The Long Emergency

Surviving the End of Oil, Climate Change, and Other Converging Catastrophes of the Twenty-First Century
Author: James Howard Kunstler
Publisher: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic
ISBN: 9781555846701
Category: Political Science
Page: 336
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A “frightening and important” look at our unsustainable future (TimeOut Chicago). A controversial hit that has sparked debate among business leaders, environmentalists, and others, The Long Emergency is an eye-opening look at the unprecedented challenges we face in the years ahead, as oil runs out and the global systems built on it are forced to change radically. From the author of The Geography of Nowhere, it is a book that “should be read, digested, and acted upon by every conscientious U.S. politician and citizen” (Michael Shuman, author of Going Local: Creating Self-Reliant Communities in a Global Age).

Museums and the Paradox of Change


Author: Robert R. Janes
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135958211
Category: Social Science
Page: 448
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Museums throughout the world are under increasing pressure in the wake of the 2008/2009 economic recession and the many pressing social and environmental issues that are assuming priority. The major focus of concern in the global museum community is the sustainability of museums in light of these pressures, not to mention falling attendance and the challenges of the digital world. Museums and the Paradox of Change provides a detailed account of how a major Canadian museum suffered a 40 percent loss in its operating budget and went on to become the most financially self-sufficient of the ten largest museums in Canada. This book is the most detailed case study of its kind and is indispensable for students and practitioners alike. It is also the most incisive published account of organizational change within a museum, in part because it is honest, open and reflexive. Janes is the first to bring perspectives drawn from complexity science into the discussion of organizational change in museums and he introduces the key concepts of complexity, uncertainty, nonlinearity, emergence, chaos and paradox. This revised and expanded third edition also includes new writing on strengthening museum management, as well as reflections on new opportunities and hazards for museums. It concludes with six ethical responsibilities for museum leaders and managers to consider. Janes provides pragmatic solutions grounded in a theoretical context, and highlights important issues in the management of museums that cannot be ignored.

Cultures of Energy

Power, Practices, Technologies
Author: Sarah Strauss,Stephanie Rupp,Thomas Love
Publisher: Left Coast Press
ISBN: 1611321662
Category: Nature
Page: 360
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This path-breaking volume explores cultures of energy, the underlying but under-appreciated dimensions of both crisis and innovation in resource use around the globe. Theoretical chapters situate pressing energy issues in larger conceptual frames, and ethnographic case studies reveal energy as it is imagined, used, and contested in a variety of cultural contexts. Contributors address issues including the connection between resource flows and social relationships in energy systems; cultural transformation and notions of progress and collapse; the blurring of technology and magic; social tensions that accompany energy contraction; and sociocultural changes required in affluent societies to reduce dependence on fossil fuels. Each of five thematic sections concludes with an integrative and provocative conversation among the authors. The volume is an ideal tool for teaching unique, contemporary, and comparative perspectives on social theories of science and technology in undergraduate and graduate courses.

Why We Hate the Oil Companies

Straight Talk from an Energy Insider
Author: John Hofmeister
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 9780230106789
Category: Political Science
Page: 256
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As president of Shell Oil, John Hofmeister was known for being a straight shooter, willing to challenge his peers throughout the industry. Now, he's a man on a mission, the founder of Citizens for Affordable Energy, crisscrossing the country in a grassroots campaign to change the way we look at energy in this country. While pundits proffer false new promises of green energy independence, or flatly deny the existence of a problem, Hofmeister offers an insider's view of what's behind the energy companies' posturing, and how politicians use energy misinformation, disinformation, and lack of information to get and stay elected. He tackles the energy controversy head-on, without regard for political correctness. He also provides a new framework for solving difficult problems, identifying solutions that will lead to a future of comfortable lifestyles, affordable and clean energy, environmental protection, and sustained economic competitiveness.

