Science in the Contemporary World

An Encyclopedia
Author: Eric Gottfrid Swedin
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 1851095241
Category: Reference
Page: 382
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This work is a unique introductory A–Z resource detailing the scientific achievements of the contemporary world and analyzing the key scientific trends, discoveries, and personalities of the modern age. * Over 200 A–Z entries covering topics ranging from plate tectonics to the first Moon landings * More than 40 stunning photographs providing a unique pictorial chronicle of the achievements of modern science

Redesigning Life?

The Worldwide Challenge to Genetic Engineering
Author: Brian Tokar
Publisher: McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP
ISBN: 077356893X
Category: Science
Page: 384
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New discoveries in biotechnology are often touted as the answer to many contemporary problems. Genetic engineering, animal cloning, and reproductive technologies are promoted as the keys to a brighter future, while genetic engineers promise more productive agriculture, medical miracles, and solutions to environmental problems. But increasing numbers of farmers, scientists, and concerned citizens disagree. There is growing evidence that genetically engineered foods are hazardous to our health and to the environment. Farmers all over the world are encountering an increasingly monopolized seed and agrichemical industry. Animal cloning and human genetic engineering raise troubling ethical questions and genes from plants, animals, and humans have become objects to be bought, sold, and patented by private interests. Worldwide resistance to genetic engineering and other biotechnologies has brought these issues to the forefront of public controversy. Contributors include Beth Burrows (Edmonds Institute), Mitchel Cohen (freelance writer and activist, US), Martha Crouch (formerly of Indiana University), Marcy Darnovsky (Sonoma State University), Michael Dorsey (environmental justice activist), Steve Emmott (Green delegation to the European Parliament), Alix Fano (Campaign for Responsible Transplantation, NY), Jennifer Ferrara (freelance writer, CA), Chaia Heller (Institute for Social Ecology, VT), David King (GenEthics News, UK), Jack Kloppenburg (University of Wisconsin), Orin Langelle (Native Forest Network), Zoë C. Meleo-Erwin (activist and researcher, PA), Barbara Katz Rothman (City University of New York), Sonja Schmitz (doctoral candidate, University of Vermont), Thomas G. Schweiger (Greenpeace International), Sarah Sexton (The Corner House, UK), Robin Seydel (La Montañita Food Co-op, NM), Hope Shand (Rural Advancement Foundation International, Canada), Lucy Sharratt (Sierra Club of Canada), Vandana Shiva (Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology, India), Ricarda Steinbrecher (Econexus, UK), Victoria Tauli-Corpuz (Tebtebba Foundation, Philippines), Jim Thomas (Greenpeace UK), Brian Tokar, Kimberly Wilson (Greenpeace USA).

Beyond Intellectual Property

Toward Traditional Resource Rights for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities
Author: Darrell Addison Posey,Graham Dutfield
Publisher: IDRC
ISBN: 9780889367999
Category: Law
Page: 303
View: 2015

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Beyond Intellectual Property: Toward traditional resources rights for indigenous peoples and local communities

People, Plants, and Justice

The Politics of Nature Conservation
Author: Charles Zerner
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 9780231108102
Category: Law
Page: 449
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In an era of market triumphalism, this book probes the social and environmental consequences of market-linked nature conservation schemes. Rather than supporting a new anti-market orthodoxy, Zerner and colleagues assert that there is no universal entity, "the market." Original case studies from Asia, Latin America, Africa, and the South Pacific focus on topics as diverse as ecotourism, bioprospecting, oil extraction, cyanide fishing, timber extraction, and property rights.

Accessing Biological Resources

Complying with the Convention on Biological Diversity
Author: Natalie P. Stoianoff
Publisher: Kluwer Law International B.V.
ISBN: 9041120874
Category: Law
Page: 270
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Stoianoff (law, University of Wollongong, Australia) collects contributions from lawyers, scientists, and policy makers on issues related to the use of biological and genetic resources for commercial and scientific purposes. While emphasis is on the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Interna.

International Environmental Law, Policy, and Ethics


Author: Alexander Gillespie
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 0191022470
Category: Law
Page: 278
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This second edition of International Environmental Law, Policy, and Ethics revises and expands this groundbreaking study into the question of why the environment is protected in the international arena. This question is rarely asked because it is assumed that each member of the international community wants to achieve the same ends. However, in his innovative study of international environmental ethics, Alexander Gillespie explodes this myth. He shows how nations, like individuals, create environmental laws and policies which are continually inviting failure, as such laws can often be riddled with inconsistencies, and be ultimately contradictory in purpose. Specifically, he seeks a nexus between the reasons why nations protect the environment, how these reasons are reflected in law and policy, and what complications arise from these choices. This book takes account of the numerous developments in international environmental law and policy that have taken place the publication of the first edition, most notably at the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development and the 2012 'Rio + 20' United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development. Furthermore, it addresses recent debates on the economic value of nature, and the problems of the illegal trade in species and toxic waste. The cultural context has also been considerably advanced in the areas of both intangible and tangible heritage, with increasing attention being given to conservation, wildlife management, and the notion of protected areas. The book investigates the ways in which progress has been made regarding humane trapping and killing of animals, and how, in contrast, the Great Apes initiative, and similar work with whales, have failed. Finally, the book addresses the fact that while the notion of ecosystem management has been embraced by a number of environmental regimes, it has thus far failed as an international philosophy.

