quinta-feira, 29 de dezembro de 2016

«Knowledge Brokerage for Sustainable Development»

«This book is a rich and valuable contribution to policy making in the context of the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development. It supports the scientific, administrative and policy-making communities in the formation of the key questions and answers, and in bringing these sectors together to co-operate in making sustainable development a reality and to co-evolve by mutual learning».
Jörg Mayer-Ries, German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety

quarta-feira, 28 de dezembro de 2016

VICTOR LOURO|«A FLORESTA EM PORTUGAL/Um apelo à inquietação cívica»

«Uma análise sobre a problemática das florestas.
Este livro foi escrito em torno de duas ideias centrais:
1) aproximar a problemática da floresta em Portugal do público curioso e minimamente interessado;
2) fazer uma leitura da floresta sob pontos de vista diversos dos habitualmente usados.
Por isso não é um livro técnico nem, muito menos, científico. Contudo, recorre a alguma investigação realizada durante a sua elaboração. E contém alguma memória pessoal, embora com o cuidado de não ser autobiográfico, pois o autor viveu muitas experiências ao longo da sua vida profissional que o convenceram da insuficiência dos conhecimentos com que são comummente tratados os assuntos relativos à floresta, e sobretudo dos enviesamentos que tantas vezes deformam as análises, submetidas, ainda que inconscientemente, a pensamentos viciados.
É um livro que pretende questionar, explicar e até desvendar, sem cair na tentação de dar respostas: cada leitor encontrará as suas». Saiba mais.

segunda-feira, 19 de dezembro de 2016

«Valuation of Forest Ecosystems and Their Services»

 no site do Natural Capital Coalition
In addition, forests also perform regulatory functions such as flood control, climate amelioration, air and water quality regulation, pest and disease control and supporting services such as pollination, seed dispersal, nutrient cycling and primary production of foods mostly by fixing carbon dioxide that is available in the atmosphere. Likewise, they also provide invaluable cultural services such as spiritual, aesthetic, recreational and educational values for the wholesome well-being of humans and all other living organisms. Yet today, all these life-sustaining systems, collectively known as ecosystem services, provided by forests and other such landscapes are largely taken for granted and perceived as public benefits or ‘free lunches’ in modern society’s balance sheet. Despite being fundamental to the well-being of human societies, critical contribution of ecosystem services have hitherto been overlooked in public, corporate and individual decision making processes, primarily because they are public services rendered by Mother Nature free of charge…”». Leia na integra.

quarta-feira, 30 de novembro de 2016

ROBERT CROCKER | «Somebody Else’s Problem»

«Consumerism promises a shortcut to a 'better' life through the accumulation of certain fashionable goods and experiences. Over recent decades, this has resulted in a rising tide of cheap, short-lived goods produced, used and discarded in increasingly rapid cycles, along the way depleting resources and degrading environmental systems.
Somebody Else’s Problem calls for a radical change in how we think about our material world, and how we design, make and use the products and services we need. Rejecting the idea that individuals alone are responsible for the environmental problems we face, it challenges us to look again at the systems, norms and values we take for granted in daily life, and their cumulative role in our environmental crisis.
Robert Crocker presents an overview of the main forces giving rise to modern consumerism, looks closely at today’s accelerating consumption patterns and asks why older, more ‘custodial’ patterns of consumption are in decline. Avoiding simplistic quick-fix formulas, the book explores recommendations for new ways of designing, making and using goods and services that can reduce our excess consumption, but still contribute to a good and meaningful life». +.

domingo, 27 de novembro de 2016


«This report presents an updated overview and analysis of air quality in Europe. It is focused in the state in 2015 and the development from 2004 to 2015. It reviews progress towards meeting the requirements of the air quality directives. An overview of the latest findings and estimates of the effects of air pollution on health and its impacts on ecosystems is also given».

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«Sustainable Development Goals: Are the rich countries ready?»