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
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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.

Biodiversity

A Reference Handbook
Author: Anne Becher
Publisher: Abc-Clio Incorporated
ISBN: 9780874369236
Category: Science
Page: 275
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Explains the meaning and importance of biodiversity, identifies current threats, and includes information on related individuals, organizations, and resources.

Ethnopharmazie und Ethnobotanik

eine Einführung ; mit 15 Tabellen
Author: Michael Heinrich
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Ethnobotanik - Phytopharmakon - Fallstudiensammlung
Page: 159
View: 9786
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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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Cultural and spiritual values of biodiversity


Author: Darrell Addison Posey,United Nations Environment Programme
Publisher: Practical Action
ISBN: 9781853393976
Category: Philosophy
Page: 731
View: 8642
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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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Sylva


Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Forests and forestry
Page: N.A
View: 7872
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Palms

sentinels for Amazon conservation
Author: Michael Goulding,Nigel J. H. Smith
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Forest ecology
Page: 356
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The American Biology Teacher


Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Biology
Page: N.A
View: 515
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Tropical Ecology


Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Botany
Page: N.A
View: 6618
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Wild Earth


Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Biodiversity conservation
Page: N.A
View: 9331
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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.

Global Biodiversity

Earth's Living Resources in the 21st Century
Author: Brian Groombridge,Martin Jenkins,Centre mondial de surveillance continue de la conservation de la nature
Publisher: United Nations Publications
ISBN: N.A
Category: Science
Page: 246
View: 3055
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This publication gives a broad ecological overview of current condition in the three main parts of the biosphere, the seas, the land and inland waters. It also provides an historical context, from the origin of life on the planet onward. This has been done to demonstrate the long history of life on earth and to emphasise the brevity of human existence. The first part of the book includes a discussion of the components of biodiversity and an account of the expansion of this diversity through geological time and the pattern of distribution on the planet. The second part covers features of human impacts on the environment and the uses currently made of biodiversity. The main lesson drawn is that while life itself has remarkable tenacity, the tenure on earth of individual species has always been a strictly limited one. The environment of any species has two main roles: to provide the essential materials for growth and reproduction of the species and to remove or transform its waste products. A failure of either of these two will have an adverse or catastrophic impact on the species concerned. Ecosystems and the biosphere continue to function because the relentless pressure of natural selection has meant that organisms have evolved that thrive on the waste products of other organisms. This is considered in the book to be the function of biological diversity. A large number of tables and maps are presented in this publication, including a table on biodiversity at country level. This book has a companion volume, 'Life Counts'.

Scientific American Resource Library

Readings in the Life Sciences
Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Biology
Page: N.A
View: 2721
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