CHILL: A reassessment of Global Warming
Published by Clairview Books.

Although the world's climate has undergone many cyclical changes, the phrase 'climate change' has taken on a sinister meaning, implying catastrophe for humanity, ecology and the environment. We are told that we are responsible for this threat, and that we should act immediately to prevent it. But the apparent scientific consensus over the causes and effects of climate change is not what it appears. Chill is a critical survey of the subject by a committed environmentalist and scientist....

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Beyond Conservation
Published by Earthscan.

After decades of operating off-the-back-foot and protecting and conserving nature perceived as under threat, conservationists are becoming proactive and creative in the face of habitat loss, agricultural intensification and climate change.

Beyond Conservation offers a revolutionary agenda for both managing existing wildlands in Britain and for expanding and connecting such lands. Central to this strategy is the imperative to 'rewild' or restore and repair damaged habitat and ecosystems, promote existing biodiversity and reintroduce vanished plant and animal species, while working to reconcile human needs and livelihoods and the needs of nature.

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Questions of Resilience: Development aid in a changing climate
Published by Ethos UK (Paperback, 96pp)

Over 75% of the world's poorest two billion people are engaged in agriculture and live without clean water and basic sanitation. They are very vulnerable to shifts in global climate. This report for the Lifeworks Foundation shows that only 5% of world development aid addresses the grass-roots need for a healthy and ecologically sound environment. The global development model has been mostly directed at economic problems and aims to alleviate poverty by moving people off the land, industrialising agricultural production and globalising markets. In the face of climate change, impoversihed soils and over-crowded cities, is this the best policy?

Peter Taylor raises questions of what constitutes ecological and social resilience for the world's poorest communities - what kind of help they need to create robust support systems.

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