Lessons from the Fifteen Worst Environmental Disasters Around the World
Author: Robert Emmet Hernan
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Presents fifteen environmental disasters of the last sixty years, describing their victims and the impact on land and water resources, from the chemical pollution of Japanese fishing waters, to the Treasure oil spill off the coast of South Africa.
Back in 2007, two gently unemployed people with no previous restaurant experience drove 90 minutes to Chicago to eat a raw food dinner. 90 minutes. They said, I wish there was somewhere closer And they were stupid enough to decide the best solution to the problem was to open their own raw vegan restaurant. Not normal people. Not even close. This is their story. KATHY: Did you remember to put in the recipes? DANNY: Yes. The string around my finger totally worked.
This book reviews efforts to control hazardous chemicals from the early 1970s into the very beginning of the 1990s. Many of the issues which were hotly debated 15 years earlier are still on the national agenda and are surrounded with more controversy than ever before. The emphasis is on environmental goals and on general policies and approaches in search of these goals. At the same time, environmental issues teem with controversy over details-in the fine print of the laws, in the Federal Register announcements of new regulations, in enforcement orders, and in court rulings. In the environmental field the gaps are enormous between the politicians, the experts, and the public in understanding the facts, in recognizing the uncertainties, in developing a basis for reaching decisions laden with value judgments, and in translating these judgments into implementation activities. However, the goals must be clear even to identify the important facts and uncertainties themselves and to frame the judgments which must be made. If a consensus cannot be reached on the appropriate goals and objectives, then the nation is in serious trouble. The importance of such a consensus is underscored by one industrial estimate that each American family already pays $150 per month in direct and hidden environmental costs, expenditures which we can ill-afford to misdirect.
Health Effects and Environmental Justice Struggles Around the Globe
Author: Francis O. Adeola
Publisher: Lexington Books
Category: Social Science
In the post-World War II period, modern societies have developed numerous heterogeneous synthetic organic compounds released into the environment and human habitats. This book addresses the threats posed by these contaminants and other hazardous wastes to human health and the health of other species in the environment.
Was bei Banken wirklich schief läuft und was sich ändern muss
Author: Martin Hellwig,Anat Admati
Publisher: FinanzBuch Verlag
Category: Political Science
In den letzten Jahren dominiert ein Thema die Schlagzeilen: die Finanzkrise und die maroden Banken. Und wer bezahlt, wenn mal wieder eine Bank aus dem Ruder läuft ? Die Sparer und die Steuerzahler! Trotzdem schaffen es die Bankmanager immer wieder, sich strengeren Reglements zu entziehen, und tischen dafür die aberwitzigsten Argumente auf. Anat Admati und Martin Hellwig untersuchen diese »modernen Märchen« und kommen eindeutig zu dem Schluss, dass es keineswegs notwendig ist, die Vorzüge des Systems zu opfern, um die Banken gesünder und sicherer zu machen. Denn Finanzkonzerne sind oftmals so krisenanfällig, weil sie es sein wollen, um höhere Gewinne zu machen, und nicht, weil sie es müssen. Aus dem Schaden scheint niemand klug geworden zu sein. Damit die zu schwache Regulierung von Banken nicht zur nächsten Krise führt, setzen sich Admati und Hellwig für ambitionierte Reformen ein und schlagen eine Reihe von einfach umzusetzenden Schritten vor. Doch damit sich im Bankensektor etwas bewegt, ist eine kritische Gesellschaft erforderlich. Admati und Hellwig entzaubern das märchenhaft unverständliche Banker-Vokabular und entmystifizieren die Herren des Geldes.
