Climate Change A Wicked Problem

Author: Frank P. Incropera
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107109070
Release Date: 2015-10-31
Genre: Business & Economics

A pragmatic, no-holds-barred, assessment of climate change, for anyone wishing to be fully informed on the topic.

Beginning Arduino

Author: Michael McRoberts
Publisher: Apress
ISBN: 9781430250173
Release Date: 2013-09-30
Genre: Computers

Want to light up a display? Control a touch screen? Program a robot? The Arduino is a microcontroller board that can help you do all of these things, plus nearly anything you can dream up. Even better, it's inexpensive and, with the help of Beginning Arduino, Second Edition, easy to learn. In Beginning Arduino, Second Edition, you will learn all about the popular Arduino by working your way through a set of 50 cool projects. You'll progress from a complete Arduino beginner to intermediate Arduino and electronic skills and the confidence to create your own amazing projects. You'll also learn about the newest Arduino boards like the Uno and the Leonardo along the way. Absolutely no experience in programming or electronics required! Each project is designed to build upon the knowledge learned in earlier projects and to further your knowledge of Arduino programming and electronics. By the end of the book you will be able to create your own projects confidently and with creativity. You'll learn about: Controlling LEDs Displaying text and graphics on LCD displays Making a line-following robot Using digital pressure sensors Reading and writing data to SD cards Connecting your Arduino to the Internet This book is for electronics enthusiasts who are new to the Arduino as well as artists and hobbyists who want to learn this very popular platform for physical computing and electronic art. Please note: The print version of this title is black and white; the eBook is full color. The color fritzing diagrams are available in the source code downloads on http://www.apress.com/9781430250166

Food Security Governance in the Arctic Barents Region

Author: Kamrul Hossain
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9783319757568
Release Date: 2018-04-06
Genre: Technology & Engineering

Food Security Governance in the Arctic-Barents Region provides a multidisciplinary perspective on the major food security and safety challenges faced in the Arctic region. The authors address existing gaps in current knowledge of the coordination and implementation of legal framework and policy that affects the Arctic. The volume is unique in its focus on the Barents region, an area of northern Europe containing Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia. The region has a population of approximately 5.2 million, including indigenous and non-indigenous peoples. The authors offer a balanced and systemic review of the role of traditional foods in this region, along with an overview of the regulatory tools and institutions that govern food security. Food security and safety in the –Arctic-Barents region is connected to and impacted by transformations from both inside and outside the area. Climate change, globalization and human activities affect the availability, accessibility, and affordability of food. The result of these transformations has an impact on the food security and safety for both indigenous and non-indigenous individuals and communities. The authors, by highlighting these challenges, reveal the importance of having harmonized policies and legal tools in place in order to strengthen food security and safety in the Barents region. The book forms part of the main outcome of the Academy of Finland’s ongoing project on Human Security as a promotional tool for societal security in the Arctic: Addressing Multiple Vulnerability to its Population with Specific Reference to the Barents Region (HuSArctic). Researchers, policy makers, and other stakeholders will find the book to be an important contribution to the promotion of policies and strategies on food security.

Power in a Warming World

Author: David Ciplet
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 9780262330046
Release Date: 2015-09-18
Genre: Science

After nearly a quarter century of international negotiations on climate change, we stand at a crossroads. A new set of agreements is likely to fail to prevent the global climate's destabilization. Islands and coastlines face inundation, and widespread drought, flooding, and famine are expected to worsen in the poorest and most vulnerable countries. How did we arrive at an entirely inequitable and scientifically inadequate international response to climate change? In Power in a Warming World, David Ciplet, J. Timmons Roberts, and Mizan Khan, bring decades of combined experience as negotiators, researchers, and activists to bear on this urgent question. Combining rich empirical description with a political economic view of power relations, they document the struggles of states and social groups most vulnerable to a changing climate and describe the emergence of new political coalitions that take climate politics beyond a simple North-South divide. They offer six future scenarios in which power relations continue to shift as the world warms. A focus on incremental market-based reform, they argue, has proven insufficient for challenging the enduring power of fossil fuel interests, and will continue to be inadequate without a bolder, more inclusive and aggressive response.

