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Seeing the Better City
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 248

Seeing the Better City

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2017-02-02
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  • Publisher: Island Press

In order to understand and improve cities today, personal observation remains as important as ever. While big data, digital mapping, and simulated cityscapes are valuable tools for understanding urban space, using them without on-the-ground, human impressions risks creating places that do not reflect authentic local context. Seeing the Better City brings our attention back to the real world right in front of us, focusing it once more on the sights, sounds, and experiences of place in order to craft policies, plans, and regulations to shape better urban environments. Through clear prose and vibrant photographs, Charles Wolfe shows those who experience cities how they might catalog the influen...

Modern Poisons
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 224

Modern Poisons

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2016-05-05
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  • Publisher: Island Press

Traditional toxicology textbooks tend to be doorstops: tomes filled with important but seemingly abstract chemistry and biology. Meanwhile, magazine and journal articles introduce students to timely topics such as BPA and endocrine disruption or the carcinogenic effects of pesticides, but don't provide the fundamentals needed to understand the science of toxicity. Written by a longtime professor of toxicology, Modern Poisons bridges this gap. This accessible book explains basic principles in plain language while illuminating the most important issues in contemporary toxicology. Kolok begins by exploring age-old precepts of the field such as the dose-response relationship and the concept, fir...

Water is for Fighting Over
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 263

Water is for Fighting Over

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2016-09-01
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  • Publisher: Island Press

When we think of water in the West, we think of conflict and crisis. Yet despite decades of headlines warning of mega-droughts, the death of agriculture, and the collapse of cities, the Colorado River basin has thrived in the face of water scarcity. John Fleck shows how western communities, whether farmers and city-dwellers or U.S. environmentalists and Mexican water managers, actually have a promising record of conservation and cooperation. Rather than perpetuate the myth Whiskey's for drinkin', water's for fightin' over," Fleck urges readers to embrace a new, more optimistic narrative a future where the Colorado continues to flow. "

Island Press: Eco-Compass
  • Language: en

Island Press: Eco-Compass

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  • Published: Unknown
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  • Publisher: Unknown

Presents environmental information and articles provided by Island Press, a publisher located in Washington, D.C., that focuses on environmental issues. Features current information and case studies related to ecosystems, community issues, global change, and economics. Links to information about Island Press' books. Offers online ordering and access to press releases. Contains a site search engine.

Island Press
  • Language: en

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Ecotourism and Sustainable Development, Second Edition
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 568

Ecotourism and Sustainable Development, Second Edition

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2008-08-18
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  • Publisher: Island Press

Ecotourism and Sustainable Development is the most comprehensive overview of worldwide ecotourism available today, showing how both the concept and the reality have evolved over more than twenty-five years. Here Martha Honey revisits six nations she profiled in the first edition—the Galapagos Islands, Costa Rica, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Kenya, and South Africa—and adds a fascinating new chapter on the United States. She examines the growth of ecotourism within each country’s tourism strategy, its political system, and its changing economic policies. Her useful case studies highlight the economic and cultural impacts of expanding tourism on indigenous populations as well as on ecosystems.

Marketing for Scientists
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 248

Marketing for Scientists

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2012-06-22
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  • Publisher: Island Press

It's a tough time to be a scientist: universities are shuttering science departments, federal funding agencies are facing flat budgets, and many newspapers have dropped their science sections altogether. But according to Marc Kuchner, this antiscience climate doesn't have to equal a career death knell-it just means scientists have to be savvier about promoting their work and themselves. In Marketing for Scientists, he provides clear, detailed advice about how to land a good job, win funding, and shape the public debate. As an astrophysicist at NASA, Kuchner knows that "marketing" can seem like a superficial distraction, whether your daily work is searching for new planets or seeking a cure f...

Brilliant Green
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 184

Brilliant Green

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2015-03-12
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  • Publisher: Island Press

Are plants intelligent? Can they solve problems, communicate, and navigate their surroundings? Or are they passive, incapable of independent action or social behavior? Philosophers and scientists have pondered these questions since ancient Greece, most often concluding that plants are unthinking and inert: they are too silent, too sedentary -- just too different from us. Yet discoveries over the past fifty years have challenged these ideas, shedding new light on the extraordinary capabilities and complex interior lives of plants. In Brilliant Green, Stefano Mancuso, a leading scientist and founder of the field of plant neurobiology, presents a new paradigm in our understanding of the vegetal...

Human Transit
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 235

Human Transit

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2012-07-29
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  • Publisher: Island Press

Public transit is a powerful tool for addressing a huge range of urban problems, including traffic congestion and economic development as well as climate change. But while many people support transit in the abstract, it's often hard to channel that support into good transit investments. Part of the problem is that transit debates attract many kinds of experts, who often talk past each other. Ordinary people listen to a little of this and decide that transit is impossible to figure out. Jarrett Walker believes that transit can be simple, if we focus first on the underlying geometry that all transit technologies share. In Human Transit, Walker supplies the basic tools, the critical questions, and the means to make smarter decisions about designing and implementing transit services. Human Transit explains the fundamental geometry of transit that shapes successful systems; the process for fitting technology to a particular community; and the local choices that lead to transit-friendly development. Whether you are in the field or simply a concerned citizen, here is an accessible guide to achieving successful public transit that will enrich any community.

Chasing Water
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 192

Chasing Water

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2014-06-03
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  • Publisher: Island Press

Water scarcity is spreading and intensifying in many regions of the world, with dire consequences for local communities, economies, and freshwater ecosystems. Current approaches tend to rely on policies crafted at the state or national level, which on their own have proved insufficient to arrest water scarcity. To be durable and effective, water plans must be informed by the culture, economics, and varied needs of affected community members. International water expert Brian Richter argues that sustainable water sharing in the twenty-first century can only happen through open, democratic dialogue and local collective action. In Chasing Water, Richter tells a cohesive and complete story of wat...