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History and sociology



Gestion durable de l'eau urbaine

Sustainable urban water management

France-Brazil observations and discussions


B. Barraqué

Edition 2018

How do we face up to the issue of sustainable water management in major cities, be they in developed or emerging countries? This book compares situations in Brazil and France in considering the institutional, historical, economic and social aspects of water management.


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L'histoire de l'Inra, entre science et politique

The history of INRA – science and politics


E. Valceschini, P. Cornu, O. Maeght-Bournay

Edition 2018

Set up during the food crisis in the aftermath of the Second World War, France's National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) was founded on the notion that public scientific research into the management of life in all its multifarious forms would be of major importance for rebuilding France’s position in the world. This book, based on original documentation and testimonies of the main protagonists, explores the 70 years of the institute’s life, focusing on the interactions between science and politics.


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Science et territoires de l'ignorance

Science and territories of ignorance


M. Girel

Edition 2017

Ignorance can go beyond lack of wisdom or being deprived of knowledge which others have access to: it can be overcome, but it can also be produced. What are the varieties and modes of ignorance, and why is it so essential to take these into account when debating environmental and health issues? This book covers the various forms and the dynamics of ignorance, the return to vogue of controversy and the influence of what are known as conspiracy theories. The author sets out his analysis using many widely-debated examples, such as endocrine disruptors, toxicity of chlorine, smoking, etc.


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Le temps des robots est-il venu ?

Has the time of the robots come?

Discover how they’re already transforming our daily lives


J. Braly , J. Ganascia

Edition 2017

“A robot in every home”. That is what Bill Gates is predicting for the not-too-distant future! But where exactly do they come from, these robots which are increasingly beginning to play a role in our daily lives? Housework, transport, leisure, care ... which areas have already become the robots’ domain? Do they perform better than humans? Employment, security, human relations ...: might they just turn out to be dangerous? And looking into the future, just how far will they go? All questions for which this book has answers, based on interviews with renowned roboticists and computer scientists ...


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Les perturbateurs endocriniens

Endocrine disruptors

How do they affect our health on a daily basis?


D. Caro , R. Slama , M. Cymes

Edition 2017

Endocrine disruptors are found everywhere in your environment: how can they be identified on your plate, in your bathroom, in your house or at your place of work? How can you get a “fair” and “reasonable” idea of the potential repercussions these mysterious pollutants could have on your everyday life? A journalist doctor and an environmental and health researcher supply the keys to achieve this and offer practical and simple advice on how to protect yourself.


Consult Michel Cymes' foreword


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Une troisième voie entre l’État et le marché

A third way between the State and the market

Discussion with Elinor Ostrom


M. Antona, F. Bousquet

Edition 2017

Following the trip to France by the 2009 Nobel Prizewinner in Economic Sciences, Elinor Ostrom, the authors of this work set out her teaching based on her direct interactions with the public. It is an entire critique of conventional economic theories that is expressed and a renewal of social sciences thinking that is taking place. Elinor Ostrom developed an alternative path to the State and the market in her work and experiences; this targeted desirable trajectories for the social and ecological systems.


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Et si on mangeait local ?

And if we were to eat locally?

What are short food supply chains going to change in my everyday life


P. Philipon, Y. Chiffoleau, F. Wallet, N. Hulot

Edition 2017

For the past fifteen years or so, the “short supply chains” in marketing food products are reappearing extensively in France. Helped by food crises, today's consumers want to know where their food comes from and how it has been produced. The book answers clearly practical questions raised - where can I find these products? Are they more expensive, do they taste better? What is the difference between an AMAP (association supporting small farming) and a farm shop? What is the environmental impact? Eat locally: ultimately, is this or is this not a “good idea”?

 

Consult Nicolas Hulot's foreword


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Penser l'éventuel

Think of the possibilities

Here comes the downside of working in science


N. Bouleau

Edition 2017

Interpretations have long been removed from modern science as they were seen as beliefs. Instead, deductions and generalisations have taken their place. Yet, as in any science form, there are concerns and worries, therefore leading to interpretations. According to Nicolas Bouleau, we need to have a more interpretative approach to the context we’re living in. By expanding upon Hans Jonas’ vision and Lacan’s theses on knowledge, this essay takes another look at the environment using a full-blown scientific approach.


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Encore carnivores demain ?

You’re still carnivorous?

When eating animals raises everyday questions


J. Porcher, O. Néron de Surgy , P. Légasse

Edition 2017

Entre interdire des pratiques telles que la vivisection, la corrida, la chasse ou l’abattage et nous priver de bons rôtis, pour beaucoup il y a un fossé ! Pour d’autres, il faut bannir toute utilisation d’animaux, même pour se nourrir…

Grâce au concours d’une douzaine d’experts, ce livre expose les problèmes et les bienfaits dont la domestication est la source, permet d’y voir clair dans la cacophonie des discours sur « l’élevage » et esquisse des scénarios de changement dans notre alimentation et dans nos relations avec les animaux pour les prochaines décennies. 


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Les rivieres urbaines et leur pollution

Urban rivers and pollution


L. Lestel, C. Carré

Edition 2017

Within the span of two centuries, rivers of European cities have gone from serving as the dump site for all urban waste to being a vibrant natural environment integrated into the city. This book analyses this transformation by assessing water quality, human pressure on water courses and the effectiveness of measures taken to remedy the situation. It takes an interdisciplinary look from the perspective of the environment, technology and society to shed light on the relationship that four European cities (Berlin, Brussels, Milan and Paris) have with their rivers and their transformations since the 19th century.


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