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Exposure: Poisoned Water, Corporate Greed, and One Lawyer's Twent...
by Robert Bilott

Language

English

Pages

399

Publication Date

October 08, 2019

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<b>鈥淎n intimate account of one of the most appalling environmental crimes in modern history鈥ob Bilott is a hero of our time.鈥?鈥擭athaniel Rich, author of <i>Losing Earth</i></b><br /> <br /><b>The story that inspired the major motion picture <i>Dark Waters,</i> starring Mark Ruffalo as Robert Bilott.</b><br /><br />In 1988, Rob Bilott began a legal battle against DuPont that would consume the next twenty years of his life, uncovering the worst case of environmental contamination in modern history and a corporate cover-up that put the health of hundreds of thousands of people at risk. Representing a single farmer who was convinced the creek on his property had been poisoned by runoff from a nearby DuPont landfill, Rob ultimately discovers the truth about PFAS鈥攗nregulated, toxic chemicals used in the manufacturing of Teflon and a host of other household goods. DuPont鈥檚 own scientists had issued internal warnings for years about the harmful effects of PFAS on human health, but the company continued to allow these chemicals to leach into public drinking water. Until Rob forced them to face the consequences.<br /> <br /><i>Exposure</i> is an unforgettable David and Goliath-style legal drama about malice and manipulation, the failings of environmental regulation, and one lawyer鈥檚 quest to expose the truth about this previously unknown鈥攁nd still unregulated鈥攃hemical that presents one of the greatest human health crises of the 21st century.
Hidden War: How Special Operations Game Wardens Are Reclaiming Am...
by John Nores

Language

English

Pages

256

Publication Date

April 30, 2019

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<p><strong>This isn鈥檛 a book about a聽conflict in a faraway country; it's a wake-up call.</strong></p><br /><p>While debates about border security continue to rage, and with stories about legal and illegal marijuana in the news daily,聽<em>Hidden War</em>聽forces an astonishing dose of reality into the public consciousness.聽</p><br /><p>California game warden Lt. John Nores, Jr., now retired, has been at the forefront of an under-reported battle against thousands of Mexican drug cartel members who grow toxic marijuana on U.S. soil, frequently on public lands, and sometimes remarkably close to population centers. Who would guess that this struggle is even going on, or that game wardens are on the front lines?</p><br /><p>Not only does black market marijuana cultivation undermine legitimate growers, but it endangers lives. The cartels, armed and ready to defend their cash crop, pose a huge threat to hikers, hunters, bikers, bird watchers and everyone else who enjoy public lands and wild places. Further, trespass marijuana growers divert waterways and use banned chemicals that render the plants toxic. And even after these criminals are long gone, they leave behind an environmental disaster that may never be fixed.</p><br /><p>It's estimated that black market sales of marijuana comprise up to 90% of all weed sales annually.聽California is at the hub of this problem, and the effects reverberate across the U.S.</p><br /><p>This is John Nores' personal account of his time leading the elite California聽Special Operations Marijuana Enforcement Team (MET).聽<em>Hidden War</em>聽brings to life the firsthand story of how America鈥檚 unsung heroes are fighting to keep our wild lands safe.</p>
Metals and Society: An Introduction to Economic Geology (Springer...
by , Cl茅ment Ganino

Language

English

Pages

162

Publication Date

April 18, 2011

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<p>In the second edition Steve Kesler (University of Michigan) has been added as an author to rewrite some chapters. The motivation for this revised edition is to more intensively address economic issues that surround the exploitation of mineral resources. This emphasis gives the book a unique character. With these sections <i>Metals and Society</i> deals with issues that pervade much of current science reporting 鈥?the rate of exploitation of natural resources, the question of when or if these resources will be exhausted, the pollution and social disturbance that accompanies mining, the compromises and challenges that arise from the explosion of demand from China, India and other rapidly developing countries, and the moral issues that surround mining of metals in lesser developed countries for consumption in the 鈥渇irst-world鈥?countries. </p><p>With its dual character, the book will be useful as an introductory text for students in the earth sciences and a reference volume for students, teachers and researchers of geography, economics and the social sciences.</p><p>
The Climate Casino
by William D. Nordhaus

