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The Environmental Impact of Sieben Linden Ecovillage

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ISBN: 9780367145644 9780429032349 Year: Pages: 114 Language: English
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Subject: Environmental Sciences --- Geology --- Earth Sciences
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The present study was born out of an agreement between the Sieben Linden&#xD;community (Siedlungsgenossenschaft Ökodorf e.G.) and the Politecnico&#xD;di Torino (DIST), approved on May 9, 2013. The Politecnico team, led&#xD;by professor Andrea Bocco, intended to perform an overall analysis of&#xD;the way of living in the ecovillage, including a number of areas among&#xD;which are agriculture, biodiversity, building, decision-making, diet, economy,&#xD;energy, land husbandry, etc. The Sieben Linden community, on the&#xD;other hand, was particularly interested in having a new ecological impact&#xD;assessment done, a dozen years after that by the University of Kassel&#xD;(Dangelmeyer et al. 2004).

The Bionarrative: The story of life and hope for the future

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ISBN: 9781760460501 Year: DOI: 10.22459/B.08.2016 Language: English
Publisher: ANU Press
Subject: Environmental Sciences --- Biology --- Ecology
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This book is for the general reader interested in the human place in nature and the future of civilisation. It is based on the biohistorical approach to the study of human situations. This approach recognises human culture as a new and extremely important force in the biosphere. The book discusses the evolution of life and the essential ecological processes on which all life, including human civilisation, depend. It describes the conditions of life and ecology of humans in the four ecological phases in human history, with emphasis on the impacts of human culture on biological systems. It explains how, as cultures evolved, they often came to embrace not only factual information of good practical value, but also assumptions that are sheer nonsense, sometimes leading to activities that caused unnecessary human distress or damage to local ecosystems. These are examples of cultural maladaptation. There have been countless instances of cultural maladaptation in human history. The days of the fourth ecological phase of human history, the Exponential Phase, are numbered. Cultural maladaptations are now on a massive scale, and business as usual will inevitably lead to the ecological collapse of civilisation. The only hope for the survival of civilisation lies in radical changes in the worldviews and priorities of the prevailing cultures of the world, leading to a fifth ecological phase — a phase in which human society is truly sensitive to, in tune with and respectful of the processes of life. This is called a biosensitive society. The book concludes with discussion on the essential characteristics of a biosensitive society and on the means by which the necessary cultural transformation might come about.

Pollution: China Story Yearbook 2015

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ISBN: 9781760460686 Year: DOI: 10.22459/CSY.09.2016 Language: English
Publisher: ANU Press
Subject: Environmental Sciences --- Languages and Literatures
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Environmental pollution poses serious challenges for China, including to its economy as well as public health. The China Story Yearbook 2015: Pollution looks at how China’s Communist Party-state addresses these problems and how Chinese citizens have coped with and expressed their concerns about living with chronic, worsening pollution. This Yearbook also explores the broader ramifications of pollution in the People’s Republic for culture, society law and social activism, as well as the Internet, language, thought, and approaches to history. It looks at how it affects economic and political developments, urban change, and China’s regional and global posture. The Chinese Communist Party, led by ‘Chairman of Everything’ Xi Jinping, meanwhile, has subjected mainland society to increasingly repressive control in its new determination to rid the country of Western ‘spiritual pollutants’ while achieving cultural purification through ‘propaganda and ideological work’. To adulterate, contaminate, spoil or violate—these are among the metaphorical and literal connotations of pollution expressed in this Yearbook via the character ran 染, which forms part of the word for pollution in Chinese, wuran 污染. As the world increasingly relies on economic ties with China, the complexities of China’s one-party system and the Chinese government’s attitudes towards ‘pollution’ are of increasing global significance.

Nature-Based Solutions to Climate Change Adaptation in Urban Areas: Linkages between Science, Policy and Practice

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Book Series: Theory and Practice of Urban Sustainability Transitions ISSN: 2199-5508 / 2199-5516 ISBN: 9783319537504 9783319560915 Year: Pages: 342 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-56091-5 Language: English
Publisher: Springer
Subject: Environmental Sciences
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This book brings together research findings and experiences from science, policy and practice to highlight and debate the importance of nature-based solutions to climate change adaptation in urban areas. Emphasis is given to the potential of nature-based approaches to create multiple-benefits for society.The expert contributions present recommendations for creating synergies between ongoing policy processes, scientific programmes and practical implementation of climate change and nature conservation measures in global urban areas.

Social innovation: combining profits and progress (Book chapter)

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ISBN: 9781788116848 9781788116855 Year: Pages: 17 DOI: 10.4337/9781788116855.00017 Language: English
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing
Subject: Business and Management
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A growing number of new and established organizations are addressing social ills through innovative and profitable organization. In that regard, we seek to understand how a deeper understanding of social innovation can be achieved by a more sophisticated discussion of organizational form. In this chapter we ask, ‘Which organizational designs and practices can meet both financial and social objectives?’ and ‘How can organizations use those practices to profitably address social ills such as poverty, social inequity, climate change, and educational failure?’ This chapter draws on novel data, practitioners’ experiences, and dozens of interviews to highlight the organizational design and innovation behavior that further the profitable pursuit of social innovation. We focus on benefit corporations or B-corporations as an organizational design that simultaneously delivers business and social impact. We then identify and analyze behaviors within established companies that support social innovation. B-corporations currently exist in 50 countries. They are certified and have their social and environmental impact formally tracked and publicly reported by B-Lab. B-Lab is a non-profit organization that serves and inspires the global movement of ‘B-corporations’ with the aim of building a global community, promoting mission alignment, and helping social innovators ‘measure what matters in the business’. B-Lab’s main instrument is the B-Lab Impact Assessment, which determines the outcome of B-Lab certification. Legal benefit corporations (currently only in the US) may choose to be certified as ‘B-corporations’ as well, though there is no strict requirement to do so. Here, we report on stylized findings from the data.

