- & Soon I Heard a Roaring Wind : A Natural History of Moving AirISBN: 9780316410601
Title: & Soon I Heard a Roaring Wind : A Natural History of Moving Air
Author: STREEVER BILL
A thrilling exploration of the science and history of wind from the bestselling author ofCold.
Scientist and bestselling nature writer Bill Streever goes to any extreme to explore wind--the winds that built empires, the storms that wreck them--by traveling right through it. Narrating from a fifty-year-old sailboat, Streever leads readers through the world's first forecasts, Chaos Theory, and a future affected by climate change. Along the way, he shares stories of wind-riding spiders, wind-sculpted landscapes, wind-generated power, wind-tossed airplanes, and the uncomfortable interactions between wind and wars, drawing from natural science, history, business, travel, as well as from his own travels.
AND SOON I HEARD A ROARING WIND is an effortless personal narrative featuring the keen observations, scientific rigor, and whimsy that readers love. You'll never see a breeze in the same light again.
- 10 BillionISBN: 9780141976327
Title: 10 Billion
Author: EMMOTT STEPHEN
Ten Billion is Stephen Emmott's shocking message showing why time is running out for humanity unless we radically change our behaviour - nowWe're facing an emergency.By the end of this century the population will be over 10 billion. And there aren't enough resources for everyone.This book won't tell you to 'do your bit for the environment'.It won't tell you to recycle.It won't tell you to buy an electric car.It's too late for that.Stephen Emmott, the acclaimed scientist, shows us why time is running out. And what we really need to do about it.[Praise for Ten Billion, the stage production]: 'This is an hour of Matrix moments, of reminders of what underlies our daily lives. It's freeing to face the facts as well as alarming ... It informs, unsettles, provokes. Job done' The Times'Professor Emmott argues his case with an implacable logic. He is quiet, humane and deeply concerned and when he says... "I think we're fucked" you have to believe him' Michael Billington, Guardian'Possibly the most down-to-earth, no-nonsense production you'll see all year ... Emmott scythes down everything from governments ... [to ]the importance of the Higgs Boson discovery ... it's refreshing to witness such an unfussy marriage of science and art' Whatsonstage.com'A new kind of talk ... a daring one-man show in which Emmott desperately strives to pull together into one grand and devastating portrait the many ways we are impacting the planet ... a brisk and bracing tour through our own history and use of Earth's resources' New ScientistStephen Emmott is Head of Computational Science at Microsoft. His work and the work of his interdisciplinary Laboratory is focused on making fundamental advances in our understanding of complex systems - from biological computation to global ecosystems - through new conceptual and computational ideas, methods and tools. His solo stage performance of Ten Billion at the Royal Court Theatre, London in 2012 was widely acclaimed.
There is simply no known way to provide this many people with clothes, food, and fresh water. And any action we take to address these issues will turn up the thermostat on global warming.
Stephen Emmott has dedicated his career to researching the effects of humans on the Earths natural systems. This is his call to arms, an urgent plea to re-imagine the interconnected web of our global problems in a new light.
- 100 Best Bird Watching Sites in Southeast AsiaISBN: 9781909612730
Title: 100 Best Bird Watching Sites in Southeast Asia
Author: YONG DING LI & LOW BING WEN
Southeast Asia has a vast diversity of birdlife, comprising roughly one fifth of the world s 10,000 living species, and of which over 850 are endemic, making the region a richly rewarding destination for birdwatchers. This fully illustrated guide describes the 100 best sites for viewing both common and rare species. Divided into the four biodiversity hotspots of Indo-Burma; Sundaland; Philippines and Wallacea, the book covers sites in Myanmar, Thailand, Lao PDR, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Indonesia, the Philippines and Timor Leste.
Alongside a map of each area, detailed descriptions of each site cover the type of terrain and specific spots at which certain species are likely to be encountered. Other sections cover access and possible accommodation, as well as important indicators to conservation issues. A fact file for each site lists the nearest town; the type of habitat; key lowland, montane and winter species to be seen as well as other wildlife specialities, and the best time to visit. The book is edited by Yong Ding Li and Low Bing Wen who have brought together a team of contributors, each with in-depth experience of the sites presented.