Language

English

Pages

393

Publication Date

October 22, 2013

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<p><b>The 2018 Nobel laureate for economics analyzes the politics and economics of the central environmental issue of today and points the way to real solutions</b></p><p>Climate change is profoundly altering our world in ways that pose major risks to human societies and natural systems. We have entered the Climate Casino and are rolling the global-warming dice, warns economist William Nordhaus. But there is still time to turn around and walk back out of the casino, and in this essential book the author explains how.</p><p>Bringing together all the important issues surrounding the climate debate, Nordhaus describes the science, economics, and politics involved鈥攁nd the steps necessary to reduce the perils of global warming. Using language accessible to any concerned citizen and taking care to present different points of view fairly, he discusses the problem from start to finish: from the beginning, where warming originates in our personal energy use, to the end, where societies employ regulations or taxes or subsidies to slow the emissions of gases responsible for climate change.</p><p>Nordhaus offers a new analysis of why earlier policies, such as the Kyoto Protocol, failed to slow carbon dioxide emissions, how new approaches can succeed, and which policy tools will most effectively reduce emissions. In short, he clarifies a defining problem of our times and lays out the next critical steps for slowing the trajectory of global warming.</p>
This Land Is Our Land: The Struggle for a New Commonwealth
by Jedediah Purdy

Language

English

Pages

191

Publication Date

September 17, 2019

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<p><b>From one of our finest writers and leading environmental thinkers, a powerful book about how the land we share divides us鈥攁nd how it could unite us</b></p><p>Today, we are at a turning point as we face ecological and political crises that are rooted in conflicts over the land itself. But these problems can be solved if we draw on elements of our tradition that move us toward a new commonwealth鈥攁 community founded on the well-being of all people and the natural world. In this brief, powerful, timely, and hopeful book, Jedediah Purdy, one of our finest writers and leading environmental thinkers, explores how we might begin to heal our fractured and contentious relationship with the land and with each other.</p><p>From the coalfields of Appalachia and the tobacco fields of the Carolinas to the public lands of the West, Purdy shows how the land has always united and divided Americans, holding us in common projects and fates but also separating us into insiders and outsiders, owners and dependents, workers and bosses. Expropriated from Native Americans and transformed by slave labor, the same land that represents a history of racism and exploitation could, in the face of environmental catastrophe, bind us together in relationships of reciprocity and mutual responsibility.</p><p>This may seem idealistic in our polarized time, but we are at a historical fork in the road, and if we do not make efforts now to move toward a commonwealth, Purdy warns, environmental and political pressures will create harsher and crueler conflicts鈥攂etween citizens, between countries, and between humans and the rest of the world.</p>
Indigenous Sacred Natural Sites and Spiritual Governance: The Leg...
by John Studley

Language

English

Pages

146

Publication Date

October 26, 2018

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<p>Since time immemorial indigenous people have engaged in legal relationships with other-than-human-persons. These relationships are exemplified in enspirited sacred natural sites, which are owned and governed by numina spirits that can potentially place legal demands on humankind in return for protection and blessing. Although conservationists recognise the biodiverse significance of most sacred natural sites, the role of spiritual agency by other-than-human-persons is not well understood. Consequently, sacred natural sites typically lack legal status and IUCN-designated protection. More recent ecocentric and posthuman worldviews and polycentric legal frameworks have allowed courts and legislatures to grant 'rights' to nature and 'juristic personhood' and standing to biophysical entities. This book examines the indigenous literature and recent legal cases as a pretext for granting juristic personhood to enspirited sacred natural sites.</p><br /><p>The author draws on two decades of his research among Tibetans in Kham (southwest China), to provide a detailed case study. It is argued that juristic personhood is contingent upon the presence and agency of a resident numina and that recognition should be given to their role in spiritual governance over their jurisdiction. The book concludes by recommending that advocacy organisations help indigenous people with test cases to secure standing for threatened sacred natural sites (SNS)聽and calls upon IUCN, UNESCO (MAB and WHS), ASEAN Heritage and EuroNatura to retrospectively re-designate their properties, reserves, parks and initiatives so that SNS and spiritual governance are fully recognised and embraced. </p><br /><p>It will be of great interest to advanced students and researchers in environmental law, nature conservation, religion and anthropology.</p>
Coastal Governance (Foundations of Contemporary Environmental Stu...
by Richard Burroughs

