Livres en VO

  • Avec presque 600 millions d'habitants exclus de tout service énergétique en Afrique subsaharienne, l'électrification rurale représente un enjeu majeur pour le développement du continent.
    Ce Livre Blanc a étudié 25 projets d énergie durable développés actuellement en Afrique et propose une analyse de leurs bonnes pratiques, pour comprendre quels sont les facteurs-clés de succès de ce type de projets.
    Cette version numérique est offerte par la Fondation Schneider Electric.

  • This book has been published by Allenvi (French National Alliance for Environmental Research) to coincide with the 22nd Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP22) in Marrakesh. It is the outcome of work by academic researchers on both sides of the Mediterranean and provides a remarkable scientific review of the mechanisms of climate change and its impacts on the environment, the economy, health and Mediterranean societies. It will also be valuable in developing responses that draw on "scientific evidence" to address the issues of adaptation, resource conservation, solutions and risk prevention. Reflecting the full complexity of the Mediterranean environment, the book is a major scientific contribution to the climate issue, where various scientific considerations converge to break down the boundaries between disciplines.

  • Urbanization is the one of the most evident forms of anthropization. With most of the world population living in cities, the need of thinking about a more sustainable urban lifestyle has become an imperative. This is why present and future generations of scholars, urban managers and policy makers should be prepared to work together to support the reduction of impacts generated by urban activities, while pursuing the goal of an equitable and sustainable well-being within the planetary boundaries. In this respect, the use of different methods and tools can support the implementation of roadmaps and policies. Besides that, different communication languages can be used to enhance the development of a shared reflective vision about the future of cities among citizens, as major actors of the urban life and its transformation.

    This book provides an accessible overview of some key methods to deal holistically with the analysis of urban resources flows to readers with an interest in the academic or professional reference of the different approaches for studying urban metabolism. It presents some of the most important tools along with relevant case studies to illustrate their potential application. Experts in the field and holding the belief that visions and hopes trigger decisions and behaviors beyond the knowledge, the authors introduce readers to the use of different art-based methods to engage with citizens towards a common outlook on the future of our cities. The book also offers an enhanced reading experience by featuring a soundtrack composed by one of the authors and available through the QR code at the beginning of each chapter.

  • Adapted from the famous Visual Dictionary, an international bestseller with more than 8 million copies sold, this new series of thematic and ultracompact books
    provides readers with a multitude of words and concepts that are encountered in everyday life.

    All the subjects are explained with highly realistic illustrations, accompanied by terminology and concise definitions produced by an experienced group of

  • This book, Plant Breeding, has it bases in an earlier text entitled An Introduction to Plant Breeding by Jack Brown and Peter Caligari, first published in 2008. The challenges facing today's plant breeders have never been more overwhelming, yet the prospects to contribute significantly to global food security and farmers' quality of life have never been more exciting and fulfilling.  Despite this there has been a worrying decline in public funding for plant breeding-related research and  support for international centers of germplasm development and crop improvement.   In part, this has resulted in a serious reduction in the number of young people interested in devoting their professional careers to plant breeding as well as the number of universities offering plant breeding courses or conducting relevant research in plant breeding.
    The authors' aim in writing this book is to provide an integrated and updated view of the current scientific progress related to diverse plant breeding disciplines, within the context of applied breeding programs.  This excellent new book will encourage a new generation of students to pursue careers related to plant breeding and will assist a wider audience of agricultural students, agronomists, policy makers and those with an interest in agriculture in gaining insight about the issues affecting plant breeding and its key role in improving the quality of life of people and in securing sufficient food, at the quality required and at an affordable price. With comprehensive coverage including questions designed for students, and an accompanying website containing additional material to help in the study of the subject, Plant Breeding is an ideal text for all those studying plant and crop sciences, and a convenient reference source for professionals working in the area. All libraries within universities and research establishments where biological and agricultural sciences are studied and taught should have multiple copies of this book.

  • One of the first textbooks in this emerging important field of ecology.
    Most of ecology is about metabolism: the ways that organisms use energy and materials. The energy requirements of individuals - their metabolic rates - vary predictably with their body size and temperature. Ecological interactions are exchanges of energy and materials between organisms and their environments. So metabolic rate affects ecological processes at all levels: individuals, populations, communities and ecosystems. Each chapter focuses on a different process, level of organization, or kind of organism. It lays a conceptual foundation and presents empirical examples. Together, the chapters provide an integrated framework that holds the promise for a unified theory of ecology. The book is intended to be accessible to upper-level undergraduate, and graduate students, but also of interest to senior scientists. Its easy-to-read chapters and clear illustrations can be used in lecture and seminar courses. Together they make for an authoritative treatment that will inspire future generations to study metabolic ecology.

  • Les documents manuscrits de la famille des Jussieu, professeurs de botanique au Jardin du Roy puis au Muséum d'histoire naturelle (1710-1853) ont été acquis en 1858 par le Muséum après la mort d'Adrien de Jussieu. Conservés à la Bibliothèque centrale du Muséum ils forment un fonds riche d'informations pour l'histoire des sciences, particulièrement celle du Jardin et celle de la Botanique. Parmi les plus anciens, se trouve un portefeuille contenant 98 dessins de champignons (en couleur), réalisés vers 1730, par Claude Aubriet (c. 1665-1742) sous la direction d'Antoine de Jussieu (1686- 1758). Claude Aubriet. peintre miniaturiste au Jardin du Roy. est connu pour la réalisation des illustrations des Elémens de botanique que publie Joseph Pitton de Tournefort (1656-1708) en 1694. Ces dessins sont loués pour leur précision par Carl von Linné lui-même. Les dessins de champignons par Aubriet furent exécutés à une période « clé » dans l'histoire de la mycologie, puisqu'en 1729. Pier Antonio Micheli publie dans son ouvrage fondamental (Novo plantarum généra) une étude précise des champignons, accompagnée d'excellentes gravures en noir et blanc. Les réalisations d'Aubriel souvent soignées et fidèles aux modèles, sont précieuses car les représentations en couleurs de champignons sont rarissimes avant la fin du xviiie siècle. Elles témoignent en outre du regard que l'on portait alors sur ces cryptogames, qui apparaissaient bien mystérieux du point de vue de leur organisation, de leur reproduction et. pour tout dire, de leur « existence » même. Cette publication intéressera vivement les mycologues et contribuera a faire connaître Claude Aubriet. En outre, elle souligne le rôle décisif que les illustrateurs scientifiques ont toujours joué au cours de l'histoire.

  • Paysages d'aujourd'hui / paysages d'autrefois : ce livre invite le lecteur à démêler leurs imbrications mouvantes, au coeur de grands enjeux de société dont témoigne ce patrimoine culturel que sont les paysages européens. Les 30 cas présentés font émerger la longue mémoire enfouie de l'histoire de l'Europe. L'ouvrage illustre aussi la pluralité des démarches de recherche et d'analyse, inséparables désormais des politiques de protection et de sauvegarde du patrimoine environnemental et paysager comme des pratiques de valorisation de ce bien culturel commun et non renouvelable.