Environmental Studies

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When the Fish Are Gone

When the Fish Are Gone

Ecological Collapse and the Social Organization of Fishing in Northwest Newfoundland, 1982-1995

Craig T. Palmer, Peter R. Sinclair

The Gulf Coast fisheries off Northwest Newfoundland provide a graphic example of the social and biological consequences of the failure to create conditions that would allow for fishing on a sustainable basis. This book shows how an ecological crisis has produced a social crisis threatening the viability of fishers, the fish plants where they sold their fish, and the communities in which they live. It is set in the context of the North Atlantic fisheries and of primary resource producing rural areas… (more information)

Water Under Threat

Water Under Threat

Larbi Bouguerra

This richly documented book asks the major questions about the enormously important political and geostrategic issue of water. Does water have a price? Is it a right or a need? Is there a water crisis? Will wars be fought over water? Should we be worried about water pollution? Can available technological solutions keep pollution under control? It also provides some elements of an answer. It shows the ways in which water is used and managed, and raises central issues about our lifestyles, our ethics… (more information)

Toxic Criminology

Toxic Criminology

Environment, Law and the State in Canada

Edited by Susan C. Boyd, Dorothy E. Chunn, Robert Menzies

Critical research, writing and advocacy by legal academics and practitioners, NGOs, indigenous peoples and ecofeminists has existed on a global scale since the 1960s, but not until the 1990s did criminologists begin to examine environmental crime in a more concerted way. This late entrance by criminologist has much to do with who is involved in environmental crime—namely upper strata, mostly “white” men who run corporations and state agancies and the preception of environmental… (more information)

Thinking Ecologically

Thinking Ecologically

Environmental Thought, Values and Policy

Bruce Morito

Thinking Ecologically has two aims. The first is to describe the metaphysical, epistemological and valuational directions taken toward the environment in the history of Western thought. The second is to develop an approach to environmental thought based on the idea of attunement. Attunement steers us toward thinking ecologically, in contrast to merely thinking about ecology. Appeal to some Eastern and Aboriginal approaches is made to develop the idea of attunement. As such, it challenges some basic… (more information)

The Water Manifesto

The Water Manifesto

Arguments for a World Water Contract

Riccardo Petrella

In 20 years time, some three of the eight billion people on earth will, if present trends continue, lack access to sufficient drinkable water. Already, half that number do not and another two billion lack clean water generally. The rest of humanity faces a degradation in fresh water quality. And there is no body of international law regulating the right and access to fresh water supplies. Ricardo Petrella exposes how corporate interests prevent an adequate response, and a market-oriented system… (more information)

The Water Business

The Water Business

Corporations Versus People

Ann-Christin Sjolander Holland

Privatization of water supplies began in England in 1989 under Margaret Thatcher; in the next 10 years, nearly £10 billion went in profits to the new water companies. Today, two giant corporations, Veolia and Suez, control 80% of the international private water market and have some 300 million customers. Protests have broken out in country after country and the water giants are switching to new markets in China, North America and Europe. Meanwhile well over a billion people still lack access… (more information)

The Socialist Register 2007

The Socialist Register 2007

Coming toTerms with Nature

Edited by Colin Leys, Leo Panitch

Can capitalism come to terms with the environment? Can market forces and technology overcome the ‘limits to growth’ and yet preserve the biosphere? What is the nature of oil politics today? Can capitalism do without nuclear power, or make it safe? What is the significance of the impasse over the Kyoto protocol? How far has socialist thought developed to help us understand the environmental dilemma? Has it even begun to provide answers to it? Does socialist internationalism imply accelerated… (more information)

The Science Files

The Science Files

Questions and Answers from A – Z

Richard Zurawski

Conventional wisdom has it that science is boring. “The Science Files,” an hourly radio call-in talk show about science, is anything but boring, and certainly none of the listeners, emailers or tweeters who participate in the call-in radio talk show think science is boring either. Richard Zurawski has been hosting “The Science Files” for eight years and has fielded literally thousands of questions. This book, The Science Files, is about the questions that listeners have been… (more information)

The Perils of Progress

The Perils of Progress

The Health and Environment Hazards of Modern Technology, and What You Can Do About Them

John Ashton, Ron Laura

The Perils of Progress calls on the latest scientific research to challenge our society’s largely unquestioned commitment to new technologies. While these have undoubtedly brought many benefits, the authors argue that industrial society’s reliance on every latest technology as a cure-all for our problems is seriously misplaced-in some cases dangerously so. Clearly written, comprehensive in its coverage and meticulously researched, their book introduces the reader to a vast array of health… (more information)

