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Books

 

The Emissions Gap Report

Launched for the Cancun climate meeting, this report spells out what the pledges of Governments might actually mean in terms of putting the world on track to limit global temperature rises. The report is a partnership between over 30 leading researchers at climate modelling institutes across the globe. It spotlights worst-case and best-case scenarios up to 2020 while estimating the emissions gaps likely under various outcomes that will need to be bridged in order to avoid “dangerous” climate change.


 

Protecting Arctic Biodiversity: limitations and strengths of environmental agreements

Current warming in the Arctic atmosphere, oceans and on land is contributing to far-reaching and rapid change across the world’s largest eco-region. This report addresses the growing concerns about the region’s vulnerability. It responds to the request by the participants to the Arendal Seminar in 2006, co-organised by UNEP/GRID-Arendal and the Standing Committee for Parliamentarians of the Arctic Region (SCPAR), to examine the limitations and strengths of existing environmental agreements for conserving and protecting Arctic biodiversity and options for improvement.


 

TEEB Synthesis Report

TEEB (The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity) is an international assessment showcasing the enormous economic value of forests, freshwater, soils and coral reefs, as well as the social and economic costs of their loss. The final report in the TEEB series – the Synthesis Report – presents three scenarios: a natural ecosystem (forests), a human settlement (city), and a business sector (mining), to illustrate how the economic concepts and tools described in TEEB can help equip society with the means to incorporate the values of nature into decision-making at all levels.


 

Environmental Consequences of Ocean Acidification: A Threat to Food Security

This report sheds light on the consequences of rising concentrations of CO2 in the marine environment on food chains and ecosystems as well as human activities such as tourism and fishing. Rising CO2 emissions are causing our oceans to become more acidic and posing a greater risk to marine organisms. With around 1 billion people reliant on seafood as their main source of protein, the report also analyses the effects of ocean acidification on global food security.


 

Africa Water Atlas

This new publication from UNEP outlines the major challenges facing Africa’s water resources. The Africa Water Atlas uses hundreds of “before and after” shots, detailed new maps and satellite images from 53 countries to show the problems facing Africa’s water supplies, such as the drying of Lake Chad and the erosion of the Nile Delta, as well as new, successful methods of conserving water. The Atlas maps out new solutions and success stories from across the continent.


 

Governance for The Environment: A Comparative Analysis of Environmental Policy Integration
Edited by Alessandra Goria, et al. (Edward Elgar)

This book presents a diverse set of perspectives and experience on how to support sustainable development through the integration of environmental issues into various policy sectors. The authors examine existing research on environmental policy integration (EPI) at three levels of policy making: national, regional and local. New and innovative approaches to the study of EPI at these levels of governance are proposed.


 

Conserving and Valuing Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity – Economic, Institutional and Social Challenges
K. N. Ninan (ed.) with Foreword by Achim Steiner (Earthscan)

This book comprehensively addresses the economic, social and institutional difficulties in conserving biodiversity and the ecosystem services that it provides. It covers a wide range of issues including: biodiversity, ecosystem services and valuation in the context of diverse ecosystems such as tropical forests, marine areas, wetlands and agricultural landscapes; non-timber forest products; incentives and institutions; payments for ecosystem services; governance; intellectual property rights and the protection of traditional knowledge, and climate change and biodiversity.


 

Prosperity without Growth – Economics for a finite planet
Tim Jackson (Earthscan)

In the advanced economies there is mounting evidence that ever-increasing consumption adds little to human happiness, and it is now clear that the ecosystems that sustain our economies are collapsing under the impacts of rising consumption. Unless we can radically lower the environmental impact of economic activity we will have to devise a path to prosperity that does not rely on continued growth. This book presents a credible vision of how human society can flourish – within the ecological limits of a finite planet.


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