Exploring Environmental History

Author: T. C Smout

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 074865397X

Category: History

Page: 256

View: 4684

This volume brings together the best of T. C. Smout's recent articles and contributions to books and journals on the topic of environmental history.

Nature's End

History and the Environment

Author: S. Sörlin,P. Warde

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230245099

Category: Science

Page: 368

View: 2131

Environmental History as a distinct discipline is now over a generation old, with a large and diverse group of practitioners around the globe. This book provides a reflection on the achievements, diversity, and direction of environmental history in its varied national, international and continental contexts.

Drivers of Environmental Change in Uplands

Author: Aletta Bonn,Tim Allott,Klaus Hubacek,Jon Stewart

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134061633

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 544

View: 4520

The uplands are a crucial source of ecosystem services, such as water provision, carbon retention, maintenance of biodiversity, provision of recreation value and cultural heritage. This puts them in the focus of both environmental and social scientists as well as practitioners and land managers.. This volume brings together a wealth of knowledge of the British uplands from diverse but interrelated fields of study, clearly demonstrating their importance in 21st Century Britain, and indicating how we may through interdisciplinary approaches meet the challenges provided by past and future drivers of environmental change. The upland environments are subject to change. They face imminent threats as well as opportunities from pressures such as climate change, changes in land management and related changes in fire risk, increases in erosion and water colour, degradation of habitats, altered wildlife and recreational value, as well as significant changes in the economy of these marginal areas. This book presents up-to-date scientific background information, addresses policy related issues and lays out pressing land management questions. A number of world-class experts provide a review of cutting-edge natural and social science and an assessment of past, current and potential future management strategies, policies and other drivers of change. After appraisal of key concepts and principles, chapters provide specific examples and applications by focussing on UK upland areas and specifically the Peak District National Park as a key example for other highly valuable upland regions.

Farming, Forestry and the Natural Heritage

Towards a More Integrated Future

Author: Richard Davison

Publisher: The Stationery Office

ISBN: 9780114973247

Category: Law

Page: 333

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There have been significant changes to farming and forestry, and new strategies for agriculture, forestry and biodiversity have been launched. The influence of farming and forestry on Scotland's landscapes is seen as increasingly important, and new access rights have been put in place by the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003. Although these changes bring uncertainty and challenges, they also bring a major opportunity to move decisively towards integrating landscape, biodiversity and recreational objectives in land management. This book takes stock of the changes taking places and considers a number of case studies, which together suggest that progress is being made, looks ahead at future research and advisory needs, and highlights some key challenges to achieving better integration in the future.

Biogeochemical Investigations of Terrestrial, Freshwater, and Wetland Ecosystems across the Globe

Author: R. Kelman Wieder,Martin Novák,Melanie A. Vile

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9400709528

Category: Science

Page: 748

View: 2123

Here is a collection of papers from BIOGEOMON, The Fourth International Symposium on Ecosystem Behavior. The contributions address a wider-than-ever range of concerns: aspects of catchment monitoring and modeling; nitrogen transformations and processes; stable and radiogenic isotopes; biogeochemistry of restored ecosystems; and the dynamics of such chemicals as mercury and phosphorous, among many other topics.

Biological Diversity

Exploiters and Exploited

Author: Paul Hatcher,Nick Battey

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0470979860

Category: Science

Page: 440

View: 9713

Biological Diversity takes a fresh, innovative approach to the teaching of biodiversity. Rather than detailing and cataloguing the major taxa and their evolutionary relationships, the authors have selected 18 groups of organisms and used these as a framework in which to discuss the species and their interactions with man and each other. There is a strong narrative theme throughout – the exploited and the exploiters - and, in many cases, there is emphasis on the historical context. A wide range of organisms are covered, from the unicellular to birds and mammals and with an equal consideration of plants and animals. Species have been chosen for their ability to best illustrate particular biological principles, and for their strong interaction with other species. After an introduction the book is divided into two parts: ‘Exploited’ and ‘Exploiters’. Each of the chapters, although linked to each other, forms a stand-alone essay. They are scientifically rigorous, up-to-date and do not shy away from addressing some controversial issues. Chapters have’ text boxes’ highlighting important issues and concepts, lists of further reading and references. In addition to tables and figures the book has a selection of original illustrations drawn by leading artist Steven Appleby. This fresh approach will appeal to all those interested in the biological sciences, and aims to be accessible to people with a diversity of backgrounds. It will prove particularly useful to biology students, enabling them to get to grips with important biological principles and concepts that underpin the diversity of life, and the interrelationship of humans with other groups of organisms.

The moorlands of England and Wales

an environmental history 8000 BC to AD 2000

Author: Ian Gordon Simmons

Publisher: Edinburgh Univ Pr

ISBN: N.A

Category: Science

Page: 414

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Moorland once covered sixty percent of the land of England and Wales. It has since been much reduced by farming, industry, urban growth, airports (notably Heathrow) and forestry, and has become confined largely to military exercise areas and to marginal land at relatively high altitudes. Long valued for shooting and recreation, the moorlands are recognized now as important for their unique and often fragile ecologies, and for their austere beauty.

Understanding the Historical Landscape

In Its Environmental Setting

Author: T. C. Smout

Publisher: Scottish Cultural Pr

ISBN: N.A

Category: Nature

Page: 95

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As concern for the countryside becomes ever more serious, and agencies are faced with conflicting objectives, this book highlights specific concerns from different perspectives--that of the archaeologist, the geographer, the countryside planner, the landowner, and the forester. It examines the efforts these differing bodies are making to understand the environment and illustrating the ways in which each can enrich the other's understanding and management of the landscape.

The Outer Hebrides

The Last 14,000 Years

Author: D. D. Gilbertson,Martin Kent,John Grattan

Publisher: Burns & Oates

ISBN: N.A

Category: Animals, Fossil

Page: 275

View: 8998

The studies of landscape, history, habitats and archaeology that are reported in this book will be of interest to visitors to these isolated and most attractive and hospitable Atlantic islands, and to researchers active in similarly fragile maritime environments around the world.

Managing Scotland's Environment

Author: Charles Warren

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780748624904

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 490

View: 9711

Scotland's natural environment is its most treasured asset and the subject of its most vociferous debates. Charles Warren tackles land reform, the future of farming, public access, conservation of moorland and birds of prey, the place of forestry, and the control of alien species and red deer, taking up the integration of conservation with social and economic objectives.

Nature contested

environmental history in Scotland and Northern England since 1600

Author: T. Christopher Smout

Publisher: Edinburgh Univ Pr

ISBN: N.A

Category: Nature

Page: 210

View: 332

This book is about four centuries of conflict over some of the most valued landscapes in Europe. Combining social and cultural history with ecology and geography T. C. Smout has written one of the most profound, as well as one of the most entertaining works of environmental history ever published. The highlands, islands and borders of Scotland, the Lake District and northern moors of England form a natural region, whose wildness has inspired some and oppressed others. The crags and moorlands have been both treasured for their beauty and biodiversity and reviled as unproductive deserts to be improved and reclaimed. The context between these two views of nature - conservation versus development; jobs versus birds; landscape versus forestry; use versus delight -- is at the centre of the book.