Forest Fires

A Reference Handbook

Author: Philip N. Omi

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1851094385

Category: Nature

Page: 347

View: 8175

From killer fires to ecosystem rehabilitation, an exhaustive survey exploring the ecological, social, and economic consequences of managing fires in U.S. wildland areas. * Provides a detailed chronology of events, legislative acts, policy controversies, and precedents for fire management in the United States, illustrating how the fires discussed reflect a continuation of trends established in the 20th century and before * Includes biographies of past and present forest fire management leaders, scientists, academicians, and policy makers

Remote Sensing of Hydrometeorological Hazards

Author: George P. Petropoulos,Tanvir Islam

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 1498777597

Category: Mathematics

Page: 525

View: 9349

Extreme weather and climate change aggravate the frequency and magnitude of disasters. Facing atypical and more severe events, existing early warning and response systems become inadequate both in scale and scope. Earth Observation (EO) provides today information at global, regional and even basin scales related to agrometeorological hazards. This book will focus on drought, flood, frost, landslides, and storms/cyclones and will cover different applications of EO data used from prediction to mapping damages for each category. It will explain the added value of EO technology in comparison with conventional techniques applied today through many case studies.

Rainforests of the World

A Reference Handbook

Author: Kathlyn Gay

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1576074242

Category: Nature

Page: 257

View: 3056

This authoritative volume examines the reasons for rainforest destruction, the effects of deforestation on indigenous plant and animal life, and the policies and actions that are currently being taken to protect rainforests. * Includes extensive charts and graphs of rainforest data and a collection of significant legal documents and public manifestos pertaining to rainforest protection * Provides annotated listings of organizations and additional resources for further research

Genetic Engineering

A Reference Handbook

Author: Harry LeVine

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1851098607

Category: Science

Page: 313

View: 3780

Introduces major concepts in the modification of genes in plants, animals, and humans, including coverage of such topics as DNA and the law, genetically modified foods, and the stem-cell debate.

Forest Conservation Policy

A Reference Handbook

Author: V. Alaric Sample,Antony S. Cheng

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1576079910

Category: Science

Page: 322

View: 3179

A one-of-a-kind introduction to the major issues and controversies dominating the heated debate over U.S. forest policy today. * Subject-indexed description of the major issues dominating the current debates over the future of forest policy * Exhaustive references to government and nongovernment forestry organizations at both the national and regional levels


A Reference Handbook

Author: Marie Costa

Publisher: Abc-Clio Incorporated

ISBN: 9780874368277

Category: Reference

Page: 339

View: 4807

Examines the legal, social, political, and historical aspects of abortion, provides an overview of abortion policy, and lists sources of further information

Identity Theft

A Reference Handbook

Author: Sandra K. Hoffman,Tracy G. McGinley

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1598841432

Category: Political Science

Page: 262

View: 1962

A comprehensive examination of different forms of identity theft and its economic impact, including profiles of perpetrators and victims and coverage of current trends, security implications, prevention efforts, and legislative actions. * Includes a chronology of key decisions, cases, and government action in the development of identity theft policy * Offers a list of key terms that will help the reader to better understand the sometimes unique language of crimes

Censorship in America

A Reference Handbook

Author: Mary Hull

Publisher: Abc-Clio Incorporated


Category: Political Science

Page: 233

View: 3670

Presenting an overview of information control in America, this volume discusses why some works of art and literature are controversial, and examines the arguments of both those who advocate unlimited free speech and those who would impose some limits.

The United Nations System

A Reference Handbook

Author: Chadwick F. Alger

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1851098054

Category: Law

Page: 375

View: 1671

A reference guide to the United Nations.

Nuclear Weapons and Nonproliferation

A Reference Handbook

Author: Sarah J. Diehl,James Clay Moltz

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1598840711

Category: History

Page: 335

View: 7779

Provides an overview of the world's nuclear weapons, including histories of countries that have nuclear programs and biographies of individuals who have played a key role in nuclear weapon history.

