National Science Foundation

National Science Foundation is a US independent government agency founded in 1950 to promote science. This it does but it also has a great education programme with lots of useful links and science ideas. The best section seems to be Discoveries, but try the rest of the site.

Ecology of Freshwaters 4e.

Rating: Brian Moss. 2010. Ecology of Freshwaters – a view for the 21st century. Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 978 1 4051 1332 8. Brian Moss seems synonymous with freshwater ecology as this citation notes. Having used the first edition of this book way back in 1980 when it was first published it is pleasing to be able to report on the latest incarnation. However, it’s more than just meeting a new version; freshwaters are becoming a key part of the environmental debate […]

Environmental Policy in the EU. 3e.

Rating: Andrew Jordan and Camilla Adelle. eds. 2013. Environmental Policy in the EU. Earthscan. ISBN 978 1 84971 469 3 It’s always interesting to see changes between editions. Reading concurrently the first and third edition of this text shows how far changes have been made and not just to the content. The first edition was a much needed look through the burgeoning field of EU environmental policy. This is still the case for the third edition but the text has […]

The Theory of Ecology

Rating: Samuel M Scheiner and Michael R Willig. 2012. The Theory of Ecology. Chicago University Press. ISBN 978 0 226 73686 0. It concerns me both as an educator and ecologist that students beginning their studies pay so much attention to getting information and so little idea to where it fits in. The debate between information and knowledge is alive and well on the net (try searching using that phrase!). What is worrying is that the internet opens up data […]

Reconstructing Earth’s Climate History

Rating: Kristen St John, R Mark Leckie, Kate Pound, Megan Jones and Lawrence Krissek. 2012. Reconstructing Earth’s Climate History. Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 978 1 1182 3294 1 Over the years there have been hundreds (probably thousands!) of books published on just about every topic in the climate change canon. Rarely, there’s a book that looks at something from a completely new angle. One of the issues that has surrounded climate change from the beginning is that it often assumes that the […]

A Consumer’s Guide to Archaeological Science

Rating: Mary E Malainey. 2012. A Consumer’s guide to Archaeological Science. Springer.  ISBN 978 1 4419 5703 0 The increasing complexity of environmental science requires an equally increased sophistication in the use of techniques and an understanding of the limitations. I think it would be fair to say that there are few archaeologists trained in environmental archaeology (and, analogously, the same would apply to most sciences/scientists). Each has their speciality but there is a need to know at least how […]

Science and Public Reason

Rating: Sheila Jasanoff. 2012. Science and Public Reason. Earthscan. ISBN 978 0 415 52486 5. It is doubtful if there has ever been a time when the discourse between the public, government and science has been more strained and yet more needed. One only has to look at the recent arguments over climate change and carbon taxes to see how complex issues are being played out in the public arena. Part of the response to this has been the increase […]

Who Speaks for the Climate?

Rating: Boykoff MT. 2011. Who speaks for the climate? Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0978 0 521 13305 0 If we look back about 40 years ago, it was possible to teach environmental science with the one of two books available (and get a good understanding) and the guide to UK conservation groups was a slim publication. Both aspects have now been expanded to an extent inconceivable at the time. This is not to say that things should return to the […]

Global Environmental Issues

Rating: Harris F. (ed). 2012. Global Environmental Issues. 2e. Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 978 0 470 68469 6. Texts examining a range of global issues have a long and distinguished history in environmental publishing. Although the real growth of these compilation books came with the 1970s/1980s (notionally under the guise of cultural ecology) there were notable exceptions before that (of which the best would be “Man’s Role in Changing the Face of the Earth” in 1956. By now, there are thousands of […]