The Ocean Ranger

The Ocean Ranger

Remaking the Promise of Oil

Susan Dodd

On February 15, 1982, the oil rig Ocean Ranger sank off the coast of Newfoundland taking the entire crew of eighty-four men — including the author’s brother — down with it. It was the worst sea disaster in Canada since the Second World War, but the memory of this event gradually faded into a sad story about a bad storm — relegated to the “Extreme Weather” section of the CBC archives. Susan Dodd resurrects this disaster from the realm of “history” and… (more information)

The Global Fight for Climate Justice

The Global Fight for Climate Justice

Anticapitalist Responses to Global Warming and Environmental Destruction

Edited by Ian Angus

As capitalism continues with business as usual, climate change is fast expanding the gap between rich and poor, and between and within nations, as well imposing unparalleled suffering on those least able to protect themselves. In The Global Fight for Climate Justice, anti-capitalist activists from five continents offer radical answers to the most important questions of our time: Why is capitalism destroying the conditions that make life on Earth possible? How can we stop the destruction before it… (more information)

The Enemy of Nature (Second Edition)

The Enemy of Nature (Second Edition)

The End of Capitalism or the End of the World? 2nd Edition

Joel Kovel

We live in and from nature, but the way we have evolved of doing this is about to destroy us. capitalism and its by-products—imperialism, war, neoliberal globalization, racism, poverty and the destruction of community—are all playing a part in the destruction of our ecosystem. only now are we beginning to realize the depth of the crisis and the kind of transformation that will have to occur to ensure our survival. This second, thoroughly updated, edition of The Enemy of Nature speaks… (more information)

The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

An Investigation into the Scapegoating of Canada’s Grey Seal

Linda Pannozzo

In the early 1990s the collapse of the Atlantic groundfish stocks signaled the destruction of life in the seas, but it also threw 40,000 people out of work, unraveling the very fabric of rural life throughout Atlantic Canada. Twenty years later, even after fishing moratoriums and limited directed fishing, the cod have not recovered and some stocks are on the verge of biological extinction. The fishing industry, politicians and government scientists blame the growing population of grey seals &mdash… (more information)

The Answer Is Still No

The Answer Is Still No

Voices of Pipeline Resistance

Edited by Paul Bowles, Henry Veltmeyer

The Answer Is Still No is an important, urgent book that compiles interviews with people who live along the route of the proposed Enbridge pipeline in Northern British Columbia. The oil pipeline and supertankers — linking the tar sands of Alberta to the demand of the growing Asian market — are a key component of Canada’s strategy of natural resource extraction. But for the people living along the proposed pipeline route, Enbridge poses a massive environmental risk… (more information)

Television and the Earth

Television and the Earth

Not A Love Story

Jennifer Ellen Good

Habitat loss, the extinction of species, severe droughts, rapidly diminishing polar ice, hugely powerful and destructive storms — how have we arrived at such a precarious point in the environmental history of our planet? In Television and the Earth: Not a Love Story, Jennifer Ellen Good argues that one of the fundamental reasons for the wholesale neglect and destruction of our environment is television — or, more precisely, the stories told on television. Stories have always been vital… (more information)

Stop Signs

Stop Signs

Cars and Capitalism on the Road to Economic, Social and Ecological Decay

Yves Engler, Bianca Mugyenyi

In North America, human beings have become enthralled by the automobile: A quarter of our working lives are spent paying for them; communities fight each other for the right to build more of them; our cities have been torn down, remade and planned with their needs as the overriding concern; wars are fought to keep their fuel tanks filled; songs are written to praise them; cathedrals are built to worship them. In Stop Signs: Cars and Capitalism on the Road to Economic, Social and Ecological Decay… (more information)

Stifling Debate

Stifling Debate

Canadian Newspapers and Nuclear Power

Michael Clow

This study of nuclear coverage in four dailies in Ontario and New Brunswick finds that it is the promoters, not the opponents, of nuclear energy that overwhelmingly dominate news coverage. (more information)

Protect or Plunder?

Protect or Plunder?

Understanding Intellectual Property Rights

Vandana Shiva

Intellectual property rights, TRIPS, patents–they sound technical, even boring. Yet what kinds of ideas, technologies, identification of genes, even manipulations of life forms can be owned and exploited for profit by giant corporations is a vital issue for our times. Vandana Shiva shows how the Western-inspired and unprecedented widening of the concept of intellectual property does not stimulate human creativity and the generation of knowledge. Instead, it is being exploited by transnational… (more information)

Ploughing Up the Farm

Ploughing Up the Farm

Neoliberalism, Modern Technology and the State of the World’s Farmers

Jerry Buckland

Ploughing Up the Farm brings together an impressive array of evidence to show that neoliberalism and modern technology underlie recent trends: rural depopulation in the North, rising rural poverty in the South and environmental problems all around the farming world. Market-driven growth and trade liberalization have encouraged production for agricultural export, and the growing use of chemical inputs are often biased against Third World farmers and small farmers everywhere. Jerry Buckland calls… (more information)

