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Natural landscapes and environment



La biodiversité : avec ou sans l’homme ?

Biodiversity: with or without man?

Reflections of an ecologist on protecting nature in France.


C. Lévêque

Edition 2017

Contrary to certain perceived ideas, man has not destroyed the biological diversity in Metropolitan France but has transformed and enriched it. Deforestation, agriculture, developments of water courses and wetlands and introductions of species have created artificial environments, managed for our varied uses. Up to what point can we control the dynamics of this nature, subject to a variety of constraints such as new agricultural practices, urbanisation and global warming? Is not the biodiversity governed as much by the expectation of citizens as by scientific ecology?


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Étonnants envahisseurs

Astonishing invaders

These species from elsewhere


V. Albouy

Edition 2017

Asian hornet, slipper limpet, zebra mussel, Colorado beetle, Dutch elm disease, Siberian chipmunk, Japanese knotweed, rose-ringed parakeet, primrose willow, African sacred ibis, coypu, etc. What are these exotic invasive species? How did they arrive among us and what happens when they are here? Do we know whether these invasive species can also constitute resources for other species and even be beneficial to human activities? In the style of a captivating survey using many examples, this book provides access to all the scientific explanations on these invasion phenomena.


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Living territories to transform the world

Living territories to transform the world


P. Caron, E. Valette, T. Wassenaar, G. d’Eeckenbrugge, V. Papazian

Edition 2017

What resources underpin the development of a territory? What does territorial management of resources mean? What specific characteristics and opportunities does territorial organization offer for agricultural production, regulation of sectors, and services? How are territorial public policies conceived and applied? What methods and tools can be used for territorial development? This book presents a wide range of studies illustrating how actors, scales and scopes of intervention interact in the development of rural spaces in countries of the Global South.


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Can man accept his limitations?

Can man accept his limitations?


G. Boeuf, J. Toussaint, B. Swynghedauw, S. Royal

Edition 2017

The effects of climate change are juxtaposed with the direct damage to the environment, for all living species. Are we going to be able to react in time? In the continuity of the work "Can man adapt to himself?", the most renowned French scientific experts give their opinions on our adaptation capacities and limitations in relation to current and future global changes. Among the main resistance factors, biological factors are considered in the same light as demographic, economic, social and psychological conditions. The positioning of the human species in its ecosystems is the question raised.


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Terres singulières

Singular lands

Fifteen remarkable places across the world


M. Caroff

Edition 2017

Do singular, strange or unknown lands still exist? The American canyons, Iceland, the Apennine Mountains from behind the clouds, Nazca, the Sultanate of Oman, Santorin, Transylvania, Yellowstone and so on. This book lists a selection of international geological sites, some of them famous, others more unexpected, all surprising, which illustrate the main specialities of Earth sciences.


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Les sols et la vie souterraine

Soils and underground life

Major agro-ecological challenges


J. Briat, D. Job

Edition 2017

Soil composition, functioning and health are influenced by the physical and chemical properties of soils, interactions between plants, soil-dwelling micro-organisms and fauna. This work presents recent advances in this knowledge to support and encourage the development of agro-ecological practices.


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La démocratie chez les abeilles

Bee democracy

A societal model


T. D. Seeley, J. Bulleyment

Edition 2017

Bees make decisions together and democratically. Every year, they face a life or death question about choice and moving to a new hive. Thomas D. Seeley reveals this insect’s incredible ability to make consensual and effective decisions. Read about this participatory democracy at work and how it contributes to the prosperity of the species.


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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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Des territoires vivants pour transformer le monde

Living territories to transform the world


P. Caron, E. Valette, T. Wassenaar, G. d’Eeckenbrugge, V. Papazian

Edition 2017

What resources underpin local development? What does local management of resources mean? What specific characteristics and opportunities does local organisation offer for agricultural production, sector regulation and services? How are local public policies conceived and applied? What methods and tools are used for local development?

This book presents a whole range of studies illustrating how stakeholders, levels and areas of intervention and mechanisms interact in the development of rural areas in Southern countries.


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Les pratiques agricoles a la loupe

An up-close look at agricultural practices

Towards multi-performance agriculture


C. Huyghe, B. Coudurier, J. Boiffin, J. Peyraud, F. Jeuland, N. Urruty, H. Guyomard

Edition 2017

This book analyses the impact that agricultural practices have on the productive, economic, environmental and social performance of metropolitan agriculture in France. It addresses a variety of topics such as tilling techniques, fertilisation, plant protection and animal health, plant and animal breeding, animal husbandry and the selection of agricultural equipment; an up-close look at over 200 agricultural practices divided into 15 categories.


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