Book Digest: Calls to action against climate change, air pollution and more

Role of technology to fight off COVID-19 pandemic to inevitability of climate crisis, DTE tracks new, contemporary books on environment and development from leading authors  

By DTE Staff
Published: Saturday 29 August 2020

Breathing Here Is Injurious To Your Health: The Human Cost of Air Pollution and How You Can Be the Change | Jyoti PandeLavakare | Hachette India | September 25, 2020

It is the story of the author’s impassioned battle against a critical issue that is barely acknowledged. At once compelling and moving, it is an urgent call to action to every Indian citizen to take necessary steps to ensure that their loved ones are protected from further danger, and delivers a clear message: That change begins with each individual.

Our Only Home: A Climate Appeal to the World | The Dalai Lama | Bloomsbury Sigma | October 8, 2020

The Dalai Lama, one of the most influential figures of our time, calls on political decision-makers to finally fight against deadlock and ignorance on climate change. He argues that we all need to stand up for a different and more climate-friendly world, and to allow the younger generation to assert their right to regain their future.

Climate Change Ethics for an Endangered World (Routledge Focus on Environment and Sustainability) | Thom Brooks | Routledge | October 26, 2020

While no shortage of proposals from ecological footprints and the polluter pays principle to adaptation technology and economic reforms, each offers a solution — but is climate change a problem we can solve?

In this provocative new book, these popular proposals for ending or overcoming the threat of climate change are shown to offer no easy escape and each rest on an important mistake. Thom Brooks argues that a future environmental catastrophe is an event we can only delay or endure, but not avoid.

COVID-19 and the Healing Touch of Technology| Jatinder Garg, Ajay Dutta, SonuBala Garg | Notion Press | August 6, 2020

The novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has thrown human life out of gear throughout the world. This book is an attempt to theorise how technologies have helped in fighting this pandemic on all the fronts and provided a healing touch to mankind during these difficult times.

Tribal Development in India: Challenges and Prospects in Tribal Education | RR Patil | Sage Publications Pvt Ltd | August 14, 2020

This book is a detailed presentation of the multi-pronged effort towards the educational development of India’s tribal population. It includes contributions from academicians and professionals belonging to diverse domains, such as social work, education and administration, and involved in tribal education.

The perspectives shared through this book will prove helpful for all stakeholders involved in tribal empowerment through education.



Planning in the 20th Century and Beyond: India’s Planning Commission and the NITI Aayog | Santosh Mehrotra, Sylvie Guichard| Cambridge University Press | September 30, 2020

This book addresses three leading questions: Why plan economic development? How to plan? And what exactly can / should be planned? These questions are interrelated and the contributors of this volume, each with their own focus, propose elements of replies.

From GDP to Sustainable Wellbeing: Changing Statistics or Changing Lives? | Paul Allin, David J Hand | Palgrave Pivot | September 28, 2020

This book is about the function and use of official statistics. It welcomes the aspiration for official statistics to be an indispensable element in the information system of a democratic society, serving the government, the economy and the public with data about the economic, demographic, social and environmental situation.

 The book identifies the political role of official statisticians, who decided what gets measured as well as how it is measured.

Implementing the Circular Economy for Sustainable Development | Hans Wiesmeth | Elsevier Science Publishing Co Inc | November 1, 2020

Implementing the Circular Economy for Sustainable Development presents the concept of the circular economy with the goal of understanding its present status and how to better implement it, particularly through environmental policies.

It first tackles the definition of a circular economy in the context of sustainability and the differences in defining the concept across disciplines, including its fallibilities and practical examples.

 It then goes on to discuss the implementation of a circular economy, including the increasing variety of technological, mechanical, and chemical procedures to contend with and the need for stakeholder support in addition to improved business models.


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