Quantitative Eco-nomics: How sustainabe are our economies?

Author: Peter Bartelmus

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Assessing the environmental sustainability of economic performance and growth is one aspect of eco–nomics. The other is a persistent dichotomy in dealing with the environment-economy interface. Environmentalists and ecological economists warn us about looming environmental disaster. Control and regulation of the physical scale of economic activity is their policy response. In contrast, environmental economists seek to change the behaviour of producers and consumers by making them accountable for their environmental impacts. Eco–nomics stands for analysing environmental sustainability with the tools of both ecological and environmental economics. The book compares the purpose and practicality of these tools with a view to bridging the environmental-economic dichotomy. Integrative data and accounting systems provide the structure and material for building the bridge.

Conservation Biology for All

Editor: Navjot S. Sodhi and Paul R. Ehrlich

This book contains a series of authoritative chapters have been written by the top names in conservation biology with the principal aim of disseminating cutting-edge conservation knowledge as widely as possible. Important topics such as balancing conversion and human needs, climate change, conservation planning, designing and analyzing conservation research, ecosystem services, endangered species management, extinctions, fire, habitat loss, and invasive species are covered. Numerous textboxes describing additional relevant material or case studies are also included.

Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

Author: John Perkins

Confessions of an Economic Hit Man is John Perkins’ fast-paced autobiography, which reveals his career as an economist for an international consulting firm. Perkins says he was actually an “Economic Hit Man.” His job was to convince countries that are strategically important to the United States to accept enormous loans for infrastructure development and to make sure that the lucrative projects were contracted to U.S. corporations.

Perkins takes the reader through his career and explains how he created economic projections for countries to accept billions of dollars in loans they surely couldn’t afford. He shares his battle with his conscience over these actions and offers advice for how Americans can work to end these practices which have directly resulted in terrorist attacks and animosity towards the United States.

The Unofficial Guide for Authors

Author: Tomislav Hengl and Mike Gould

Most scientific journals provide guidelines for authors – how to format references and prepare artwork, how many copies of the paper to submit and to which address. However, behind any formal editorial system are real people with their professional and personal interests, which often have a profound influence on the chances that your paper will get accepted (or rejected). The official guidelines say little about how you should prepare your paper and what are the chances that it will be accepted. You will not be able to find such information on journal websites.

This gave the authors the idea to write an unofficial guide for authors, in which the authors could tell you frankly what you can expect from journals, editors, reviewers and, indeed, the whole system of science. The authors offer some pragmatic tips on how to manage the production of your paper — based on a training programme in academic writing and our own experience. The authors also address some of the deeper aspects of preparing and publishing research articles as well as the limitations and frustrations that are inherent in current editorial systems such as hyperproduction, phoney co-authors and poor reviews. This guide is primarily intended for inexperienced researchers, although the authors hope more experienced authors will also find some of the points raised in it of interest.

Ilusi Negara Islam

Editor: Abdurrahman Wahid

The book’s general premise is that the unity of Indonesia, the strength of its mainstream moderate Muslim organisations Nahdlatul Ulama and Muhammadiyah, and the true meaning of Islam as “a blessing for the world” are under threat from radical ideologies emanating from the middle east, primarily Wahabi Ikhwanul Muslimin.