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The Global Economy in Transition

The Global Economy in Transition Author J. ?rstr?m M?ller
ISBN-10 9789814494878
Release 2013
Pages 327
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This book is a collection of essays written by Ambassador, Professor Joergen Oerstroem Moeller from the middle of 2009 to end of 2012, commenting on global economic and political events, which reflect Moeller''s judgment and evaluation on these issues.Readers get an overview to the collection of essays and the worldview they represent in an introductory chapter weaving together strands of economics, politics, and societal issues. Moeller goes a step further by sketching up a picture of how a future economic model and political system may look OCo forged by debt, scarcities, economic integration, and the rise of Asia.Part I deals with global systems and possible long trends shaping the future over the coming decades, as the current political system and economic model, having run their course, come to an end.Part II discusses how the era of scarcities will change economic behaviour in terms of economic models.Part III looks into the global debt problem, which confines the world to low growth over one or two decades as the world tries to get rid of the debt burden.Part IV forms an analysis of what has happened in the Euro-zone and how the global debt crisis has compelled the Europeans to take the next steps in integration and address the shortcomings and flaws in the original treaty from 1992.Part V turns to Asia and its future in the global economy. It concentrates on Asian integration and how the Asian countries will fare in the future under much changed circumstances compared to how things looked when the Asian adventure started some 30OCo40 years ago.At the end, readers will find a short post-scriptum with some of Moeller''s afterthoughts on the important issues discussed throughout the book."

Singapore 2065

Singapore 2065 Author Euston Quah
ISBN-10 9789814663397
Release 2015-07-30
Pages 500
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As Singapore enters its 50th year of independence, it is a time for introspection to look back at the successes and challenges of the past, but is also a crucial time to consider what the future holds for the nation. Singapore 2065: Leading Insights on Economy and Environment from 50 Singapore Icons and Beyond is one such key contribution to the endeavour of thinking about what lies ahead. While many forthcoming projects and books take a more retrospective approach reflecting upon Singapore's past, this book adopts a forward-looking perspective, contemplating Singapore's distant future, which is important for posterity. This book is a collection of key insights from 50 iconic individuals of Singapore and beyond, and contains reasoned arguments, speculations and visionary expectations of Singapore's future in 50 years' time. The book discusses the distant future of Singapore's economy and the environment. What will Singapore's economic and environment landscape be like 50 years from now? Are there trends or scenarios common to the various discussions contained in this book? If there are, how big would be the impact of some of these trends? What and how should the government respond to these projections, expectations and informed visions of tomorrow? In sum, what would Singapore's economy and environment be like in 2065? The book explores a range of possible answers to these questions and more. Not only will the generations of today be able to gain much insight into Singapore's future by reading this book, but future generations, specifically 100 years after Singapore's independence, will be able to understand and affirm what and how today's generations think about their time. The book is a key contribution to envisioning Singapore's future, which is also vital for understanding what shapes Singapore's landscape today. Contents: --> Readership: Educational institutions of higher levels; research institutions; various professional societies; the Singapore government and ministries; foreign governments; and general readers who are interested in finding out more about what leaders in Singapore envision for Singapore's future. Key Features:Contains contributed essays by very prominent Singapore icons, and edited by a leading and influential academic economistContains futuristic, leading insights and predictions, novel ideas, covering a wide range of topicsTimely publication to coincide with and celebrate Singapore's 50th anniversary of independenceKeywords:Singapore's Future;Economy;Environment;Transportation;Quality of Life;Energy;Demographics;Aging;Social Security;Income Inequality;Family;Technology;Public Finance;Finance;Taxes;Gender and Women;Trade;Geopolitical and Political Economy;Infrastructure;Resources;Connectivity;ASEAN;China;SEAReview: "A stunning collection of perspectives across the spectrum, Singapore 2065 presents a compelling look into the future through a series of thought provoking insights. This volume also celebrates the country's exceptional success, retelling the invaluable stories and anecdotes that have paved Singapore's tremendous journey over the last 50 years. As Singapore continues to chart into the next half century, Singapore 2065 leaves plenty to ponder and will remain a valuable repository of knowledge for many years to come." Bertil Andersson President Nanyang Technological University "Singapore 2065 has brought together a diverse and intriguing range of ideas and insights from a rich cross-section of contributors: policy makers, researchers, close observers of Singapore, student leaders, and others. These essays reflect on Singapore's remarkable progress and development over the past half-century, and explore the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead. Over the next 50 years, the world will continue to be an uncertain place, offering exciting opportunities, but subject to bouts of deep uncertainty and disruptive events and trends. Ultimately, Singapore's continued success over the next 50 years will depend less on our material resources, but on our people, and specifically our key attributes of nimbleness, adaptability, creativity, resilience and the willingness to strive for a common purpose." Tan Chorh Chuan President National University of Singapore "Singapore's success came in large part from its continuous efforts to anticipate what changes are likely, not often looking as far as ahead as 50 years ahead, but certainly not afraid to try. Here are 50 minds stretching forward into the 21st century — confirming that the city-state's spirit lives on. I am confident that our environment will have a better future thanks to the projections in this volume. Everyone who cares should read and think about them." Wang Gungwu Chairman East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore "There are few issues that are more important than the economy and the environment in the 21st century for any country. They are especially important to Singapore, given its size and open economy. As the nation celebrates its 50th birthday, justifiably proud of its achievement, it is also timely to contemplate what the future might hold and what we need to do to ensure continued success as a nation. In Singapore 2065, you will find food for thought. What is of particular interest is that the deeply thoughtful essays collected in this volume crisscross at different points, and also raise a number of fundamental issues concerning value and identity that are inextricably tied to Singapore's future development. This book certainly provides keen insight into the economic and environmental challenges we face, but it also compels us to reflect on the larger story of "Majulah Singapura" as we march into the future." Alan K L Chan Dean, College of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences Nanyang Technological University