Innovation, Global Change and Territorial Resilience


Author: Philip Cooke,Mario Davide Parrilli,José Luis Curbelo
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing
ISBN: 0857935755
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 512
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'Innovation, Global Change and Territorial Resilience is indeed a timely contribution addressing the challenges that the global economy poses for local, regional and national economies. In the current situation, resilience is instrumental and innovation is the key mechanism to get there. In this volume, an impressive line-up of international authorities in the field – from across Europe and beyond – present highly valuable insights, models and hypotheses on innovation dynamics and activities in current day economics, as well as policy analysis and advice.' – Anders Malmberg, Uppsala University, Sweden the critical message of this book is that in the current context of global change, local and national territories have to upgrade their resilience in terms of improving both their competitiveness and capability to innovate. Localized creativity, small high-tech entrepreneurship, related innovation platforms, social capital embedded in dynamically open territorial communities and context-specific though continuously upgrading policy platforms are all means to face new challenges and to promote increased absorptive capacity within local and national territories. the contributors illustrate that these capabilities are much needed in the current globalized economy as a path towards sustainability and for creating new opportunities for their inhabitants. They analyse the challenges and development prospects of local/regional production systems internally, across territories, and in terms of their potential and territorial connectivity which can help exploit opportunities for proactive policy actions. This is increasingly relevant in the current climate in which the balanced allocation of resources and opportunities, particularly for SMEs, cannot be expected as the automatic result of the working of the market. Exploring conceptual and methodological aspects, and documenting original accounts of innovative territories, this book will be of great interest to academics, students and researchers within the fields of economics, industrial organization, and technology and innovation.

Twilight's Last Gleaming

American Hegemony and Dominance in the Modern World
Author: C. Edmund Clingan
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 0739171151
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 151
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The larger issue of defining hegemony and dominance has gained a greater importance over the last dozen years. Whether addressed explicitly or implicitly, it is the issue that lies behind the many recent books on international relations. The ongoing "financial crisis" has given these issues new urgency. This book provides new and startling evidence drawn from foreign exchange markets and capital flow statistics. They demonstrate that the problem dates back to the end of 2000 and has been driven by political events as much as structural economic issues. Combined with the development of a structural energy problem, the financial problem generated a global economic crisis that has not ended. In Twilight s Last Gleaming, Edmund Clingan uses economic measurements to establish measures of political and military power. Clingan examines the changes in these measurements over the last two hundred years to establish how international power relations have been affected by changes in economic power. He considers the factors that contribute to and detract from economic power. Using these quantitative measures, he provides consistent definitions of "dominance" and "hegemony" that should become commonly used and contribute to more precise discourse in history and political science. These tools uncover the deeper issues behind the current problems of the United States."

The Oxford Companion to Global Change


Author: David Cuff,Andrew Goudie
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: N.A
Category: Science
Page: 684
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In recent years, global change has become increasingly important in technological, ecological and political spheres. This companion examines the environmental events of recent times, and investigates long-term trends as well as broader issues of global change.

Water Resources Impact


Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Water resources development
Page: N.A
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Charter of the New Urbanism


Author: Congress for the New Urbanism,Emily Talen
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Prof Med/Tech
ISBN: 0071806075
Category: Architecture
Page: 320
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THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO THE PRINCIPLES OF NEW URBANISM--FULLY REVISED The Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) is the leading organization promoting walkable, mixed-use neighborhood development, sustainable communities, and healthier living conditions. Thoroughly updated to cover the latest environmental, economic, and social implications of urban design, Charter of the New Urbanism, Second Edition features insightful writing from 62 authors on each of the Charter's principles. Real-world case studies, plans, and examples are included throughout. This pioneering guide explains how to restore urban centers, reconfigure sprawling suburbs, conserve environmental assets, and preserve our built legacy. It examines communities at three separate but interdependent levels: The region: Metropolis, city, and town Neighborhood, district, and corridor Block, street, and building Featuring new photos and illustrations, this practical, up-to-date resource is invaluable for design professionals, developers, planners, elected officials, and citizen activists. New coverage includes: Urban-to-Rural Transect Form-based codes Light Imprint community design Retrofitting suburbia Tactical Urbanism Canons of Sustainable Architecture and Urbanism And much more Essays by: Randall Arendt G. B. Arrington Jonathan Barnett Stephanie Bothwell Peter Calthorpe Thomas J. Comitta Victor Dover Andrés Duany Douglas Farr Geoffrey Ferrell Ray Gindroz Ken Greenberg Jacky Grimshaw Douglas Kelbaugh Léon Krier Walter Kulash Bill Lennertz William Lieberman Wendy Morris Elizabeth Moule John O. Norquist Myron Orfield Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk Stefanos Polyzoides Shelley R. Poticha Mark M. Schimmenti Daniel Solomon Laurie Volk Robert D. Yaro Todd Zimmerman Commentaries by: Laurence Aurbach Kaid Benfield Phillip Bess Howard Blackson Hazel Borys Patrick Condon Ann Daigle Ellen Dunham-Jones Ethan Goffman Richard Allen Hall Tony Hiss Jennifer Hurley James Howard Kunstler Gianni Longo Tom Low Michael Lydon John Massengale Michael Mehaffy Anne Vernez Moudon Steven Mouzon Paul Murrain Nathan Norris Russell Preston Henry R. Richmond Daniel Slone Sandy Sorlien Robert Steuteville Galina Tachieva Emily Talen Dhiru Thadani Marc A. Weiss June Williamson

