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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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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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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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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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La pêche à pied

Fishing from the shore

History and techniques


G. Deschamps

Edition 2016

Fishing from the shore has always been part of maritime culture but the history of its practices and the evolution of its various techniques have not been widely disseminated. This book aims to remedy that deficit. The author explains how man, down through the ages, has engaged in what used to be a subsistence activity and today is a leisure sport. This journey through time shows the creative genius of man and the countless methods he has devised to exploit available resources.


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Nouvelles raisons d'agir des acteurs de la pêche et de l’agriculture

New reasons for agriculture and fisheries' stakeholders to take action


M. Merri, C. Képhaliacos

Edition 2016

Faced with advancing technology and their entitlement to exploit this living resource, farmers and fishermen are questioning their very livelihood and how to change it. This book examines elements contributing to the reasons to take action: debates on renewable resources, decisions regarding their profession and its transmission to new generations, new division of labor.


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Evaluation du travail a l'epreuve du reel

L'évaluation du travail à l'épreuve du réel

Critique des fondements de l'évaluation


C. Dejours

Edition 2016

L'évaluation est à la base des nouvelles méthodes de management et d'organisation du travail mais aussi source de difficultés théoriques et techniques. Est-il possible de dégager les principes d'une évaluation rationnelle de l'activité humaine ?


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Quelles rivieres pour demain ?

Which Rivers for Tomorrow?

Thoughts on the Ecology and Restoration of Water Courses


C. Lévêque

Edition 2016

This book explores all aspects of man’s relations with rivers, from the legal status of water courses to the notion of “good ecological state”, via their animal population, the exploitation of their resources, the aquatic landscapes, the policies of large river cities and the imaginary world of running water. Of the view that the environment serves humanity, not the reverse, the author also wonders about the relevance of the concept of ecological “restoration”.


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Climats

Climats

Passé, présent et futur


M. Mélières, C. Maréchal

Edition 2015

Comprendre les climats passés pour appréhender le changement climatique en cours : telle est l'originalité de ce livre ambitieux. Le texte est une synthèse à jour des principales connaissances sur l’évolution actuelle du climat et des enjeux qui se dessinent.


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Waste, From The Big Bang To The Present day

Waste, From The Big Bang To The Present day


C. Duquennoi

Edition 2015

Whether one speaks of hazardous waste, cross-border traffic or the need to sort and recycle, waste is part of everyday life. But do we know what waste really is? Are we aware that even the stars produce waste? That life is impossible without waste? From a scientific point of view, waste is matter. Like all matter, it has the full range of potential, threats as well as opportunities; it can be poison or the source of life. This book tells the amazing story of waste through time; of that produced by the stars to the waste of our civilisation.


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