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Risk and Social Theory in Environmental Management

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Risk and Social Theory in Environmental Management by Thomas Measham, Stewart Lockie
2012 | ISBN: 0643104127 | English | 232 pages | PDF | 12 MB

Risk and Social Theory in Environmental Management
marks a timely contribution, given that environmental management is no longer just about protecting pristine ecosystems and endangered species from anthropogenic harm; it is about calculating and managing the risks to human communities of rapid environmental and technological change.

First, the book provides a solid foundation of the social theory underpinning the nature of risk, then presents a rethinking of key concepts and methods in order to take more seriously the biophysical embeddedness of human society. Second, it presents a rich set of case studies from Australia and around the world, drawing on the latest applied research conducted by leading research institutions. In so doing, the book identifies the tensions that arise from decision making over risk and uncertainty in a contested policy environment, and provides crucial insights for addressing on-the-ground problems in an integrated way.

* First volume to address environmental risk from a social science perspective
* Latest theoretical developments
* In depth case studies of contemporary issues (e.g. climate change, water shortages)
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Fur Seals and Sea Lions

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Roger Kirkwood, Simon Goldsworthy, "Fur Seals and Sea Lions"
2013 | ISBN-10: 0643096922 | 160 pages | PDF | 21 MB

Fur Seals and Sea Lions
Fur seals and sea lions are charismatic, large carnivores that engage us with both their skill and playful antics. Although all species in Australian waters were harvested to near extinction 200 years ago, fur seals are recovering and are now common in near-shore waters across southern Australia. Sea lions, however, are endangered. Their populations appear not to have recovered like fur seals and are declining at some locations. Fur seals and sea lions are important top level predators and play an important role in Australia's temperate marine ecosystems. Key threats they currently face relate to human activities, particularly interactions with fisheries. This book outlines the comparative evolutionary ecology, biology, life-history, behaviour, conservation status, threats, history of human interactions and latest research on the three species of otariids that live in the waters of southern Australia: the Australian fur seal, New Zealand fur seal and Australian sea lion. It also includes brief descriptions of Antarctic and Subantarctic seals that occupy the Antarctic pack-ice and remote Australian territories of Macquarie Island and Heard Island.

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The Woodhen: A Flightless Island Bird Defying Extinction

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The Woodhen: A Flightless Island Bird Defying Extinction by Clifford B. Frith
2013 | ISBN: 064310870X | English | 232 pages | PDF | 24 MB

The Woodhen: A Flightless Island Bird Defying Extinction
This book tells the fascinating success story of saving the flightless Woodhen of Lord Howe Island. This unique large rail, an iconic and highly endangered Australian bird, was at the very brink of extinction with just 15 individuals found in 1980, when bold and risky actions were taken to save it.

The book begins with the discovery and ecology of Lord Howe Island. It then details the history of the Woodhen, its place among the rails and their evolution of flightlessness, the planning, implementation and trials, tribulations and successes of the captive breeding program and the way in which the wild population recovered. The ecology, behavior and breeding biology of this unique flightless island rail are also discussed. The text is accompanied by numerous photographs and drawings.
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The Woodhen: A Flightless Island Bird Defying Extinction

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The Woodhen: A Flightless Island Bird Defying Extinction by Clifford B. Frith
2013 | ISBN: 064310870X | English | 232 pages | PDF | 24 MB

The Woodhen: A Flightless Island Bird Defying Extinction
This book tells the fascinating success story of saving the flightless Woodhen of Lord Howe Island. This unique large rail, an iconic and highly endangered Australian bird, was at the very brink of extinction with just 15 individuals found in 1980, when bold and risky actions were taken to save it.

The book begins with the discovery and ecology of Lord Howe Island. It then details the history of the Woodhen, its place among the rails and their evolution of flightlessness, the planning, implementation and trials, tribulations and successes of the captive breeding program and the way in which the wild population recovered. The ecology, behavior and breeding biology of this unique flightless island rail are also discussed. The text is accompanied by numerous photographs and drawings.
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Myanmar, 3rd edition

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Myanmar, 3rd edition by Saw Myat Yin, Josie Elias
English | 2012 | ISBN: 1608707865 | 144 pages | PDF | 5,4 MB

Myanmar, 3rd edition
Diversity is the spice of life, and the highly regarded Cultures of the World series celebrates just that in fully updated, and expanded editions. As has always been true of these outstanding titles, an abundance of vibrant photographs — including those new to this edition — stimulate the imaginations of young readers as they travel the globe. A new chapter on the environment focuses on politics and economics as well as on endangered species and the effects of industrialization. Additional authentic recipes add general interest while new maps offer further, easy-to-find facts in "About the Geography, " "About the Culture" and "About the Economy" sections.
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Shadow of the Bear: Travels in Vanishing Wilderness