Global Security Watch—Iran: A Reference Handbook

A Reference Handbook

Author: Thomas R. Mattair

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 156720757X

Category: Political Science

Page: 224

View: 4118

This book explains the foreign policy decisions of Iranian leaders, as well as the foreign policy decisions of its neighbors and major world powers. Iran is not treated primarily as a problem to be dealt with by the United States and its friends. There is an effort to understand not only the concerns and policies of the United States and its allies, but also to understand Iranian concerns and policy. Thus, this book is better able than many others to explain the actions, reactions, and interactions of all the relevant actors and to explore the prospects for future war or peace. Mattair provides a comprehensive analysis of Iran's relations with its neighbors and major world powers. He begins with a review of Iran's foreign relations from the time of Iran's founding in the 5th century B.C. through the Islamic era beginning in the mid-600's A.D., and the native dynasties that ruled in more recent centuries as Iran faced challenges from foreign powers such as the Ottoman Empire and Western colonial empires. The rule of Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, from 1941 until 1979, is analyzed in detail, covering his efforts to deter aggression by the Soviet Union, forge an alliance with the United States, assert Iran's power in the Persian Gulf, and exercise Iran's economic power, particularly through its oil wealth. The bulk of the book, however, focuses on the foreign relations of the Islamic Republic of Iran since 1979, during the time in which Ayatollah Khomeini and his successors have ruled. The reasons for Iran's early revolutionary activism, its antagonism toward the United States and Israel, and its war with Iraq from 1980 to 1988, are carefully examined. The reasons for international efforts to contain Iran, particularly efforts by the United States, are also analyzed. Iran's more pragmatic policies are explained, as well, including its close relations with Russia and China, its efforts to repair relations with Saudi Arabia and the other Arab states of the Gulf, its cooperation with U.S. efforts to topple the Taliban in Afghanistan after September 11, 2001, and its offer of comprehensive negotiations with the United States in May 2003. Finally, Mattair analyzes the current global debate about whether diplomacy, sanctions, or military action are appropriate responses to Iran's nuclear programs, its role in Iraq and the Persian Gulf, and its resistance to Israel.

Emergency Management

A Reference Handbook

Author: Jeffrey B. Bumgarner

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1598841106

Category: Reference

Page: 293

View: 9633

This work is the first nontechnical guide to the principles, practices, policies, and profession of emergency management. * Numerous primary source documents include key legislation as well as FEMA policies and publications * A chronology lists major disasters in the United States along with key emergency management developments


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Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Academic libraries

Page: N.A

View: 4798

Military Robots and Drones: A Reference Handbook

A Reference Handbook

Author: Paul J. Springer

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1598847333

Category: History

Page: 297

View: 7398

This book provides an insightful introduction to the most important field of military innovation for the 21st century—robotic and drone weaponry. • A chronology of important events in robotic technology • A detailed bibliography on the latest sources related to this innovative technology

Human rights worldwide

a reference handbook

Author: Zehra F. Kabasakal Arat

Publisher: Abc-Clio Inc

ISBN: 9781851097623

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 313

View: 9338

Describes the origins and development of the concept of human rights, looks at current issues, provides a chronology of events, includes brief biographical sketches and human rights documents, and presents research and data sources.

