This month, we are pleased to support World Oceans Day, a global day of ocean celebration and collaboration for a better future. This year’s theme is “Our Oceans, Our Future”, which will focus on plastic pollution prevention and cleaning the ocean of marine litter. Not only is the protection of the world’s oceans of continuing ecological and environmental importance, but it is also worth remembering how oceans have been the source of artistic and literary inspiration for generations. In the words of American artist Robert Wyland, “The ocean stirs the heart, inspires the imagination and brings eternal joy to the soul.”
World Oceans Day was first proposed as a concept by the Government of Canada in 1992, and has been promoted and co-ordinated by the Ocean Project since 2002. In 2008, it was officially recognised by the United Nations. Every year, on 8th June, World Oceans Day provides a unique opportunity to honour, help protect, and conserve the world’s oceans.
To mark World Oceans Day, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on 4 of our best-selling related titles. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code OCEANS17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 2nd July 2017.
Rapid change in trade, demographics, culture and environment around the Indian Ocean demands a revaluation of how communities, sustainability and security are constituted in this globally strategically important region. Indian Ocean Futures: Communities, Sustainability and Security raises awareness of threats and opportunities beyond popular notions of communities through an examination of issues of concern to local, national, regional and transnational communities around the Indian Ocean Rim. This edited book is organized into three broad areas: the heritage and identity of communities, their sustainability and their security. As such, this volume offers the reader valuable engagement with the complex relations of communities and environments and key discourses shaping understandings of the future of the Indian Ocean region.
Iceland, the Faroe Islands, Orkney, Shetland and, to some extent, the Hebrides, share both a Nordic cultural and linguistic heritage, and the experience of being surrounded by the ever-present North Atlantic Ocean. This has been a constant in the islanders’ history, forging their unique way of life, influencing their customs and traditions, and has been instrumental in moulding their identities. Northern Atlantic Islands and the Sea: Seascapes and Dreamscapes is an exploration of a rich, intimate and, at times, terrifying relationship. This book will be of interest to scholars of a wide range of disciplines, such as those involved in island studies, cultural studies, Old Norse literature, Icelandic studies, maritime heritage, oceanography, linguistics, folklore, British studies, ethnology, and archaeology. Similarly, it will also appeal to researchers from a wide geographical area, particularly the UK, and Scandinavia, and indeed anywhere where there is an interest in the study of islands or the North Atlantic.
“Oceans and Society: Blue Planet” is a global initiative bringing together many ocean-observing programmes with a societal benefit focus. Blue Planet held its inaugural Symposium in Ilhabela, Brazil, in November 2012. Participants from 25 countries presented and discussed issues including the coordination of and information access from global ocean observing systems for open ocean, coastal and inland ecosystems; operational ocean forecasting; applications of observations for sustainable fishery and aquaculture; and capacity building. A major outcome of the Symposium was the production of this book. Targeted at all stakeholders within the ocean and marine community, Oceans and Society: Blue Planet discusses current activities and future actions and raises awareness for the further development and implementation of the Blue Planet agenda. Readers will learn more about ocean observations, how they can be integrated, and their applications to benefit society as a whole.
What would you do if a category five monster cyclone was headed your way? Drive as far as you could, as quickly as you could in the opposite direction? What if there were no cars? What if there were no roads? What if you were on a tiny island? What if there was nowhere to run to? How would you feel, knowing that when it was over it could be weeks before anyone came to help? Thousands of people live with this possibility every day, and their resilience and coping skills are incredible. However, climate change threatens to make these events worse, and all the while the sea levels are rising, and these islands are sinking. Bringing together the perspectives of the people on small, remote islands in the South Pacific, the aid organisations who help after a disaster, and the governments, Rebuilding Sustainable Communities after Disasters: Remote Islands investigates how we should respond. These are the stories of people for whom climate change is not a theoretical future, but a daily reality.
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