrive? Environmental Missouri is not all bad news and pessimistic prose. A final chapter on sustainability looks at how Missourians are going green, whether it's with cloth diaper parties, raising backyard chickens, farming responsibly, or hosting green burials at trail's end. Each chapter includes a Q and A with a habitat expert or environmental activist to give a unique perspective on the concern at hand. Environmental Missouri argues that we should teach our children well, instead of trying to sweep problems under the rug. It's time to tackle matters head on and guide the way to a more sustainable future! Published in cooperation with Webster University Press.

Sustainable Living

Author : Sustainable Stevie
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Eclectic Collection of Chapters in this book include: Chapter 1 - eCycling - Your Contribution to a Green Environment Chapter 2 - Green Cleaning 101 - DIY Natural Cleaning Solutions with Vinegar and Other Frugal Resources That You Already Have Chapter 3 - Organic Gardening 101 - "How To" Essentials and Tips for Starting an Outdoor or Indoor Organic Vegetable Garden Chapter 4 - Green Feminine Hygiene - Sustainable Female Alternatives Chapter 5 - Natural Baby Products - Green Surroundings for Your Baby Chapter 6 - What is "Greenwashing"? (No Relation to Laundry) - Are You Being Greenwashed? Chapter 7 - Reusable Shopping Bags - An Eco-Friendly Alternative Chapter 8 - Organic Cosmetics - A Rising Preference Chapter 9 - Solar Power for Sustainable Living - What to Consider Before Going the Do It Yourself Solar Route Chapter 10 - Hybrid Electric Vehicles - What You Should Know About Them! Chapter 11 - Magnetic Electricity for Sustainable Living _______________________________________ There is more interest in self-sufficiency during this 21st century than ever before. That blatantly tells you that people are feeling the effects of the environment around them. We're not talking about "good" effects either. We're talking about chemicals in the food we eat, pollution of land, water and the air we breathe. This also includes finite natural resources that's becoming scarce thus driving the cost up as demand for it continues, etc. In general, health issues have been on the rise due to a combination of all these things which drives the desire to make certain changes in one's lifestyle. This is why "Sustainable Living - Practical Eco-Friendly Tips for Green Living and Self-Sufficiency in the 21st Century - [Special Edition Collection]" had to be written. Sustainable living or some like to call it green living allows for a natural and as much as possible eco-friendly lifestyle. But this involves being educated on what it all means and finding out as much as possible about how to actually do it and make it a way of life. This Special Edition Collection covers a wide variety of subject matters to get you on the path to a healthier and eco-friendly environment. It's kept basic enough so that it's educational, interesting and easy to understand; including pictures and illustrations. There are things mentioned that you probably weren't aware of which I think makes it a fun read. That's why I suggest reading every chapter; even the ones that you don't think you have an interest in because you're going to be surprised and learn something that can be shared with someone else you know. It inspires you to try doing some of the things mentioned. There are many references and sources to help you do that. From there you can take it to the next level. So, if you're not sure where to begin or just want to get more insight into sustainable living for you, your family and the environment overall, "Sustainable Living - Practical Eco-Friendly Tips for Green Living and Self-Sufficiency in the 21st Century - [Special Edition Collection]" is exactly what you need as a good reference guide!

Environmental Issues and Sustainable Futures

Author : Michael Marien
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Towards Sustainable Building

Author : N. Maiellaro
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This volume contains the extended versions of selected papers presented at the first Mediterranean Conference "Sharing Knowledge on Sustainable Building" held at the Polytechnic ofBari in December 1999, supported by the National Research Council of Italy. The publication of this book was made possible through the efforts of the contributing Authors. Other people have provided invaluable support for the conference and for the preparation of this volume; in particular, I wish to thank Antonella Lerario for providing support in the final editing of the text and images. 1 As reported in Boonstra and Rovers (200 I) , people spend a great deal of time inside buildings; therefore, decisions about design, construction, use, maintenance, renovation, demolition, reuse and recycling of buildings have a huge impact on the sustainable development of our society. Technical aspects, however, should be supported by adequate policies, developed with appropriate tools and driven by meaningful challenges. For people involved in sustainable buildings, the conceptual frameworks, studies and experiences collected in this volume, organized into three parts - "Policies", "Tools" and "Challenges" - will help to advance knowledge allowing them to adopt and more efficiently implement such innovations sooner.