Risks Survived and Lessons Learned While Growing Up and Growing Older (and Voicing Several Concerns for America and the World)
Author: Douglas Charles Toland
In a weak moment, I have written a book. —Margaret Mitchell This book is a multilayered creation that touches on a wide array of topics, many of them drawn from personal experiences. Indeed, you the lucky reader will be blessed with enough material for at least three books within one cover. Why would I want to write such a multi-themed book? It wasn’t my original intention. Maybe I’ve learned an important lesson and won’t do so next time. Like many older folks, I wanted to share what I have learned to be true and useful and couldn’t seem to stay with a single topic. I’ve lived long enough to confirm an important realization: the gleanings from a well-lived life are at least as important as knowledge gained vicariously through reading and classroom attendance. But I think most people don’t fully appreciate the value of their life lessons and end up taking most of them to the grave. I want to counter that pattern and use this book to share as many of my gleanings as I can. I also recognize several imminent dangers facing this nation and our planet and feel compelled to share these concerns. Just as important: I want my wife, children, and grandchildren to know more about who I was and who I’ve come to be. I hope they will have occasions to use some of my wisdom.
All the tools needed to perform a thorough risk assessment—whether you're working in insurance, forensics, engineering, or public safety Risk analysis is the method of analyzing the dangers to individuals, businesses, and government agencies posed by potential natural and man-made hazards. The central task of the risk assessor is predicting the success of a project. This includes isolating the entire spectrum of adverse events that can derail a project or threaten the health and safety of individuals, organizations, and the environment. Designed as a practical, in-the-field toolkit, Risk Assessment details every aspect of how a risk assessment is performed, showing the proper tool to be used at various steps in the process, as well as locating the tool that best fits the risk assessment task at hand. Examining not only the very nature of risks and consequences, with fascinating historical examples, the book progresses from simple to more complex risk assessment techniques used by the authors in their daily work, all presented in a form that can be readily adapted to any number of real-life situations: Ecological Risk Assessment Task Analysis Techniques Preliminary Hazards Analysis Failure Mode and Effects Analysis Human Reliability Analysis Critical Incident Technique With numerous industry-specific case studies, as well as additional case studies for risk assessments for a restaurant and a process plant, the book provides readers with complete examples of how each of the techniques can be used in a variety of real-world situations. Including downloadable worksheets and other useful assessment materials, as well as guidance on using PRA software, this unparalleled reference offers all the tools and techniques needed to conduct a thorough and accurate assessment of risk.
The Green Halo is a highly readable introduction to the vast field of contemporary ecological thought. It is a basic education in environmental philosophy and a welcome propadeutic for understanding the most crucial problem facing humankind in the coming century: How can humans live on this earth so that they do not destroy the preconditions for their own existence?
A beautiful scarf connects two women touched by tragedy in this compelling, emotional novel from the author of A Bridge Across the Ocean and The Last Year of the War. September 1911. On Ellis Island in New York Harbor, nurse Clara Wood cannot face returning to Manhattan, where the man she loved fell to his death in the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire. Then, while caring for a fevered immigrant whose own loss mirrors hers, she becomes intrigued by a name embroidered onto the scarf he carries…and finds herself caught in a dilemma that compels her to confront the truth about the assumptions she’s made. Will what she learns devastate her or free her? September 2011. On Manhattan’s Upper West Side, widow Taryn Michaels has convinced herself that she is living fully, working in a charming specialty fabric store and raising her daughter alone. Then a long-lost photograph appears in a national magazine, and she is forced to relive the terrible day her husband died in the collapse of the World Trade Towers…the same day a stranger reached out and saved her. Will a chance reconnection and a century-old scarf open Taryn’s eyes to the larger forces at work in her life?
