Vital Signs 2012

Author: The The Worldwatch Institute
Publisher: Island Press
ISBN: 1610913736
Format: PDF, ePub
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Just as people schedule regular check-ups with physicians, our planet needs regular check-ups to catch issues as early as possible, before they become more serious and harder to heal. That is the much-needed service provided on a global scale by the Worldwatch Institute in this new book, Vital Signs 2012. By taking stock of global consumption, Vital Signs 2012 offers the facts that need to guide our stewardship of the Earth's resources-and some of these facts are shocking. The report covers topics from obesity to ecosystem services, from grain production to nuclear power. Taken as a whole, it paints a picture of skyrocketing population, disappearing forests, and increasing consumption peppered with bright spots like growing investment in high-speed trains and other efficient transportation systems. Vital Signs 2012 is based on Worldwatch's online project of the same name, which provides up-to-date figures on important global concerns, as well as the Institute's own additional research. The book compiles the most important of these into an accessible, informative resource for policymakers and anyone who wants a realistic look at the state of our planet.

Vital Signs Volume 21

Author: The Worldwatch Institute
Publisher: Island Press
ISBN: 1610915402
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Vital Signs Volume 21 is all about growth. From natural disasters to cars to organic farming, the two dozen trends examined here indicate both increasing pressure on natural resources and scaled up efforts to live more sustainably. In 2012, world auto production set yet another record with passenger-car production rising to 66.7 million. That same year, the number of natural disasters climbed to 905, roughly one hundred more than the 10-year annual average, and 90 percent were weather related. Alongside these mounting pressures come investments in renewable energy and sustainable agriculture. The number of acres of land farmed organically has tripled since 1999, though it still makes up less than 1% of total farmland. Not all the statistics are going up. Key measures of development aid have fallen, as have global commodity prices. Yet the overall trend is expansion, both for the good and ill of the planet. Vital Signs provides the latest data available, but its value goes beyond simple numbers. Through insightful analysis of global trends, it offers a starting point for those seeking solutions to the future’s intensifying challenges.

Environment and Society

Author: Charles Harper
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1315463237
Format: PDF, ePub
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The sixth edition of Environment and Society continues to connect issues about human societies, ecological systems, and environments with data and perspectives from different fields. The text looks at the environment from a primarily sociological viewpoint and is designed for courses in Environmental Sociology and Environmental Issues in departments of Sociology, Environmental Studies, Anthropology, Political Science, and Human Geography. Clearly defined terms and theories help quickly acquaint students from various backgrounds with the material. Every chapter of the sixth edition has been significantly revised with new research, data, concepts, and ideas. Also new to this edition, the end of each chapter features review questions, as well as additional examples and conceptual questions that help make macro-micro links between large-scale issues and the lived experiences.

Countdown

Author: Alan Weisman
Publisher: Piper Verlag
ISBN: 3492963587
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Wir können den zeitlichen Wettlauf nicht gewinnen – immer mehr Menschen produzieren immer mehr Müll, verbrauchen mehr Ressourcen und stoßen mehr CO2 aus. Bisherige Versuche, die großen Umweltkatastrophen abzuwenden, indem wir den Konsum einschränken und auf erneuerbare Energien umsteigen, kommen gegen die Folgen einer stetig wachsenden Bevölkerung nicht an. Einziges Lösungsszenario für unser Überleben ist, dass wir weniger Menschen werden. Aber was bedeutet das für uns persönlich? Können und wollen wir Menschen zwangsverpflichten, kein oder nur ein Kind zu bekommen? Wie kann so eine gravierende Veränderung in verschiedenen Kulturen durchgesetzt werden? Alan Weisman beschreibt wissenschaftlich genau und packend, wie eine globale Bevölkerungsreduzierung funktionieren kann – politisch, ökonomisch und vor allem auch menschlich!

Vital Signs

Author: Tessa McWatt
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1446492826
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‘I think I have found the way to talk to her in the present. The past takes too much language.’ So much is taken for granted in a long marriage, so much is relied upon, resented, and never spoken of. When Anna begins to mangle her sentences as a result of a brain aneurysm that could kill her at any moment, her husband Mike uses his talent as a graphic artist to draw his way closer to his wife. Trying to communicate with her, and himself too, through signs and symbols, he wants to show his wife that she has been his entire universe. But Mike is deeply flawed, hovering on the knife-edge of a confession, he selfishly looks to the woman he loves for absolution. Not knowing how much time they have left together and incoherent with guilt, will he finally confess all the ways in which he rebelled against her power over him, the way he betrayed her?

Vital Signs Volume 22

Author: The Worldwatch Institute
Publisher: Island Press
ISBN: 1610916727
Format: PDF, Mobi
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What we make and buy is a major indicator of society’s collective priorities. Among twenty-four key trends, Vital Signs Volume 22 explores significant global patterns in production and consumption. The result is a fascinating snapshot of how we invest our resources and the implications for the world’s well-being. The book examines developments in six main areas: energy, environment and climate, transportation, food and agriculture, global economy and resources, and population and society. Readers will learn how aquaculture is making gains on wild fish catches, where high speed rail is accelerating, why plastic production is on the rise, who is escaping chronic hunger, and who is still suffering. Researchers at the Worldwatch Institute not only provide the most up-to-date statistics, but put them in context. The analysis in Vital Signs teaches us both about our current priorities and how they could be shaped to create a better future.

Encyclopedia of Business Information Sources

Author: Linda D. Hall
Publisher: Gale Cengage
ISBN: 9780787697037
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Each updated edition of this detailed resource identifies nearly 35,000 live, print and electronic sources of information listed under more than 1,100 alphabetically arranged subjects -- industries and business concepts and practices. Edited by business information expert James Woy.

As no podemos seguir

Author: Raúl Sohr
Publisher: DEBATE
ISBN: 9568410821
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Así no podemos seguir es un texto para todo público, y donde Raúl Sohr retoma, con nuevos y sorprendentes datos, uno de los temas más polémicos en Chile y el mundo: la energía.