Deserts (Biomes of the Earth)

By Michael Allaby

Offers the intricacies of the wilderness atmosphere, explaining how and why deserts shape, the place they're came across in the world, and their uncomplicated features. Chapter-by-chapter assurance describes the fauna of the desolate tract, the historical past of those habitats, the connection of humanity to the deserts, the weather of barren region components, and extra.

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Lakes and Rivers (Biomes of the Earth)

By Trevor Day

The geography and geology of lakes and rivers is an engaging topic. From plankton to greater fishes and natural world, rivers and lakes are wealthy with biodiversity. The earliest civilizations have been dependent round rivers, together with the Nile, Tigris and Euphrates, and Indus and Huang Ho valleys. Illustrating the actual geography, hydrology, ecology, and human use of those parts, "Lakes and Rivers" presents a great review of the previous, current, and way forward for those habitats. This quantity concludes with a dialogue of threats to rivers and lakes, resembling overharvesting, results of damming, pollutants, and weather swap, in addition to how one can deal with and shield those habitats.

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Environment. Peter H. Raven, Linda R. Berg, David M. Hassenzahl

By Peter H. Raven

The eight th variation of surroundings builds at the earlier complete, systems-based environmental technology factor with extra in-depth info on platforms method, which emphasizes the interconnected nature of environmental technological know-how in the course of the textual content. The ebook is much more reader-friendly built-in studying method designed to aid circulate from common ideas to express purposes and maintains to target foreign money. It provides the elemental proof, quite a few views on matters, and framework to assist readers succeed in their very own expert judgements in a altering industry.

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Diet for a Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What You Can Do about It

Beyond what we already learn about "food miles" and consuming in the neighborhood, the worldwide foodstuff procedure is an incredible contributor to weather swap, generating up to one-third of greenhouse fuel emissions. How we farm, what we consume, and the way our foodstuff will get to the desk all have an effect. And our govt and the foodstuff are willfully ignoring the difficulty instead of addressing it.

In Anna Lappé's arguable new e-book, she predicts that except we substantially shift the developments of what nutrients we are consuming and the way we are generating it, nutrients system-related greenhouse fuel emissions will cross up and up and up. She exposes the pursuits that might withstand the switch, and the spin foodstuff businesses will generate to prevent system-wide reform. and he or she deals a imaginative and prescient of a destiny within which our meals procedure does extra reliable than damage, with six rules for a weather pleasant nutrition in addition to visits to farmers who're demonstrating the possibility of sustainable farming.

In this measured and clever name to motion, Lappé is helping readers take into account that nutrients could be a robust start line for strategies to worldwide environmental problems.

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Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor

By Rob Nixon

The violence wrought by way of weather swap, poisonous glide, deforestation, oil spills, and the environmental aftermath of struggle happens progressively and infrequently invisibly. utilizing the cutting edge inspiration of "slow violence" to explain those threats, Rob Nixon makes a speciality of the inattention we've got paid to the attritional lethality of many environmental crises, against this with the sensational, spectacle-driven messaging that impels public activism at the present time. gradual violence, since it is so quite simply overlooked via a hard-charging capitalism, exacerbates the vulnerability of ecosystems and of people that are negative, disempowered, and sometimes involuntarily displaced, whereas fueling social conflicts that come up from desperation as life-sustaining stipulations erode.

In a publication of outstanding scope, Nixon examines a cluster of writer-activists affiliated with the environmentalism of the terrible within the international South. via drawing close environmental justice literature from this transnational standpoint, he exposes the restrictions of the nationwide and native frames that dominate environmental writing. And via skillfully illuminating the concepts those writer-activists install to provide dramatic visibility to environmental emergencies, Nixon invitations his readers to interact with essentially the most urgent demanding situations of our time.