Introduction to Modern Climate Change

Author: Andrew Dessler
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781316419120
Release Date: 2015-09-28
Genre: Science

This is an invaluable textbook for any introductory survey course on the science and policy of climate change, for both non-science majors and introductory science students. The second edition has been thoroughly updated to reflect the most recent science from the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports, and many illustrations include new data. The new edition also reflects advances in the political debate over climate change. Unique amongst textbooks on climate change, it combines an introduction to the science with an introduction to economic and policy issues, and is tightly focused on anthropogenic climate change. It contains the necessary quantitative depth for students to properly understand the science of climate change. It supports students in using algebra to understand simple equations and to solve end-of-chapter problems. Supplementary online resources include a complete set of PowerPoint figures for instructors, solutions to exercises, videos of the author's lectures, and additional computer exercises.

Why We Disagree about Climate Change

Author: Mike Hulme
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107268890
Release Date: 2009-04-30
Genre: Business & Economics

Climate change is not 'a problem' waiting for 'a solution'. It is an environmental, cultural and political phenomenon which is re-shaping the way we think about ourselves, our societies and humanity's place on Earth. Drawing upon twenty-five years of professional work as an international climate change scientist and public commentator, Mike Hulme provides a unique insider's account of the emergence of this phenomenon and the diverse ways in which it is understood. He uses different standpoints from science, economics, faith, psychology, communication, sociology, politics and development to explain why we disagree about climate change. In this way he shows that climate change, far from being simply an 'issue' or a 'threat', can act as a catalyst to revise our perception of our place in the world. Why We Disagree About Climate Change is an important contribution to the ongoing debate over climate change and its likely impact on our lives.

Don t Even Think About It

Author: George Marshall
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 9781632861023
Release Date: 2015-08-18
Genre: Psychology

The director of the Climate Outreach and Information Network explores the psychological mechanism that enables people to ignore the dangers of climate change, using sidebars, cartoons and engaging stories from his years of research to reveal how humans are wired to primarily respond to visible threats.

Tackling Wicked Problems in Complex Ecologies

Author: Rodney Hopson
Publisher: Stanford Business Books
ISBN: 1503600718
Release Date: 2018
Genre: Business & Economics

Traversing the range of problem-solving contexts that make up the frontier of evaluation, this book demonstrates how the tools of the trade can address wicked problems in complex ecologies around the global scale. The editors and authors frame their approach in terms of evaluation's relevance, the relationships that it enables, and the responsibilities that it requires.

Shaping the Next One Hundred Years

Author: Robert J. Lempert
Publisher: Rand Corporation
ISBN: 9780833034854
Release Date: 2003-07-18
Genre: Transportation

A sophisticated reader ought to view with great skepticism the prospect of answering questions about the long-term future. The checkered history of predicting the future-from the famous declarations that humans would never fly to the Limits to Growth study to claims about the "New Economy"-has dissuaded policymakers from considering the effects of their decisions more than a few months or years ahead. However, today's choices will significantly influence the course of the twenty-first century. New analytic methods, enabled by modern computers, may transform our ability to reason systematically about the long term. This report reviews traditional methods of grappling with the morrow, from narratives to scenario analysis, which fail to address the multiplicity of plausible long-term futures. The authors demonstrate a quantitative approach to long-term policy analysis (LTPA). Robust decision methods enable decisionmakers to examine a vast range of plausible futures and design near-term, often adaptive, strategies to be robust across them. Reframing the question "What will the long-term future bring?" as "How can we choose actions today that will be consistent with our long-term interests?" these methods provide powerful analytic support to humans' innate capacity for "what-if-ing." Choosing the challenge of sustainable development as an example, the authors discuss how these methods may be applied to real-world LTPA and a wide range of other challenges of decisionmaking under conditions of deep uncertainty.

Systems Education for a Sustainable Planet

Author: Ockie Bosch
Publisher: MDPI
ISBN: 9783038427896
Release Date: 2018-04-24
Genre: Social Science

This book is a printed edition of the Special Issue "Systems Education for a Sustainable Planet" that was published in Systems

Die sozial kologische Transformation der Welt

Author: Karl-Werner Brand
Publisher: Campus Verlag
ISBN: 9783593508092
Release Date: 2017-11-09
Genre: Social Science

Umweltprobleme verändern seit Beginn der Industrialisierung, mit wachsender Beschleunigung seit den 1950er- Jahren, das Gefüge moderner Gesellschaften. Welche Dynamiken ergeben sich aus diesen Prozessen? Welche Chancen eröffnen sie für den radikalen Wandel fossiler in postfossile Gesellschaften, den die Klimaforscher vehement einfordern? Dieses von Sozialwissenschaftlern unterschiedlicher Disziplinen erstellte Handbuch bietet erstmals eine historisch und global orientierte Analyse des konfliktreichen Wegs der sozial-ökologischen Transformation. Es beleuchtet zentrale Transformationsfelder (Klima, Energiewende, Wirtschaft und Konsum, Stadtentwicklung und Landwirtschaft) und stellt Entwicklungen in westlichen Industrieländern, in Schwellenländern wie China, Indien und Brasilien sowie in armen, agrarisch geprägten Ländern wie Äthiopien vor.

