Shifting Baselines. The Past and the Future of Ocean Fisheries.Jackson, J. B. C., K. E. Alexander, and E.Sala, editors. 2011. Island Press, Washington, D.C. 284 pp. $35 (paperback). ISBN 978-1-61091-001-9.
Ecologists and historians, in an all-too-rare collaboration, combine their perspectives to explore the significance of the shifting-baselines paradigm in a set of studies that cover most of the world's major oceans.
The Failure of Environmental Education and How We Can Fix It. Saylan, C., and D. T. Blumstein. 2011. University of California Press, Berkeley, CA. 247 pp. $24.95 (paperback). ISBN 978-0-520-26539-4.
If the last decades of environmental education had worked, then we might not be facing the current environmental crises of climate change and loss of biological diversity. This manifesto lays out a positive and proactive program for overhauling current environmental education that includes multidisciplinary teaching, cultivation of scientific and civic literacy, stimulation of community engagement, fostering of an understanding of moral systems, and reinforcing of an appreciation of aesthetics.
Handbook of the Mammals of the World. Volume 2. Hoofed Mammals. Wilson, D. E., and R. A. Mittermeier. 2011. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona, Spain. ISBN 978-84-96553-77-4.
The second volume in what will eventually be an eight-volume set, this sumptuously illustrated book, with accounts by 29 authors, covers all the hoofed mammals of the world with succinct, heavily illustrated, and well-referenced accounts.
Sustainable Development in Practice. Lessons Learned from Amazonas. Viana, V. 2010. International Institute for Environment and Development, London, United Kingdom. 60 pp. $25 (paperback). ISBN 978-1-843-69773-2.
Not many scientists enter government and write about it. This short book recounts the experiences of one such person who, as state secretary for Environment and Sustainable Development for the Brazilian State of Amazonas, worked to reverse the practice of viewing forests as sources of problems to viewing forests as sources of solutions.
Taking Stock of Nature. Participatory Biodiversity Assessment for Policy, Planning and Practice.Lawrence, A., editor. 2010. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, U.K. $105 (hardcover). ISBN 978-0-521-87681-0.
Data demands for conservation and sustainable-use of natural resources are increasing, and calls for broader public participation are increasing, but funding is decreasing. Proposed solutions to these challenges are spelled out in a set of case studies on the systematic incorporation of nonscientists in assessment, monitoring, and evaluation of resource-management and conservation projects.