21st Century Economics: A Reference Handbook

Author: Rhona C. Free

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1412961424

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 1000

View: 8994

Interest in economics is at an all-time high. Among the challenges facing the nation is an economy with rapidly rising unemployment, failures of major businesses and industries, and continued dependence on oil with its wildly fluctuating price. Americans are debating the proper role of the government in company bailouts, the effectiveness of tax cuts versus increased government spending to stimulate the economy, and potential effects of deflation. Economists have dealt with such questions for generations, but they have taken on new meaning and significance. Tackling these questions and encompassing analysis of traditional economic theory and topics as well as those that economists have only more recently addressed, 21st Century Economics: A Reference Handbook is intended to meet the needs of several types of readers. Undergraduate students preparing for exams will find summaries of theory and models in key areas of micro and macroeconomics. Readers interested in learning about economic analysis of an issue as well students embarking on research projects will find introductions to relevant theory and empirical evidence. And economists seeking to learn about extensions of analysis into new areas or about new approaches will benefit from chapters that introduce cutting-edge topics. To make the book accessible to undergraduate students, models have been presented only in graphical format (minimal calculus) and empirical evidence has been summarized in ways that do not require much background in statistics or econometrics. It is thereby hoped that chapters will provide both crucial information and inspiration in a non-threatening, highly readable format.

Handbook of Building Materials for Fire Protection

Author: Charles A. Harper

Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional

ISBN: 0071433309

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 800

View: 5595

The first handbook devoted to the coverage of materials in the field of fire engineering. Fire Protection Building Materials Handbook walks you through the challenging maze of choosing form the hundreds of commercially available materials used in buildings today and tells you which burn and /or are weakened during exposure to fire. It is the burning characteristics of materials, which usually allow fires to begin and propagate, and the degradation of materials that cause the most damage. Providing expert guidance every step of the way, Fire Protection Building Materials Handbook helps the architect, designers and fire protection engineers to design and maintain safer buildings while complying with international codes.

Handbook of Fire and Explosion Protection Engineering Principles

for Oil, Gas, Chemical and Related Facilities

Author: Dennis P. Nolan

Publisher: William Andrew

ISBN: 9781437778588

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 340

View: 3083

Handbook of Fire and Explosion Protection Engineering Principles: for Oil, Gas, Chemical and Related Facilities is a general engineering handbook that provides an overview for understanding problems of fire and explosion at oil, gas, and chemical facilities. This handbook offers information about current safety management practices and technical engineering improvements. It also provides practical knowledge about the effects of hydrocarbon fires and explosions and their prevention, mitigation principals, and methodologies. This handbook offers an overview of oil and gas facilities, and it presents insights into the philosophy of protection principles. Properties of hydrocarbons, as well as the characteristics of its releases, fires and explosions, are also provided in this handbook. The book includes chapters about fire- and explosion-resistant systems, fire- and gas-detection systems, alarm systems, and methods of fire suppression. The handbook ends with a discussion about human factors and ergonomic considerations, including human attitude, field devices, noise control, panic, and security. People involved with fire and explosion prevention, such as engineers and designers, will find this book invaluable. A unique practical guide to preventing fires and explosions at oil and gas facilities, based on the author’s extensive experience in the industry An essential reference tool for engineers, designers and others facing fire protection issues Based on the latest NFPA standards and interpretations

Industrial Fire Protection Handbook, Second Edition

Author: R. Craig Schroll

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 1420031759

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 252

View: 6781

Fundamentally, fire prevention and control refer to systems and practices that increase a facility's ability to avoid fires, limit the development and spread of fires, and rapidly and effectively control fires. Changing safety codes and regulations along with recent technological advances have rendered the first edition of this popular handbook somewhat out of date and left fire safety professionals without a current, reliable reference devoted to their needs. Comprehensive, uniquely focused, and completely up to date, the Industrial Fire Protection Handbook, Second Edition provides a practical guide for improving fire prevention and protection within a work environment. The author has made extensive revisions, significantly expanded his discussions in key areas, and added numerous examples and illustrations to provide a better-than-ever overview of all essential areas of fire protection, including loss control programs, fire behavior, life safety, hazard control, and emergency planning. New in the Second Edition: Discussions of new extinguishing agents, including wet chemical and clean agents designed to replace halon Significantly expanded coverage of general loss control programs More in-depth treatment of hazard control and life safety issues Broader coverage of installed fire protection systems More examples covering selection, placement, and maintenance of fire extinguishers