Few concerns preoccupy contemporary progressive thought as much as the issue of how to achieve a sustainable human society. The problems impeding this goal include those of how to arrest induced global environmental change (GEC), persistent disagreements about the contribution of economic activities to GEC and further differences in views on how these activities can be reformed in order to reduce the rate of change and thus to mitigate threats to much life on Earth. Reforming Law and Economy for a Sustainable Earth aims to help resolve these problems in two ways. Since addressing GEC will require global coordination, the book first clarifies the conditions necessary to achieve this effectively. Paul Anderson explores these conditions with the aid of a sustained analysis of key concepts in influential disciplines, particularly in social and political theory and law, relating to the transition to a sustainable economy. Second, Anderson tackles the problem of how to arrest GEC by incisively evaluating two leading theoretical positions in terms of their capacity to support the conditions required for effective global coordination. From this basis, the book offers an extensive critique of the idea that global environmental problems can be solved within the framework of global capitalism. It also critically reviews and advances the proposition that global sustainability can be achieved only by changing the capitalist form of organizing the economy. Enriched by a genuinely interdisciplinary approach, the originality of Reforming Law and Economy for a Sustainable Earth lies in the manner it combines a rigorous analysis of the requirements for global sustainability with decisive conclusions as to what are, and what are not, viable means of fulfilling those requirements. The book advances research on sustainability within key disciplines, among them political theory, law and social science, by offering a timely and insightful statement about the global environmental predicament in the 21st century.
Hydrology covers the fundamentals of hydrology and hydrogeology, taking an environmental slant dictated by the emphasis in recent times for the remediation of contaminated aquifers and surface-water bodies as well as a demand for new designs that impose the least negative impact on the natural environment. Major topics covered include hydrological principles, groundwater flow, groundwater contamination and clean-up, groundwater applications to civil engineering, well hydraulics, and surface water. Additional topics addressed include flood analysis, flood control, and both ground-water and surface-water applications to civil engineering design.
Poetry. In THE BORROWED WORLD, Emily Leithauser transforms keenly felt experience and bittersweet memories into poems of impressive craftsmanship. She deftly muses on the dichotomies of, among other things, childhood and growing up, the headiness of love gained and the pangs of love lost, the joys of the nuclear family and the trials when it gets broken up. Although a first book, THE BORROWED WORLD is the seasoned work of poet of abundant talent coming into her powers and deservedly, the winner of the 2015 Able Muse Book Award. Praise for THE BORROWED WORLD: "In THE BORROWED WORLD, Emily Leithauser's formal mastery–her consummate knack for writing lines and sentences as crisp and elegant as the Edo prints to which she pays homage–entwines with the sheer immediacy and vulnerability of the poet's voice. Leithauser portrays the inevitability of loss, in romantic and familial relationships, and yet, without ever offering false resolutions or pat conclusions, she manages to make her poems themselves convincing stays against loss. I mean that this book is made to endure. The Borrowed World marks the arrival of a major talent."—Peter Campion "Emily Leithauser's first collection, THE BORROWED WORLD, is an elegant meditation on inheritance, the vagaries of love and loss, familial relations- with all the devastating implosions within-and our relationship to the past filtered through the flawed lens of memory. These are deeply felt poems and Leithauser has a finely-tuned ear for the lyricism of syntax and the enduring rhythms of traditional forms. THE BORROWED WORLD is her stunning debut."—Natasha Trethewey "If her intensely accurate perceptions of the physical world and the beautiful forms in which she sets those perceptions were all that Emily Leithauser gave us in these poems, they would be more than enough to satisfy the hungriest poetry reader. But step by perspicuous step, in poem after poem, she enlarges and encompasses, she broadens and deepens and transmutes perception into feeling, feeling into thought, and thought into revelation."—Vijay Seshadri "Love poems, family poems, narrative poems: THE BORROWED WORLD is a moving and memorable debut which covers a lot of ground but is always rooted in actualities. The poems are very well- made, too, but their equally great distinction is to be well–felt–subtle in their account of the observing "I," and simultaneously generous and shrewd in their understanding of others. Page by page, they create a series of powerful cameos; taken as a whole, their larger purpose emerges: to register what can be known and (especially) not known about our lives as individuals, and to value what time allows us to enjoy on earth, while admitting the brevity of our stay here."—Andrew Motion "I have read THE BORROWED WORLD several times, and each time I find more in it to be delighted and touched by. Emily Leithauser's art waits for you, and I am sure that you will be as pleased and moved by it as I have been." —Michael Palma