Quantifying Sustainable Development

The Future of Tropical Economies
Author: Charles A.S. Hall,Patrick Van Laake,Carlos Leon Perez,Gregoire Leclerc
Publisher: Elsevier
ISBN: 0080492215
Category: Science
Page: 761
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Until recently, the phenomenal economic development of the Asian tigers, Chile, and Malaysia, as well as the sustained economic growth of the United States, painted a very desirable and optimistic picture of free markets, fiscal responsibility, and, more generally, the entire dogma of neoclassical economics. As of the fall of 1998, however, the economies of many tropical countries have contracted severely, and the enthusiasm of the developing tropics for the free market and all of its ancillary policies is decidedly cooler. Have our traditional approaches to economics been failing the developing world? This interdisciplinary book covers the conditions of the developing tropics, the resistance of some of their problems to earlier attempts at solutions, and the use of new tools to develop a much more comprehensive and empirical framework for analysis and decision making. It also presents the development of cutting edge technology that links GIS and modeling approaches with extensive databases on meteorology, soils, agricultural production, and land use. The book discusses whether development is sustainable through a synthesis of demographic, economic, and resource-specific considerations. Costa Rica is uniquely suited to this study because of its size, stage of development, democratic institutions, and national databases. A CD-ROM containing all data and programs, color images, animated models, large data tables, and references accompanies the book. Links economic and biophysical analyses of sustainability Presents new tools and approaches for analysis and decision-making Includes a CD-ROM containing data and programs, color images, animated models, and references

Biological Diversity


Author: L. N. Petrov
Publisher: Nova Publishers
ISBN: 9781590335284
Category: Reference
Page: 220
View: 1988
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One of the cornerstones of life's wonders is the vast array of species filling the planet. From plants to animals to humans, there is no shortage of beings to provide 'spice of life' variety is said to be. Periodically, scientists announce the discovery of a 'new' form of life, so it seems as if Earth is capable of producing new species just to keep us on our toes. At times, the immense breadth of living things can even feel overwhelming, as one pauses to ponder how numerically insignificant humans are when compared to the insect population. Given the biological diversity of the planet, it is incumbent upon humans to safeguard the natural beauty of the environment. To that end, conservation takes on special importance, necessitating the balancing of industrial expansion with preserving the flora and fauna surrounding us. This book is an important tool in understanding and researching the many different life forms spanning the globe. Collected here is a substantial and carefully selected listing of relevant literature on biological diversity and its conservation. Following this bibliography are author, title, and subject indexes to allow for further access to this information. The sheer bulk of the works about biological diversity can be so intimidating that a book such as this one becomes useful in sorting through the resources about the importance of life's variety.

Late Cretaceous and Cenozoic History of Latin American Vegetation and Terrestrial Environments


Author: Alan Graham
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Paleobotany
Page: 617
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Choice

Publication of the Association of College and Research Libraries, a Division of the American Library Association
Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Academic libraries
Page: N.A
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Tropical Forests of the Guiana Shield

Ancient Forests in a Modern World
Author: D. S. Hammond
Publisher: CABI
ISBN: 9781845930929
Category: Nature
Page: 528
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The Guiana Shield is an ancient geological formation located in the northern part of South America, covering an area of one million square kilometres. Despite its hostile environment, it is home to many unusual and highly specialized plants and animals, which constitute a rich area of biodiversity. Chapters in this book include hydrology, nutrient cycling, forest phenology, insect-plant interactions, forest microclimate, plant distributions, forest dynamics and conservation and management of flora and fauna. It provides a comprehensive and detailed review of the ecology, biology and natural history of the forests of the area.

Environmental Management in Practice: Compartments, stressors and sectors


Author: Bhaskar Nath
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 9780415149075
Category: Science
Page: 352
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Focuses on the instruments and tools currently available to the environmental manager. A theoretical background to the instruments is given together with an overview of those instruments that are in common use today.

Weather


Author: William James Burroughs,Bob Crowder
Publisher: Time Life Education
ISBN: 9780737000801
Category: Nature
Page: 288
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A survey of the history of weather forecasting, from ancient times to the present day, examines the specialized instruments used to monitor the weather and discusses individual weather phenomena

Weather


Author: Fog City Press,William James Burroughs
Publisher: Fog City Pr
ISBN: 9781876778651
Category: Nature
Page: 288
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This series introduces beginning readers to the basic elements of weather. Correlated to State Standards!

