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By Charles Micucci. 1995
Covers the life cycle of the honeybee, introducing the three types of bees and their specific jobs within the colony.…Also explains how they make honey, shows how beekeepers help in the production, and discusses the various types of honey. Includes a history of bees beginning in the age of dinosaurs. For grades 2-4 and older readers
By Paul Schneider. 1997
Since the 1600s Native Americans, trappers, loggers, miners, and artists have worked and played in this six-million-acre parkland. Schneider describes…the area's social, ecological, and scientific history and the battle for coexistence between the public and private sectors that, in 1894, led to a New York constitutional amendment to keep the area "forever wild."
By Simon Schama. 1995
The author contends that nature becomes landscape only through human intervention and explores how cultures mythologize natural elements. Wood is…seen as the forest home of innocence and the redeeming cross; water becomes the river of life; and rocks are monuments and peaks to be scaled. An academic presentation
By Yarimar Bonilla, Marisol LeBron. 2019
Two years after Hurricane Maria hit, Puerto Ricans are still reeling from its effects and aftereffects. Aftershocks collects poems, essays…and photos from survivors of Hurricane Maria detailing their determination to persevere. The concept of "aftershocks" is used in the context of earthquakes to describe the jolts felt after the initial quake, but no disaster is a singular event. Aftershocks of Disaster examines the lasting effects of hurricane Maria, not just the effects of the wind or the rain, but delving into what followed: state failure, social abandonment, capitalization on human misery, and the collective trauma produced by the botched response.
By John M Barry, John M. Barry. 1997
An account of the catastrophic flood of 1927, in which at least one thousand Americans were killed and another million…displaced by the swollen Mississippi River. Traces early engineering efforts at river control, which set the stage for the disaster. Explores the flood's far-reaching social, political, and economic implications
By Susan Campbell Bartoletti. 1996
History of child labor in the coal mines of northeastern Pennsylvania. Describes the strenuous and dangerous work that boys as…young as five years old were expected to perform in order for their families to survive. For grades 5-8
By Charles Micucci. 1997
Covers the life cycle of the peanut from planting through harvesting and eating. Explains how the legumes grow blossoms and,…when the flowers wither, send shoots into the ground that become peanuts. Includes historical information and discusses the many uses of this nut. For grades 2-4 and older readers
By Lesley Grant. 1993
Profiles careers in environmental protection and related fields, including engineering, science, enforcement, law, and health. Describes a typical day in…the lives of workers and the educational requirements of each profession. For junior and senior high readers
By Bill Bryson. 1998
Bryson relates the adventures and misadventures of two totally unfit hikers as he and longtime friend Stephen Katz traverse the…2,100-mile Appalachian Trail. Returning from more than twenty years in Britain, he set out to rediscover his homeland, but the two men find themselves awed by the terrain and stymied by the unfamiliar local culture. Some strong language. Bestseller
By Roy A Gallant, Roy A. Gallant. 1997
Describes various types of geysers and their main locations in Iceland, New Zealand, Siberia, and Yellowstone National Park. Includes underwater…geysers. Discusses how they function and how they are endangered. For grades 4-7
By Ian Tattersall. 1998
Examines the evolutionary process evident in fossils and other archaeological records to trace human development. Considers distinguishing characteristics of Homo…sapiens--creative ability, cognitive power, and the potential for abstract and symbolic thought. Questions why scientists still cannot pinpoint how, when, where, or why the extraordinary human consciousness was acquired
By Daniel Cohen. 1995
Discusses the concept of captive breeding in zoos to prevent wildlife from becoming extinct. Describes programs working with the red…wolf, the condor, the peregrine falcon, the cheetah, and the panda to illustrate success in preventing the disappearance of species. For grades 4-7
By John H. Hartig, Jim Graham. 2022
The Rouge River is a mostly urbanized watershed of about 500 square miles populated by nearly 1.4 million people. While…not geographically large, the river has played an outsized role in the history of southeast Michigan, most famously housing Ford Motor Company’s massive Rouge Factory, designed by architect Albert Kahn and later memorialized in Diego Rivera’s renowned “Detroit Industry” murals. In recent decades, the story of the Rouge River has also been one of grassroots environmental activism. After pollution from the Ford complex and neighboring factories literally caused the river to catch on fire in 1969, community groups launched a Herculean effort to restore and protect the watershed. Today the Rouge stands as one of the most successful examples of urban river revival in the country. Rouge River Revived describes the river’s history from pre-European times into the 21st century. Chapters cover topics such as Native American life on the Rouge; indigenous flora and fauna over time; the river’s role in the founding of local cities; its key involvement in Detroit’s urban development and intensive industrialization; and the dramatic clean-up arising from citizen concern and activism. This book is not only a history of the environment of the Rouge River, but also of the complex and evolving relationship between humans and natural spaces.
