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See below for a selection of the latest books from Sustainability category. Presented with a red border are the Sustainability books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great Sustainability books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!

There Is No Planet B

There Is No Planet B

Author: Mike (Lancaster University) Berners-Lee Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/01/2021

Feeding the world, climate change, biodiversity, antibiotics, plastics, pandemics - the list of concerns seems endless. But what is most pressing, and what should we do first? Do we all need to become vegetarian? How can we fly in a low-carbon world? How can we take control of technology? And, given the global nature of the challenges we now face, what on Earth can any of us do, as individuals? Mike Berners-Lee has crunched the numbers and plotted a course of action that is full of hope, practical, and enjoyable. This is the big-picture perspective on the environmental and economic challenges of our day, laid out in one place, and traced through to the underlying roots - questions of how we live and think. This updated edition has new material on protests, pandemics, wildfires, investments, carbon targets and of course, on the key question: given all this, what can I do?

Science, Technology, Society & Sustainable Development in Tunisia and Japan Proceedings of the 13th Tunisia-Japan Symposium on Science, Society and Technology, TJASSST 2015, held in Tsukuba, Japan, Fe

Science, Technology, Society & Sustainable Development in Tunisia and Japan Proceedings of the 13th Tunisia-Japan Symposium on Science, Society and Technology, TJASSST 2015, held in Tsukuba, Japan, Fe

Author: Mitsuteru Irie Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/01/2021

These proceedings gather presentations from the 13th Tunisia-Japan Symposium on Science, Society and Technology (TJASSST 2015), held in Tsukuba, Japan on February 23-25, 2016. The conference's focus was on the development of interdisciplinary approaches to sustainable society. In keeping with that goal, the book explores a broad range of topics in the environmental sciences, life science, food and agriculture, energy and materials, math and ICT, humanities and social sciences, and management and innovation. The respective chapters, all of which were written by respected experts, address the functionality and nutrition of food, plant biology, molecular biology, wastewater treatment, water resource management, hydrology, environmental assessment, solar cells, biofuels, nanotechnology, practical mathematics, information technology, social science, and socio-economic management. Accordingly, the proceedings offer a valuable resource for all researchers and students interested in contributing to sustainable development.

Urban Sustainability Indicators

Urban Sustainability Indicators

Author: Devisari (National University of Singapore, Singapore) Tunas Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2021

The issues of urban sustainability are critical, and more so for cities with already high density where the problems of resource constraints, quality of urban community life, and quality of the physical environment are exacerbated by the sheer intensity of social and economic activities within the usually limited confines of metropolitan boundaries. This Guidebook to Urban Sustainability Indicators presents a comprehensive guide for assessing sustainable urban development. It covers thirteen thematic areas pertaining to sustainability of cities and urban areas, which have direct implications on spatial planning and policies, namely Land, Community, Economy, Transport, Biodiversity, Food, Energy, Climate, Air, Water, Waste, Governance and, Culture, and considers how they interlink with one another. The Guidebook aims to advance the knowledge of sustainable urban development and cities through cross-disciplinary thinking and evaluation. It presents sustainability performance indicators for self-assessment and benchmarking cities, and includes both qualitative and quantitative indicators. It draws on a wide range of international databases such as the World Bank's Environmental Performance Indicators to local databases like the Sustainable Seattle Indicators. In total, over 1,100 indicators for sustainable development were studied and feature in the Guidebook. These indicators are organized into sub-themes or dimensions, each representing an area of focus or principle of sustainability. This book is a must read for those who want to have better understanding of the concept of integrated sustainability of urban development from a holistic perspective, rather than approaching sustainability from a single thematic issue. Scholars and students in Urban Planning, Urban Design, and Sustainability Assessment as well as urban professionals, planners and designers, policy makers and municipal authorities will benefit greatly from the diversity and the depth of each theme presented.