Planet Dialectics

Planet Dialectics

Explorations in Environment and Development

Wolfgang Sachs

Sachs is one of the most thoughtful and appealing intellectuals to deal with the dual crisis in the Western world’s relations with nature and social justice. In this book readers–be they concerned citizens, environmentalists, development specialists or cultural historians–will find trenchant and elegant explorations of some of the foremost issues the world faces at the beginning of the new century: Efficiency, the mantra of our times; Globalization, a market inevitability and the… (more information)

Our Simmering Planet

Our Simmering Planet

What to do about Global Warming?

Joyeeta Gupta

Heat waves in Delhi and Athens. Hurricane Mitch in Central America and Tornadoes in the USA. Floods in Britatin and China. All unprecedented in severity, unprecedented in frequency. What is happenning to the world’s weather? This book takes us through the science, and behind the politics, to explore a number of questions. Do we need to worry about climate instability? What is the evidence regarding Global Warming?Our Simmering Planet discusses the likely impact of increases in average tempuatures… (more information)

Making Peace With the Earth

Making Peace With the Earth

Vandana Shiva

In this compelling and rigorously documented exposition, Vandana Shiva demolishes the myths propagated by corporate globalization in its pursuit of profit and power and shows its devastating environmental impact. Shiva argues that consumerism lubricates the war against the earth and that corporate control violates all ethical and ecological limits. She takes the reader on a journey through the world’s devastated eco-landscape, one of genetic engineering, industrial development and land… (more information)

Green Capitalism

Green Capitalism

Why It Can’t Work

Daniel Tanuro

What should be done to resolve the climate crisis? Daniel Tanuro argues that government measures — eco-taxes, commodification of natural resources and carbon trading — do not tackle the main problem: the drive for profit. Evidence from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and other sources demonstrates the impossibility of a sustainable “green capitalism.” Green Capitalism includes a critique of popular writers on the environmental crisis, ranging from… (more information)

Global Ecology

A New Arena of Political Conflict

Edited by Wolfgang Sachs

Behind the public’s hope of effective action by governments on environmental issues lie a complex terrain of conceptual confusion, conflicts of interest and philosophical dispute. This is hwy some of the world’s leading environmental thinkers have come together in this volume to probe critically the new languages being developed by the environmental professionals. The examine the contradictions inherent in the fashionable notion of sustainable development. They explore the emerging… (more information)

Food is Different

Food is Different

Why we Must Get the WTO out of Agriculture

Peter M. Rosset

This book explains what is happening to the world’s agricultural systems and farmers under the impact of neoliberal economics. What is at stake is the very future of our global food system and each country’s agricultural and farming systems. The livelihoods of rural people in both industrial and developing countries are under threat. The book explains what is happening to agriculture in the World Trade Organisation (WTO) negotiating context, and unravels the complex ways in which agriculture… (more information)

Fair Future

Fair Future

Resources Conflicts, Security and Global Justice

Wolfgang Sachs, Tilman Santarius

This is a book that cuts across the outdated divide of North and South to address the twin global questions of our age: social justice and environmental sustainability. It asks how the material needs of the poor can be met on a planet already exhibiting signs of acute environmental stress. By laying out fundamentals of shared analytical understanding, ethical commitment and practical institutional and policy changes, the authors provide the necessary intellectual and moral platform for progress… (more information)

Environmental Illness in Nova Scotia, 1983-2003

Environmental Illness in Nova Scotia, 1983-2003

David T. Janigan

Nova Scotia was the first Canadian province to be faced with a large-scale demand for workers’ compensation in a single institution, Camp Hill Medical Centre, Halifax. More than half of the 1100 workers complained of environmental illnesses (or the WHO’s idiopathic environmental intolerances) blamed on the poor indoor air quality, which was exhaustively investigated. In response, the Province established three outpatient facilities, one permanent, and overlapping and following these… (more information)

Energy Security and Climate Change

Energy Security and Climate Change

A Canadian Primer

Cy Gonick

Peak oil and climate change were mere hypotheses only a few years ago. This book brings together some of Canada’s and the world’s leading authorities to explore the origins of twin crises of our times and to evaluate the various solutions being advanced. What emerges is an engrossing discussion that is critical, sophisticated and plain spoken, challenging and controversial. Energy Security and Climate Change will be of interest to those seeking an introduction to the issues, as well… (more information)

