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By Karen Bakker. 2007
As the sustainability of our natural resources is increasingly questioned, Canadians remain stubbornly convinced of the unassailability of our water.… The country's top water experts were assembled to discuss our most pressing issues, from a broad range of perspectives. Arguing that weak governance is at the heart of the problem, key failings are identified and solutions are presented for protecting out most important resource. 2007.
By David T Suzuki. 1998
Suzuki illustrates the continuing need for the preservation of nature through a collection of his newspaper articles and essays. He… covers topics such as the economy, globalization, political shortsightedness, local initiatives and children. He points the way towards a slower way of life that keeps us in tune with the Earth and its riches. 1998.
By Isaac Asimov. 1974
By Richard Goldstein. 2001
A dramatic moment-by-moment account of the crash that caused the sinking of the "Andrea Doria" and the remarkable rescue of… all but 46 of the ship's 1662 passengers and crew, widely known as the greatest sea rescue of all time. 2001.
By David Philpott. 1985
The author, head of a billion-dollar corporation, left his old life and set out alone in a 30-foot sailboat. He… travelled from Halifax to Bermuda and into the open Atlantic where his boat was wrecked in a storm. 1985.
By Harold Andrew Horwood. 1987
Beginning with a natural history of the Annapolis Basin in Nova Scotia and an account of its earliest inhabitants, the… author describes his seasonal observations and uses them to reflect on the natural world and man's place in it. c1987.
By Rebecca Lerner. 2013
Forager-journalist Becky Lerner sets out on a quest to find her inner hunter-gatherer in the city of Portland, Oregon. After… a disheartening week trying to live off wild plants from the streets and parks near her home, she learns the ways of the first people who lived there and, along with a quirky cast of characters, discovers an array of useful wild plants hiding in plain sight. As she harvests them for food, medicine, and just-in-case apocalypse insurance, Lerner delves into anthropology, urban ecology and sustainability, and finds herself looking at Nature in a very different way. 2013.
By Delia Owens, Mark Owens. 1984
Adventurous story of two young American zoologists who come to study the wildlife in Kalahari in 1974 and stay for… seven years. The immediate area, a fossil riverbed, is their home from which they watch lions, hyenas, wild dogs, and antelopes. The Owenses' main purpose is to document how species adapt to the harsh terrain and how the drought affects ecosystems. 1984.
By Jean Silverwood, John Silverwood, Malcolm McConnell. 2008
When John and Jean Silverwood, both experienced sailors, decided to give their four children a taste of life on the… high seas, they hoped the trip would offer important learning experiences. But aboard their fifty-five-foot catamaran, the Silverwood family struggled with family and marriage dynamics in compressed quarters alongside the terrifying forces of nature. Then, just when it seemed that they had mastered every challenge, their world was shattered in a split second of sheer horror. 2008.
By Judith Flanders. 2017
Nearly everything you know about Christmas is wrong. Do you think the proclaimed war on Christmas is a recent occurrence?… Do you think Santa is Dutch, or that his red suit was brought to you courtesy of Coca-Cola? Or are you merely dreaming of a Christmas like the one you used to know? You aren't alone: thirty years after the first recorded Christmas, a fourth-century archbishop was already complaining that his flock was spending the day dancing and feasting, not in religious observance. By 1616, the playwright Ben Jonson was nostalgically reminiscing about the vastly better Christmases in the old days. Some traditions of Christmas are relatively new--who would have thought gift-wrap was a novelty of the twentieth century? That the first holiday parade was neither at Macy's, nor even in the United States? Other elements, however, have been around for a surprisingly long time. The first known gag holiday giftbook, The Boghouse Miscellany, was advertised in the 1760s, while in 1805, the leaders of the Lewis and Clark expedition exchanged--what else?--presents of underwear and socks. Christmas is different things to different people: a religious festival for some, a family celebration for others, or perhaps simply a time of seasonal eating and drinking. In Christmas: A Biography, historian Judith Flanders casts a sharp eye over the myths, legends, and history that make up the holiday to show us the season as it really is, but rarely how it is understood. 2017. Feast of the circumcision or Holy Name of Jesus -- Twelfth Night -- Epiphany -- Candlemas -- Lady day -- Midsummer -- Michaelmas -- All Saints' Day -- All Souls' Day -- St Martin -- St. Nicholas -- St Lucy of Syracuse -- St Thomas the Apostle -- Christmas day -- St Stephen -- St John the Evangelist -- Feast of the Holy Innocents -- Sylvester.
