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By David Kitchen. 2024
Earth’s climate is changing. This book investigates the scientific, environmental, social, political, and economic aspects of climate change. It enables…students to reach an informed opinion and encourages active engagement in finding solutions. It begins with a strong introduction to the scientific factors that drive natural and anthropogenic climate change and expands over three chapters to explore the impact of greenhouse gases on the distribution of solar energy across land, sea, ice, and air. The author examines geologically ancient climates in order to highlight possible future scenarios, and case studies from around the world highlight the impact of climate change on the physical and human environment. The final chapters investigate how society can respond to the challenges of climate change and overcome the political, social, and economic factors that are barriers to progress, focusing on the role of energy policy, fiscal policy, and risk assessment as a means to stimulate discussion about science, society, and the role of the media. Science is the foundation of any solution, but to turn this knowledge into action requires the application of a broad set of skills that are rooted in the liberal arts experience such as critical thinking, analytical thinking, problem solving, and communication. This textbook will be an essential resource for students taking courses in environmental geography, climate change, natural hazards, climatology, and meteorology.
By Tristan Gooley. 2023
&“Reams of appealing facts make one itch to get outside and right up close to trees&’ rough surfaces and shady…cover.&”—The AtlanticNew York Times–bestselling author Tristan Gooley opens our eyes to the secret language of trees—and the natural wonders they reveal all around us Trees are keen to tell us so much. They&’ll tell us about the land, the water, the people, the animals, the weather, and time. And they will tell us about their lives, the good bits and bad. Trees tell a story, but only to those who know how to read it. In How to Read a Tree, Gooley uncovers the clues hiding in plain sight: in a tree&’s branches and leaves; its bark, buds, and flowers; even its stump. Leaves with a pale, central streak mean that water is nearby. Young, low-growing branches show that a tree is struggling. And reddish or purple bark signals new growth. Like snowflakes, no two trees are exactly the same. Every difference reveals the epic story this tree has lived—if we stop to look closely.
By Kari Percival. 2022
Say "hello" to worms, dirt, peas, and more in this gentle how-to guide for connecting with nature.* Winner of the…EZRA JACK KEATS WRITER AWARD* An ALA Notable Children&’s Book * A CLEL Bell Award WinnerThe beautiful simplicity of a garden is depicted through digital woodcut illustrations and engaging nonfiction text presented as a series of sweet questions and gentle replies. Less of a traditional how-to and more of a how-to-appreciate, this soothingly sparse text paints an inviting and accessible picture of what a garden offers. And with an all-child cast, the absence of an adult presence empowers readers to view the garden and its creatures through their own eyes, driven by curiosity and wonder.This delightful book embodies the magic of gardening and encourages all readers, from those who LOVE the outdoors to those with hesitation, to interact with nature at their own, comfortable pace.
By Steven C. Levi. 2011
The true story of a mysterious shipwreck during the Klondike gold rush. In early February 1898, witnesses reported a…giant orange fireball reflected in the glacial waters of Alaska&’s Lynn Canal. At the height of Klondike gold fever, the Clara Nevada disappeared into an epic storm, taking passengers and priceless cargo with her. Was the explosion an accident—or a robbery gone wrong? Did Captain C.H. Lewis make off with $165,000—$13.6 million in today&’s currency—in raw gold? Or was the sinking simply a case of a sea-weary steamer meeting an untimely end? Alaska historian Steven C. Levi combs the archives to piece together the true account of the Clara Nevada&’s final voyage, attempting to solve the riddle of the lost steamer that resurfaced ten years after that tragic night and became known as Alaska&’s ghost ship.
By Dr Sarah Edwards. 2023
Since the beginning of humanity's existence, plants have provided us with everything we need for our survival - they sustain…us with air to breathe, food to eat, materials to make clothes and shelter with, and medicine to treat and prevent disease. Their beauty can also enhance our mood and provide spiritual and emotional nourishment.Western science has 'discovered' and named innumerable plant species over the course of its colonial history. To many Indigenous peoples, however, plants have been recognised for centuries as sentient beings, imbued with spirit and agency to help humanity. Publishing in partnership with the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, The Ethnobotanical offers a unique and beautiful perspective on plants and their roles in the lives of peoples from across the planet.
