The New Ecology

Rating: Oswald J Schmitz. 2017. The New Ecology: rethinking science for the Anthropocene. Princeton University Press. ISBN978 0 691 16056 6 There are numerous ecology texts on the market and most cover much the same material. In the last 30 years we’ve seen a move towards more specialised areas not in terms of ecological basics like populations, ecosystem¬† and communities but in the way that specific places are developing their “own” ecology. Scanning the publishers lists as I do to […]

Global Population: History, Geopolitics and Life on Earth

Rating: Alison Bashford. 2014. Global Population: History, Geopolitics and Life on Earth. Columbia University Press. ISBN978 0 231 14767 5. Be careful what you wish for. Leaving aside issues on who actually produced these words, they do seem rather apposite for studies on the population numbers debate in the C20th. The problem of over-population would be solved, we were told at the time, by aiming for zero population growth (zpg) – that net increase and decrease would balance. Now, there […]

Global Issues: an introduction. 5e.

Rating: Kristen A Hite and John L Seitz. 2016. Global Issues: an introduction. Wiley Blackwell. ISBN 9781 11896885 7. In an increasingly busy marketplace, it says something that a book makes it into its fifth edition in a 20-year timespan. Clearly, the popularity of the issues has not declined, judging by my reference point, the third edition I reviewed a few years ago! By this edition, climate change has made an entry and the environment section is divided into two […]

Are there viable synergies between ecology and economics?

My mind was drawn to an old issue made new again in a recent flyer for a conference. The BES is hosting a conference exploring the interactions between ecology and economics. They tagline is that there is far too little by way of interaction and that there are numerous ideas that each could teach/learn from, the other. On the surface, this is a great idea and any exploration between the two is going to yield insights. There might well be […]

Ecological and Economic Foundations

Rating: The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity, ed Pushpam Kumar. 2010 Ecological and Economic foundations. UNEP/Earthscan. ISBN 978 1 84971 212 5 This is one text where context is crucial. The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) was set up by the UNEP in 2007. It was started became of the concern that current economics was either not valuing nor not valuing sufficiently, our ecosystem services and, by extension, the biodiversity that keeps it functioning. This perspective would be similar […]