By Maude Barlow. 2007
Barlow wants nations to define the world's fresh water as a human right rather than a commercial product, as she… notes that a handful of multinational water companies, abetted by World Bank monetary policies and United Nations political timidity, are bidding for the complete commodification of formerly public water resources. Barlow calls for private citizens and nongovernmental organizations to challenge corporate control of water delivery, agitate for equitable access to clean water, and confront the reality that freshwater supplies are dwindling. Sequel to "Blue gold". 2007.
By Jared M Diamond. 2005
Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Guns, Germs, and Steel" presents a comparative study of societies that have collapsed from ecological problems.… Studies ancient civilizations including the Maya and the Anasazi as well as modern countries like Haiti and Rwanda and proposes global solutions. Bestseller. 2005.
By Bill Streever. 2009
From avalanches to glaciers, seals to snowflakes, and Shackleton's expedition to "The Year Without Summer," Streever journeys through history, myth,… geography, and ecology in a year-long search for cold, real, icy, 40-below cold. He finds it while taking a dip in a 35-degree Arctic swimming hole, excavating our planet's ancient and not so ancient ice ages, and exploring hibernation habits in animals, from humans to wood frogs to bears. c009.
By Rory Storm. 2000
Planning on being a castaway somewhere? Then this guide is for you. Learn how to live off the land, find… food and shelter, and battle weather, poisonous plants and animals, and any other dangers you might encounter. Includes castaway stories, quizzes and brainteasers, and the recipe for cooked snake. Grades 3-6 and older readers. 2000.
By Marq De Villiers. 2015
Water is a renewable resource, but what are its limits? Between drawing down our resources of fresh water at ever-increasing… rates and continuing to pollute water that should have been cleaned up decades ago, are we entering upon a global crisis? Is water a human right? Who owns water? Who is responsible for keeping it clean and ensuring it gets to the people who need it most? Is privatization of ownership and supply networks an unmitigated evil? Assesses the state of water on Earth today and looks at the ways its use and abuse encompasses intersections between our daily personal water use, agriculture, energy policy, climate change, national security, and global conflicts. Follow-up to de Villiers' book "Water". 2015.
By Gary S Ross. 1992
When Murray Hill retired from the circus, he sold his elephants to Dick Drake, but "repossessed" them when he discovered… that Drake was abusing the animals. Over the next 5 years, Murray put all his energy and ingenuity into hiding the elephants from Drake and the FBI. Strong language.
By Larry Verstraete. 2009
A young man in Nunavut fights off a polar bear to save his friend, a Canadian peacekeeper in the Congo… risks his own life to save those of stranded tourists, and ordinary people show extraordinary character during the Halifax Explosion, the Holocaust, Hurricane Katrina, the Tiananmen Square protests, and September 11, 2001. Over twenty true-life stories about life-threatening situations and the wrenching choices made by the people facing them. Winner of the 2010 Silver Birch Award for Non-fiction. Grades 5-8. Some descriptions of violence. 2009.
By Brian Jones, Bertrand Piccard. 1999
An account of the first nonstop balloon flight to circle the globe. The authors describe their liftoff in Switzerland in… March 1999, their record-setting journey, and their landing in the Egyptian desert. Discussion includes equipment used and crises encountered, with revelations of the personal quirks of the two adventurers. 1999.
By Jan Wong. 2017
Jan Wong knows food is better when shared, so when she set out to write a book about home cooking… in France, Italy, and China, she asked her 22-year-old son, Sam, to join her. While he wasn't keen on spending excessive time with his mom, he dreamed of becoming a chef. Ultimately, it was an opportunity he couldn't pass up. On their journey, Jan and Sam live and cook with locals, seeing how globalization is changing food, families, and cultures. In southeast France, they move in with a family sheltering undocumented migrants. From Bernadette, the housekeeper, they learn classic French family fare such as blanquette de veau. In a hamlet in the heart of Italy's Slow Food country, the locals teach them how to make authentic spaghetti alle vongole and a proper risotto with leeks. In Shanghai, they cook firecracker chicken and scallion pancakes with the nouveaux riches and their migrant maids, who are part of the biggest demographic shift in world history. Along the way, mother and son explore their sometimes-fraught relationship, uniting--and occasionally clashing--over their mutual love of cooking. 2017.
By Ann Vanderhoof. 2005
Ann and Steve were driven professionals desperate for a break, so they quit their jobs and set sail for the… Caribbean on a two-year voyage of culinary and cultural discovery. They dropped anchor in 16 countries, where they explored secluded beaches, shopped lively local markets, hiked, fished, and adapted to life on "island time". Includes recipes of the dishes they encountered, such as cracked conch, curried lobster and papaya salsa. 2005.