Paper $33.95 ISBN: 9781783603848 Published April 2015 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781783603855 Published April 2015 For sale in North and South America only

Breathing Space

The Natural and Unnatural History of Air

Mark Everard

Breathing Space

Mark Everard

Distributed for Zed Books

192 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2015
Paper $33.95 ISBN: 9781783603848 Published April 2015 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781783603855 Published April 2015 For sale in North and South America only
Air is vital to human existence—it protects us from radiation, maintains climate and weather patterns, disperses seeds and pollen, and serves as an alternative energy source. Despite all of this, air remains neglected in environmental policy, with its ownerless, borderless nature making it difficult to campaign and legislate.
Breathing Space is the first book to properly integrate air into the wider environmental discourse. Mark Everard assesses the atmosphere’s structure and its role within our overall environment and argues persuasively for the necessity of governments’ and activists’ recognition of air as a vital resource, as well as the dire need for more effective worldwide policies on air regulation. This work is long overdue and a must-read for scholars, environmental activists, and anyone interested environmental policy.

1. Air and the making of the atmosphere
2. Living in a bubble
3. What does air do for us?
4. Abuses of the air
5. Managing our impacts on air
6. Thinking in a connected way
7. Rediscovering our place in the breathing space
8. Resolution for integrated management of the air space
Annex : Ecosystem services and the Ecosystem Approach

Review Quotes
Jonathon Porritt, founder and director of Forum for the Future
Breathing Space is a revelation, laying bare the science and cultural significance of that one part of the natural world we take most for granted. Mark Everard brings a lifetime's experience to bear in urging us to think more systemically about 'this great connector,' and to get our act together in sorting out the multiple abuses of the atmosphere that continue to this day.”

Mike Childs, head of science, policy and research at Friends of the Earth
“Everard takes us on a journey of atmospheric rivers, jet streams and giant dragonflies. He shows that ecosystem services must be put at the heart of our planning system if we are to protect the habitats we all rely on. This book is an important read for decision-makers at all levels because, as Everard makes clear, protecting the atmosphere is crucial to everything we do.”

Roger Timmis, University of Lancaster
Breathing Space provides a clear overview of the atmosphere and of how we use it, abuse it and need to safeguard it. It explains how the atmosphere and air pollution work, and their place in history, philosophy and culture. This is an excellent and thought-provoking book that celebrates the atmosphere as a key service provider to people and planet Earth.”

John Merefield, University of Exeter
“For too long, our airspace has been overlooked unless it pollutes, but no longer, now that Mark Everard's engaging book is on the scene. It places air at the heart of an ecosystem of interconnected human interactions and biodiversity. Rules that shape our treatment of air need to change urgently and this book challenges us with a blueprint to do it. Essential reading for environmental students and practitioners alike.”

James Longhurst, University of the West of England
Breathing Space considers air and the atmosphere as a contiguous ecosystem interdependent with all life forms. This is novel and important, particularly in recognizing that humanity—including economic activity—is increasingly modifying natural processes vital for our continuing health. Breathing Space offers unique insights into the interdependent workings of this atmospheric ocean, our uses and abuses of it, and the means for interacting with it more sustainably.”

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