Jews of the Amazon

Self-exile in Earthly Paradise
Author: Ariel Segal Freilich
Publisher: Jewish Publication Society
ISBN: 9780827606692
Category: Religion
Page: 341
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A fascinating study of a Jewish community in one of the world’s most isolated places: the heart of the Peruvian Amazon.

Witnesses from the Grave

The Stories Bones Tell
Author: Christopher Joyce,Eric Stover
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780586214886
Category: Forensic anthropology
Page: 333
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Owning the Future


Author: Seth Shulman
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Social Science
Page: 240
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Argues that the efforts of high-tech industries to gain ownership of certain types of knowledge endanger the free exchange of information that is essential to preserve economic prosperity and a democratic society

An Introduction to Latin America


Author: Erminio Braidotti
Publisher: University Press of Amer
ISBN: N.A
Category: History
Page: 518
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This book's interdisciplinary approach offers a basic, yet comprehensive introduction to contemporary Latin America. Erminio Braidotti traces its development, explains how it works today, and points to where Latin America is headed. In a world of ever-increasing global economic agreements, political connections and cultural ties, it is both imperative and beneficial that we know and value our own neighbors more and this book is a decisive step in that direction."

Earthly Paradises

Ancient Gardens in History and Archaeology
Author: Maureen Carroll
Publisher: Getty Publications
ISBN: 9780892367214
Category: Gardening
Page: 144
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In this beautifully illustrated book, Maureen Carroll examines the most recent evidence of the existence of ancient gardens, the horticultural practices used to plant and maintain them, and the many forms and functions they assumed. Surveying the ancient Near East, Egypt, Greece, Italy, and the provinces of the Roman Empire from the second millennium B.C. to the middle of the first millennium A.D., Carroll finds that whether grown as sources of food, symbols of wealth and prestige, or dwellings for the gods, the cultivation of gardens played an integral role in both the public and private spheres of the ancient world. She concludes with a chapter on the survival of ancient gardening traditions in the Islamic and Byzantine worlds and the ways in which gardens have figured in these cultures' perceptions and depictions of paradise. Culling evidence from a wide variety of archaeological, textual, and pictorial sources, and illustrated with delightful images from tomb and wall paintings, sculptural reliefs, manuscripts, and reconstructions, Carroll provides fascinating insights into the earthly paradises of antiquity.

The Healing Power of Rainforest Herbs

A Guide to Understanding and Using Herbal Medicinals
Author: Leslie Taylor
Publisher: Square One Pub
ISBN: N.A
Category: Health & Fitness
Page: 519
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Rainforests contain an amazing abundance of plant life—over half of the planet’s vegetation. For centuries, tribal shamans have successfully used these botanicals as remedies for various health disorders. Now, scientists have begun to uncover the medicinal qualities of these plants, which offer new approaches to health and healing. The Healing Power of Rainforest Herbs is a unique guide to these herbs and their uses. Detailing more than seventy rainforest botanicals, this book presents the history of the herbs’ uses by indigenous peoples and describes current usage by natural health practitioners throughout the world. Discover Amazon healers’ traditional knowledge, as well as the clinical studies that support what shamans have known for ages. Essential dosage and preparation methods are provided, while at-a-glance tables help you locate the best botanicals for each disorder. Here is a unique book that offers a blend of ancient and modern knowledge in an accessible reference format.

Rainforest Organizations

A Worldwide Directory of Private and Governmental Entities
Author: Steve Shipp
Publisher: McFarland Publishing
ISBN: 9780786403813
Category: Science
Page: 184
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Rainforests -- home to more than half of all plant and animal species on earth while covering less than six percent of the world's land area -- have intricate ecosystems with multitudes of animal and plant species, including humans. Yet deforestation of the rainforests has greatly increased in the past half century. Ten thousand years ago rainforests covered an estimated 9. 5 million square miles, but as millions of trees are lost daily to agricultural and commercial development, scientific studies project the reduction of rainforests to six million square miles by the year 2000 and 3. 5 million square miles by 2050. Numerous scientific, political, conservationist, public-information and other organizations have been formed to address every aspect of rainforests; over 120 worldwide can be found in this directory. Each entry lists the address, phone number, contact person, e-mail or Internet address, (if available), mission statement or goals, publications, and often the group's history and current projects. All listed agencies and organizations readily accept queries for information about rainforests, and most invite participation in their activities and projects.

Tales from the Medicine Trail

Tracking Down the Health Secrets of Shamans, Herbalists, Mystics, Yogis, and Other Healers
Author: Chris Kilham
Publisher: Rodale Press
ISBN: N.A
Category: Health & Fitness
Page: 292
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Reveals the medicinal practices of shamans, herbalists, and healers living in the Amazon rain forest, Peruvian Andes, and India, and provides ways to integrate natural healing into a personal health program.

Non-timber forest products of East Kalimantan

potentials for sustainable forest use
Author: Johannes Leonardus Cornelis Hendrikus Valkenburg
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9789051130300
Category: Non-timber forest products industry
Page: 195
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