A Moral Climate

The Ethics of Global Warming
Author: Michael S. Northcott
Publisher: Darton Longman and Todd
ISBN: 9780232526684
Category: Christianity and justice
Page: 336
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In this groundbreaking book Northcott examines theological attitudes to climate change, from the complacent to the apocalyptic, and the ethical implications for all Christians.

Ecotherapy

Healing with Nature in Mind
Author: Linda Buzzell,Craig Chalquist
Publisher: Counterpoint
ISBN: 9781578051618
Category: Psychology
Page: 311
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Encompasses a broad range of nature-based methods of pyschological healing. Leaders in the field contribute essays that take into account the latest scientific understandings and the deepest indigenous wisdom. Other key thinkers explore the links among ecotherapy, spiritual development and restoring community.

The Conference Board Review


Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Business
Page: N.A
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Energy in America

A Tour of Our Fossil Fuel Culture and Beyond
Author: Ingrid Kelley
Publisher: University of Vermont
ISBN: N.A
Category: History
Page: 273
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Presents a broad, cultural view of America's energy sector--traditionally the domain of engineers and policy makers--for nonscientists involved in creating sustainable communities

Public Produce

The New Urban Agriculture
Author: Darrin Nordahl
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Architecture
Page: 177
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Public Produce makes a uniquely contemporary case not for central government intervention, but for local government involvement in shaping food policy. In what Darrin Nordahl calls “municipal agriculture,” elected officials, municipal planners, local policymakers, and public space designers are turning to the abundance of land under public control (parks, plazas, streets, city squares, parking lots, as well as the grounds around libraries, schools, government offices, and even jails) to grow food. Public agencies at one time were at best indifferent about, or at worst dismissive of, food production in the city. Today, public officials recognize that food insecurity is affecting everyone, not just the inner-city poor, and that policies seeking to restructure the production and distribution of food to the tens of millions of people living in cities have immediate benefits to community-wide health and prosperity. This book profiles urban food growing efforts, illustrating that there is both a need and a desire to supplement our existing food production methods outside the city with opportunities inside the city. Each of these efforts works in concert to make fresh produce more available to the public. But each does more too: reinforcing a sense of place and building community; nourishing the needy and providing economic assistance to entrepreneurs; promoting food literacy and good health; and allowing for “serendipitous sustenance.” There is much to be gained, Nordahl writes, in adding a bit of agrarianism into our urbanism.

Going Green

A Wise Consumer's Guide to a Shrinking Planet
Author: Sally Stenhouse Kneidel,Sadie Kneidel
Publisher: Fulcrum Pub
ISBN: N.A
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 234
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Focuses on the biggest environmental culprits of the American lifestyle--our diet, our housing, our clothing, and our transportation--and provides practical, effective steps we can all take to reduce our carbon footprint and live more sustainably. Comprehensive, yet written with an approachable and empowering tone, the book draws on personal interviews and real-life examples to demonstrate both the challenges and rewards of making environmentally responsible choices. Informative and inspiring, this book will make you will think twice about every dollar you spend.--From publisher description.