Desert Kingdoms to Global Powers

Desert Kingdoms to Global Powers Author Rory Miller
ISBN-10 9780300222166
Release 2016-10-15
Pages 336
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A lively analysis of the Arab Gulf states’ stunning rise to global power over the last half-century and of the daunting challenges they confront today Once just sleepy desert sheikdoms, the Arab Gulf states of Saudi Arabia, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, and Kuwait now exert unprecedented influence on international affairs—the result of their almost unimaginable riches in oil and gas. In this book, Rory Miller, an expert in Gulf politics and international affairs, provides an accessible account of the achievements of these countries since the 1973 global oil crisis. He also investigates how the shrewd Arab Gulf rulers who have overcome crisis after crisis meet the external and internal challenges of the onrushing future. The Arab Gulf region has become an East–West hub for travel, tourism, sport, culture, trade, and finance. But can the autocratic regimes maintain stability at home and influence abroad as they deal with the demands of social and democratic reform? Miller considers an array of factors—Islamism, terrorism, the Arab Spring, volatile oil prices, global power dynamics, and others—to assess the future possibilities.

Global Resource Scarcity

Global Resource Scarcity Author Marcelle C. Dawson
ISBN-10 9781315281599
Release 2017-11-02
Pages 210
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A common perception of global resource scarcity holds that it is inevitably a catalyst for conflict among nations; yet, paradoxically, incidents of such scarcity underlie some of the most important examples of international cooperation. This volume examines the wider potential for the experience of scarcity to promote cooperation in international relations and diplomacy beyond the traditional bounds of the interests of competitive nation states. The interdisciplinary background of the book’s contributors shifts the focus of the analysis beyond narrow theoretical treatments of international relations and resource diplomacy to broader examinations of the practicalities of cooperation in the context of competition and scarcity. Combining the insights of a range of social scientists with those of experts in the natural and bio-sciences—many of whom work as ‘resource practitioners’ outside the context of universities—the book works through the tensions between ‘thinking/theory’ and ‘doing/practice’, which so often plague the process of social change. These encounters with scarcity draw attention away from the myopic focus on market forces and allocation, and encourage us to recognise more fully the social nature of the tensions and opportunities that are associated with our shared dependence on resources that are not readily accessible to all. The book brings together experts on theorising scarcity and those on the scarcity of specific resources. It begins with a theoretical reframing of both the contested concept of scarcity and the underlying dynamics of resource diplomacy. The authors then outline the current tensions around resource scarcity or degradation and examine existing progress towards cooperative international management of resources. These include food and water scarcity, mineral exploration and exploitation of the oceans. Overall, the contributors propose a more hopeful and positive engagement among the world’s nations as they pursue the economic and social benefits derived from natural resources, while maintaining the ecological processes on which they depend.

Resource Revolution

Resource Revolution Author Stefan Heck
ISBN-10 9780544114562
Release 2014
Pages 256
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Offers practical advice on how managers can sieze the opportunities presented by the coming growth in demand for commodities in emerging markets.

The Intelligent Person s Guide To Liberalization

The Intelligent Person s Guide To Liberalization Author Amit Bhaduri
ISBN-10 9789352140916
Release 2000-10-14
Pages 200
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A lucid analysis of the 'revolutionary' changes in the Indian economy Faced with a major economic crisis in 1990-91, the government responded by initiating far-reaching policy reforms aimed at opening up the country's economy. Since then there has been little discussion on key issues and much political posturing. In this important book two of India's leading economists rescue the current economic debate from jargon and dogma and present it in language accessible to ordinary Indians who, finally, must bear the brunt of the reforms. Cutting through the euphoria and hype that prevent any serious appraisal of liberalization, they highlight the advantages of a free market as also the grave dangers of unquestioning reliance on market forces in a developing country which is home to the largest number of the world's poor. They argue for a flexible system that will adapt to changes in society and polity, a system where both the market and the State must play a role. Eschewing the extreme positions of both the left and the right, this book seeks to encourage a serious reappraisal of the country's bold experiment with privatization, for, as the authors put it, 'doubt is as important as knowledge in the design of economic policy'.

The Race for What s Left

The Race for What s Left Author Michael Klare
ISBN-10 9781429973304
Release 2012-03-13
Pages 320
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From Michael Klare, the renowned expert on natural resource issues, an invaluable account of a new and dangerous global competition The world is facing an unprecedented crisis of resource depletion—a crisis that goes beyond "peak oil" to encompass shortages of coal and uranium, copper and lithium, water and arable land. With all of the planet's easily accessible resource deposits rapidly approaching exhaustion, the desperate hunt for supplies has become a frenzy of extreme exploration, as governments and corporations rush to stake their claim in areas previously considered too dangerous and remote. The Race for What's Left takes us from the Arctic to war zones to deep ocean floors, from a Russian submarine planting the country's flag on the North Pole seabed to the large-scale buying up of African farmland by Saudi Arabia, China, and other food-importing nations. As Klare explains, this invasion of the final frontiers carries grave consequences. With resource extraction growing more complex, the environmental risks are becoming increasingly severe; the Deepwater Horizon disaster is only a preview of the dangers to come. At the same time, the intense search for dwindling supplies is igniting new border disputes, raising the likelihood of military confrontation. Inevitably, if the scouring of the globe continues on its present path, many key resources that modern industry relies upon will disappear completely. The only way out, Klare argues, is to alter our consumption patterns altogether—a crucial task that will be the greatest challenge of the coming century.

