Books

The following books were recently published by our members and partners: 

Cameron Jeffries (2016). Marine Mammal Conservation and the Law of the Sea. Oxford University Press.

Professor Cameron Jefferies’ new book, Marine Mammal Conservation and the Law of the Sea, addresses one of international environmental law’s most pressing and controversial areas. Through a multidisciplinary lens, the book explores the current regulatory landscape for marine mammal conservation and a comprehensive picture of the modern threats to marine mammals.

"The past 70 years demonstrates that international efforts to conserve marine mammal species engages a full suite of scientific, cultural, political, and ethical considerations,” said Professor Jefferies. “For this reason it is not surprising that meaningful compromise has remained elusive; however, the international community must press forward to ensure that future generations get to co-exist with these incredible animals. My hope is that this book demonstrates that rational conservation need not continue to elude us and that international law can chart the course towards truly sustainable marine mammal management."

The book strives to push marine mammal conservation law further, laying out a proposed treaty that develops the potential of current treaty provisions found in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

 

 

First World Petro- Politics

Laurie Adkin (Ed.) (2016). First World Petro-Politics: the political ecology and governance of Alberta. University of Toronto Press.

First World Petro-Politics is a fundamental resource to understand "the social and environmental consequences of a model of development that is heavily reliant upon the extraction and consumption of fossil fuels, the reasons for the perpetuation of this model by politial and economic actors, and the alternative direction that our society might take". Dr. Laurie Adkin included issues on how the fossil fuel exploitation intersects with governance, environmental regulation, participation and mobilization in this Canadian province. More information

  

 

Ecosystems, Society, and HealthLars K. Hallstrom, Nicholas P. Guehistof, Margot W. Parkes (2016).  Ecosystems, Society, and Health: Pathways through Diversity, Convergence, and Integration. McGill-Queen's University Press.

The modern world has created complex systems that have interrelated concerns. Ecosystems, Society, and Health presents new perspectives on how the challenges relating to these concerns must be examined, not as disparate political narratives, but as dynamic transformational stories that demand integrative systems of research, analysis, practice, and action. Struggles over healthy watersheds, diseases associated with environmental change, and public health impacts of unsafe food exemplify the demand for integrated understanding and action. Contributors argue that traditional science, power politics, and linear ideals of public policy are inadequate to address sustainability, justice, safety, and responsibility. Drawing from a series of case studies that range from nursing, to watershed management, to environmental health and risk communication, this collection strikes an informed balance between practical lessons and a sophisticated theoretical context with which to interpret them. Demonstrating the diverse contextual understanding demanded by today’s complex issues, Ecosystems, Society, and Health is a timely resource with guidance for practitioners, researchers, and educators. More information

 

Sustainability Planning and Collaboration in Rural CanadaLars Hallstrom et. al. (2016). Sustainability Planning and Collaboration in Rural Canada: Taking the Next Steps. University of Alberta Press

Rural communities, often the first indicators of economic downturns, play an important role in planning for development and sustainability. Increasingly, these communities are compelled to reimagine the paths that lead not only to economic success, but also to the cultural, social, environmental, and institutional pillars of sustainability. As the contributors to this volume demonstrate, there are many examples of such innovation and creativity, and many communities that seek out new ways to build the collaboration, capacity, and autonomy necessary to survive and flourish. More information

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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