How Bad are Bananas?

The Carbon Footprint of Everything

Author: Mike Berners-Lee

Publisher: Profile Books

ISBN: 1846688914

Category: Carbon dioxide

Page: 239

View: 8946


Packed full of information yet always entertaining. From text messages and plastic bags to wars and volcanoes, How Bad Are Bananas? has the carbon answers we need.

There Is No Planet B

A Handbook for the Make or Break Years

Author: Mike Berners-Lee

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1108439586

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 300

View: 990


Big picture of how humanity can thrive in the twenty-first century; a book of realistic hope from a leading environmental author.

Outdoor Adventure and Social Theory

Author: Elizabeth C.J. Pike,Simon Beames

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136292403

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 184

View: 6866


Adventure and outdoor sports - from rock climbing to freestyle kayaking – are a modern social phenomenon that can tell us much about the relationship between sport, culture and contemporary society. In this engaging new introductory text, adventure sports are used to illustrate key concepts in social theory and to demonstrate why an understanding of social theory is essential for any student taking a course in sport, adventure, or outdoor education. Each chapter in the book introduces a key ‘classical’ or modern social theorist, including Marx, Durkheim, Weber and Elias, or a universal topic or issue in social theory, such as sustainability, commodification or identity. Within each of those chapters the theorist or topic is brought to life through case studies of adventurous activities and lived experiences, helping the reader to connect their own sporting and adventurous interests with the frameworks we use to understand wider culture and society. Concise and full of cutting-edge contemporary examples, Outdoor Adventure and Social Theory is the perfect companion for any module on the sociology of sport, adventure or outdoor recreation.

Confronting Climate Change

Author: Constance Lever-Tracy

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1136819851

Category: Social Science

Page: 128

View: 9971


In this highly accessible introduction to the predicted global impacts of climate change, Constance Lever-Tracy provides an authoritative guide to one of the most controversial issues facing the future of our planet. Discussing how the social and natural sciences must work together more effectively in confronting climate change, Lever-Tracy provides a sober, critical assessment of the politics of global warming and climate change.


Analysing climate change scepticism in the UK

Author: Martin Lack

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 148178398X

Category: Political Science

Page: 174

View: 1162


This is not a book about climate science. Rather it analyses why some people dispute the reality, reliability and reasonableness of this science. The validity of the scientifi c consensus is therefore taken as a given, solely in order to analyse the views of climate change sceptics who dispute it. Nevertheless, most biological and environmental scientists do agree that the scale of much human activity now exceeds the capacity of our environment to sustain it, or to recycle the waste it generates. Using a river as a source of water, a laundry and a toilet may be possible if you live in a sparsely populated wilderness. If you live in a slum, however, it is likely to lead to your premature death. As such, many activities have become problematic simply because of the rate at which we are carrying them out. This includes pumping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Therefore this book addresses the philosophical roots of scepticism, its possible misappropriation for ideological reasons, and the psychological causes of denial. It concludes by suggesting that ending this denial of science is an essential next step toward a sustainable future in a post-carbon era.

Sustainable Supply Chains

Models, Methods, and Public Policy Implications

Author: Tonya Boone,Vaidyanathan Jayaraman,Ram Ganeshan

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 1441961054

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 246

View: 7909


A sustainable enterprise is one that contributes to sustainable development by simultaneously delivering economic, social and environmental benefits or what has been termed "the triple bottom line." While pursuing profit, socially responsible companies should be sensitive to the environment and uphold the rights of all the firm's stakeholders. This edited volume explores leading-edge ideas — both by academics and forward-thinking companies — to (re)design and market products, source, manufacture, and eventually distribute and recover or dispose of them in an environmentally, ecologically, and socially responsible way. This edited volume is made up of fifteen chapters loosely grouped into clusters. After an introduction, chapter 2 shows the greenhouse emissions at various levels, from countries all the way to individual products. Chapters 3-7 each focus on an industrial sector and address issues specific to that industry, with chapter 7 presenting a case study on LEED certification of Miller Hall, home of the Mason School of Business where two of the authors (Tonya and Ram) work. Chapters 8-10 address product take back in the supply chain. Chapter 8 introduces e-waste and surveys what firms are doing to combat it. Chapter 9 provides an overview of existing take-back legislation and academic papers that have studied various research questions associated with them. Chapter 10 is a tutorial that addresses the problem of product disposition on a closed-loop supply chain: what should a firm do with a product return? Chapters 11-15 address measurement, monitoring, decision-making, and reporting regarding environmental issues in a firm. Chapter 11 provides an academic survey of eco-labeling and the consumer’s willingness to pay for them. Chapter 12 discusses how firms can measure the total carbon footprint in their supply chains and some of the strategies they can use to mitigate carbon emissions. Using the price of call options, chapter 13 illustrates how managers can quantify the savings attributed to sustainability-related investment. Chapter 14 develops a non-linear optimization model that addresses the complex trade-offs involved in making joint operational and environmental decisions. Finally, chapter 15 develops a Data Envelopment Analysis-based method for supplier evaluation incorporating environmental and business factors.