The Economics of Abundance

The Economics of Abundance Author Wolfgang Hoeschele
ISBN-10 9781317034650
Release 2016-03-23
Pages 258
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No matter how many resources we consume we never seem to have enough. The Economics of Abundance is a balanced book in which Wolfgang Hoeschele challenges why this is so. He claims that our current capitalist economy can exist only on the basis of manufactured scarcity created by 'scarcity-generating institutions', and these institutions manipulate both demand and supply of commodities. Therefore demand consistently exceeds supply, and profits and economic growth can continue - at the cost of individual freedom, social equity, and ecological sustainability. The fact that continual increases in demand are so vital to our economy leads to an impasse: many people see no alternative to the generation of ever more demand, but at the same time recognize that it is clearly unsustainable ecologically and socially. So, can demand only be reduced by curtailing freedom and is this acceptable? This book argues that, by analyzing how scarcity-generating institutions work and then reforming or dismantling them, we can enhance individual freedom and support entrepreneurial initiative, and at the same time make progress toward social justice and environmental sustainability by reducing demands on vital resources. This vision would enable activists in many fields (social justice, civil liberties, and environmental protection), as well as many entrepreneurs and other members of civil society to work together much more effectively, make it more difficult to portray all these groups as contradictory special interests, and thereby help generate momentum for positive change. Meanwhile, for academics in many fields of study, the concept of the creation of scarcity or abundance may be a highly useful analytical tool.

Winner Take All

Winner Take All Author Dambisa Moyo
ISBN-10 9780465029327
Release 2012-06-05
Pages 240
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Commodities permeate virtually every aspect of modern daily living, but for all their importance—their breadth, their depth, their intricacies, and their central role in daily life—few people who are not economists or traders know how commodity markets work. Almost every day, newspaper headlines and media commentators scream warnings of impending doom--shortages of arable land, clashes over water, and political conflict as global demand for fossil fuels outstrips supply. The picture is bleak, but our grasp of the details and the macro shifts in commodities markets remain blurry. Winner Take All is about the commodity dynamics that the world will face over the next several decades. In particular, it is about the implications of China’s rush for resources across all regions of the world. The scale of China’s resource campaign for hard commodities (metals and minerals) and soft commodities (timber and food) is among the largest in history. To be sure, China is not the first country to launch a global crusade to secure resources. From Britain’s transcontinental operations dating back to the end of the 16th century, to the rise of modern European and American transnational corporations between the mid 1860’s and 1870’s, the industrial revolution that powered these economies created a voracious demand for raw materials and created the need to go far beyond their native countries. So too is China’s resource rush today. Although still in its early stages, already the breadth of China’s operation is awesome, and seemingly unstoppable. China’s global charge for commodities is a story of China’s quest to secure its claims on resource assets, and to guarantee the flow of inputs needed to continue to drive economic development. Moyo, an expert in global commodities markets, explains the implications of China’s resource grab in a world of diminishing resources.