By Aimee Nezhukumatathil. 2020
Poet shares twenty-eight essays exploring the impact of plants and animals on her perceptions of the world. In "Catalpa Tree,"…she reflects on growing up brown in a predominantly white town and the racism her mother experienced. Other species include the narwhal, axolotl, corpse flower, dragon fruit, and southern cassowary. 2020
Author and illustrator of bird guides presents a guide for birders and non-birders to better understand what common birds are…doing and why. Questions answered include whether birds can smell, is the cardinal you see feeding the same as last year, and do robins "hear" worms. 2020
By Stacy McAnulty, Nicole Miles. 2022
By Lorene Edwards Forkner. 2021
"You can grow beautiful, healthy, delicious veggies and herbs right from the start--just follow the trustworthy advice found in |The…Beginner's Guide to Growing Great Vegetables|. Expert gardener Lorene Edwards Forkner shares all the information you need to create a thriving garden, from facts about soil and sun to tips on fertilizing, mulching, and watering. Regional planting charts show what to plant when, and a month-by-month planner takes you from January through December. Profiles of popular edibles explain exactly how to plant, care for, and harvest your bounty. Whether your garden grows in the ground, on a balcony, or in containers on a sunny patio, this is your guide to grow-your-own success. Your backyard bounty awaits!" -- Provided by publisher
By N. Scott Momaday. 2020
"One of the most distinguished voices in American letters, N. Scott Momaday has devoted much of his life to celebrating…and preserving Native American culture, especially its oral tradition. A member of the Kiowa tribe, Momaday was born in Lawton, Oklahoma and grew up on Navajo, Apache, and Peublo reservations throughout the Southwest. It is a part of the earth he knows well and loves deeply. In Earth Keeper, he reflects on his native ground and its influence on his people. "When I think about my life and the lives of my ancestors," he writes, "I am inevitably led to the conviction that I, and they, belong to the American land. This is a declaration of belonging. And it is an offering to the earth." In this wise and wonderous work, Momaday shares stories and memories throughout his life, stories that have been passed down through generations, stories that reveal a profound spiritual connection to the American landscape and reverence for the natural world. He offers an homage and a warning. He shows us that the earth is a sacred place of wonder and beauty, a source of strength and healing that must be honored and protected before it's too late. As he so eloquently and simply reminds us, we must all be keepers of the earth." -- Provided by publisher
By Dorothy Brenner Francis. 2002
Learning that their family farm in the Loess Hills may be sold to a real estate developer, Chad and Megan…try to save the land as they learn more about the natural history of the area. For grades 3-6
By Dwight W Hoover, Dwight W. Hoover. 2007
By Al Burt. 1999
By Cornelia F. Mutel, Cornelia Fleischer Mutel. 2008
Botanist Thomas Macbride described Iowa in 1895 as an "emerald prairie" that "gleamed and shone to the horizon." That landscape…has vanished. Mutel portrays the history of the Iowa landscape and offers hope and sound suggestions for restoring the damaged landscape to the entire Corn Belt. Unrated
WINNER OF THE 2017 NASW SCIENCE IN SOCIETY JOURNALISM AWARD A FINALIST FOR THE 2017 PEN/E. O. WILSON LITERARY SCIENCE…WRITING AWARD LONGLISTED FOR THE ANDREW CARNEGIE MEDAL FOR EXCELLENCE A LIBRARY JOURNAL BEST SCIENCE BOOK OF THE YEAR &“[A] curiously edifying book.&” —The New York Times Book Review &“With the taut suspense of a spy novel, Voigt paints a vivid world of murder, black market deals, and habitat destruction surrounding a fish that's considered, ironically, to be a good-luck charm.&” —Discover &“[An] immensely satisfying story, full of surprises and suspense....Things get weird fast.&” —The Wall Street Journal An intrepid journalist&’s quest to find a wild Asian arowana—the world&’s most expensive aquarium fish—takes her on a global tour in this &“engaging tale of obsession and perseverance…and an enthralling look at the intersection of science, commercialism, and conservationism&” (Publishers Weekly, starred review).A young man is murdered for his pet fish. An Asian tycoon buys a single specimen for $150,000. Meanwhile, a pet detective chases smugglers through the streets of New York. With &“the taut suspense of a spy novel&” (Discover) The Dragon Behind the Glass tells the story of a fish like none other. Treasured as a status symbol believed to bring good luck, the Asian arowana, or &“dragon fish,&” is a dramatic example of a modern paradox: the mass-produced endangered species. While hundreds of thousands are bred in captivity, the wild fish as become a near-mythical creature. From the South Bronx to Borneo and beyond, journalist Emily Voigt follows the trail of the arowana to learn its fate in nature. &“A fresh, lively look at an obsessive desire to own a piece of the wild&” (Kirkus Reviews), The Dragon Behind the Glass traces our fascination with aquarium fish back to the era of exploration when naturalists stood on the cutting edge of modern science. In an age when freshwater fish now comprise one of the most rapidly vanishing groups of animals, Voigt unearths a surprising truth behind the arowana&’s rise to fame—one that calls into question how we protect the world&’s rarest species. &“Not since Candace Millard published The River of Doubt has the world of the Amazon, Borneo, Myanmar, and other exotic locations been so colorfully portrayed as it is now in Emily Voigt&’s The Dragon Behind the Glass…a must-read&” (Library Journal, starred review).