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: Best books
Page: N.A
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La città sostenibile è possibile / The sustainable city is possible

Una strategia possibile per il rilancio della qualità urbana e delle economie locali / A possible strategy for recovering urban quality and local economies
Author: Ettore Maria Mazzola
Publisher: Gangemi Editore spa
ISBN: 8849268645
Category: Architecture
Page: 180
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"Il libro che qui mi onoro di presentare è chiarissimo e ben documentato, per quanto riguarda la dimostrazione sia della scarsa durabilità dell'edilizia contemporanea, sia della assoluta negatività del contributo fornito dalla stessa all'economia e all'ecologia del nostro Paese. Tutto ciò è abilmente supportato da un quadro storico molto accurato, che il Mazzola redige, delle conseguenze negative - soprattutto dal punto di vista sociale - della guerra al "passatismo", fenomeno tuttora presente in molte Facoltà di Architettura italiane. Il fatto, dimostrato da E. M. Mazzola con uno straordinario acume ed un'informazione documentaria eccezionale, che in Italia "l'edilizia tradizionale può arrivare a costare dal 16,35% fino al 40,74% in meno rispetto all'edilizia corrente" si aggiunge al fatto che i modelli di comportamento edilizio da lui riportati come virtuosi, ovvero gli edifici della Garbatella e del Quartiere San Saba a Roma (ormai giunti a 80/100 anni di vita) "non sono mai stati oggetto di interventi di manutenzione da parte della proprietà, poiché sono stati saggiamente costruiti in tecnica tradizionale". Paolo Marconi E. M. Mazzola è un architetto esperto di restauro e di progettazione architettonica e urbana, dal 2001 insegna presso la University of Notre Dame School of Architecture Rome Studies. Dal 2009 collabora anche con la University of Miami School of Architecture Rome Program. Nel 2006 è stato nominato membro del Comitato Scientifico Internazionale dell'INTBAU per riscrivere la Carta di Venezia. Nel 2009 è stato nominatoMember of the International Scientific Committee for Fifth International Conference on Sustainable Architecture and Urban Development organizzata dal Department of Architecture and Urban Planning, Al-Fateh University, Libya in collaborazione con The Center for the Study of Architecture in the Arab Region (CSAAR) (3 - 5 November, 2009 Tripoli, Libya). E. M. Mazzola è autore di Contro Storia dell'Architettura Moderna, Roma 1900-1940 - A Counter History of Modern Architecture, Rome 1900-1940, Alinea 2004, Architettura e Urbanistica, Istruzioni per l'uso - Architecture and Town Planning, Operating Instructions, Gangemi 2006, prefazione di Léon Krier, Verso un'Architettura Sostenibile - Toward Sustainable Architecture, prefazione di Paolo Portoghesi, Gangemi 2007, e co-autore con Samir Younés dei libri: "Arpino. Un Nuovo Borgo - Arpino. A New Neighbourhood, Alinea 2003; "Como. La Modernità della Tradizione - Como. The Modernity of Tradition" Gangemi 2003; "Artena. L'integrità urbana ritrovata - Artena. The recovery of urban integrity" Gangemi 2003; "Barletta. La disfida urbana:Mare, Centro e Periferia - Barletta. Sea, Centre and Periphery" Gangemi 2005; "San Giorgio a Liri - Ricompattare la città dispersa - San Giorgio a Liri - Re-integrating the dispersed city" Gangemi 2005; ha inoltre pubblicato una serie di articoli su diverse riviste e giornali, tra cui "Parigi oggi o Roma all'inizio del Novecento?" sul mensile Carta Etc. n°5/2005, "Sacrificati da Rutelli sull'Ara Pacis" sul settimanale Carta Qui - Lazio e Roma, n°7/2006, e il recente "The Importance of Local Spirit and Sense of Place: Side Effects of the Underestimation in Modernist Town Planning" sull'Icfai University Journal of Architecture della Icfai University, Hyderabad, India, pubblicato anche dal Social Science Research Network nell'agosto 2009. "The book I am proud to introduce here is very direct and well documented, as for the demonstration both of the scarce durability of contemporary housing, and of the absolute negativity of the contribution provided by it to our Country's economy and ecology. All of this is cleverly supported by a very accurate historical summary, compiled by Mazzola, of the negative consequences - above all from the social point of view- of the war to the "traditionalism", a phenomenon still present in a lot of Italian Schools of Architecture. The fact, proved by E.M. Mazzola with an extraordinary acumen and an exceptional documentary information, that in Italy "traditional housing could cost from 16,35% up to 40,74% less compared with current housing" it to be added to the fact that the building behavior's models he quotes as virtuosos, that is the buildings of Garbatella and San Saba's Roman quarters (now 80/100 years old) "have never been subjected to interventions of maintenance by the ownership, because they were wisely built according to traditional techniques". Paolo Marconi E. M. Mazzola is an architect expert of restoration and urban-architectural design, and since 2001 he teaches at the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture Rome Studies. Since 2009 he also collaborates with the University of Miami School of Architecture Rome Program. In 2006 he was Member of the International Scientific Committee of the INTBAU for The Venice Charter Revisited. In 2009, member of the International Scientific Committee for Fifth International Conference on Sustainable Architecture and Urban Development Organized by Department of Architecture and Urban Planning, Al-Fateh University, Libya In collaboration with The Center for the Study of Architecture in the Arab Region (CSAAR) (3 - 5 November, 2009 Tripoli, Libya). E. M. Mazzola is the author of Contro Storia dell'Architettura Moderna, Roma 1900-1940 - A Counter History of Modern Architecture, Rome 1900-1940, Alinea 2004, Architettura e Urbanistica, Istruzioni per l'uso - Architecture and Town Planning, Operating Instructions, Gangemi 2006, preface by Léon Krier, Verso un'Architettura Sostenibile - Toward Sustainable Architecture, preface by Paolo Portoghesi, Gangemi 2007, co-editor with Samir Younés of the books: "Arpino. Un Nuovo Borgo - Arpino. A New Neighbourhood, Alinea 2003; "Como. La Modernità della Tradizione - Como. The Modernity of Tradition" Gangemi 2003; "Artena. L'integrità urbana ritrovata - Artena. The recovery of urban integrity" Gangemi 2004; "Barletta. La disfida urbana: Mare, Centro e Periferia - Barletta. Sea, Centre and Periphery" Gangemi 2005; "San Giorgio a Liri - Ricompattare la città dispersa - San Giorgio a Liri - Re-integrating the dispersed city" Gangemi 2005; he also published a series of essays and articles on different magazines and newspapers, as "Parigi oggi o Roma all'inizio del Novecento?" published on the monthly newspaper Carta Etc. n°5/2005, "Sacrificati da Rutelli sull'Ara Pacis" published on the weekly newspaper Carta Qui - Lazio e Roma, n°7/2006, and the recent "The Importance of Local Spirit and Sense of Place: Side Effects of the Underestimation in Modernist Town Planning on the Icfai University Journal of Architecture of the Icfai University, Hyderabad, India, also published on the Social Science Research Network in August 2009.