Microeconometrics of International Trade

Microeconometrics of International Trade Author Joachim Wagner
ISBN-10 9789813109704
Release 2016-06-21
Pages 548
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This volume brings together two comprehensive survey studies of the literature on the microeconometrics of international trade. The chapters apply new empirical methods to the analysis of the links between international trade and various dimensions of firm performance such as productivity, profitability, wages, and survival. The studies also include report results for Germany, one of the leading actors on the world markets for goods and services. Contents:Survey Papers:Exports and Productivity: A Survey of the Evidence from Firm Level Data (Joachim Wagner)International Trade and Firm Performance: A Survey of Empirical Studies Since 2006 (Joachim Wagner)Characteristics of Exporting and Importing Firms in Germany:Exports and Firm Characteristics in German Manufacturing Industries: New Evidence from Representative Panel Data (Joachim Wagner)Higher Productivity in Importing German Manufacturing Firms: Self-Selection, Learning from Importing or Both? (Alexander Vogel and Joachim Wagner)Exports and Wages:Do Exporters Really Pay Higher Wages? First Evidence from German Linked Employer–Employee Data (Thorsten Schank, Claus Schnabel and Joachim Wagner)Higher Wages in Exporting Firms: Self-Selection, Export Effect, or Both? First Evidence from Linked Employer–Employee Data (Thorsten Schank, Claus Schnabel and Joachim Wagner)International Trade and Profits:Exports and Profitability — First Evidence for German Manufacturing Firms (Helmut Fryges and Joachim Wagner)Exports and Pro?tability — First Evidence for German Business Services Enterprises (Alexander Vogel and Joachim Wagner)Exports, Imports and Profitability: First Evidence for Manufacturing Enterprises (Joachim Wagner)International Trade and Firm Survival:Exports, Imports and Firm Survival: First Evidence for Manufacturing Enterprises in Germany (Joachim Wagner)Risk or Resilience? The Role of Trade Integration and Foreign Ownership for the Survival of German Enterprises During the Crisis 2008–2010 (Joachim Wagner and John P Weche Gelübcke)Credit Constraints and International Trade:Credit Constraints and Exports: A Survey of Empirical Studies Using Firm-Level Data (Joachim Wagner)Credit Constraints and Margins of Import: First Evidence for German Manufacturing Enterprises (Joachim Wagner)Extensive Margins of Exports and Imports:Trading Many Goods with Many Countries: Exporters and Importers from German Manufacturing Industries (Joachim Wagner)Methods of Empirical Analysis of Heterogeneous Exporters and Importers:From Estimation Results to Stylized Facts: Twelve Recommendations for Empirical Research in International Activities of Heterogeneous Firms (Joachim Wagner) Readership: Graduate students and researchers in the fields of econometrics and international economics.

Fundamental Approaches to Software Engineering

Fundamental Approaches to Software Engineering Author Alessandra Russo
ISBN-10 9783319893631
Release 2018-04-11
Pages 357
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This book is Open Access under a CC BY licence. This book constitutes the proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Fundamental Approaches to Software Engineering, FASE 2018, which took place in Thessaloniki, Greece in April 2018, held as Part of the European Joint Conferences on Theory and Practice of Software, ETAPS 2018.The 19 papers presented in this volume were carefully reviewed and selected from 63 submissions. The papers are organized in topical sections named: model-based software development; distributed program and system analysis; software design and verification; specification and program testing; family-based software development.

Designing the Future

Designing the Future Author Jacque Fresco
ISBN-10 9782924024133
Release 2007
Pages 122
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Although many of us feel we can prepare for our future by thinking, acting, and learning using present methods and values, nothing is farther from the truth, especially in todays rapidly changing world. A newborn child enters a world not of his or her own making. Each succeeding generation inherits the values, accomplishments, hopes, successes, and failings of previous generations. And they inherit the results of the decisions made by those generations.

Financing Universal Access To Healthcare A Comparative Review Of Landmark Legislative Health Reforms In The Oecd

