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Environmental Change and Sustainability

Edited by Steven Silvern

Salem State University, United States of America


Stephen Young

Salem State University, United States of America

Environments around the globe are undergoing human-induced change. Human population growth, rapid urbanization, expanding global economy, and the diffusion of western consumer lifestyles are placing increasing pressure on natural and social systems. Global institutions, nation-states, and local communities are seeking to identify and employ sustainable solutions to these environmental and socio-economic challenges. Sustainability has emerged as a policy discourse that seeks to balance the desire and need for economic growth with the protection of the environment, and the promotion of social and environmental justice. This book contributes to the study and search for sustainable responses to global environmental change. The authors of this volume explore environmental change in different places around the world and the diverse responses to such changes. The chapters demonstrate the need for place-specific sustainable development; the authors suggest the need to see sustainable responses to environmental change as a negotiated outcome between various social actors living and working in diverse spatial, environmental and socio-economic contexts. Environmental Change and Sustainability is a timely international examination of the relationship between environmental change and sustainability. As an InTech open source volume, current and cutting edge research methodologies and research results are quickly published for the academic policy-making communities. Dimensions of environmental change and sustainability explored in this volume include: Natural science approaches to study of environmental change Importance of perception in human understanding of environmental change Role of external events and institutions in shaping sustainable responses to environmental change Importance of bottom-up sustainable development as key to reducing environmental risk and community vulnerability The need for place-based sustainable development that combines local conditions with global processes Creation of a sustainable development model that synthesizes local, traditional knowledge of the environment and environmental management with the techniques and understandings generated by modern environmental science

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Environmental Change and SustainabilityEdited by Steven Silvern

Published: May 8th 2013

DOI: 10.5772/46198

ISBN: 978-953-51-1094-1

eBook (PDF) ISBN: 978-953-51-4250-8

Copyright year: 2013

Books open for chapter submissions

32306 Total Chapter Downloads

31 Crossref Citations

42 Web of Science Citations

71 Dimensions Citations


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1. Environmental Change and Geomorphic Response in Humid Tropical Mountains

By Wolfgang Römer


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2. Conservation and Sustainability of Mexican Caribbean Coral Reefs and the Threats of a Human-Induced Phase-Shift

By José D. Carriquiry, Linda M. Barranco-Servin, Julio A. Villaescusa, Victor F. Camacho-Ibar, Hector Reyes-Bonilla and Amílcar L. Cupul- Magaña


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3. Coping Mechanisms of Plants to Metal Contaminated Soil

By Melanie Mehes-Smith, Kabwe Nkongolo and Ewa Cholewa


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4. Harnessing Earth Observation and Satellite Information for Monitoring Desertification, Drought and Agricultural Activities in Developing Countries

By Humberto Barbosa, Carolien Tote, Lakshmi Kumar and Yazidhi Bamutaze


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5. The Way We Think Shapes Our Future: On the Importance of Fruitful Concepts, Well-Founded Attitudes, and Powerful Rhetoric

By Sigmund Hågvar


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6. Punctuations and Displacements in Policy Discourse: The Climate Change Issue in Germany 2007-2010

By Volker Schneider and Jana K. Ollmann


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7. What Are the Roles of National and International Institutions to Overcome Barriers in Diffusing Clean Energy Technologies in Asia?: Matching Barriers in Technology Diffusion with the Roles of Institutions

By Masachika Suzuki


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8. Policy Arrangement for Waste Management in East Africa's Urban Centres

By Christine Majale-Liyala


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9. Climate Change and Food Security

By Christopher Kipkoech Saina, Daniel Kipkosgei Murgor and Florence A.C Murgor


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10. Disaster Risk Management and Social Impact Assessment: Understanding Preparedness, Response and Recovery in Community Projects

By Raheem A. Usman, F.B. Olorunfemi, G.P. Awotayo, A.M. Tunde and B.A. Usman


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11. Different Farming Methods – But No Solution to Improve Rural Sustainability and to Save Australia’s Family Farm

By Ingrid Muenstermann


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