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📒Catastrophe In The Making ✍ William R. Freudenburg
✏Catastrophe in the Making Book Summary : When houses are flattened, towns submerged, and people stranded without electricity or even food, we attribute the suffering to “natural disasters” or “acts of God.” But what if they’re neither? What if we, as a society, are bringing these catastrophes on ourselves? That’s the provocative theory of Catastrophe in the Making, the first book to recognize Hurricane Katrina not as a “perfect storm,” but a tragedy of our own making—and one that could become commonplace. The authors, one a longtime New Orleans resident, argue that breached levees and sloppy emergency response are just the most obvious examples of government failure. The true problem is more deeply rooted and insidious, and stretches far beyond the Gulf Coast. Based on the false promise of widespread prosperity, communities across the U.S. have embraced all brands of “economic development” at all costs. In Louisiana, that meant development interests turning wetlands into shipping lanes. By replacing a natural buffer against storm surges with a 75-mile long, obsolete canal that cost hundreds of millions of dollars, they guided the hurricane into the heart of New Orleans and adjacent communities. The authors reveal why, despite their geographic differences, California and Missouri are building—quite literally—toward similar destruction. Too often, the U.S. “growth machine” generates wealth for a few and misery for many. Drawing lessons from the most expensive “natural” disaster in American history, Catastrophe in the Making shows why thoughtless development comes at a price we can ill afford.
📒Environmental Politics For A Changing World ✍ Ronnie D. Lipschutz
✏Environmental Politics for a Changing World Book Summary : Environmental problems are, first and foremost, political and, therefore, about power. Using a framework of political economy and political ecology, the authors deconstruct current environmental problems to identify root causes and the possibilities to address problems through mobilization of collective action and social power.
📒Endangered Species A Documentary And Reference Guide ✍ Edward P. Weber
✏Endangered Species A Documentary and Reference Guide Book Summary : This book uses primary documents as a lens through which to examine historical and present-day efforts to protect endangered species in the United States and around the world. • Analyzes the connections between human behavior, industrialization, modernization, and public policy, and examines the impact of these factors on various species • Integrates a breadth of topics including economics, history, philosophy, sociology, and politics and policymaking • Explores historic events and major points of contention in species protection efforts • Suggests possible policy approaches and reforms that can make existing policies more effective in tackling the challenges of stemming species decline
📒Castles In The Sand ✍ Michael Cameron Dempsey
✏Castles in the Sand Book Summary : Abu Dhabi--an obscure Middle Eastern principality that happens to be the richest city in the world. This book tells the story of Abu Dhabi's ambitions to transform itself from a sleepy sheikhdom into a thriving international metropolis and a hub of business and leisure. It traces Abu Dhabi's boom years from 2009 to 2011 from the perspective of a Westerner working for the Urban Planning Council, the government agency that planned and coordinated all of the massive development activity. Castles in the Sand explores the drastic changes in Abu Dhabi's built environment, where entire islands are forested with skyscrapers and billions of dollars in infrastructure are spent on a whim--while recounting the disorienting experience of an outsider encountering a society in which foreigners outnumber locals nine to one and modernity clashes head-on with centuries of embedded tradition. General readers will find a broad introduction to Abu Dhabi, and architects and planners will gain a firsthand glimpse inside an unprecedented experiment in city-building.
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📒A Critical Evaluation Of Conservation And Development In Sub Saharan Africa ✍ Paul Andre DeGeorges
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📒The World S Water ✍ Gary H. Wolff
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📒Natural Obsessions ✍ Natalie Angier
✏Natural Obsessions Book Summary : Describes the search for the genes that control cancer