Editorial Advisory Board’s ‘Recommended Read’ – September 2018

This month, our Editorial Advisory Board member Sukanchan Palit has chosen his ‘Recommended Read’: the second of a two volume set published in November of last year by Carole LeBlanc entitled Demystifying Climate Risk Volume II: Industry and Infrastructure Implications. Sukanchan is a chemical engineer by training and profession, and is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, India.

Sukanchan obtained his BChE in Chemical Engineering in 1992 and his MChE in 1994 in chemical engineering, both from Jadavpur University, India. He has 23 years of experience in the fields of industry, teaching and research. His research areas are primarily in environmental engineering, advanced oxidation processes, multi-objective optimization, genetic algorithms, and other branches of chemical engineering.

We are offering all of our readers a 50% discount not only on Sukanchan’s choice, but also on Volume I of LeBlanc’s two volume set, Demystifying Climate Risk Volume I: Environmental, Health and Societal Implications. To redeem your discount on both books, please enter the promotional code EABSEP18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 1st October 2018.

Sukanchan Palit’s ‘Recommended Read’:

Demystifying Climate Risk Volume II: Industry and Infrastructure Implications

Editor: Carole LeBlanc

Sukanchan_PalitThis book is a distillation of the First Annual International Technical Workshop on Climate Risk held in 2016 in Wells, Maine, USA. The volume’s premise is that, long before the 2015 Paris Agreement, many professionals from diverse fields were working to solve the problems of human-caused climate change. It analyses and speculates on the future of climate change, industry, and infrastructure.


“The world of environmental engineering and environmental protection today stands in the midst of deep scientific fortitude and vast scientific introspection. Water purification, drinking water treatment, and industrial wastewater treatment are the utmost needs of scientific progress today. In this book, edited by Carole LeBlanc, the authors deeply and poignantly depict the devastation caused by climate change and global warming. They pointedly focus on the necessity of demystifying climate change risk as part of the wider project of furthering global science and engineering. As a whole, the book thus reviews and contributes to the necessity of developing sound engineering tools to tackle climate change, unfolding the intricacies of global warming, climate change, and ecological biodiversity loss as it does so. Globally, developing countries are at a critical juncture – suffering immense devastation due to climate change, water shortages, and a lack of sustainable development. The challenges of this juncture, as well as possible paths out of it, are depicted in detail in this book.”

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Book Review: Guidelines for Native Seed Production and Grassland Restoration

Guidelines for Native Seed Production and Grassland Restoration, published in 2014 by Cambridge Scholars, has been noted in the latest issue of Conservation Biology. The commentary on the book is available here, and a brief excerpt is reproduced below.

“The best practice examples from Europe and the United States in the book indicate the advantages of using native plant material of regional provenance for ecological restoration in a variety of ecosystems. Although restoration approaches can be generalized only so far, thewide range of restoration goals and measures together with the guidelines for successful implementation of restoration projects provide a good starting point for those wishing to engage in seed-based restoration.”

The book can be purchased directly from Cambridge Scholars by clicking here.

Book Review: Calculus in Plant Science

This book is a collection of examples related to plant science. The book shows the reader how to calculate a broad range of tasks following from real scientific measurements, e.g. the rate of photosynthesis, water potential in plants, or the rate of sugar consumption during respiration. Each example has an assignment containing all the necessary data and a short response describing the calculation procedure. Each result is highlighted. All assignments and calculation procedures are clear and easy to understand. The book contains seven chapters focused on subcellular processes, water relation, photosynthesis, nitrogen metabolism, respiration, the effect of plant hormones, and other tasks combining all processes together. Appendices describe the used formulas in detail. I appreciate the variability of examples covering all topics of plant physiology, from the molecular level to the ecosystem level. In my opinion, Appendix IV, describing energy and gas fluxes, might be another full chapter with exercises to show problems in calculations on a global scale. The book is a good collection of exercises for students to illustrate fascinating physiological processes in plants. Some results are breathtaking even for a scientist focused on plant biology.

I highly recommend the book Calculus in Plant Science to all teachers and students in universities as a good text to compliment lectures on plant physiology. It will also be useful for research scientists to read this book in order to critically consider all biological processes.

Reviewed by Sylva Prerostova
Institute of Experimental Botany
Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague

Calculus in Plant Science is available now from Cambridge Scholars, and can be purchased by clicking here.

The Philosophical Roots of the Ecological Crisis: Descartes and the Modern Worldview

The Philosophical Roots of the Ecological Crisis: Descartes and the Modern Worldview now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

Hardback, pp409, £64.99 / $99.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of The Philosophical Roots of the Ecological Crisis: Descartes and the Modern Worldview by Joshtrom Isaac Kureethadam.

The Philosophical Roots of the Ecological Crisis: Descartes and the Modern Worldview traces the conceptual sources of the present environmental degradation within the worldview of Modernity, and particularly within the thought of René Descartes, universally acclaimed as the father of modern philosophy. The book demonstrates how the triple foundations of the Modern worldview – in terms of an exaggerated anthropocentrism, a mechanistic conception of the natural world, and the metaphysical dualism between humanity and the rest of the physical world – can all be largely traced back to Cartesian thought, with direct ecological consequences.
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Call for Papers: Web of Knowledge: A look into the Past, embracing the Future (17-19 May, 2018)

Web of  Knowledge: A look into the Past, embracing the Future

17-19 MAY 2018


The International Multidisciplinary Congress – Web of Knowledge: A look into the Past, embracing the Future will be held by IHC-CEHFCiHERCULES and CIDEHUS, Universidade de Évora, the special stakeholder, between 17-19 May 2018 in Évora, Portugal. The Congress will also have the scientific support of CESEM, CHAIA, ICAAM, and ICT.

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Book Announcement: Philosophy of Mind: Contemporary Perspectives

Philosophy of Mind: Contemporary Perspectives now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

Hardback, pp397, £64.99 / $109.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Philosophy of Mind: Contemporary Perspectives, edited by Manuel Curado and Steven S. Gouveia.

The human mind is one of the most extraordinary mysteries of the contemporary sciences and philosophy. We know for sure that we have one, and that we have feelings and conscious experience. But why is that? This anthology addresses contemporary issues in the field of study that is the philosophy of mind. It is divided into five main parts: i) the concept of Self in the contemporary philosophy of mind; ii) sensory experience: odors, vision and colors; iii) Artificial Intelligence: the future, the ethics and the costs; iv) the relationship between neuroscience and philosophy; and, finally, v) the influences and history of the philosophy of mind. This book will be useful for specialists of the field, but also for others who are interested in some of the more updated sciences of the mind. Continue reading

Book Announcement: Patents and Climate Change: There’s No Place Like Home

Patents and Climate Change: There’s No Place Like Home now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

Hardback, pp135, £58.99 / $99.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Patents and Climate Change: There’s No Place Like Home by Michael J. Dochniak.

After 4.5 billion years of change, is the planet Earth a complex and delicate ecosystem? It is well-known that some human activities may be part of a climate-change process that affects global warming. Environmental scientists continue to make substantial progress in advancing our understanding of how such activities affect climate change. Since the year 1989, hundreds of global-warming related patents have been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. This original and important book thus provides an easy-to-read summary of such patents. Within many of the summaries, there are inventor profiles and news articles that are insightful and thought-provoking. Pioneering inventors hail from many locations including Brazil, Great Britain, India, Japan, Mexico, and Taiwan. At the beginning of several chapters, contradictory opinions on climate change are provided in the form of quotes. Chapter Seven offers an example of a fascinating application that failed to gain US patent protection. In the final chapter, several significant climate-change issues that continue to be addressed are outlined. Continue reading