Proceedings of the Royal Society

Series B
Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Biology
Page: N.A
View: 795
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From Quarks to the Cosmos

Tools of Discovery
Author: Leon M. Lederman,David N. Schramm
Publisher: Times Books
ISBN: 9780716760122
Category: Astronomy
Page: 242
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Describes the current views on the nature of space, time, matter, and fundamental forces.

What is a Forest?


Author: Bobbie Kalman,Kathryn Smithyman
Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company
ISBN: 9780865059924
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 32
View: 9184
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What are Forests? brings to life the wondrously complex and diverse ecosystems found in forests around the world. Intricate relationships and concepts are explained in a simple way with the help of beautiful color photographs. Children will be fascinated by the earth's many types of forests, the elements that make up a forest ecosystem, the wide range of plant and animal species that live in different forests, and the importance of forests to the rest of the Earth.

Biodiversity in the Brazilian Amazon

Assessment and Priority Actions for Conservation, Sustainable Use and Benefit Sharing
Author: João Paulo Ribeiro Capobianco
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Biodiversity
Page: 535
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Ethnopharmazie und Ethnobotanik

eine Einführung ; mit 15 Tabellen
Author: Michael Heinrich
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Ethnobotanik - Phytopharmakon - Fallstudiensammlung
Page: 159
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Tropical Montane Cloud Forests

Science for Conservation and Management
Author: L. A. Bruijnzeel,F. N. Scatena,L. S. Hamilton
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1139494554
Category: Science
Page: N.A
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This volume represents a uniquely comprehensive overview of our current knowledge on tropical montane cloud forests. 72 chapters cover a wide spectrum of topics including cloud forest distribution, climate, soils, biodiversity, hydrological processes, hydrochemistry and water quality, climate change impacts, and cloud forest conservation, management, and restoration. The final chapter presents a major synthesis by some of the world's leading cloud forest researchers, which summarizes our current knowledge and considers the sustainability of these forests in an ever-changing world. This book presents state-of-the-art knowledge concerning cloud forest occurrence and status, as well as the biological and hydrological value of these unique forests. The presentation is academic but with a firm practical emphasis. It will serve as a core reference for academic researchers and students of environmental science and ecology, as well as practitioners (natural resources management, forest conservation) and decision makers at local, national, and international levels.

American Book Publishing Record

ABPR annual cumulative
Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: United States
Page: N.A
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Cultural and spiritual values of biodiversity


Author: Darrell Addison Posey,United Nations Environment Programme
Publisher: Practical Action
ISBN: 9781853393976
Category: Philosophy
Page: 731
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Weaving together philosophical, historical, legal, scientific and personal viewpoints, this book gives a rich sample of the vast web which makes up our cultural, spiritual and social diversity. The volume highlights the central importance of cultural and spiritual values in the appreciation and preservation of all life and argues that these values give us a true reflection of worth. It demonstrates how many cultures see Nature as an extension of society, and how sensitive stewardship is an integral part of existence. The book includes chapters on: language and how cognition and speech encode indigenous knowledge systems and are critical for preservation of diversity; the complex issue of indigenous people and the problems of preserving their relationships both with and within their societies; voices of the world - expressions of concern and disquiet over the declining world diversity; holistic health practices where environment and diet are integrated into indigenous medical health systems; the importance of developing effective intellectual property rights and territorial and land rights to enhance and maintain local control. There are also specific examples of how local people have learned to conserve biodiversity in an extraordinary range of environments and social conditions, and examines how many world religions are re-assessing their roles as stewards in the light of environmental impoverishment. This book arose out of the Global Biodiversity Assessment (GBA), a massive review of current knowledge in the broad field of biological diversity, comissioned by United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP).

Journal of Biological Education


Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Biology
Page: N.A
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The American Biology Teacher


Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Biology
Page: N.A
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The Diversity of Life


Author: Edward O. Wilson
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674212985
Category: Science
Page: 424
View: 1211
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An account of how the living world became diverse and how humans are destroying that diversity traces the processes that create new species and identifies the events that have disrupted evolution over the past six hundred million years.