By Anna Claybourne. 2022
Extinction Planet offers young readers a clear, insightful look at Earth's wildlife extinction crisisIt is estimated that out of around…eight million species on Earth, at least one million plant and animal species are threatened with extinction, and that the current rate of extinction is up to 100 times higher than in any previous mass extinction. And it's human activity that's largely responsible for this frightening decline.Extinction Planet takes a non-alarmist, but truthful, look at Earth's extinction crisis, explaining what a mass extinction is, how they occur and what their repercussions can be. It explores how, as humankind has caused this latest biodiversity crisis, we also have the solutions to slow or stop its damage, from reining in overconsumption, rewilding natural places, making farming more planet-friendly, preventing overfishing and seriously tackling climate change. It also suggests ways we can all live in a more planet-friendly way, from global changes such as investing in renewable energy sources, to individual actions such as buying sustainable products and eating less meat and fish.Following on from Plastic Planet, Hot Planet, Recycled Planet and Sustainable Planet, Extinction Planet features the same blend of illustrations and photos and a striking cover, and is written by the award-winning author Anna Claybourne.Aimed at readers aged 9 and up.
By Anna Claybourne. 2021
Recycled Planet explains to young readers how essential recycling is in today's worldRecycling is part of everyday life today. From…food scraps to mobile phones, recycling gives many materials a new lease of life and prevents them from polluting our planet, as well as saving energy.Recycled Planet explores the world of recycling, looking at what we recycle, how it is collected and separated and what happens during the recycling process. It also looks at new forms of recycling, from deposit schemes to repurposing, and assesses some innovations designed to make recycling more global and efficient. Simple activities encourage readers to take part in recycling themselves and to aim to recycle even more!Following on from Plastic Planet and Hot Planet, Recycled Planet will feature the same blend of illustrations and photos and a striking cover, and is written by the award-winning science author Anna Claybourne.Aimed at readers aged 9 plus.
By Anna Claybourne. 2022
Sustainable Planet gives young readers a clear, insightful introduction to Earth's sustainability crisisSustainability is defined as 'development that meets the…needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs'. In the simplest terms, sustainability is about children and the world we will leave them.Earth is uniquely able to sustain life. Yet we are stripping it of its natural resources, polluting its land and waters and heating its atmosphere, with terrifying consequences. A more sustainable world is urgently needed - now.Sustainable Planet takes a non-alarmist, but truthful, look at the issue of sustainability and suggests ways we can all live in a more planet-friendly way, from global changes such as investing in renewable energy sources and carbon offsetting, to individual actions such as eating less meat and fish and avoiding plastic packaging that will empower young readers.Following on from the successful Plastic Planet, Hot Planet and Recycled Planet, Sustainable Planet is written by the award-winning science author Anna Claybourne.
Agricultural Commercialization, Gender Equality and the Right to Food: Insights from Ghana and Cambodia (Earthscan Food and Agriculture)
By Joanna Bourke Martignoni, Christophe Gironde, Christophe Golay, Elisabeth Prügl, Dzodzi Tsikata. 2023
This volume explores agricultural commercialization from a gender equality and right to food perspective. Agricultural commercialization, involving not only the…shift to selling crops and buying inputs but also the commodification of land and labour, has always been controversial. Strategies for commercialization have often reinforced and exacerbated inequalities, been blind to gender differences and given rise to violations of the human rights to food, land, work and social security. While there is a body of evidence to trace these developments globally, impacts vary considerably in local contexts. This book systematically considers these dynamics in two countries, Cambodia and Ghana. Profoundly different in terms of their history and location, they provide the basis for fruitful comparisons because they both transitioned to democracy in the early 1990s, made agricultural development a priority, and adopted orthodox policies of commercialization to develop the sector. Chapters illustrate how commercialization processes are gendered, highlighting distinctive gender, ethnic and class dynamics in rural Ghana and Cambodia and the different outcomes these generate. They also show the ways in which food cultures are changing and the often-problematic impact of these changes on the safety and quality of food. Specific policies and legal norms are examined, with chapters addressing the development and implementation of frameworks on the right to food and land administration. Overall, the volume brings into relief multiple dimensions shaping the outcomes of processes of commercialization, including gender orders, food cultures, policy translation, national and sub-national policies, corporate investments and programmes, and formal and informal legal norms. In doing so, it offers insight not only on our case countries, but also provides proposals to advance rights-based research on food security. This book will be of great interest to students and scholars of food security, agricultural development and economics, gender, human rights and sustainable development.
By Bruce Barcott, Bruce Barcott. 1997
Intrigued by Mt. Rainier's dominant presence, Barcott examines its physical attributes, mythology, and psychological impact. More of a bookworm than…an athlete, he overcomes his concerns about harsh weather and mountaineering tragedies to assault the summit. 1997
By David Arora. 1991
&“[All That the Rain Promises and More] is certainly the best guide to fungi, and may in fact be a…long lasting masterpiece in guide writing for all subjects.&”—Roger McKnight, The New York TimesMushrooms appeal to all kinds of people—and so will this handy pocket guide, which includes key information for more than 200 Western mushroomsOver 200 edible and poisonous mushrooms are depicted with simple checklists of their identifying features, as David Arora celebrates the fun in fungi with the same engaging bend of wit and wisdom, fact and fancy, that has made his comprehensive guide, Mushrooms Demystified, the mushroom hunter&’s bible.&“The best guide for the beginner. I&’d buy it no matter where I lived in North America.&”—Whole Earth Catalog
By Vicki Croke. 1997
Examines the changing nature of zoos in the United States. Contrasts the traditional model of concrete cells with the "new…zoo" that provides a more natural habitat. Discusses the modern goals of educating visitors, conducting research, protecting endangered species, and preserving genetic diversity