The Handbook of Environment and Society focuses on the interactions between people, societies and economies, and the state of nature and the environment. Editorially integrated but written from multi-disciplinary perspectives, The Handbook of Environment and Society is organised in seven sections: - Environmental thought: past and present - Valuing the environment - Knowledges and knowing - Political economy of environmental change - Environmental technologies - Redesigning natures - Institutions and policies for influencing the environment Key themes include: locations where the environment-society relation is most acute: where, for example, there are few natural resources or where industrialization is unregulated; the discussion of these issues at different scales: local, regional, national, and global; the cost of damage to resources; and the relation between principal actors in the environment-society nexus. Aimed at an international audience of academics, research students, researchers, practitioners and policy makers, The Handbook on Environment and Society presents readers in social science and natural science with a manual of the past, present and future of environment-society links.

Coral Reefs and People

Coral Reefs and People

Coral reefs and people

Coral Reef Conservation

The term coral reef often produces images of warm climates, crystal clear turquoise waters, golden beaches and a huge array of colourful fish and other species. They are well renowned for their beauty, biological diversity and high productivity and it is this latter characteristic that makes them critical to the survival of tropical marine ecosystems and to the welfare of millions of local peoples (Berg et al., 1998; Hoegh-Guldberg, 1999).

Many different species make up a coral reef but the dominant feature is reef-building corals. These hermatypic corals are colonial and made of many millions of small anemone-like individuals interconnected to form the characteristic colonies that form the backbone of a coral reef. Hermatypic corals secrete calcium ...

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