Environmental Impact Assessment

Author : A. G. Colombo
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Section 1. Legislation. The EEC directive on EIA and its implementation in the EC member states. The EEC directives on environmental hazards. The dutch integral environmental zoning project. Section 2. EIA APROACHES AND TECHNIQUES contents and phases of an EIA study. Risk analysis in environmental impact studies. Environmental impact assessment and risk analysis in Denmark. Environmental impact assessment in Germany with a special focus on environmental planning in the Ruhr area. Pollution abatement in oil refineries and inorganic chemical industries. SILVIA: a decision support system for environmental impact assessment. Section 3. Environmental indicators and indices environmental indicators and measurement scales. Air quality assessment in environmental impact studies. Surface water quality indicators. Soil and ground water quality indicators. Ecotoxicological risk indicators for environmental chemicals. Industrial plant risk indices. Section 4. ECONOMIC AND SOCIOLOGICAL DIMENSIONS OF EIA. Sustainability, efficiency and equity: project appraisal in economic development strategies. Sociological aspects of environmental impact assessment.

Business and Sustainability

Author : Michael Blowfield
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Climate change, the resource constrained economy, and sustainability in general are amongst the hottest and most problematic topics for contemporary businesses. This book provides a comprehensive overview of how the world's sustainability challenges are affecting and being affected by business.

Sustainability at Work

Author : Marilyn Waite
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Sustainability at Work is a compelling guide for everyone who wants to have both a successful career and a career that makes a positive difference in society. Containing career advice of great value to students of sustainability, and explaining how they can apply their knowledge to their future careers, its appeal extends well beyond the classroom. Sustainability at Work includes an easy-to-follow framework that anyone wondering how they can make a sustainable difference in the workplace can apply. Professionals from a variety of backgrounds and territories explain how they brought a sustainability approach to various sectors: agriculture, health care, business, economics, and financial services, education and research, law and policy, science and technology, and entertainment and media. Through inspiring narratives and a structured framework, Sustainability at Work illustrates how sustainability can be incorporated into every imaginable career to impact the quadruple bottom line: environment, economy, society, and future generations.

Business and Human Rights in Southeast Asia

Author : Mahdev Mohan
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Business and human rights has emerged as a distinct field within the corporate governance movement. The endorsement by the United Nations Human Rights Council of a new set of Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights in 2011 reinforces the State’s duty to protect against human rights abuses by third parties, including business; the corporate responsibility to respect human rights; and greater access by victims to effective remedy, both judicial and non-judicial. This book draws on the UN Guiding Principles and recent national plans of action, to provide an overview of relevant developments within the ASEAN region. Bridging theory and practice, the editors have positioned this book at the intersection of human rights risk and its regulation. Chapter authors discuss the implications of key case-studies undertaken across the region and various sectors, with a particular focus on extractive industries, the environment, and infrastructure projects. Topics covered include: due diligence and the role of audits; businesses’ responsibilities to women and children; and the mitigation of human rights risks in the region's emerging markets. The book sheds light on how stakeholders currently approach business and human rights, and explores how the role of ASEAN States, and that of the institution itself, may be strengthened. In doing so, the book identifies critical challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for the region in relation to business and human rights. This book will be of excellent use and interest to scholars, practitioners and students of human rights, business and company law, international law, and corporate governance.

Environmental Science

Author : Daniel D. Chiras
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Updated throughout with the latest data from the field, the new Ninth Edition of Environmental Science provides a comprehensive, student-friendly introduction to the environmental issues facing society today and offers numerous solutions for how we can create a more sustainable way of life. Chiras focuses on the underlying cause of environmental problems and is sure to present both sides of the issue at hand. Each chapter highlights critical analysis to help student determine how to approach these complex topics and determine the merits of the debates for themselves. The Ninth Edition includes updated and expanded coverage of environmental economics, ecology, and the application of science and technology as it applies to environmental concerns. - Updated and revised throughout to keep pace with the changes in the field. - New and updated Go Green marginal notes provide helpful, inexpensive, and practical tips which will help us all build a sustainable future. - Chapter 15, Foundations of a Sustainable Energy System, includes new content on energy-conservation options, fuel efficiency standards, electric cars, and 'green buildings'. - Stresses critical thinking skills by urging students to analyze complex issues and make rational decisions on key topics. - Spotlight on Sustainable Development boxes give students further insight into timely environmental issues. - Point/Counterpoint sections help students examine both sides of popular environmental issues. - Key Concept boxes highlight the crucial concepts that form the foundation of environmental science.

Responsible Living

Author : Victoria W. Thoresen
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Focusing on the challenges of the transition to responsible, sustainable lifestyles, this book examines developments over the last decade in relation to: - the creation of awareness of consumer citizenship, civic involvement and environmental stewardship - research, projects and publications on education for responsible living - the creation and implementation of relevant teaching methods and materials - policies on education for sustainable consumption and lifestyles - global processes for education on sustainable development The articles deal with topics related to policy support, institutional approaches, educators, young people, and local communities. They draw attention to successful initiatives and reflect upon what still needs to be done. The book also looks at the roles that central actors such as PERL (The Partnership for Education and research about Responsible Living) play in this process.