The Innovative Use of Materials in Architecture and Landscape Architecture

History, Theory and Performance

Author: Caren Yglesias

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786470801

Category: Art

Page: 216

View: 7189


This book is about the materials used in the design of architecture, landscape architecture and the city. The fundamental properties and technical aspects are reviewed within a context of a material's history, the theories of its meaning and making, and its use. Information about the sustainability aspects of each material is included (as a critical necessity in construction). Innovative design comes from an understanding of materials for what they are, how they have been used in the past, and what they can do to support human activity. The author's intent is to provide essential information useful both to those studying materials and methods of construction for the first time and to seasoned professionals concerned with advancing their design at a time when the consumption of natural resources and the consequences of wasteful practices are of urgent concern.

Walking God's Earth

The Environment and Catholic Faith

Author: David Cloutier

Publisher: Liturgical Press

ISBN: 0814637345

Category: Religion

Page: 168

View: 4030


How does the Catholic tradition understand the significance of the environment, and what are the implications for our daily lives? In Walking God’s Earth, David Cloutier provides a concise, accessible, and spiritually engaging introduction to these questions. Cloutier emphasizes the importance of “finding our place” within God’s created order, showing how spiritual experiences and scriptural narratives guide us to a humble and realistic perspective, one that often clashes with the presumptions of society. In its focus on practical ways of living out this message, the book identifies key areas—food, fuel, dwelling places, work, and leisure—where Catholics can bring their faith convictions into daily living.We are called to handle the things of God’s creation in holy, sacramental ways, as an essential part of our vocation to live out our faith. Walking God’s Earth emphasizes the importance of connecting both spiritually and morally, our environmental lives with the basics of our faith in hope that God’s desire for “the renewal of the earth” may be realized in our own desires and in the practices of our communities.


Why Success Always Starts with Failure

Author: Tim Harford

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0748116044

Category: Social Science

Page: 272

View: 5256


Everything we know about solving the world's problems is wrong. Out: Plans, experts and above all, leaders. In: Adapting - improvise rather than plan; fail, learn, and try again In this groundbreaking new book, Tim Harford shows how the world's most complex and important problems - including terrorism, climate change, poverty, innovation, and the financial crisis - can only be solved from the bottom up by rapid experimenting and adapting. From a spaceport in the Mojave Desert to the street battles of Iraq, from a blazing offshore drilling rig to everyday decisions in our business and personal lives, this is a handbook for surviving - and prospering - in our complex and ever-shifting world.

Refrigeration Nation

A History of Ice, Appliances, and Enterprise in America

Author: Jonathan Rees

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 1421411075

Category: History

Page: 248

View: 2283


Only when the power goes off and food spoils do we truly appreciate how much we rely on refrigerators and freezers. In Refrigeration Nation, Jonathan Rees explores the innovative methods and gadgets that Americans have invented to keep perishable food cold—from cutting river and lake ice and shipping it to consumers for use in their iceboxes to the development of electrically powered equipment that ushered in a new age of convenience and health. As much a history of successful business practices as a history of technology, this book illustrates how refrigeration has changed the everyday lives of Americans and why it remains so important today. Beginning with the natural ice industry in 1806, Rees considers a variety of factors that drove the industry, including the point and product of consumption, issues of transportation, and technological advances. Rees also shows that how we obtain and preserve perishable food is related to our changing relationship with the natural world.