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Climate Change Adaptation and Social Resilience in the Sundarbans – 1st Edition

 Anna O’Donnell, Quentin Wodon (Eds.), 2019, Routledge, 208 p., £36.99, ISBN: 9780367173265

Household vulnerability to weather shocks and changing climatic conditions has become a major concern in developing countries. Yet the empirical evidence remains limited on the impact that changing environmental conditions have on households. This book explores climate change adaptation using a social resilience approach.

The book is based on primary data from the Sundarbans, a densely populated area located across parts of Bangladesh and India (West Bengal) which is highly vulnerable to extreme weather events and climate change. The focus is on assessing how households are affected by cyclones: whether they are able to cope with, adapt to and recover from events and changes; whether they are warned ahead of time; whether they benefit from government safety nets and other social programs; and finally whether they are driven to either temporary or permanent migration. This assessment leads to a better understanding of how exposure to an area of climate change vulnerability and risk affects and shapes human responses.

 

The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity in National and International Policy Making
1st Edition

Edited by Patrick ten Brink, 2019, Routledge, 528 p., £47.99, ISBN: 9781138327900

The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) study is a major international initiative drawing attention to local, national and global economic benefits of biodiversity, to highlight the growing costs of biodiversity loss and ecosystem degradation, the benefits of investing in natural capital, and to draw together expertise from the fields of science, economics and policy to enable practical actions. Drawing on a team of more than one hundred authors and reviewers, this book demonstrates the value of ecosystems and biodiversity to the economy, society and individuals.

It highlights the need for new public policy to reflect the appreciation that public goods and social benefits are often overlooked and that we need a transition to decision making which integrates the many values of nature across policy sectors. It explores the range of instruments to reward those offering ecosystem service benefits, such as water provision and climate regulation.

Water Ethics: A Values Approach to Solving the Water Crisis, 2nd Edition

David Groenfeldt, 2019, Routledge, £36.99, ISBN: 9780815392026

The book introduces the idea that ethics are an intrinsic dimension of any water policy, program, or practice, and that understanding what ethics are being acted out in water policies is fundamental to an understanding of water resource management. This new edition discusses in depth three significant developments since the publication of the first edition in 2013. The first is the growing awareness of the climate crisis as an existential threat, and associated concern about adaptive strategies for sustainable water management and ways of using water management for climate mitigation. Second, there has been increased clarity among the religious community, indigenous leaders, and progressive academics that ethics needs to become an arena for application and action. Thirdly, there have been new normative water standards ranging from “water stewardship” (industry initiative), water charters (Berlin) and the on-going initiative to develop a global water ethics charter.

Drawing on case studies from countries including Australia, India, the Philippines, South Africa, and the United States, this textbook is essential reading for students of environmental ethics and water governance and management.