Instrumentation and Control Systems

Author: William Bolton
Publisher: Newnes
ISBN: 9780081006214
Release Date: 2015-08-06
Genre: Technology & Engineering

Instrumentation and Control Systems addresses the basic principles of modern instrumentation and control systems, including examples of the latest devices, techniques and applications in a clear and readable style. Unlike the majority of books in this field, only a minimal prior knowledge of mathematical methods is assumed. The book focuses on providing a comprehensive introduction to the subject, with Laplace presented in a simple and easily accessible form, complimented by an outline of the mathematics that would be required to progress to more advanced levels of study. Taking a highly practical approach, the author combines underpinning theory with numerous case studies and applications throughout, to enable the reader to apply the content directly to real-world engineering contexts. Coverage includes smart instrumentation, DAQ, crucial health and safety considerations, and practical issues such as noise reduction, maintenance and testing. PLCs and ladder programming is incorporated in the text, as well as new information introducing the various software programs used for simulation. The overall approach of this book makes it an ideal text for all introductory level undergraduate courses in control engineering and instrumentation. It is fully in line with latest syllabus requirements, and also covers, in full, the requirements of the Instrumentation & Control Principles and Control Systems & Automation units of the new Higher National Engineering syllabus from Edexcel. Completely updated Assumes minimal prior mathematical knowledge Highly accessible student-centred text Includes an extensive collection of problems, case studies and applications, with a full set of answers at the back of the book Helps placing theory in real-world engineering contexts

Introduction to Heat Transfer

Author: Theodore L. Bergman
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9780470501962
Release Date: 2011-06-07
Genre: Science

Completely updated, the sixth edition provides engineers with an in-depth look at the key concepts in the field. It incorporates new discussions on emerging areas of heat transfer, discussing technologies that are related to nanotechnology, biomedical engineering and alternative energy. The example problems are also updated to better show how to apply the material. And as engineers follow the rigorous and systematic problem-solving methodology, they'll gain an appreciation for the richness and beauty of the discipline.

Great Tide Rising

Author: Kathleen Dean Moore
Publisher: Counterpoint
ISBN: 9781619027565
Release Date: 2016-02-01
Genre: Nature

Even as seas rise against the shores, another great tide is beginning to rise – a tide of outrage against the pillage of the planet, a tide of commitment to justice and human rights, a swelling affirmation of moral responsibility to the future and to Earth’s fullness of life. Philosopher and nature essayist Kathleen Dean Moore takes on the essential questions: Why is it wrong to wreck the world? What is our obligation to the future? What is the transformative power of moral resolve? How can clear thinking stand against the lies and illogic that batter the chances for positive change? What are useful answers to the recurring questions of a storm-threatened time – What can anyone do? Is there any hope? And always this: What stories and ideas will lift people who deeply care, inspiring them to move forward with clarity and moral courage?

Risk Conundrums

Author: Roger E Kasperson
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781317353478
Release Date: 2017-07-14
Genre: Business & Economics

A risk conundrum can be viewed as a risk that poses major issues in assessment, and whose management is not easily engaged. Such perplexing problems can either paralyze or badly delay risk analysis and directions for progression. Rather than simply focusing on the progress in risk analysis that has already been made, it is crucial to consider what has been learnt about these seemingly unmanageable problems and how best to move forward. Risk Conundrums seeks to answer this question by bringing together a range of key thinkers in the field to explore key issues such as risk communication, uncertainty, social trust, indicators and metrics, and risk management, drawing upon case study examples including natural disasters, terrorism, and energy transitions. The initial chapters address risk conundrums, their properties, and the challenges they pose. The book then turns to a greater emphasis on systemic and regional risk conundrums. Finally, it considers how risk management can be changed to address these unsolvable conundrums. Alternative pathways are defined and scrutinized and predictions for future developments set out. This book will be of great interest to students and scholars of risk governance, environmental policy, and sustainable development.