Open Data in Developing Economies: Toward Building an Evidence Base on What Works and How

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ISBN: 9781928331599 Year: Pages: 284 DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.1063903 Language: English
Publisher: African Minds
Subject: Computer Science
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Recent years have witnessed considerable speculation about the potential of open data to bring about wide-scale transformation. The bulk of existing evidence about the impact of open data, however, focuses on high-income countries. Much less is known about open data’s role and value in low- and middle-income countries, and more generally about its possible contributions to economic and social development.Open Data for Developing Economies features in-depth case studies on how open data is having an impact across the developing world-from an agriculture initiative in Colombia to data-driven healthcare projects in Uganda and South Africa to crisis response in Nepal. The analysis built on these case studies aims to create actionable intelligence regarding: (a) the conditions under which open data is most (and least) effective in development, presented in the form of a Periodic Table of Open Data; (b) strategies to maximize the positive contributions of open data to development; and (c) the means for limiting open data’s harms on developing countries.

Ecological Management of Pine Forests

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ISBN: 9783038974253 / 9783038974260 Year: Pages: 262 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03897-426-0 Language: English
Publisher: MDPI - Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
Subject: Environmental Sciences --- Forestry --- Environmental Engineering
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Natural pine forests characterize many landscapes preserved over time, either as a result of a specific forest management practice or a disturbance. In the event of a lack of management over a long period of time, these formations could evolve with increasingly chaotic structures towards other formations. This process can lead to landscape change, the spread of insects and pathogens, and the risk of fires and watercourse obstruction. Pine forest plantations should be considered as transient tree populations, destined to evolve into more complex and stable formations. However, sometimes they should be preserved for their cultural value. Careful management of these forests also takes into account the close relationship between forest and human settlements. As a first step, ecological management assumes the definition of these two macro types. These approaches include the application of integrated methods for determining the reference conditions of the main functional and structural ecosystem components of forests. The reference conditions are the historical (or natural) variability range of ecological structures and processes, reflecting the recent evolution and dynamic interaction of biotic and abiotic conditions and patterns of disturbance. These conditions form the basis for comparison with contemporary ecosystem processes and structures and are a frame of reference for designing ecological restoration treatments and conservation plans. The productive aspects must not be overlooked; rather, they have to be considered, planned, and managed with a perspective of sustainability and ecosystem functionality. This should be considered for a common approach to forest management, for a forest rehabilitation, and for forest restoration activities.

Die Wirkung von Private Equity auf das Wachstum und die Internationalisierung

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Book Series: Forschungsergebnisse der Wirtschaftsuniversitaet Wien ISBN: 9783631637975 Year: Pages: 427 Language: German
Publisher: Peter Lang International Academic Publishing Group
Subject: Business and Management --- Economics
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Private Equity-Investoren gehören zu den wohl umstrittensten Akteuren des modernen Wirtschaftslebens. Während die populärwissenschaftliche «Heuschreckendebatte» immer noch zu keinem Ergebnis gekommen ist, hat Private Equity in der Wirtschaftspraxis einen beispiellosen Boom erlebt, der erst durch die Finanzkrise ein vorläufiges Ende gefunden hat. In der Studie wird der Wachstums- und Internationalisierungsbeitrag von Private Equity-Investoren unter Zuhilfenahme qualitativer und quantitativer Methoden kritisch untersucht. Nach einer umfassenden Literaturanalyse führt der Autor eine quantitative Impact-Analyse im österreichischen Markt durch. In einer qualitativen Befragung der Portfoliounternehmen zum Wertschöpfungsbeitrag von Private Equity-Investoren werden anschließend die konkreten Impact-Treiber identifiziert und analysiert.

Beiträge zum Göttinger Umwelthistorischen Kolloquium 2007 - 2008

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ISBN: 9783940344397 Year: Pages: 256 Language: German
Publisher: Universitätsverlag Göttingen
Subject: Environmental Sciences --- Arts in general
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This annual yearbook presents essays in environmental history based on lectures given at the Göttingen study group “Environmental History” by external authors. As previous yearbooks it is dedicated to the plurality of approaches in environmental history and serves as a valuable source for information about current research in that realm.

Beiträge zum Göttinger Umwelthistorischen Kolloquium 2009 - 2010

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ISBN: 9783941875524 Year: Pages: 229 Language: German
Publisher: Universitätsverlag Göttingen
Subject: Environmental Sciences --- Ecology --- Languages and Literatures
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This annual yearbook presents essays in environmental history based on lectures given at the Göttingen study group “Environmental History” by external authors. As previous yearbooks it is dedicated to the plurality of approaches in environmental history and serves as a valuable source for information about current research in that realm.

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