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The Polity list displays exceptional strengths in the area of environmental studies. Spanning a range of disciplines from philosophy to political science, our books offer a broad spectrum of cutting-edge insights into this exciting and rapidly expanding field.
Shapiro: China's Environmental Challenges
"An exemplary introduction not only to China's ecological crisis, but also to the analytic tools that might help us to understand and approach it constructively."
Hannigan: Disasters without Borders
"This fluent, critical and accessible book provides a wealth of detail and insight into the political and social pressures that shape discourse, international organization and policy for disaster management. A strongly recommended text for students of humanitarianism, disaster risk management, and international development policy, and a wake-up call for practitioners."
Mark Pelling, King’s College London
"The environmental crisis has many facets - technological, political, economic. But there are deep ethical questions that undergird them all, and Patrick Curry elucidates a number of them. You needn't agree with all his answers to make use of this volume; use it as a guide to asking your own questions"
Bill McKibben, author of Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet
George: Whose Crisis, Whose Future?
"It is a rare and wonderful thing when a book by one of our most trusted intellects arrives at the precise moment in history when it is needed most. All that is left is for us to pick it up and act to change the course of history."
Urry: Climate Change & Society
"A tour de force! Urry shows the centrality of the social - both to comprehend the meaning of the carbon catastrophe that besets us and, thereby, to discover the possibility of a post-carbon society. Essential reading for all."
Michael Burawoy, University of California, Berkeley
This book traces the cultural history of wood and offers a highly original account of the connection between the raw material and the human beings who benefit from it. Even more, it shows that wood can provide a key for a better understanding of history, of the pecularities as well as the varieties of cultures, of a co-evolution of nature and culture, and even of the rise and fall of great powers. Wide-ranging and accessible, this rich historical analysis of one of our most cherished natural resources will find a wide readership.
Dauvergne & Lister: Timber
"A brilliant and powerful book that allows us to see the forest for the trees. Its stunning exposè is a must-read for scholars and practitioners seeking a more promising and sustainable future."
Ben Cashore, Yale University
"This book's treatment of the topic will be a major advancement in exposing the illegal coltan trade, and contributes to a broader understanding of how the global mining sector is changing as China carves out an increasingly dominant role and how natural resources continue to destablize parts of the world."
Ian Taylor, University of St Andrews
Held, Theros & Fane-Hervey: The Governance of Climate Change
"This book, which includes contributions from prominent climate change experts from across a range of disciplines, provides insightful and innovative commentary on the nature of climate change and the future of climate change governance. The fresh perspectives offered and the extensive expertise of the contributors make this book a must-read for anyone interested in climate policy."
Rajendra Pachauri, Chairman, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
Giddens: The Politics of Climate Change
"One of those rare seminal works that will likely influence policy-makers over the next several generations."
Journal of World Energy Law & Business
Lester: Media & Environment
Conflict over issues such as climate change, toxic waste and wilderness provides a key site for examining the shaping and negotiation of public debate. This book offers a new understanding of the relationship between media roles and environmental futures, and of the ways in which news works to influence environmental decision-making across boundaries and over time.
Media and Environment argues that news maintains a central role in environmental politics. As such, it asks about our understandings of place and community, of local responsibility and global citizenship, and how communication as a society on these crucial issues affects our lives, now and into the future.
"(An) outstanding and original book. Dalby's message about sustainable security needs to be read widely in universities, and by activists and practitioners."
Times Higher Education
Attfield: Environmental Ethics
"An excellent overview of the territory and a compelling account of consequentialism in environmental ethics."
James Garvey, author of The Ethics of Climate Change
"A fluently written, deeply researched and perceptive analysis of the global food industry. The book connects the discussion of food policy with debates about US hegemony, corporate power, civil society campaigns and questions of global development and inequality."
Robert Falkner, London School of Economics
DeSombre & Barkin: Fish
"DeSombre and Barkin explain the complex reality of global fisheries in a clear and engaging manner. Their concise description of the problems caused by human exploitation of the oceans is tempered by a set of potential solutions that can be implemented by anyone - fishers, governments, consumers, and concerned people everywhere."
D. G. Webster, Dartmouth University