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The SAGE Handbook of Nature offers an ambitious retrospective and prospective overview of the field that aims to position Nature, the environment and natural processes, at the heart of interdisciplinary social sciences. The three volumes are divided into the following parts: INTRODUCTION TO THE HANDBOOK NATURAL AND SOCIO-NATURAL VULNERABILITIES: INTERWEAVING THE NATURAL & SOCIAL SCIENCES SPACING NATURES: SUSTAINABLE PLACE MAKING AND ADAPTATION COUPLED AND (DE-COUPLED) SOCIO-ECOLOGICAL SYSTEMS RISK AND THE ENVIRONMENT: SOCIAL THEORIES, PUBLIC UNDERSTANDINGS, & THE SCIENCE-POLICY INTERFACE HUNGRY AND THIRSTY CITIES AND THEIR REGIONS CRITICAL CONSUMERISM AND ITS MANUFACTURED NATURES GENDERED NATURES AND ECO-FEMINISM REPRODUCTIVE NATURES: PLANTS, ANIMALS AND PEOPLE NATURE, CLASS AND SOCIAL INEQUALITY BIO-SENSITIVITY & THE ECOLOGIES OF HEALTH THE RESOURCE NEXUS AND ITS RELEVANCE SUSTAINABLE URBAN COMMUNITIES RURAL NATURES AND ...

Institutions and the Governance of the Resource Nexus: The Case of Nitrogen Fertilizers in China
Institutions and the Governance of the Resource Nexus: The Case of Nitrogen Fertilizers in China
Philip Andrews-Speed
Introduction

The use of nitrogen fertilizer plays a prominent role in defining the ‘Anthropocene’ epoch (Rockström et al., 2009). The Haber-Bosch process, which is used to produce urea, the source material for most nitrogen fertilizers, contributes about two-thirds of the annual creation of global reactive nitrogen. This process is thus a major driver of the ‘nitrogen cascade', which is the harmful flow of reactive nitrogen from one environment to another (Galloway et al., 2003). Although the nitrogen cascade is a global problem, its causes are mainly local (Lewis, 2012). The excessive and inappropriate use of ...

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