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Books

Green Economy in a Blue World

prepared by the United Nations Environment programme (UNEp) and a wide-ranging group of partners, the publication takes a sector-by-sector approach to examine the potential of each to deliver economic growth. with as much as 40 per cent of the global population living within 100 kilometres of the coast, the world’s oceans and coasts – the Blue world – provide essential food, shelter and livelihoods to millions of people. But as more and more people move to coastal regions, human impacts are taking a toll on both the ecological health and the economic productivity of the world’s oceans.


UNEP annual Report 2011

The Annual Report 2011 shows the full range of UNEp’s work for the environment and development and brings the work of UNEp in 2011 full circle and back to the green Economy with its potential to deal with multiple challenges and assist the international community realize and implement sustainable development.


UNEP Year Book 2012

From the depletion of soil carbon to decommissioning nuclear reactors, the UNEp year Book 2012 puts key emerging issues on the global radar. In particular it points out that the dramatic improvements in the way the world manages its precious soils will be key to food, water and climate security in the 21st century and it highlights another issue of emerging global concern — the challenges of decommissioning the growing numbers of end-of-life nuclear power reactors.


Technology Transfer Perspectives series: Technologies for adaptation Perspectives and Practical Experiences

UNEP Risøe Centre on Energy, Climate and Sustainable Development This edition of the Technology Transfer perspectives Series collects ten articles from adaptation experts and practitioners around the globe. The articles discuss the concept of ‘technologies for adaptation’ which are divided into three broad themes: concept and context of Technologies for Adaptation, Assessments of Adaptation Technology Needs, and practical Experiences from working with Technologies for Adaptation.


Green Hills, Blue Cities: an Ecosystems approach to Water Resources Management for african Cities

Africa is currently the least urbanised region in the world, but this is changing fast. Of the billion people living on the African continent, about 40 per cent lives in urban areas. The urban population in Africa doubled from 205 million in 1990 to 400 million in 2010, and by 2050, it is expected that this would have tripled to 1.23 billion. Of this urban population, 60 per cent is living in slum conditions. In a time of such urban growth, Africa is likely to experience some of the most severe impacts of climate change, particularly when it comes to water and food security. This places huge pressures on growing urban populations.


 

Women at the frontline of climate change - Gender risks and hopes

Women are often in the frontline in respect to the impacts of a changing climate. globally the world is seeing increasingly frequent droughts and fl oods which are having economic but also profound social consequences. The women and people of Asia are currently at greatest risk with over 100 million people affected in this region annually.


Only one Earth: The long Road via Rio to sustainable Development
By Felix Dodds and Michael Strauss with Maurice Strong

Only One Earth provides a roadmap of how we have arrived at present-day environmental concerns and where we must go next. It presents a policy agenda for the survival of humankind on a planet with fi nite resources addressing issues such as the implementation gap, the democracy gap, the governance gap and what should be done to move to an economy that supports sustainable development ending with 21 issues for a survival agenda.


Power Trip
By Amanda Little

After covering the environment and energy beat for more than a decade, Amanda little decided that the only way to really understand America’s energy crisis was to travel into the heart of it. She embarks on a daring cross-country power trip, and describes in vivid, fast-paced prose the most extreme and exciting frontiers of our energy landscape. Hard-hitting yet forward-thinking, power Trip is a lively and impassioned travel guide for all readers trying to navigate our shifting landscape and a clear-eyed manifesto for the younger generations who are inheriting the earth.


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