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Complex Science for a Complex World

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ISBN: 9781920942397 Year: Pages: 334 DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_458885 Language: English
Publisher: ANU Press
Subject: Ecology
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Human ecology; Australia

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Altered Ecologies: Fire, climate and human influence on terrestrial landscapes: Terra Australis 32

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Book Series: Terra australis ISBN: 9781921666810 Year: Pages: 512 DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_458799 Language: English
Publisher: ANU Press
Subject: Archaeology
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Like a star chart this volume orientates the reader to the key issues and debates in Pacific and Australasian biogeography, palaeoecology and human ecology. A feature of this collection is the diversity of approaches ranging from interpretation of the biogeographic significance of plant and animal distributional patterns, pollen analysis from peats and lake sediments to discern Quaternary climate change, explanation of the patterns of faunal extinction events, the interplay of fire on landscape evolution, and models of the environmental consequences of human settlement patterns. The diversity of approaches, geographic scope and academic rigor are a fitting tribute to the enormous contributions of Geoff Hope. As made apparent in this volume, Hope pioneered multidisciplinary understanding of the history and impacts of human cultures in the Australia- Pacific region, arguably the globe’s premier model systems for understanding the consequences of human colonization on ecological systems. The distinguished scholars who have contributed to this volume also demonstrate Hope’s enduring contribution as an inspirational research leader, collaborator and mentor. Terra Australis leave no doubt that history matters, not only for land management, but more importantly, in alerting settler and indigenous societies alike to their past ecological impacts and future environmental trajectories.

Peopled Landscapes (Terra Australis 34)

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Book Series: Terra Australis ISBN: 9781921862724 Year: Pages: 472 DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_459438 Language: English
Publisher: ANU Press
Subject: Geography --- Archaeology
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This impressive collection celebrates the work of Peter Kershaw, a key figure in the field of Australian palaeoenvironmental reconstruction. Over almost half a century his research helped reconceptualize ecology in Australia, creating a detailed understanding of environmental change in the Late Pleistocene and Holocene. Within a biogeographic framework one of his exceptional contributions was to explore the ways that Aboriginal people may have modified the landscape through the effects of anthropogenic burning. These ideas have had significant impacts on thinking within the fields of geomorphology, biogeography, archaeology, anthropology and history. Papers presented here continue to explore the dynamism of landscape change in Australia and the contribution of humans to those transformations. The volume is structured in two sections. The first examines evidence for human engagement with landscape, focusing on Australia and Papua New Guinea but also dealing with the human/environmental histories of Europe and Asia. The second section contains papers that examine palaeoecology and present some of the latest research into environmental change in Australia and New Zealand. Individually these papers, written by many of Australia’s prominent researchers in these fields, are significant contributions to our knowledge of Quaternary landscapes and human land use. But Peopled Landscapes also signifies the disciplinary entanglement that is archaeological and biogeographic research in this region, with archaeologists and environmental scientists contributing to both studies of human land use and palaeoecology. Peopled Landscapes reveals the interdisciplinary richness of Quaternary research in the Australasian region as well as the complexity and richness of the entangled environmental and human pasts of these lands.

Recent Discoveries in Evolutionary and Genomic Microbiology

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Book Series: Frontiers Research Topics ISSN: 16648714 ISBN: 9782889196173 Year: Pages: 99 DOI: 10.3389/978-2-88919-617-3 Language: English
Publisher: Frontiers Media SA
Subject: Science (General) --- Microbiology
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This collection represents certain discoveries that were made in evolutionary and genomic microbiology during the recent ten years. We attempted to shed light on topical issues of microbial evolution and microbiome biology. In our eyes, these articles are of an excellent quality and may be helpful both for casual readers and for specialists in the field.

Kommunen im Klimawandel

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Book Series: Urban Studies ISBN: 9783839446270 9783837646276 Year: Pages: 322 DOI: 10.14361/9783839446270 Language: German
Publisher: transcript Verlag
Subject: Sociology
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How can you redesign cities effectively and quickly in a climate-friendly way? The exchange of knowledge between municipalities as well as the imitation of good practices is the key to »green transformation«. Using the example of "best practice" government technology, Nanja Nagorny-Koring fundamentally questions the widespread belief in the "principle of imitation" and paints a picture of why best practices are so popular despite the apparent dissociation of claim and reality. It presents in detail how best practices in communal climate protection are created, disseminated and applied.

Reflexive Responsibilisierung

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Book Series: Sozialtheorie ISBN: 9783839440667 9783839440667 9783837640663 Year: Pages: 460 DOI: 10.14361/9783839440667 Language: German
Publisher: transcript Verlag
Subject: Environmental Sciences
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By using the term of responsibilization, this book poses the question about the attribution of responsibility and discusses the options and limitations of individual and collective responsibility for sustainable development.

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