Geohazards: Analysis, Modelling and Forecasting (Advances in Natural and Technological Hazards Research #53)
By Parveen Kumar, Sandeep, Himanshu Mittal, Roshan Kumar. 2023
This book presents a comprehensive analysis of diverse aspects of geohazards. The growing vulnerability and exposure to failures in risk…reduction and policy-making increases the severity of geohazard impacts by many folds. Therefore, detailed geohazard analysis, modelling and forecasting are needed to reduce the impacts of extreme events.An interdisciplinary approach to hazard mitigation provides an advanced tool for risk reduction. The book thus summarizes recent modelling and analysis techniques for hazard assessment and risk mitigation. Topics discussed in the book are hazard and risk associated with earthquakes, vulnerability assessment for landslides and avalanches, the assessment of tsunami risk in coastal regions, the implementation of early warning systems to prevent catastrophic consequences, climate change risk modelling and risk communication. The convergent approach with the aspects of natural, engineering, and social sciences attracts a vast audience working to advance disaster science. This book also significantly facilitates the acquisition of policy-relevant knowledge for risk reduction, which is beneficial to the general public.
How Does Chocolate Taste on Everest?: Explore Earth's Most Extreme Places Through Sight, Sound, Smell, Touch, and Taste
By Leisa Stewart-Sharpe. 2023
An immersive round-the-world adventure, where YOU are the explorer experiencing the most extreme places on earth and doing it all…through your five senses.Have you ever wondered what the buzz of the rain forest sounds like on a trek through the Amazon? Or how it feels to experience the biting cold as you voyage across Antarctica? Or how chocolate tastes on Mount Everest? From every heart-bursting sight to tummy-lurching smell, you will experience them all–and do so without having to leave the comforts of your couch.This funny and fast-paced interactive thrill ride that young adventure-seekers are sure to enjoy is chock-full of facts, history, and survival tips peppered on every page.
By John Williams, Suzanne Simpson. 2023
This vibrant, informative guide shows the unexpected and amazing nature in Houston and the surrounding area just waiting to be…explored. Houston is more than just a bustling metroplex, it's full of amazing wildlife. You just need to know where to find it! Equal parts natural history, field guide, and trip planner, Wild Houston has something for everyone. This handy yet extensive guide looks at the factors that shape local nature and profiles over 100 local species, from the Barred Owl and the Western Rat Snake to the Houston Burrowing Crayfish, the Rainbow Scareb, and the Nine-banded Armadillo. Also included are descriptions of day trips that help you explore natural wonders on hiking trails, in public parks, and in your own backyard.
By Eric Lee-Mäder. 2023
Delve into this fascinating appreciation of milkweed, an often-overlooked plant, and discover an amazing range of insects and organisms that…depend on it as the seasons unfold, with this collaboration between a noted ecologist and an award-winning botanical illustrator. Ecologist Eric Lee-Mäder and noted botanical artist Beverly Duncan have teamed up to create this unique exploration of the complex ecosystem that is supported by the remarkable milkweed plant, often over-looked or dismissed as a roadside weed. With stunning, up-close illustrations and engaging text, they trace every stage of the plant's changes and evolutions throughout the seasons, including germination, growth, flowering, and seed development. Simultaneously, they chronicle the lives of the many creatures whose lives are intertwined with the milkweed: monarch butterflies; soldier and queen butterflies; milkweed tussock moths; large and small milkweed bugs; milkweed weevils; bumble bees; goldfinches; and more. The delightful illustrations and illuminating text give the reader the feeling of browsing an avid naturalist's sketchbook, while also learning about different milkweed species, how to propagate milkweed in the garden, the industrial uses of milkweed, interesting milkweed relatives, and more. This publication conforms to the EPUB Accessibility specification at WCAG 2.0 Level AA.
By Elizabeth Rusch. 2023
Compelling and timely, award-winning author Elizabeth Rusch’s The Twenty-One tells the gripping inside story of the ongoing landmark federal climate…change lawsuit, Juliana vs. United States of America. The Twenty-One is for readers of Christina Soontornvat’s All Thirteen, fans of Steve Sheinkin’s books, and anyone interested in the environment and climate change, as well as youth activism, politics and government, and the law. From severe flooding in Louisiana to wildfires in the Pacific Northwest to melting permafrost in Alaska, catastrophic climate events are occurring more frequently—and severely—than ever. And these events are having a direct impact on the lives (and futures) of young people and their families. In the ongoing landmark case Juliana vs. United States, twenty-one young plaintiffs claim that the government’s support of the fossil-fuel industry is actively contributing to climate change, and that all citizens have a constitutional right to a stable climate—especially children and young adults, because they cannot vote and will inherit the problems of the future.Elizabeth Rusch’s The Twenty-One is a gripping legal and environmental thriller that tells the story of twenty-one young people and their ongoing case against the U.S. government for denying their constitutional right to life and liberty. A rich, informative, and multifaceted read, The Twenty-One stars the young plaintiffs and their attorneys; illuminates the workings of the United States’s judicial system and the relationship between government, citizens’ rights, and the environment; and asks readers to think deeply about the future of our planet. Features extensive backmatter, including a timeline, glossary, call to action, additional resources, and photographs.