Julian Comstock

Roman
Author: Robert Charles Wilson
Publisher: Heyne Verlag
ISBN: 3641035430
Category: Fiction
Page: 672
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Ein neuer Bürgerkrieg - ein neuer Held Infolge einer Wirtschaftskrise greift eine religiöse Clique nach der Macht in Washington – mit verheerenden Konsequenzen: Das Land versinkt in einem Bürgerkrieg, der auf frappierende Weise an den letzten erinnert. Und inmitten der Wirren dieses Krieges findet sich Julian Comstock wieder, Held wider Willen und möglicher Schlüssel für eine neue Art der Zivilisation ...

Exzession

Roman
Author: Iain Banks
Publisher: Heyne Verlag
ISBN: 3641163773
Category: Fiction
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Eine Reise an die Grenzen des Vorstellbaren In einem entlegenen Sektor des Weltraums taucht eines Tages ein rätselhaftes Artefakt auf – eine riesige schwarze Kugel, die sich allen Kontaktversuchen verweigert. Messungen ergeben, dass das Objekt tausend Milliarden Jahre alt sein muss, älter also als unser Universum. Doch wie ist das möglich? Und wer oder was steckt dahinter?

Warum die Welt immer kleiner wird

Öl und das Ende der Globalisierung
Author: Jeff Rubin
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9783446419551
Category:
Page: 282
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