Financing Universal Access To Healthcare  A Comparative Review Of Landmark Legislative Health Reforms In The Oecd Author Preker Alexander S
ISBN-10 9789813227194
Release 2018-03-20
Pages 672
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The recent expansion of health insurance coverage in the USA under the Affordable Health Care Act, and current threats to reverse the benefits of this reform, have once again focused the world's attention on the difficult challenges faced by other countries trying to provide better access to healthcare to their population at an affordable cost. This textbook provides a comparative review of financing universal access to healthcare in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries. The first two chapters of the book provide a framework for financing universal access to healthcare. The remaining eight chapters present case studies of eight OECD countries that have successfully introduced reforms to finance universal access to healthcare for their population through landmark legislative reforms. A concluding chapter focuses on the lessons learned from the OECD and recommendations from policymakers and others who are planning similar reforms. The book is designed as a learning tool for students and as a user guide for policymakers. Contents: Introduction Principles and Practice The UK Canada Australia New Zealand Denmark Norway Sweden Finland Summary of Lessons Learned Readership: Graduate and research-level students and instructors of healthcare financing, healthcare policymakers, and healthcare professionals and investors. Keywords: Universal;Health Financing;Health Insurance;Health Reform;Financial Protection;Political Process;HealthcareReview: "The International Hospital Federation (IHF) is committed to advancing the UHC agenda throughout the world, giving billions of people better access to critical hospital care and basic health services when needed, no matter their income or geographic location in the world. Since its establishment in 1929, the IHF recognizes the essential role of hospitals and health care organizations in providing health care, supporting health services and offering education to health care providers as a critical partner in during the drive for UHC throughout the world. This volume is a tribute to the renewed effort in achieving 'Health for All'." Eric de Roodenbeke Executive Director International Hospital Federation Geneva 2018 "This year, as we commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the Alma-Ata Declaration of 'Health for All' in Almaty, Kazakhstan, 1978 and the 70th Anniversary of the UK National Health Service, 1948, we also celebrate the great achievement over the past decades in bringing access to affordable and quality health care for billions of people across the world since the 1950s. Looking forward, at the recent Universal Health Coverage Forum 2017 in Tokyo Japan, the international development community — including both bi-laterals and multi-laterals — committed to the 'Tokyo Declaration on Universal Health Coverage: All Together to Accelerate Progress towards UHC'. This text book makes a valuable contribution by reviewing the political, policy and implementation challenges that countries face in achieving this agenda. The approach used to analyze the eight case studies presented in the volume is a seminal work in comparative health policy." James Christopher Lovelace International Health and Development Advisor Former Director, Health Nutrition and Population, World Bank Former Assistant Deputy Minister of Health, Government of BC, Canada Former Director General of Health, Government of New Zealand Key Features: The main distinguishing feature of this book is to compare OECD countries that have successful experiences in addressing the policy challenges and p

Economics of Tobacco Control in China

Economics of Tobacco Control in China Author Teh-Wei Hu
ISBN-10 9813108711
Release 2016
Pages 284
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Economic costs attributable to smoking in China : update and an 8-year comparison, 2000-2008 / Lian Yang, Hai-Yen Sung, Zhengzhong Mao, Teh-wei Hu, and Keqin Rao -- Secondhand smoke exposure at home in rural China / Tingting Yao, Hai-Yen Sung, Zhengzhong Mao, Teh-wei Hu, and Wendy Max -- The healthcare costs of secondhand smoke exposure in rural China / Tingting Yao, Hai-Yen Sung, Zhengzhong Mao, Teh-wei Hu, and Wendy Max -- Quantity, quality, and spatial price variation of tobacco : demand analysis of household survey data in China / Yuyu Chen and Weibo Xing -- The effect of cigarette prices on brand-switching in China : a longitudinal analysis of data from the ITC China survey / Justin S White, Jing Li, Teh-wei Hu, Geoffrey T Fong, and Yuan Jiang -- The heterogeneous effects of cigarette prices on brand choice in China : implications for tobacco control policy / Jing Li, Justin S. White, Teh-wei Hu, Geoffrey T. Fong, and Yuan Jiang -- The epidemic of gift giving : a social barrier to tobacco control in China / Xiulan Zhang, Steve Lin and Teh-wei Hu -- The role of taxation in tobacco control and its potential economic impact in China / Teh-wei Hu, Zhengzhong Mao, Jian Shi, and Wendong Chen -- Recent tobacco tax rate adjustment and its potential impact on tobacco control in China / Teh-wei Hu, Zhengzhong Mao, and Jian Shi -- Can increases in the cigarette tax rate be linked to cigarette retail prices? : solving mysteries related to the cigarette pricing mechanism in china / Song Gao, Rong Zheng, and Teh-wei Hu -- The potential effects of tobacco control in China : projections from the China Simsmoke simulation model / David Levy, Ricardo L Rodríguez-Buño, Teh-Wei Hu, and Andrew E Moran -- The consequences of tobacco tax on household health and finances in rich and poor smokers in China : an extended cost-effectiveness analysis / Stéphane Verguet, Cindy L Gauvreau, Sujata Mishra, Mary MacLennan, Shane M Murphy, Elizabeth D Brouwer, Rachel A Nugent, Kun Zhao, Prabhat Jha, and Dean T Jamison -- WHO framework convention on tobacco control in China : barriers, challenges and recommendations / Teh-Wei Hu, Anita H. Lee, and Zhengzhong Mao -- Tobacco control in China : from policy research to practice and the way forward / Teh-wei Hu and Xiulan Zhang

