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Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability 8/10: The Americas and Oceania: Assessing Sustainability

Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability 8/10: The Americas and Oceania: Assessing Sustainability


Volume 8 of the Encyclopedia of Sustainability examines sustainability from the South Pacific to the Americas.

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The Americas and Oceania: Assessing Sustainability provides extensive coverage of sustainability practices in two regions linked culturally and historically by their relative isolation before the Columbian exchange, by their colonization after it, and by the challenges of pollution, resource overuse, and environmental degradation. Regional experts and international scholars focus on environmental history in areas such as the South Pacific islands, now particularly threatened by rising ocean levels due to climate change, and on countries whose governments and corporations can play a major role in promoting or discouraging sustainable choices: Brazil, an emergent power on the world stage; the United States, the world’s third most populous nation; and New Zealand, seemingly on its way to becoming an enviable model of sustainable development.

Below are links to the ten volumes of the Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability:

Vols. 1–10: The Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability

Vol. 1: The Spirit of Sustainability

Vol. 2: The Business of Sustainability

Vol. 3: The Law and Politics of Sustainability

Vol. 4: Natural Resources and Sustainability

Vol. 5: Ecosystem Management and Sustainability

Vol. 6: Measurements, Indicators, and Research Methods for Sustainability

Vol. 7: China, India, and East and Southeast Asia: Assessing Sustainability

Vol. 8: The Americas and Oceania: Assessing Sustainability

Vol. 9: Afro-Eurasia: Assessing Sustainability

Vol. 10: The Future of Sustainability

Additional information

General Editor


Sara G. Beavis, The Australian National University, Michael L. Dougherty, Illinois State University, Tirso Gonzales, University of British Columbia, Okanagan

Associate Editor

Ricardo Braun, Centre for Environmental Analysis (Nasa), Muhammad Aurang Zeb Mughal, Durham University, Mark Wilson, Northumbria University









Chinese Title

宝库山 可持续百科全书: 美洲和大洋洲: 评估可持续性发展 (第八卷)


  1. Reference & Research Book News

    Suitable for early undergraduate or general readers, the publisher’s 10-volume Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability has been carefully planned to bring together a great deal of information in a package structured for student research. The planners have taken the very broad concept of sustainability and looked for logical ways to divide and sub-divide relevant material for presentation in alphabetically arranged articles.

  2. Choice

    Volume 8 of [the Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability] features many of the categories found in volume 7: “Business and Economics”; “Environmental History”; “Industry and Manufacturing”; “Natural Resources”; “Politics, Law, and Government”; “Science, Technology, and Medicine”; and “Society and Social Welfare.” However, “Cities” constitutes an additional category, and “Human and Physical Geography” is not included. Some of the featured cities in this volume include Auckland, Detroit, Las Vegas, New York, Mexico City, and Rio de Janeiro. Among the various aspects of cities that contributors discuss are their geographic situation, history and population growth, industrial and urban development, pollution, sustainability efforts, and outlook. Additionally, many articles address broader topics, including agriculture, ecotourism, gender equality, labor, mining, and rural development. Summing up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers.

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