Urban Sustainability Indicators

Urban Sustainability Indicators

Author: Devisari (National University of Singapore, Singapore) Tunas Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2021

The issues of urban sustainability are critical, and more so for cities with already high density where the problems of resource constraints, quality of urban community life, and quality of the physical environment are exacerbated by the sheer intensity of social and economic activities within the usually limited confines of metropolitan boundaries. This Guidebook to Urban Sustainability Indicators presents a comprehensive guide for assessing sustainable urban development. It covers thirteen thematic areas pertaining to sustainability of cities and urban areas, which have direct implications on spatial planning and policies, namely Land, Community, Economy, Transport, Biodiversity, Food, Energy, Climate, Air, Water, Waste, Governance and, Culture, and considers how they interlink with one another. The Guidebook aims to advance the knowledge of sustainable urban development and cities through cross-disciplinary thinking and evaluation. It presents sustainability performance indicators for self-assessment and benchmarking cities, and includes both qualitative and quantitative indicators. It draws on a wide range of international databases such as the World Bank's Environmental Performance Indicators to local databases like the Sustainable Seattle Indicators. In total, over 1,100 indicators for sustainable development were studied and feature in the Guidebook. These indicators are organized into sub-themes or dimensions, each representing an area of focus or principle of sustainability. This book is a must read for those who want to have better understanding of the concept of integrated sustainability of urban development from a holistic perspective, rather than approaching sustainability from a single thematic issue. Scholars and students in Urban Planning, Urban Design, and Sustainability Assessment as well as urban professionals, planners and designers, policy makers and municipal authorities will benefit greatly from the diversity and the depth of each theme presented.

Handbook of Research on Institution Development for Sustainable and Inclusive Economic Growth in Africa

Handbook of Research on Institution Development for Sustainable and Inclusive Economic Growth in Africa

Author: Evans S. Osabuohien Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/12/2020

African countries are pursuing a number of development agendas toward achieving economic growth that is inclusive, pro-poor, and sustainable, particularly the type that can unleash the potential of women and booming youthful populations. However, available evidence shows that many African countries have experienced economic hardships and have performed more poorly than other developing and emerging countries in the global south. The Handbook of Research on Institution Development for Sustainable and Inclusive Economic Growth in Africa is an essential research publication that provides comprehensive research on the processes of building viable institutions in Africa that will serve as the fulcrum for utilizing and managing resources as well as promoting economic growth that is inclusive and sustainable. Featuring topics such as climate change, financial development, and poverty, this book is ideal for researchers, policymakers, developers, economic professionals, academicians, government officials, business professionals, and students.

Power and Politics in Sustainable Consumption Research and Practice

Power and Politics in Sustainable Consumption Research and Practice

Author: Cindy Isenhour Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/12/2020

With growing awareness of environmental deterioration, atmospheric pollution and resource depletion, the last several decades have brought increased attention and scrutiny to global consumption levels. However, there are significant and well documented limitations associated with current efforts to encourage more sustainable consumption patterns, ranging from informational and time constraints to the highly individualizing effect of market-based participation. This volume, featuring essays solicited from experts engaged in sustainable consumption research from around the world, presents empirical and theoretical illustrations of the various means through which politics and power influence (un)sustainable consumption practices, policies and perspectives. With chapters on compelling topics including collective action, behaviour-change and the transition movement, the authors discuss why current efforts have largely failed to meet environmental targets and explore promising directions for research, policy and practice. Featuring contributions that will help the reader open up politics and power in ways that are accessible and productive and bridge the gaps with current approaches to sustainable consumption, this book will be of great interest to students and scholars of sustainable consumption and the politics of sustainability.

The Headteacher as Effective Leader

The Headteacher as Effective Leader

Author: Bill Boyle, Paul Clarke Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/12/2020

First published in 1998, this volume focuses on the range of crucial role that the headteacher must fulfil as the leader. It has become apparent that being a good manager and teacher is not enough, the headteacher has to be able to lead and communicate the vision of the school to the staff, pupils, parents and governors. The role includes auditing the needs of the school and leading the process of planning to meet its targets, balancing quality of provision and raising standards within the limits of the school environment. The roles of team builder, motivator and systems thinker are also essential. Finally the headteacher has the role of developing staff, and promoting self-development linked with school improvement.

