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The Resource list of the Week – The Environment

This week, our Resource List of the Week focuses on the Environment. Before proceeding, let’s give a definition to his topic.

What is the Environment?

According to the Collins Dictionary, the Environment can be defined as

“the particular natural surroundings in which you live or exist, considered in relation to their physical characteristics or weather conditions.”

To better understand the topic, we suggest you read the following titles and resources.

1.Complex Ecology – Curtin, Charles G. and Allen, Timothy F. H.

Complex Ecology

This title explores how humanity is facing an increasing array of societal and environmental challenges, that defy simple quantifiable solutions. Firstly, it provides a new paradigm for ecologists and conservationists who are keen to embrace the uncertainty caused by the current state of the climate. Secondly, this book presents key research papers chosen by over sixty scholars from various continents, across a diverse span of sub-disciplines.

2.Polar Environments and Global Change – Barry, Roger G. and Hall-McKim, Eileen A.

Polar Environments and Global Change

This book provides an accessible introduction to the scientific study of polar environments, against a backdrop of climate change and the wider global environment. Firstly, it assembles diverse information on polar environmental characteristics, in its terrestrial and oceanic domains. Secondly, it describes the ongoing changes in climate, oceans, and components of the cryosphere.

3.Green Development – Adams, Bill 

Green Development

This textbook provides a clear and coherent analysis of sustainable development in both theory and practice. Also, it explores the origins of thinking about sustainability and sustainable development; the ideas that dominate mainstream sustainable development; the dilemmas of sustainability in the context of dryland degradation, deforestation, biodiversity conservation, dam construction and urban and industrial development; the nature of policy choices about the environment and development strategies.

4.Political Ecology – Zimmerer, Karl S. /Bassett, Thomas J.

Political Ecology

This title offers a unique perspective on the political and ecological processes shaping both landscapes and resource use across the global North and South. Firstly, it outlines twelve case studies which demonstrate how contemporary geographical theories and methods can contribute to understanding key environment-and-development issues and working toward effective policies. Secondly, it focuses on water and biodiversity resources, urban and national resource planning, scientific concepts of resource management, and ideas of nature and conservation in the context of globalization.

5.Environmental Economics – Managi, Shunsuke/Kuriyama, Koichi

Environmental Economics

This title explains how environmental economics works and thought process behind it. Firstly, the book focuses on specific environmental issues and provides evidence that facilitates understanding. Secondly, it contains in-depth explanations necessary for a thorough understanding of the fundamental aspects and importance of environmental economics. Finally, the title seeks to elucidate the mechanisms that give rise to environmental problems by approaching environmental issues from an economic perspective.

6.ScienceNews – Earth and Environment 

This website features daily news, blogs, feature stories, reviews and more in all disciplines of science. It also has a very good section of resources concerning the Environment.

7.Urbanisation and Environmental Quality 

This paper examines the relationships between population dynamics, environment, and economic development. Furthermore, it inspects urbanization, whose impact is often characterized as strongly negative. Finally, it analyses the broad conceptual issues of population, urbanization, and environment, providing demographic insight to the discussion.

8.The Impact of Population, Health, and Environment Projects

This report examines and summarizes the recent available evidence from integrated Population, Health, and Environment (PHE) projects, to document what they are measuring and/or not measuring. Furthermore, it assesses the current state of PHE projects of monitoring and evaluation, and it identifies gaps in their evaluation so that future plans can improve their work.


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