Empowerment

Towards Sustainable Development

Edited by Naresh C. Singh, Vangile Titi

While fashionable rhetoric threatens to overwhelm clear thinking sustainable development, the authors of this study believe that serious and difficult questions need to be asked if we are to move to a concept and practice of development which really integrates the needs of people, the economy, the environment and the practical world of decision-making. In particular, it is too easy to assume a positive relation between poverty reduction and an improved environment. Instead they argue that the alleviation… (more information)

Edible Action

Edible Action

Food Activism and Alternative Economics

Sally Miller

Hunger is up, obesity is up, food-borne illness is up, farms are lost to debt and despair; the food system fails growing numbers of people across the world every day. Yet if we adjust our lens, we see ubiquitous commitments to change: food movements and enterprises dedicated to making the world a better place to eat and to live. Food initiatives—from farmers’ markets to fair trade coffee—offer a pattern of powerful alternatives to conventional food economics, which benefit only… (more information)

Ecofeminism as Politics

Nature, Marx and the Postmodern

Areil Salleh

This book explores the philosophical and political challenge of ecofeminism. It shows how the ecology movement has been held back by conceptual confusion over the implications of gender difference, while much that passes in the name of feminism is actually an obstacle to ecological change and global democracy. The author argues that ecofeminism reaches beyond contemporary social movements, being a political synthesis of four revolutions in one: ecology is feminism is socialism is post-colonial struggle… (more information)

Ecofeminism

Maria Mies, Vandana Shiva

Two authors, one an economist, the other a physicist and philosopher, come together in this book on a controversial environmental agenda. Using interview material, they bring together women’s perspectives from North and South on environmental deterioration and develop and new way of approaching this body of knowledge which is at once practical and philosophical. Do women involved in environmental movements see a link between patriarchy and ecological degradation? What are the links between… (more information)

Consuming Sustainability

Consuming Sustainability

Critical Social Analyses of Ecological Change

Edited by Debra Davidson, Kierstin Hatt

How do our consumption decisions affect ecosystems? Can we rely on governments to maintain environmental wellbeing? Do rural peoples “see” the environment differently from urban residents? Is sustainability possible? We are confronted with personal and political decisions every day that affect the environment, yet, we often do not know how to assess, much less understand, our individual role in them. In Consuming Sustainability, the authors examine several contemporary environmental… (more information)

Climate@Work

Climate@Work

Edited by Carla Lipsig-Mummé

Climate change is having an increasingly significant impact on work in Canada, and the effect climate change has, and will continue to have, on work concerns many Canadians. However, this fact has not been seriously considered either in academic circles, in the labour movement nor especially by the Canadian government. Climate@Work addresses this deficit by systematically tackling the question of the impact of climate change on work and employment and by analyzing Canada’s conservative silence… (more information)

Climate Change

Climate Change

Melanie Jarman

This engaging guide outlines key issues in the major challenge facing national governments today—how to deal with climate change. With doom-laden forecasts of our future in the next decade, the issue’s importance cannot be over-estimated. Jarman shows how countries are beginning to adapt and what other countries must do to catch up. Climate change will affect millions of lives, particularly in the poorest countries. Yet many governments are reluctant to commit to tackling the problem… (more information)

Canada’s Deadly Secret

Canada’s Deadly Secret

Saskatchewan Uranium and the Global Nuclear System

Jim Harding

Canada’s Deadly Secret chronicles the struggle over Saskatchewan’s uranium mining, the front end of the global nuclear system. It digs into impacts on Aboriginal rights, environmental health and the effect of free trade, tracing Saskatchewan’s pivotal role in nuclear proliferation and the spread of contamination and cancer. Harding shows that nuclear energy cannot address global warming, nor is there a “peaceful atom.” The book goes inside biased public inquiries;… (more information)

Bringing the Food Economy Home

Bringing the Food Economy Home

Local Alternatives to Global Agribusiness

Steven Gorelick, Todd Merrifield, Helena Norberg-Hodge

There has been much discussion about the quality of food being provided by global agribusiness and the serious environmental impact it produces. The benefits of fostering a local food production are often dismissed, but it would address a range of health, social and environmental problems. The authors argue if the trend of large agribusiness were thought about rather than accepted without question, then local food production would be seen as a viable means of supplementing this existing system.… (more information)

Brave New Seeds

Brave New Seeds

The Threat of Transgenic Crops to Farmers in the South

Robert Ali, Brac De La Perriere, Franck Seuret

Consumers have taken the lead in rejecting the biotech industry’s determination to foist GMOs on an unsuspecting and unconsulted public. This book gives a voice for the first time to farmers. They are the people being pressured by half a dozen giant corporations to grow these genetically engineered crops. What are the possible downsides for them, particularly for those hundreds of millions of farmers living in the developing countries? On their environment? On their health? On their independence… (more information)