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Copper-cobalt Flora of Upper Katanga and Copperbelt : Field guide; Over 400 plants, 1,000 photographs and 500 drawings (2016)
Liège : Presses Agronomiques de Gembloux
Notes: The copper-cobalt outcrops of Upper Katanga and north-western Zambia host a particular flora which comprises an estimated 750 species of which more than 400 are treated in this copper-cobalt field guide. The aim of this book, resulting from several years of intensive field work and study, is to bring together the basic knowledges permitting an easy approach to the identification of a great number of the species to be encountered. More than 400 species are illustrated with color photographs and/or drawings together with comments concerning synonyms, habit, description, ecology and distribution. Plant species are listed and colour-coded according to classification: Cyanoprocaryota, lichenized Fungi, Anthocerophyta, Marchantiophyta and Bryophyta (red edge), Lycophyta and Monilophyta (green edge), Magnoliopsida (blue edge) and Liliopsida (yellow edge). An index allows easy location either according to genus and species. An account of the research on copper-cobalt ecosystems carried out during the last ten years in southeastern D.R. Congo is also presented. The editors have spent more than twenty years in the area concerned and have collected more than 8,500 voucher specimens, including eleven species new to science (holotypes).
Pages: 422 S.
ISBN: 978-2-87016-080-0
Daten und Phänomene : Ein Beitrag zur wissenschaftstheoretischen Realismusdebatte (2011)
Frankfurt/M., Paris, Lancaster, New Brunswick : ontos
Notes: Was sind naturwissenschaftliche Phänomene und inwiefern kann die Beantwortung dieser Frage zu einer besseren philosophischen Einschätzung der wissenschaftlichen Praxis beitragen? Dieses Buch untersucht die wissenschaftstheoretische Unterscheidung zwischen Daten und Phänomenen, um ihre Bedeutung für die Debatte um den Wissenschaftlichen Realismus zu klären. Ausgehend von einer Analyse des Phänomenbegriffs werden sowohl realistische als auch antirealistische Anwendungen der Unterscheidung auf ihre Überzeugungskraft geprüft. Auf Grundlage der Ergebnisse dieser Untersuchung wird für ein realistisches Phänomenverständnis plädiert und erörtert, wie exakt Wissenschaftstheoretiker die wissenschaftliche Praxis beschreiben müssen, um zutreffende philosophische Schlussfolgerungen ziehen zu können.
Pages: 257 S.
ISBN: 978-3-86838-110-8
Terraforming : Ecopolitical Transformations and Environmentalism in Science Fiction (2016)
Liverpool : Liverpool University Press
Keywords: astrobiology ; science fiction ; extraterrestrial life ; environment
Notes: Terraforming is the process of making other worlds habitable for human life. Its counterpart on Earth – geoengineering – is receiving serious consideration as a way to address climate change. Contemporary environmental awareness and our understanding of climate change is influenced by science fiction, and terraforming in particular has offered scientists, philosophers, and others a motif for thinking in complex ways about our impact on planetary environments. This book asks how science fiction has imagined how we shape both our world and other planets and how stories of terraforming reflect on science, society and environmentalism. It traces the growth of the motif of terraforming in science fiction from H.G. Wells’s The War of the Worlds (1898) to James Cameron’s blockbuster Avatar (2009), in stories by such writers as Olaf Stapledon, Ray Bradbury, Robert Heinlein, Arthur C. Clarke, Frank Herbert, Ursula K. Le Guin, Ernest Callenbach, Pamela Sargent, Frederick Turner and Kim Stanley Robinson. It argues for terraforming as a nexus for environmental philosophy, the pastoral, ecology, the Gaia hypothesis, and the politics of colonisation and habitation. Amidst contemporary anxieties about climate change, terraforming offers an important vantage from which to consider the ways humankind shapes and is shaped by their world.
Pages: X, 250 S.
ISBN: 978-1-78138-284-4
Sustainability Science for Strong Sustainability (2014)
Cheltenham : Edgar Elger
Keywords: environment ; ecological economics ; politics and public policy ; environmental governance and regulation
Notes: The dynamism of science has been catalytic for human prosperity in recent history. Conventional perspectives of the ivory tower model of modern science are, however, rivalled by the failure of humanity to tackle global crises of an economic, environmental and social nature. Operational solutions to these pressures have grown and exposed pitfalls of modern science to date. Sustainability Science for Strong Sustainability investigates core concepts, tools and institutional strategies of transdisciplinary sustainability science. Prominent research programs within heterodox economics, the environmental sciences and transition theory are explored through diverse case studies, revealing challenges and advancements for transdisciplinary research. In this book, the reform of modern science is facilitated by the consideration of action points to overcome the institutional barriers of putting sustainability science into practice. Researchers, students and policy practitioners will benefit from up to date knowledge on the practice of transdisciplinary research for sustainability.
Pages: X, 167 S.
ISBN: 978-1-78347-455-4
Mesozoic Biotas of Scandinavia and its Arctic Territories (2016)
London : The Geological Society
Notes: Scandinavia and its Arctic territories of Svalbard and Greenland represent geographical regions with a long history of Mesozoic palaeontology. However, the last few decades have witnessed a surge of new discoveries. Especially famous are the Triassic and Late Jurassic Lagerstätten of East Greenland and Spitsbergen in the Svalbard Archipelago, together with the Late Cretaceous strata of southern Sweden and the UNESCO World Heritage locality at Stevns Klint in Denmark. The latter records one of the most complete terminal Mesozoic rock successions known globally. Collectively, these deposits encompass the spectrum of Mesozoic biotic evolution, including the explosive radiation of marine faunas after the Permian–Triassic extinction, seminal specialization of amniotes for life in the sea, Late Triassic–Jurassic domination of the land by dinosaurs and the Cretaceous development of modern terrestrial floras and marine ecosystems. This volume, authored by leading experts in the field, encapsulates key aspects of the latest research and will provide a benchmark for future investigations into the Scandinavian Mesozoic world.
Pages: 336 S.
ISBN: 978-1-86239-748-4
Supercontinent Cycles Through Earth History (2016)
London : The Geological Society
Notes: The supercontinent-cycle hypothesis attributes planetary-scale episodic tectonic events to an intrinsic self-organizing mode of mantle convection, governed by the buoyancy of continental lithosphere that resists subduction during the closure of old ocean basins, and the consequent reorganization of mantle convection cells leading to the opening of new ocean basins. Characteristic timescales of the cycle are typically 500 to 700 million years. Proposed spatial patterns of cyclicity range from hemispheric (introversion) to antipodal (extroversion), to precisely between those end members (orthoversion). Advances in our understanding can arise from theoretical or numerical modelling, primary data acquisition relevant to continental reconstructions, and spatiotemporal correlations between plate kinematics, geodynamic events and palaeoenvironmental history. The palaeogeographic record of supercontinental tectonics on Earth is still under development. The contributions in this Special Publication provide snapshots in time of these investigations and indicate that Earth's palaeogeographic record incorporates elements of all three end-member spatial patterns.
Pages: 297 S.
ISBN: 978-1-86239-733-0
Geohazards in Indonesia: Earth Science for Disaster Risk Reduction (2016)
London : The Geological Society
Notes: With dense urban populations located in one of the most active tectonic belts in the world, Indonesia is a hotspot for natural hazard risk. This volume documents some of the recent advances made by Earth scientists that contribute towards a better understanding of the geological hazards in the region.
Edition: online first