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Reconstructing Sustainability Science: Knowledge and action for a sustainable future (The Earthscan Science in Society Series)

The becoming urgency, complexity and "wickedness" of sustainability problems―from weather swap and biodiversity loss to surroundings degradation and chronic poverty and inequality―present basic demanding situations to medical wisdom creation and its use. whereas there's no doubt that technological know-how has a very important function to play in our skill to pursue sustainability pursuits, severe questions stay as to the best way to so much successfully manage learn and fasten it to activities that boost social and average health.

Drawing on interviews with best sustainability scientists, this ebook examines how researchers within the rising, interdisciplinary box of sustainability technological know-how are trying to outline sustainability, determine learn agendas, and hyperlink the information they produce to societal motion. Pairing those insights with case reviews of leading edge sustainability examine centres, the publication reformulates the sustainability technology learn time table and its courting to decision-making and social motion. It repositions the sector as a "science of layout" that goals to complement public reasoning and deliberation whereas additionally operating to generate social and technological options for a extra sustainable destiny.

This well timed e-book provides scholars, researchers and practitioners a necessary and special research of the emergence of sustainability technological know-how, and either the possibilities and boundaries confronted via medical efforts to give a contribution to social motion.

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The Energy of Slaves: Oil and the New Servitude

By the winner of the Rachel Carson setting publication Award

Ancient civilizations depended on shackled human muscle. It took the strength of slaves to plant plants, dress emperors, and construct towns. Nineteenth-century slaveholders seen critics as hostilely as oil businesses and governments now regard environmentalists. but the abolition circulate had an invisible best friend: coal and oil. because the world's such a lot flexible employees, fossil fuels replenished slavery's ranks with combustion engines and different labor-saving instruments. on the grounds that then, affordable oil has reworked politics, economics, technology, agriculture, or even our notion of happiness. Many North american citizens this day stay as extravagantly as Caribbean plantation proprietors. We believe entitled to surplus power and rationalize inequality, even barbarity, to get it. yet never-ending progress is an illusion.

What we want, Andrew Nikiforuk argues during this provocative new ebook, is an intensive emancipation circulation that ends our master-and-slave method of power. We needs to discover ways to use power on an ethical, simply, and really human scale.

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David Suzuki's Green Guide

By David R. Boyd

Everyone is aware that the planet is in difficulty, yet is there an answer? This well timed e-book identifies the best methods participants could be extra eco-friendly in 4 key components: domestic, shuttle, nutrients, and consumerism. It additionally describes how voters can make sure that governments take the activities essential to make sustainable life the norm rather than the exception. Environmental legal professional David Boyd and celebrated ecologist David Suzuki offer very important advice for selecting a house, making a fit indoor surroundings, and lowering strength and water use — and application accounts. They speak about what readers can do to force and fly much less, profile the main environmentally pleasant transportation offerings, and clarify how you can buy carbon credit, between different feedback. moreover, they give basic adjustments contributors could make of their nutrition to devour more energizing, tastier, more healthy nutrients. incorporated too is worthwhile suggestion approximately the way to purchase fewer issues and stay away from poisonous patron products.

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Natural History of San Francisco Bay (California Natural History Guides)

By Ariel Rubissow Okamoto

This entire primer on San Francisco Bay is a multifaceted exploration of a rare, and remarkably resilient, physique of water. Bustling with oil tankers, laced with toxins, and crowded with forty-six towns, the bay continues to be domestic to fit eelgrass beds, younger Dungeness crabs and sharks, and hundreds of thousands of waterbirds. Written in an interesting kind for a large viewers, Natural historical past of San Francisco Bay delves into an array of subject matters together with fish and flora and fauna, ocean and weather cycles, endangered and invasive species, and the trail from industrialization to environmental recovery. greater than sixty scientists, activists, and source managers proportion their perspectives and describe their work—tracing mercury during the aquatic surroundings, discovering how you can convert salt ponds again to tidal wetlands, looking forward to the repercussions of weather switch, and extra. totally illustrated and choked with tales, rates, and proof, the advisor additionally tells how San Francisco Bay sparked an environmental circulation that now reaches around the country.

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