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Energy, Environment, Natural Resources and Business Competitiveness – The Fragility of Interdependence

Dimitris N. Chrafas

Every generation leaves both assets and liabilities to the next. Alert people can see we are going to leave our children and grandchildren with a nearly unsolvable test of energy supplies; waste polluting the air and water; and the appalling problem of a huge and uncontrollable explosion in world population. Energy, Environment, Natural Resources and Business Competitiveness addresses itself to those having a professional, academic or general interest in these issues: - Energy sources, their nature and contribution, - Environmental problems associated to power production and usage, - Financing and control of energy-related projects and processes, - Future direction of agriculture produce now used as energy, - Complex social and technical issues resulting from lack of family planning - and, therefore, of demands for energy, - Impact of energy and an exploding population on pollution, - Truth and hype about the most talked about environmental subjects. In this fourth book for Gower, Dimitris Chorafas reviews Europe, America and Asia’s energy needs in the coming decade, pointing out that current policies are inadequate at best, and more likely disastrous for the economy. Governments persist in having their own agenda and priorities as well as plenty of constraints and taboos, yet when he critically examines the challenges Dr Chorafas concludes that no government can solve all current energy problems by acting alone. The book confronts current thinking, and its after-effect on policies and practices. Readers accustomed to mainstream books and articles, which blame fossil fuels for a deteriorating world environment will find this a contrary opinion.

Securing and Sustaining The Olympic City – Reconfiguring London for 2012 and Beyond

Pete Fussey and Gary Armstrong

Often seen as the host nation’s largest ever logistical undertaking, accommodating the Olympics and its attendant security infrastructure brings seismic changes to both the physical and social geography of its destination. Since 1976, the defence of the spectacle has become the central feature of its planning, one that has assumed even greater prominence following the bombing of the 1996 Atlanta Games and, most importantly, 9/11. Indeed, the quintupled cost of securing the first post-9/11 summer Games in Athens demonstrates the considerable scale and complexity currently implicated in these operations. Such costs are not only fiscal. The Games stimulate a tidal wave of redevelopment ushering in new gentrified urban settings and an associated investment that may or may not soak through to the incumbent community. Given the unusual step of developing London’s Olympic Park in the heart of an existing urban milieu and the stated commitments to ‘community development’ and ‘legacy’, these constitute particularly acute issues for the 2012 Games. In addition to sealing the Olympic Park from perceived threats, 2012 security operations have also harnessed the administrative criminological staples of community safety and crime reduction to generate an ordered space in the surrounding areas. Of central importance here are the issues of citizenship, engagement and access in urban spaces redeveloped upon the themes of security and commerce. Through analysing the social and community impact of the 2012 Games and its security operation on East London, this book concludes by
considering the key debates as to whether utopian visions of legacy can be
sustained given the demands of providing a global securitised event of the
magnitude of the modern Olympics.

Developing a Plan for the Planet
Ian Chambers and John Humble
From flint chip to silicon chip - the major advances in medicine, food production, space travel and communication are achievements of which the human race can be truly proud. Whatever challenges we’ve faced in the past we have survived and prospered. However, there is a problem... The scale of the global issues we are facing today: unsustainable population growth; climate change; energy supplies; water and food supplies; planet sustainability and biodiversity; extreme poverty; global health; universal education; conflict management and financing sustainability are more daunting than ever. Nevertheless these issues must be addressed – and in a global, co-ordinated manner. Is there the required will, commitment and, in fact, capability to tackle these global challenges? We need to begin acting a lot smarter, and faster, if we are going to avert the potential devastating impacts on this planet. We can’t wait for the World Bank, National Governments or the UN to do it for us – we all need to follow a co-ordinated ‘business management’ approach to properly address them. That’s why the authors of Developing a Plan for the Planet outline an approach to achieving change which can be adopted and implemented at every level - government, business, community and as an individual.