The Cultural Context of Aging: Worldwide Perspectives

The Cultural Context of Aging: Worldwide Perspectives, edited by Jay Sokolovsky

HQ 1061 .C79 2009

“The new edition of Sokolovsky’s unique text explores a wide variety of cultural issues worldwide that impact aging issues, from perception and valuation of the elderly to homelessness, caregiving, assisted suicide, psychological support, and responses to those with dementia.

This third edtion of The Cultural Context of Aging includes twenty-five new chapters as well as special student resources, data from the most recent studies, a guide to Internet sites, and a bibliography of related readings.”
–from book jacket

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The Worlds Protected Areas: Status, Values, and Prospects in the 21st Century

The World’s Protected Areas: Status, Values and Prospects int he 21st Century – edited by Stuart Chape, Mark Spalding and Martin Jenkins

S 994.5  .P78 W695 2008

“Extensively illustrated with maps, color photographs, and graphics, this state-of-the-art reference offers a comprehensive and authoritative status report on the world’s 100,000 parks, nature reserves, and other land and marine areas currently designated as protected areas. Now covering over 12 percent of the Earth’s land surface, protected areas are the great strongholds of biodiversity and landscape conservation. They also provide a wide range of valuable ecosystem services: protecting food and water supplies; regulating weather patterns; protecting watersheds and coastlines from erosion; maintaining places of historical or cultural significance for recreation, solace or spiritual wellbeing; generating income and employment from tourism, and more. This timely volume offers a benchmark overview of where these protected areas exist worldwide, what they have and have not accomplished, what threats they face, and how they can be better managed to achieve the goals of conserving biodiversity and other natural resources.”
–from book  jacket

Confessions of an Eco-Sinner

by Fred Pearce

GE 195.7 .P43 2008

“Where does everything in our daily lives come from?  The clothes on our backs, the computers on our desks, the cabinets in our kitchens, and the food behind their doors?  Under what conditions – environmental and social – are they harvested or manufactured?  Veteran science journalist Fred Pearce set off to find out, and the resulting 100,000 miles journey took him to the end of this street and across the planet to more than twenty countries.” — book jacket

Earth: The Sequel

Earth: The Sequel: The Race to Reinvent Energy and Stop Global Warming by Fred Krupp and Miriam Horn

TJ 163.4 .U6 K78 2008

“The forecasts are grim and time is running out, but that’s not the end of the story.  In this book, Fred Krupp, longtime president of Environmental Defense Fund, brings a stirring and hopeful call to arms: We can solve global warming.  And in doing so, we will build the new industries, jobs, and fortunes of the twenty-first century. 

In these pages the reader will encounter the bold innovators and investors who are reinventing energy and the ways we use it.  Among them: a frontier impresario who keeps his ice hotel frozen all summer long with the energy of hot springs; a utility engineer who feeds smokestack gases from coal-fired plants to voracious algae, then turns them into fuel; and a tribe of Native Americas, for two thousand years fishermen in the roughest Pacific waters, who are now harvesting the fierce power of the waves themselves.”

– book jacket

Six Billion Plus

Six Billion Plus: World Population in the Twenty-First Century by K. Bruce Newbold

HB 894.53 .N484 2007

“This balanced text offers a concise and readable introduction to world population growth and its implications for the future.  With a population currently exceeding six billion and expected to reach ten billion by mid-century, the globe faces a demographic situation that is now more critical than ever before.  While the developed world grapples with the problems of an aging and declining population, the developing world will contend with the opposite dilemma of explosive growth.  And so the strongest factors shaping the global environment in the decades to come will include population fertility, the social and economic impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, legal and illegal immigration, and refugees.  The implications are enormous as population growth exacerbates food and resource scarcities, places pressure on institutions, and promotes the potential for conflict.  Drawing on a geographical perspective and using examples from around the world, this fully updated edition will be an invaluable resource for all readers concerned with the intertwined issues of population, environment, and health.” — back cover of book