Sustainability in Agricultural and Rural Development

Sustainability in Agricultural and Rural Development

Author: Gerard E. D'Souza Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/12/2020

First published in 1998, this book provides a broad but in-depth description of the issues, concepts, methods of analysis, and empirical results related to the sustainable development of agriculture and rural communities. Specifically, it examines the relationships between sustainability and individual topics such as technology, information, population, gender, land use, community, and public policy. A unique aspect of this book is that the topics addressed have not previously been explored together in one publication. With sustainability as the common link, data and evidence are presented and then interpreted in light of individual perspective and experience, in the process advancing our knowledge of this important field. The book comprises of 12 chapters written by prominent authors who come from government and non-government organizations as well as from various academic institutions and disciplines. This book is ideal for a seminar course. It is particularly intended for students in production agriculture, rural sociology, economics and public policy, environmental sciences, geography and land use planning, and other social sciences. Its rich insights make it a useful source of information for policy makers. It can also be used as a reference by professional economists and other researchers interested in issues relating to sustainable agricultural and rural development. While the coverage of some topics is, by necessity, more technical, the book is compiled with a general audience in mind. Thus, it should be of interest to anyone concerned with agriculture, natural resources and rural issues, particularly as they relate to the future of agriculture and of rural communities.

Sustainable Development

Sustainable Development

Author: Saket Kushwaha Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/11/2020

One of the most significant topics for the current time in history is sustainable development. It is a development that complies with the requirements of the present without barring the necessities and opportunities of forthcoming generations. Sustainable development is a diverse subject encompassing various disciplines, providing it both a pragmatic approach and a philosophical base. It focusses on a broad range of interests from corporations to nations to stakeholders because it syndicates environmental safety and economic development into a single system. Sustainable development is linked with the methods for development of long-term activities of humans guaranteeing the harmony of economic, ecological and social equilibrium. Sometimes, the risk associated with the violation of sustainable development principles are of diverse kinds. Nevertheless, the consequences of various unsustainable activities of human beings hurt the ecosystem badly and may impact the survival of upcoming generations. The underlying agenda of this book on sustainable development is to provide detail insight on the principles and prerequisites of sustainable development. In order for us to achieve sustainable development, it must be comprehensive, i.e., it should successfully balance social goals with environmental and economic perspectives.

Mapping Global Dynamics

Mapping Global Dynamics

Author: Gilbert Ahamer Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/11/2020

This book asks: What are the most suitable mapping strategies for detecting patterns of global dynamics? It adopts a spatial perspective when trying to understand Global Dynamics - and sets out to revolutionise the concept of space as such. Spatial views - on levels of increasing abstraction, reflection and self-organisation - are developed along eight case studies including air emissions, environmental radioactivity, deforestation, energy from biomass, land use change, food supply, water quality and cooperative interdisciplinary learning for global change. This book's conceptual innovation consists in performing a transformation from space & time into functional state space & evolutionary time in order to better recognise the structural patterns of long-term global dynamics. A transdisciplinary readership in academia - including geography, philosophy, economics, global change and future research - that is interested in enlarging scientific concepts beyond classical borders - would be most welcome!

Life on Land

Life on Land

Author: Walter Leal Filho Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/11/2020

