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In the 10-volume Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability, experts around the world provide authoritative coverage of the growing body of knowledge about ways to restore the planet. Focused on solutions, this interdisciplinary print and online publication draws from the natural, physical, and social sciences—geophysics, engineering, and resource management, to name a few—and from philosophy and religion. The result is a unified, organized, and peer-reviewed resource on sustainability that connects academic research to real world challenges and provides a balanced, trustworthy perspective on global environmental challenges in the 21st century. SRJC ID and PIN required for off campus access.
The Spirit of Sustainability helps readers map out a "territory of values"—the moral worlds, axial concepts, and social practices—related to sustainability. In collaboration with the Forum on Religion and Ecology (FORE), an established network of leading scholars, it explores a wide range of topics and perspectives, from the promise and problems of approaching sustainable lifeways through global and indigenous religions, to major theories in philosophy and environmental ethics, and then to professional practices and social movements. This volume presents the various goals of sustainability—ecological integrity, economic health, human dignity, fairness to the future, social justice—and provides interpretive frameworks for reasoning through the combined challenges each goal presents, to both current and future generations.
The Business of Sustainability is a core resource for policy makers, members of the development community, entrepreneurs, and corporate executives, as well as business and economics students and their professors. It contains rich analysis of how sustainability is being factored into industries across the globe, with enlightening case studies of businesses serving as agents of change. Contributing authors provide a groundbreaking body of research-based knowledge. They explain that the concept of sustainability is being re-framed to be positive about business instead of being tied to the old notion of a trade-off between business and society (that is, if business wins, society must lose), and they explore how economic development can contribute to building our common future.
The Law and Politics of Sustainability explores
efforts made to address pressing environmental
concerns through legislation, conventions, directives,
treaties, and protocols. Many articles explain
the mechanics of environmental law as well as
the concepts that shape sustainable development.
Others discuss case studies and rulings that have
set precedents, or consider approaches to sustainable
development taken by legal systems around
the world. Experts and scholars in the field raise
provocative questions about the effectiveness of international
law versus national law in protecting the
environment, and about the effect of current laws
on future generations. They analyze the successes
and shortcomings of present legal instruments, corporate
and public policies, social movements, and
conceptual strategies—offering readers a preview
of steps we must take in order to develop laws and
policies that will promote genuine sustainability.
Natural Resources and Sustainability explores how human needs and desires, from sustenance and shelter to recreation and travel, have spurred the consumption of Earth's material resources. Scientists, ecologists, and other expert authors present the historical impact of commercial activities (in industries as varied as fisheries, agriculture, energy, and mineral extraction), discuss the global distribution and use of renewable and nonrenewable resources, and focus on innovative approaches for the future. Readers will learn why renewal doesn't necessarily put a resource beyond harm—and why the no-free-lunch adage applies to all natural resources.
Ecosystem Management and Sustainability not only analyzes humaninitiated processes and tools that foster sustainable natural resource use, preservation, and restoration but examines as well how humans interact with plant, marine, and animal life in both natural and human-altered environments. Experts in the field explain complex relationships among non-human species— endangered, endemic, invasive, and enhanced—by addressing topics such as island ecology, native habitat buffers, and rain gardens.
Measurements, Indicators, and Research Methods for Sustainability presents a thorough and accessible overview of the ways in which sustainability is charted worldwide. Some articles introduce basic concepts, such as quantitative versus qualitative data; others examine how indicators in specific areas (climate change, soil conservation, agriculture and mining) have been applied (or not) to different regions. Research analysts explain the modes and media through which these measurements are broadcast, stressing the importance of developing methods that can be understood by both experts and ordinary citizens. They also examine the process of monitoring, itself a controversial topic affecting national or international policy, law, rules, and regulations.
China, India, and East and Southeast Asia: Assessing Sustainability provides unprecedented analyses by regional experts, and by scholars elsewhere in the world, on China, India, and their neighbors. Despite growing demands on their natural resources (China and India alone are home to more than one third of the world's population), the expanding global economic influence of this region makes these countries vital players in a sustainable future for all citizens of the Earth. Regional coverage includes topics such as business and commerce, environmental and corporate law, and lifestyles and values. The volume places special focus on demographics, geography, educational initiatives, international relationships and negotiations related to sustainable practices, and the role of government and corporations in promoting or discouraging sustainable choices.
The Americas and Oceania: Assessing Sustainability provides extensive coverage of sustainability practices in two regions linked culturally and historically by their relative isolation before the Columbian exchange, by their colonization after it, and by the challenges of pollution, resource overuse, and environmental degradation. Regional experts and international scholars focus on environmental history in areas such as the South Pacific islands, now particularly threatened by rising ocean levels due to climate change, and on countries whose governments and corporations can play a major role in promoting or discouraging sustainable choices: Brazil, an emergent power on the world stage; the United States, the world's third most populous nation after China and India; and New Zealand, seemingly on its way to becoming an enviable model of sustainable development.
Afro-Eurasia: Assessing Sustainability focuses on the geographic area where humans originated and first began to make use of the natural world—Earth's largest landmass, stretching east from Portugal to the islands of Southeast Asia and south to the Cape of Good Hope. By examining the history of human expansion, as well as 21st-century pressures to address some of the ecosystem damage Afro-Eurasia has caused, international scholars and regional experts weave sustainability into core curricular subjects. The volume's interdisciplinary approach includes unprecedented analyses of factors across the region that work to promote or discourage sustainable choices - business and commerce, educational institutions, law and government, and lifestyles and values of the diverse populace.
The Future of Sustainability draws upon the work of renowned scholars and experts who contributed, as editors and/or authors, to the Encyclopedia of Sustainability. Essays include crucial topics in terms of the outlook for humanity and our relationship with the natural world. Articles cover aging and world population, cities and community, energy, agriculture, water, food security, mobility, and migration.