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An ecology of happiness

Author: Eric F Lambin; Teresa Lavender Fagan
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2012.
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Overview: We know that our gas-guzzling cars are warming the planet, the pesticides and fertilizers from farms are turning rivers toxic, and the earth has run out of space for the mountains of unrecycled waste our daily consumption has left in its wake. We've heard copious accounts of our impact-as humans, as a society-on the natural world. But this is not a one-sided relationship. Lost in these dire and scolding  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Eric F Lambin; Teresa Lavender Fagan
ISBN: 9780226466675 0226466671
OCLC Number: 758099215
Description: 174 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: --
Degradation of the environment, improvement of well-being --
Important question --
Problem of "free riders" --
Positive-not alarmist-discourse --
Well-being and the natural environment --
Separation --
Experience Of Nature: --
Disappointing materialism --
Let the statistics speak --
Virtuous quartet --
Biophilia --
Nine perspectives on nature --
Psychology of the environment --
Explicative theories --
Applications --
Exploitation Of Animals: --
Healing through animals --
Cows, chickens, pigs --
Eating less meat --
Healthy eating --
Giant hecatomb --
Animal rights --
Advances in animal well-being --
Our leisure, not that of animals --
Which is happier, the horse or the zebra? --
Less unilateral relationship with animals --
Infectious Environment: --
Emerging diseases --
Neolithic revolution --
Infectious diseases --
Zoonoses --
Gifts from Asia --
Vulnerability --
Threat Of Arthropods: --
Vector-borne diseases --
Malaria and climate change --
Attack of the ticks --
Asian tiger in Europe --
Sometimes it really is the climate --
Disturbing a complex system --
Bill Gates Or Microbes: --
Pandemics --
From monkey to human --
From the pleasure of transcontinental travel --
SARS, super-Asian rapid surge --
Globalization of microbes --
Paradoxical Cities: --
Urbanized world --
Cesspool of the first cities --
Subtraction or addition --
Unbreathable air --
Dying of heat in cities --
Healthy places --
New alliance --
Environmental Conflicts: --
Return of Malthus --
Environmental security --
Theory tested by facts --
Role of institutions --
Too many or too few resources --
First climate conflict? --
Shadow of the military --
Politics rather than the environment --
Environmental Refugees: --
Natural disasters --
Millions of displaced --
Waves of refugees --
Demographic studies --
Politics of asylum, political asylum --
Another advantage for the rich --
When Poor Countries Set An Example: --
Liberalization and intervention in Vietnam --
Ecotourism in Costa Rica --
Middle road in Bhutan --
Several paths --
Conclusion: --
Debriefing --
Happiness of some creates the unhappiness of others --
Five choices for the future --
Five situations with dual advantages --
Happiness and the environment --
Acknowledgments --
Bibliography.
Other Titles: Écologie du bonheur.
Responsibility: Eric Lambin ; translated by Teresa Lavender Fagan.

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