Environmental Studies


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    In Making Wonderful, Martin M. Tweedale tells how an ideology in the West energized an economic expansion that has led to ecological disaster. He takes us back to the rise of cities and autocratic rulers, analyzing how respect for custom and tradition gave way to the dominance of top-down rational planning and organization. Then in response came a highly attractive myth of an eventual future rid of all of humankind's ills, one in which life would be “made wonderful.&... [READ MORE]

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    "In the delta, water is boss, change is the only constant, and creation and destruction exist side by side." The Peace-Athabasca Delta in northern Alberta is a globally significant wetland that lies within one of the largest unfragmented landscapes in North America. Arguably the world's largest boreal inland delta, it is renowned for its biological productivity and is a central feature of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Yet the delta and its indigenous cultures lie... [READ MORE]

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    The International Polar Year (IPY) 2007-2008 co-sponsored by ICSU and WMO became the largest coordinated research program in the Earth's polar regions. It involved a large range of disciplines, from geophysics to ecology, also embracing human health, social sciences, and the humanities. All IPY projects included partners from several nations and/or from indigenous communities and polar residents' organizations. An estimated 50,000 researchers, local observers, educators, s... [READ MORE]

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    Adults need playgrounds. In 1907, the Canadian government designated a vast section of the Rocky Mountains as Jasper Forest Park. Tourists now play where Indigenous Peoples once lived, fur traders toiled, and Métis families homesteaded. In Culturing Wilderness in Jasper National Park, I.S. MacLaren and eight other writers unearth the largely unrecorded past of the upper Athabasca River watershed, and bring to light two centuries' worth of human history, tracing the ev... [READ MORE]

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    The international conference People, Wildlife, and Hunting: Emerging Conservation Paradigms brought together hunters, outfitters, community representatives, wildlife managers, researchers and conservationists from across Canada and overseas to explore the relationship linking trophy hunting, wildlife conservation, large-mammal management, community economies, and community sustainability in rural areas. This report focuses more particularly (but not exclusively) upon commu... [READ MORE]

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    Canadians enjoy their beautiful surroundings, but they do have concerns about environmental hazards that may affect their health. This book offers help in understanding the issues and risks. Open the The Canadian Guide to Health and the Environment and you'll quickly find clear, balanced information to help answer your questions about the following topics and more: global warming, drinking water, irradiated food, deforestation, asthma, sick-building syndrome, noise, suntan... [READ MORE]

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    A comprehensive annotated bibliography on wolves - their ecology, conservation and management. Includes references contained in Ecology and Conservation of Wolves in a Changing World, supplemented by references recovered through a search of various databases and personal collections.

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    Annotated list of materials related to the development and operation of pulp mills in northern Alberta.

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    Focuses on issues and practices associated with development-related disturbances in the North. The papers report on long-term experimental work relevant to site reclamation, including surface drainage control and re-establishment of plant cover. Papers by: P.J.B. Duffy; Peter Kershaw; Donald M. Wishart; Manivalde Vaartnou; L.C. Bliss and N.E. Grulke.

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    Covers environmental research and monitoring activities, the embryonic global network of monitoring stations, public participation in biosphere reserve research and management, and the creation of new arctic reserves. Introduction by Norman Simmons. Welcoming Address by Bernie Lieff. Papers by A. Hodgson; G. Bruce Wiersma; Y.G. Puzachenko and Y.I. Chernov; Hugh J. Monaghan; S. Khromov; Lars Påhlsson; and Milton Freeman. Discusion by: Lorne Russell; Percy Sims; Julian ... [READ MORE]

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    A look at Alberta's economic development and how it has been shaped by the abundant natural resources found within the province.

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    A look at the preservation of the California Tule Elk that has focused on two central questions facing all those fighting to save a threatened species: Who benefits from survival? Who pays the cost?