- 104 HorsesISBN: 9780007498741
Title: 104 Horses
Author: RETZLAFF MANDY
A memoir, a love story and a thrilling account of dramatic escape and survival, an epic tale of human and animal fortitude On an early summer morning in 2001, Mandy Retzlaff received the phone call that she and her family had been dreading. Her farmhouse in northern Zimbabwe was being decimated at the hands of an angry mob of Robert Mugabe’s war veterans, who had been tasked with driving white farmers from their homes. In just a few short days, forty-five of Mandy’s neighbours narrowly escaped with their lives and decided to leave Zimbabwe behind.
These families would forge a new life overseas, safe from the recriminations of Mugabe’s warmongers—yet, as they fled, they left so much behind, not least the beloved pets and farm animals to which they had devoted their lives. Mandy knew that her life, and that of her family, had changed forever. As her friend fled Zimbabwe, she had only oneparting request. We need your help, she said. It’s our horses. Something has got to be done about our horses.
It was in this moment that Mandy, along with her husband, Pat, made the decision not to shrink into fear but to reach out and help. Over the following months, they rescued a group of 104 horses from the violence of the home invasions and, in one case, quite literally from the jaws of lions. As they moved across the Zimbabwean countryside, seeking ever more remote enclaves of safety for a herd of horses, it became clear: it was not just the family who were rescuing the horses, but the horses who were rescuing the family.
One Hundred and Four Horses is the story of an idyllic existence torn apart, and a story of incredible bonds—a love of the land, the strength of a family, and the connection between man and the most majestic of animals, the horse.
Format: Trade paperback
- 1300 Real & Fanciful Animals From Seventeenth-Century EngravingsISBN: 9780486402376
Title: 1300 Real & Fanciful Animals From Seventeenth-Century Engravings
Author: MERIAN MATTHÃ¤US
A painter whose father was an engraver and publisher of the same name, Matthaus Merian (1621-1687) published this remarkable group of unusual and highly imaginative animal illustrations. This copyright-free collection includes a large and fascinating selection of engravings that illustrate scientific specimens and legendary creatures ― all meticulously reproduced from an extremely rare eighteenth-century edition.
Carefully arranged into six major divisions (quadrupeds, snakes, mollusks and crustaceans, fish, birds, and insects), approximately 1,300 copyright-free images include realistic and fanciful portrayals of a varied array of real animals, in addition to such imaginary creatures as unicorns, dragons, basilisks, harpies, griffins, and other mythical beasts. Identifying captions in Latin accompany many of the illustrations.
Commercial artists, illustrators, and craftspeople will find a host of uses for these lovingly detailed engravings: as book and magazine illustrations and as attention-getting graphics ideal for enhancing flyers, brochures, newsletters, and any number of other print projects. Art lovers and antiquarians ― anyone with an interest in the art and ideas of an earlier era ― will enjoy browsing through these wonderful antique images.
- 2071: The World We'll Leave Our GrandchildrenISBN: 9781473622159
Title: 2071: The World We'll Leave Our Grandchildren
Author: RAPLEY CHRIS & MACMILLAN DUNCAN
This is a short book that does one thing: it is a clear and concise explanation of climate change - how it's happened, our part in it, what we are currently doing about it and what we need to do about it.Why, you might ask, do we need another book on climate change?The answer is that in December this year, in Paris, is the most important climate change conference there has ever been. It is make-or-break time, and we need to be in full possession of the facts.We need to decide what kind of world we want to leave our grandchildren.
- 300 Frogs: A Visual Reference to Frogs & Toads from Around the WorldISBN: 9781554072460
Title: 300 Frogs: A Visual Reference to Frogs & Toads from Around the World
Author: MATTISON CHRIS
- 30-Second Meteorology: The 50 Most Significant Events & Phenomena, Each Explained in Half a MinuteISBN: 9781782403104
Title: 30-Second Meteorology: The 50 Most Significant Events & Phenomena, Each Explained in Half a Minute
Author: SCAIFE ADAM
If you only have 30 seconds, there is time - using this book - to make sense of the science behind the seeming vagaries of the weather, the controversies, predictions and forecasts for climate change that shape our day-to-day experiences of the great outdoors. Ever since Aristotle first tried to explain the forces that seem to fall from the heavens, meteorology has opened up the study of weather, and caused disputes over the reasons why seasons change, where precipitation falls, why winds blow and when the sun shines. From halcyon days to hurricanes, super cells to silver linings, global warming to giant hailstones, here is the ultimate guide to a near universal preoccupation: what's the weather like?