Rivers for Life

Rivers for Life Author Sandra Postel
ISBN-10 9781597267809
Release 2012-06-22
Pages 220
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The conventional approach to river protection has focused on water quality and maintaining some ""minimum"" flow that was thought necessary to ensure the viability of a river. In recent years, however, scientific research has underscored the idea that the ecological health of a river system depends not on a minimum amount of water at any one time but on the naturally variable quantity and timing of flows throughout the year. In Rivers for Life, leading water experts Sandra Postel and Brian Richter explain why restoring and preserving more natural river flows are key to sustaining freshwater biodiversity and healthy river systems, and describe innovative policies, scientific approaches, and management reforms for achieving those goals. Sandra Postel and Brian Richter: explain the value of healthy rivers to human and ecosystem health; describe the ecological processes that support river ecosystems and how they have been disrupted by dams, diversions, and other alterations; consider the scientific basis for determining how much water a river needs; examine new management paradigms focused on restoring flow patterns and sustaining ecological health; assess the policy options available for managing rivers and other freshwater systems; explore building blocks for better river governance Sandra Postel and Brian Richter offer case studies of river management from the United States (the San Pedro, Green, and Missouri), Australia (the Brisbane), and South Africa (the Sabie), along with numerous examples of new and innovative policy approaches that are being implemented in those and other countries. Rivers for Life presents a global perspective on the challenges of managing water for people and nature, with a concise yet comprehensive overview of the relevant science, policy, and management issues. It presents exciting and inspirational information for anyone concerned with water policy, planning and management, river conservation, freshwater biodiversity, or related topics.

ZEMCH Toward the Delivery of Zero Energy Mass Custom Homes

ZEMCH  Toward the Delivery of Zero Energy Mass Custom Homes Author Masa Noguchi
ISBN-10 9783319319674
Release 2016-06-25
Pages 360
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In this book, leading international experts explore the emerging concept of the zero energy mass custom home (ZEMCH) – designed to meet the need for social, economic, and environmental sustainability – and provide all of the knowledge required for the delivery of zero energy mass customized housing and community developments in developed and developing countries. The coverage is wide ranging, progressing from explanation of the meaning of sustainable development to discussion of challenges and trends in mass housing, the advantages and disadvantages of prefabricated methods of construction, and the concepts of mass customization, mass personalization, and inclusive design. A chapter on energy use will aid the reader in designing and retrofitting housing to reduce energy demand and/or improve energy end‐use efficiency. Passive design strategies and active technologies (especially solar) are thoroughly reviewed. Application of the ZEMCH construction criteria to new buildings and refurbishment of old houses is explained and the methods and value of building performance simulation, analyzed. The concluding chapter presents examples of ZEMCH projects from around the world, with discussion of marketing strategy, design, quality assurance, and delivery challenges. The book will be invaluable as a training/teaching tool for both students and industry partners.

Is Inequality in America Irreversible

Is Inequality in America Irreversible Author Chuck Collins
ISBN-10 9781509522545
Release 2018-04-27
Pages 140
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We are living in a time of extreme inequality: America’s three richest people now own as much wealth as the bottom half of the population. Although most accept that this is grotesque, many politicians accept it as irreversible. In this book, leading US researcher and activist Chuck Collins succinctly diagnoses the drivers of rampant inequality, arguing that such disparities have their roots in 40 years of the powerful rigging the system in their favor. He proposes a far-reaching policy agenda, analyzes the barriers to progress, and shows how transformative local campaigns can become a national movement for change. This book is a powerful analysis of how the plutocracy sold us a toxic lie, and what we can do to reverse inequality.