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Shadow of the Bear: Travels in Vanishing Wilderness By Brian Payton
Publisher: Bloo.ms.bury 2006 | 304 Pages | ISBN: 1596911980 | EPUB | 1 MB

Shadow of the Bear: Travels in Vanishing Wilderness
Beginning with a dream in which he teaches a bespectacled bear to read, journalist and novelist Payton (Hail Mary Corner) chronicles eight worldwide adventures he took to see a variety of bears in their natural habitat and understand their "political, economic, and cultural environments," delivering an extremely satisfying and sometimes provocative read. His accounts of his travels always present engrossing information on a range of topics, such as the politics of Chinese panda preservation, the squalid living conditions of the endangered Cambodian sun bear and the struggle to protect the Italian brown bear from the results of financial mismanagement at national parks.
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The Handbook of Bilingualism and Multilingualism, 2nd edition

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The Handbook of Bilingualism and Multilingualism, 2nd edition by Tej K. Bhatia and William C. Ritchie
English | 2012-12-26 | ISBN: 1444334905 | PDF | 964 pages | 14,7 MB

The Handbook of Bilingualism and Multilingualism, 2nd edition
Comprising state-of-the-art research, this substantially expanded and revised Handbook discusses the latest global and interdisciplinary issues across bilingualism and multilingualism.
Includes the addition of ten new authors to the contributor team, and coverage of seven new topics ranging from global media to heritage language learning
Provides extensively revised coverage of bilingual and multilingual communities, polyglot aphasia, creolization, indigenization, linguistic ecology and endangered languages, multilingualism, and forensic linguistics
Brings together a global team of internationally-renowned researchers from different disciplines
Covers a wide variety of topics, ranging from neuro- and psycho-linguistic research to studies of media and psychological counseling
Assesses the latest issues in worldwide linguistics, including the phenomena and the conceptualization of 'hyperglobalization', and emphasizes geographical centers of global conflict and commerce
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Rescue and Flight: American Relief Workers Who Defied the Nazis

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Susan Elisabeth Subak, "Rescue and Flight: American Relief Workers Who Defied the Nazis"
2010 | ISBN-10: 0803225253 | 360 pages | PDF | 3 MB

Rescue and Flight: American Relief Workers Who Defied the Nazis
When Susan Elisabeth Subak discovered that members of the Unitarian Church had helped her Jewish father immigrate to the United States, she was unaware of the impact the organization had made during World War II. After years of research, Subak uncovers the little-known story of the Unitarian Service Committee, which rescued European refugees during World War II, and the remarkable individuals who made it happen. The Unitarian Service Committee was among the few American organizations committed to helping refugees during World War II. The staff who ran the committee assisted those endangered by the Nazi regime, from famous writers and artists to the average citizen. Part of a larger network of American relief workers, the Unitarian Committee helped refugees negotiate the official and legal channels of escape, and when those methods failed, the more complex underground channels. From their offices in Portugal and southern France, they created escape routes through Europe to the United States, South America, and England, and rescued thousands, often at great personal risk.
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Forests for the People: The Story of America’s Eastern National Forests

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Forests for the People: The Story of America's Eastern National Forests by Christopher Johnson and David Govatski
English | 2013-01-25 | ISBN: 1610910095, 1610910109 | PDF | 408 pages | 12 MB

Forests for the People: The Story of America’s Eastern National Forests
Forests for the People tells one of the most extraordinary stories of environmental protection in our nation's history: how a diverse coalition of citizens, organizations, and business and political leaders worked to create a system of national forests in the Eastern United States. It offers an insightful and wide-ranging look at the actions leading to the passage of the Weeks Act in 1911-landmark legislation that established a system of well-managed forests in the East, the South, and the Great Lakes region-along with case studies that consider some of the key challenges facing eastern forests today.

The book begins by looking at destructive practices widely used by the timber industry in the late 1800s and early 1900s, including extensive clearcutting followed by forest fire that devastated entire landscapes. The authors explain how this led to the birth of a new conservation movement that began simultaneously in the Southern Appalachians and New England, and describe the subsequent protection of forests in New England (New Hampshire and the White Mountains); the Great Lakes region (Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota), and the Southern Appalachians.

Following this historical background, the authors offer eight case studies that examine critical issues facing the eastern national forests today, including timber harvesting, the use of fire, wilderness protection, endangered wildlife, oil shale drilling, invasive species, and development surrounding national park borders.
Forests for the People is the only book to fully describe the history of the Weeks Act and the creation of the eastern national forests and to use case studies to illustrate current management issues facing these treasured landscapes. It is an important new work for anyone interested in the past or future of forests and forestry in the United States.
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