- 97 Ways to Make a Cat Like YouISBN: 9780761182160
Title: 97 Ways to Make a Cat Like You
Author: KAUFMANN CAROL
From the publisher of B. Kliban's "Cat," "All I Need to Know I Learned from My Cat," and "Bad Cat," comes a new book that answers the question all cat lovers ask: How do I make my cat like me?"97 Ways to Make a Cat Like You" is the perfect interactive guide to these mysterious, fickle, seemingly aloof--yet really, just particular--pets. Paired with a full-color photograph of friendly, extroverted, happy cats (in case you've forgotten what a cat looks like when he "likes" you), the 97 inspired, occasionally silly but always behaviorally-based tips and tricks prove that when a cat is treated right, he or she will respond in kind. Within reason. There's the "Eye on the Ball"--record a tennis match or a Ping-Pong game on TV to play back for your cat when he needs a bit of exercise. "Cat Burrito"--wrap your cat in a towel, burrito-style, which is particularly good for anxious pets or trips to the vet. The "Boing, Boing "--wind pipe cleaners around a pencil in a spiral shape to create springs. Carefully slide off the pencil so the spirals go "boing" when pressed. The classic "Tickle, Tickle"--tickle Kitty under her chin and softly say "gitchy, gitchy, gitchy" in your highest-pitched voice. And for the cat owner willing to go the distance, the "There's No Business Like Show Business"--practice your best Ethel Merman by belting out favorite show tunes for your cat. Kitty won't care if you're off-key and she'll enjoy the stimulation.
- 97 Ways to Make a Dog SmileISBN: 9780761184485
Title: 97 Ways to Make a Dog Smile
Author: LANGBEHN JENNY
News for dogs and dog lovers to smile about: The irresistible bestseller is now even "more" irresistible with a 4-by-6-inch "chunky" format. As quirky, colorful, and giftable as ever, "97 Ways to Make a Dog Smile "is now fresher and more appealing. Developed by Jenny Langbehn, a veterinary nurse who has a gift for making dogs happy, here are 97 foolproof methods and tricks for putting any dog into a state of pure pleasure. Enhancing each entry is an adorable, full-color photograph of the guaranteed result--a smiling dog. Give these a try: Lower-Ear Noogies. The Thumper. Lazy Man's Tetherball. The Hansel and Gretel--"For an afternoon of fun, scamper about the house leaving a trail of plain popped popcorn in your wake." Or "Subliminal Game," which works by sneaking a favorite word like "cookie" into otherwise boring jabber.* The tricks require no fancy props or special talents--just a willingness to surrender yourself to sheer silliness. They combine the creative gift of touch-- unexpected ways to rub, massage, scratch, tickle, and knead--with imaginative play scenarios that are just loopy enough to ensure your dog will be amused, whether he's laughing with you or at you. These tricks "really work.""*Don't forget to have said cookie on hand."
- Accidental NaturalistISBN: 9780593068557
Title: Accidental Naturalist
Author: FOGLE BEN
For as long as he can remember, Ben Fogle has been surrounded by creatures great and small. As a young boy his best friends were Liberty and Lexington, the family dogs. Then there was Milly the puma-sized cat, Jaws the goldfish and three very 'charismatic' parrots, not to mention a whole host of weird and wonderful animals that came through the doors of his father's veterinary practice. Then came Inca, Ben's adorable black Labrador, who changed his life. Since first melting the nation's heart on Castaway, the duo have been inseparable. With Inca's help, Ben was soon charming worms and tickling trout on Countryfile, minding the big cats on Animal Park and fronting the BBC's coverage of Crufts. Ben's passion for wildlife has taken him all over the world, from the plains of Africa to the sea ice of Antarctica. He has played with penguins, been chased by bull elephant seals and tapirs, and helped operate on a cheetah. He has given mud packs to rhinos, bathed with elephants and risked life and limb diving with Nile crocodiles, all the while campaigning tirelessly for conservation, the environment and animal welfare. Hair-raising, heart-breaking and wildly entertaining, The Accidental Naturalist tells the extraordinary true stories of Ben's amazing encounters with animals and how they changed his life.