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English

Pages

253

Publication Date

January 13, 2011

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Coastal Governance provides a clear overview of how U.S. coasts are currently managed and explores new approaches that could make our shores healthier. Drawing on recent national assessments, Professor Richard Burroughs explains why traditional management techniques have ultimately proved inadequate, leading to polluted waters, declining fisheries, and damaged habitat. He then introduces students to governance frameworks that seek to address these shortcomings by 聽considering natural and human systems holistically.<br /><br />聽<br /><br />The book considers the ability of sector-based management, spatial management, and ecosystem-based management to solve critical environmental problems. Evaluating governance successes and failures, Burroughs covers topics including sewage disposal, dredging, wetlands, watersheds, and fisheries. He shows that at times sector-based management, which focuses on separate, individual uses of the coasts, has been implemented effectively. But he also illustrates examples of conflict, such as the incompatibility of waste disposal and fishing in the same waters. Burroughs assesses spatial and ecosystem-based management鈥檚 potential to address these conflicts.<br /><br />聽<br /><br />The book familiarizes students not only with current management techniques but with the policy process. By focusing on policy development, Coastal Governance prepares readers with the knowledge to participate effectively in a governance system that is constantly evolving. This understanding will be critical as students become managers, policymakers, and citizens who shape the future of the coasts.
A Civil Action
by Jonathan Harr

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English

Pages

514

Publication Date

August 10, 2011

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This true story of an epic courtroom showdown, where two of the nation's largest corporations were accused of causing the deaths of children from water contamination, was a #1 national bestseller and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. <br /> 聽<br /> Described as 鈥渁 page-turner filled with greed, duplicity, heartache, and bare-knuckle legal brinksmanship by <i>The New York Times</i>, <i>A Civil Action</i> is the searing, compelling tale of a legal system gone awry鈥攐ne in which greed and power fight an unending struggle against justice. Yet it is also the story of how one man can ultimately make a difference. 聽Representing the bereaved parents, the unlikeliest of heroes emerges: a young, flamboyant Porsche-driving lawyer who hopes to win millions of dollars and ends up nearly losing everything, including his sanity. With an unstoppable narrative power reminiscent of Truman Capote鈥檚 <i>In Cold Blood</i>, <i>A Civil Action</i> is an unforgettable reading experience that will leave the reader both shocked and enlightened.<br /> 聽<br /> <i>A Civil Action</i> was made into a movie starring John Travolta and Robert Duvall.
Environmental Law and Policy (Concepts and Insights)
by , Jr., Barton H. Thompson

Language

English

Pages

396

Publication Date

January 14, 2019

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<i>Environmental Law and Policy</i> is a user-friendly, concise, inexpensive treatment of environmental law. Written to be read pleasurably rather than used as a dry reference source, the authors provide a broad conceptual overview of environmental law while also explaining the major statutes and cases. The updated text also describes initiatives launched by the Trump administration. The first part of the book provides an engaging discussion of the major themes and issues that cross-cut environmental law. The second part of the book examines the substance of environmental law, with separate sections on each of the major statutes. The third part of the book describes natural resources law, discussing endangered species conservation, wetlands protection, water and energy issues. Part four addresses environmental impact statements and the National Environmental Policy Act.
Guide to California Planning, 5th edition
by , Paul Shigley

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English

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Publication Date

August 05, 2018

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Since it was first published in 1991, Guide to California Planning has served as the authoritative textbook on city and county planning practice throughout the state. The first book ever written that covers all aspects of planning in a single state, Guide to California Planning is used as a textbook in virtually every college- and graduate-level planning program in California.<br /><br />In this revised and expanded fifth edition, William Fulton and Paul Shigley lay out planning laws and processes in detail and describe how planning really works in California鈥攈ow cities and counties and developers and citizen groups all interact with each other on a daily basis to shape California communities and the California landscape, for better and for worse. Significant new topics addressed in this edition include the state鈥檚 increasing focus on infill and transit-oriented development and climate action plans, including ways of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.<br />Easy to read and understand, Guide to California Planning is far more than a textbook. It鈥檚 an ideal tool for planning professionals, members of allied professions in the planning and development fields, and citizen activists.<br />

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