Half Earth of Whole Earth?

Bram Büscher

New paper out in Oryx:

Half-Earth or Whole Earth? Radical ideas for conservation, and their implications

Abstract

We question whether the increasingly popular, radical idea of turning half the Earth into a network of protected areas is either feasible or just. We argue that this Half-Earth plan would have widespread negative consequences for human populations and would not meet its conservation objectives. It offers no agenda for managing biodiversity within a human half of Earth. We call instead for alternative radical action that is both more effective and more equitable…

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List of OA journals in geography, political ecology, and various social sciences

Resourceful!

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last update: 27/2/2017

“…….So things might have happily continued, had not the corporate interests within this limited, subsidised economy pushed journal subscription prices to the point where access to the knowledge went into a state of decline, at a time when new publishing technologies enabled researchers to take publishing back into their own hands. These new technologies have been used to demonstrate how access can be greatly increased, improving the circulation of knowledge, restoring the researcher’s control of knowledge, and extending its value as a public good by making it far more widely available.” Willinsky J. 2003. The Nine Flavours of Open Access Scholarly Publishing . J Postgrad Med  49:263-7.

Academics write most of their work in journals. Journals should publish and curate good quality work, but unfortunately the majority are also used to make money for commercial publishers. This is not a win-win situation. Corporate profits are frequently high because companies…

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Upcoming Events: Pre-ISA 2017 Convention and ISA 2017 Convention

On February 3rd 2017, the University of Massachusetts’ Boston campus will host a Pre-ISA (International Studies Association) 2017 convention event.  ISA is “the premier organization for connecting scholars and practitioners in fields of international studies since 1959” (http://www.isanet.org/). The 2017 ISA Convention will be held in Baltimore, MD between February 22nd and February 25th. Read more about the Pre-ISA event here and ISA 2017 convention here.