The problems related to the process of industrialisation such as biodiversity depletion, climate change and a worsening of health and living conditions, especially but not only in developing countries, intensify. Therefore, there is an increasing need to search for integrated solutions to make development more sustainable. The United Nations has acknowledged the problem and approved the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development . On 1st January 2016, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the Agenda officially came into force. These goals cover the three dimensions of sustainable development: economic growth, social inclusion and environmental protection. The Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals comprehensively addresses the SDGs in an integrated way. It encompasses 17 volumes, each one devoted to one of the 17 SDGs. This volume addresses SDG 15, namely Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss and contains the description of a range of terms, which allow a better understanding and foster knowledge. Concretely, the defined targets are: Ensure the conservation, restoration and sustainable use of terrestrial and inland freshwater ecosystems and their services, in particular forests, wetlands, mountains and drylands, in line with obligations under international agreements Promote the implementation of sustainable management of all types of forests, halt deforestation, restore degraded forests and substantially increase afforestation and reforestation globally Combat desertification, restore degraded land and soil, including land affected by desertification, drought and floods, and strive to achieve a land degradation-neutral world Ensure the conservation of mountain ecosystems, including their biodiversity, in order to enhance their capacity to provide benefits that are essential for sustainable development Take urgent and significant action to reduce the degradation of natural habitats, halt the loss of biodiversity and protect and prevent the extinction of threatened species Promote fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising from the utilization of genetic resources and promote appropriate access to such resources, as internationally agreed Take urgent action to end poaching and trafficking of protected species of flora and fauna and address both demand and supply of illegal wildlife products Introduce measures to prevent the introduction and significantly Reduce the impact of invasive alien species on land and water ecosystems and control or eradicate the priority species Integrate ecosystem and biodiversity values into national and local planning, development processes, poverty reduction strategies and accounts Mobilize and significantly increase financial resources from all sources to conserve and sustainably use biodiversity and ecosystems Mobilize significant resources from all sources and at all levels to finance sustainable forest management and provide adequate incentives to developing countries to advance such management, including for conservation and reforestation Enhance global support for efforts to combat poaching and trafficking of protected species, including by increasing the capacity of local communities to pursue sustainable livelihood opportunities Editorial Board Alexandra Aragao, Desalegn Yayeh Ayal, Ayansina Ayanlade, Anabela Marisa Azul, Adriana Consorte-McCrea, Muhammad Farooq, Ana Catarina Luz, Maria P. Martin, Sharif A. Mukul, Nandhivarman Muthu, Robert Russell Monteith Paterson, Isabel Ruiz-Mallen

Decent Work and Economic Growth

Decent Work and Economic Growth

Author: Walter Leal Filho Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/11/2020

The problems related to the process of industrialisation such as biodiversity depletion, climate change and a worsening of health and living conditions, especially but not only in developing countries, intensify. Therefore, there is an increasing need to search for integrated solutions to make development more sustainable. The United Nations has acknowledged the problem and approved the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development . On 1st January 2016, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the Agenda officially came into force. These goals cover the three dimensions of sustainable development: economic growth, social inclusion and environmental protection. The Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals comprehensively addresses the SDGs in an integrated way. The Encyclopedia encompasses 17 volumes, each one devoted to one of the 17 SDGs. This volume addresses SDG 8, namely Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all and contains the description of a range of terms, to allow a better understanding and foster knowledge. The predominant economic model is promoting a lopsided economic growth that is further increasing the gap between the have and the have-nots. This SDG is not just proposing the attainment of more just and empowering economic models, but it also puts at the forefront the well-being of workers by striving to provide employment and better working conditions that respect the dignity of workers. Concretely, the defined targets are: Sustain per capita economic growth in accordance with national circumstances and, in particular, at least 7 per cent gross domestic product growth per annum in the least developed countries Achieve higher levels of economic productivity through diversification, technological upgrading and innovation, including through a focus on high-value added and labour-intensive sectors Promote development-oriented policies that support productive activities, decent job creation, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and encourage the formalization and growth of micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises, including through access to financial services Improve progressively, through 2030, global resource efficiency in consumption and production and endeavour to decouple economic growth from environmental degradation, in accordance with the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production, with developed countries taking the lead Achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all women and men, including for young people and persons with disabilities, and equal pay for work of equal value Substantially reduce the proportion of youth not in employment, education or training Take immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking and secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour, including recruitment and use of child soldiers, and end child labour in all its forms Protect labour rights and promote safe and secure working environments for all workers, including migrant workers, in particular women migrants, and those in precarious employment Devise and implement policies to promote sustainable tourism that creates jobs and promotes local culture and products Strengthen the capacity of domestic financial institutions to encourage and expand access to banking, insurance and financial services for all Increase Aid for Trade support for developing countries, in particular least developed countries, including through the Enhanced Integrated Framework for Trade-related Technical Assistance to Least Developed Countries Develop and operationalize a global strategy for youth employment and implement the Global Jobs Pact of the International Labour Organization Editorial Board Rimjhim M Aggarwal, Rosa Maria Fernandez, Edurne A. Inigo, Nerise Johnson, Dmitry Kurochkin, Wim Lambrechts, Sonja Rewhorn, Marco Tortora, Tony Wall