• 12/10/2015



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New Environment Books Digest

Issue No. 6, 02 - 06 October, 2015
The weekly New Environment Books Digest from the Centre for Science and Environment tracks new books on environment and development or forthcoming titles from leading publishers from across the world that you may like to read, buy or recommend.
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Large-Scale Land Acquisitions: Focus on South-East Asia | Christophe Gironde | Graduate Institute Publications | Oct 2015

This book examines large-scale land acquisitions, or 'land grabbing', with a focus on South-East Asia. A series of thematic and in-depth case studies put ‘land grabbing’ into specific historical and institutional contexts. The volume also offers a human rights analysis of the phenomenon, examining the potential and limits of human rights mechanisms aimed at preventing and mitigating land grabs' negative consequences.


Air Pollution

Sustainable Air Pollution Management: Theory and Practice| Ramesh Chandrappa, Umesh Chandra Kulshrestha | Springer | 14 November, 2015
This work is intended as a textbook on the theory and practice of sustainable air pollution management. The book discusses the fundamental aspects of traditional air pollution topics as well as some more advanced topics (such as atmospheric brown cloud, trans-boundary movement of air pollutants, air transportation of radioactive material, biological air pollutants, etc.Read more...


The Mushroom at the End of the World: On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins | Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing | Princeton University Press | 2015
By investigating one of the world's most sought-after fungi, this new book presents an original examination into the relation between capitalist destruction and collaborative survival within multispecies landscapes, the prerequisite for continuing life on earth.

Climate Change

Climate Change in World Politics | John Vogler| Palgrave Macmillan | October, 2015
The author John Vogler examines the international politics of climate change, with a focus on the United Nations Framework Convention (UNFCCC). He considers how the international system treats the problem of climate change, analysing the ways in which this has been defined by the international community and the interests and alignments of state governments.

Climate Change Adaptation and Food Supply Chain Management | Ari Paloviita, Marja Järvelä | Routledge | August, 2015
This book highlights the issue of adaptation to climate change in food supply chains, the management and policy implications and the importance of supply chain resilience. Attention is given to each phase of the supply chain: input production, agriculture, food processing, retailing, consumption and post-consumption.

Adapting to Climate Uncertainty in African Agriculture: Narratives and knowledge politics |Stephen Whitfield| Routledge | September, 2015
This book examines the challenges of adaptation in smallholder farming in Africa, analysing the social, economic, political and climatic uncertainties that impact on agriculture in the region and the range of solutions proposed. Drawing on case studies of genetically modified crops, conservation agriculture, and other 'climate smart' solutions in eastern and southern Africa, the book identifies how uncertainties are framed 'from above' as well experienced 'from below', by farmers themselves.

Environmental Communication

Environmental Ethics and Film |Pat Brereton | Routledge | Sep 2015
Through a close examination of the medium, Environmental Ethics and Film explores how historical ethical values can be re-imagined and re-constituted for more contemporary audiences. Building on an extensive back-catalogue of eco-film analysis, the author focuses on a diverse selection of contemporary films which target audiences’ ethical sensibilities in very different ways. Read more...


The Brazilian Amazon: Politics, Science and International Relations in the History of the Forest| Bezerra, Joana | Springer| Sep 2015
The book addresses the Amazon from both a national and international perspective, discussing how the vision of the forest in one sphere influences the other. It analyses the current development scenario in the Amazon, using Terra Preta Read more...

Food Policy

Food Poverty and Insecurity: International Food Inequalities| Caraher, Martin, Coveney, John | Springer | 2015
This volume is concerned with food poverty and action on food (in)security. The context is a global one; as the developed world faces a problem with overconsumption and chronic diseases, the developing world is addressing the double burden of hunger and over consumption. Read more...

Industry and Environment

Ecology, Sustainable Development and Accounting | Seleshi Sisaye | Routledge| Aug 2015
Drawing examples from international development and federal government organizations, this book documents the link between ecology, corporate sustainable development, and sustainability accounting and reporting. It draws together the literature from several disciplines to elaborate the contribution of the ecological approach to sustainable development in the accounting literature.


Sanitation Law and Policy in India: An Introduction to Basic Instruments | Philippe Cullet & Lovleen Bhullar | Oxford University Press| Sep 2015
The volume consolidates the different elements that make up sanitation law and policy—health, environment, labour, infrastructure, and so on. It constitutes the first step in making researchers, policymakers, lawyers, and other stakeholders aware of the underlying legal and policy framework that informs the sanitation sector.Read more...

Sustainable Development

A River Runs Again: India’s Natural World in Crisis, from the Barren Cliffs of Rajasthan to the Farmlands of Karnataka | Meera Subramanian | Public Affairs| 2015
If the nation's progress is to continue, people must find a way to live sustainably, author Subramanian says. To illustrate India's challenges and opportunities, she tells five true stories themed around the five elements in Hinduism: earth (organic farming), water (rejuvenating a dried-up river), fire (the quest for smokeless cooking stoves), air (restoring the vulture population) and the abstract ether permeating the space we live in (teaching sexual health to limit population growth). Read more...
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