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Environmental Economics for Watershed Restoration

Hale W. Thurston, Matthew T. Heberling, Alyse Schrecongost
June 14, 2017

Whether addressing pollution problems or helping protect a specific use, watershed associations are finding that the competition for funds is getting harder. While we can grasp the value of our streams for fishing or kayaking and other services, or their cultural value, or their value to an...

Economics and Ecology: United for a Sustainable World

Charles R. Beaton, Chris Maser
May 31, 2017

The earth, our home, is in crisis. There are two sides to this crisis—our global economy, and its effect on the ecology of our home planet. Despite conventional thinking that typical monetary and fiscal manipulations will put us back on the path of economic growth, the reality is not that simple....

Production, Growth, and the Environment: An Economic Approach

William L. Weber
March 30, 2017

Written in a way that facilitates understanding of complex concepts, laws, and policy, Production, Growth, and the Environment: An Economic Approach explores how economic growth usually makes people better off, but also asks at what environmental cost? These costs are not often realized until after...

Climate Change and the Oceanic Carbon Cycle: Variables and Consequences

Isabel Ferrera
January 11, 2017

This title includes a number of Open Access chapters. This valuable compendium provides an overview of the variables and consequences of oceanic carbon cycling in the context of climate change. The chapters highlight the importance of marine plankton in carbon processing as well as the effects of...

Urban Land Use: Community-Based Planning

Kimberly Etingoff
December 20, 2016

This title includes a number of Open Access chapters. This compendium volume, Urban Land Use: Community-Based Planning, covers a range of land use planning and community engagement issues. Part I explores the connections between land use decisions and consequences for urban residents,...

The Feeding of Nations: Redefining Food Security for the 21st Century

Mark Gibson
October 19, 2016

In the last decade, the world has grown richer and produced more food than ever before. Yet in that same period, hunger has increased and 925 million remain underfed and malnourished. Exploring this troubling paradox, The Feeding of Nations: Re-Defining Food Security for the 21st Century offers a...

Shared Governance for Sustainable Working Landscapes

Timothy M. Gieseke
August 12, 2016

Sustaining our agricultural landscapes is no longer just a technical, scientific or even political problem, but it has evolved into a socially complex, so-called wicked problem of conflicting social governance and economics. This creates an extreme economic obstacle where the value of ecosystem...

Water Poverty: The Next “Oil” Crisis

Shirley J. Hansen
August 08, 2016

A water crisis on our immediate horizon is destined to hurt, even kill, millions of children, and the window of opportunity to do something about it is rapidly closing. There is, however, a glimmer of hope that could turn into rays of sunshine. Water is a commodity, and we have just come through...

Sustainable Cities: Urban Planning Challenges and Policy

Kimberly Etingoff
July 08, 2016

This title includes a number of Open Access chapters. Two trends come together in the world’s cities to make urban sustainability a critical issue today. First, greater and greater numbers of people are living in urban areas—and are projected to do so for the foreseeable future. Additionally,...

Improving Urban Environments: Strategies for Healthier and More Sustainable Cities

Marco Ragazzi
May 12, 2016

This title includes a number of Open Access chapters. Because cities are such complex systems, creating sustainable urban environments is a challenging goal. No single strategy—or even several strategies—will be enough to achieve tomorrow’s healthy and sustainable cities. The challenges resist...

The Paradigm of Forests and the Survival of the Fittest

Sergio A. Molina-Murillo, Carlos Rojas Alvarado
February 17, 2016

This book demonstrates the social, historical, and environmental framework within which humans have developed a relationship with the forest and its resources. Starting from the biological basis that permits the existence of forests to the use of forest resources in a modern human context, this...

Urban Development for the 21st Century: Managing Resources and Creating Infrastructure

Kimberly Etingoff
July 29, 2015

This title includes a number of Open Access chapters. Urban planners around the world are increasingly concerned with creating and maintaining cities that are healthy for both the environment and for individuals. Cities are at the forefront of the trend toward sustainable living, since they are...

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