- Active Hope How to Face the Mess We're in Without Going CrazyISBN: 9781577319726
Title: Active Hope How to Face the Mess We're in Without Going Crazy
Author: MACY JOANNA; JOHNSTONE CHRIS
'Active Hope' is about finding, and offering, our best response to the crisis of sustainability unfolding in our world. The authors guide the reader through a transformational process informed by mythic journeys, modern psychology, holistic science and spiritual perspectives.
- Adventures in the Anthropocene: A Journey to the Heart of the Planet We MadeISBN: 9780701187354
Title: Adventures in the Anthropocene: A Journey to the Heart of the Planet We Made
Author: VINCE GAIA
Lively, illuminating explanation of new scientific term 'the Anthropocene -- the age of man -- through the stories of people living on its frontline Scientists are agreed that we are at the start of a new epoch, called the Anthropocene, the first to be defined and determined by only one organim -- man. We all know our planet is in crisis, and it''s our fault. But all too often it''s hard to get a full picture of what''s really going on, what it all means, from all the facts and stats. So Gaia Vince, news editor of the science journal "Nature," decided to travel the world to see for herself what life is really like for people on the frontline of this new age. Gaia found people doing the most extraordinary things. Take the man who is making artificial glaciers in Nepal, for example, or the one who''s painting mountains white to attract snowfall; take the electrified reefs of the Maldives; or the man who''s making islands out of rubbish in the Caribbean. These are ordinary people who are solving severe crises in crazy, ingenious, effective ways. These wonderful stories, combined with the new science that underpins Gaia''s expertise and research, make for a persuasive, illuminating - and very hopeful - read about what the Anthropocene means for all of us and how we are to survive the coming centuries.
Format: Trade paperback
- Adventures in the Anthropocene: A Journey to the Heart of the Planet We MadeISBN: 9781571313584
Title: Adventures in the Anthropocene: A Journey to the Heart of the Planet We Made
Author: VINCE GAIA
Lively, illuminating explanation of new scientific term the Anthropocene -- the age of man -- through the stories of people living on its frontline
Scientists are agreed that we are at the start of a new epoch, called the Anthropocene, the first to be defined and determined by only one organim -- man.
We all know our planet is in crisis, and it 's our fault. But all too often it 's hard to get a full picture of what 's really going on, what it all means, from all the facts and stats. So Gaia Vince, news editor of the science journal "Nature," decided to travel the world to see for herself what life is really like for people on the frontline of this new age.
Gaia found people doing the most extraordinary things. Take the man who is making artificial glaciers in Nepal, for example, or the one who' s painting mountains white to attract snowfall; take the electrified reefs of the Maldives; or the man who 's making islands out of rubbish in the Caribbean. These are ordinary people who are solving severe crises in crazy, ingenious, effective ways. These wonderful stories, combined with the new science that underpins Gaia 's expertise and research, make for a persuasive, illuminating and very hopeful read about what the Anthropocene means for all of us and how we are to survive the coming centuries."
Format: Trade paperback
- Africa: Eye to Eye with the UnknownISBN: 9781780879147
Title: Africa: Eye to Eye with the Unknown
Author: BRIGHT MICHAEL
An extraordinary companion guide to the next landmark natural history documentary series from the BBC, aiming to reshape the way we think about each region of Africa by revealing never-before-seen impressions of the continent
Sir David Attenborough CBE and the award-winning BBC Natural History Unit embark on a watershed new series, painting a breathtaking portrait of Africa as never before caught on film. This lavish and unmissable companion to the series reveals the undiscovered side of Africa's five unique regions. Inspiring photography captures unprecedented glimpses of wildlife behavior, mesmerizing creatures, and magical landscapes that will astound, captivate, and challenge what audiences think they know about Africa. This is a spectacular journey through a vast and diverse continent in all its beautiful and unexpected abundance. Readers will witness the drama of eagles catching giant bats on the wing, lizards stalking their prey on the backs of lions, antelope-hunting monkeys, and a nail-biting giraffe fight; share the discovery of the world's rarest fish species and the first-ever access to an island sanctuary for the elusive African penguin; marvel at a Congo fish that flies like a butterfly and a lovestruck beetle who thinks he's James Bond; and join a unique expedition to the most extreme parts of this vast continent.
- After Cleo Came JonahISBN: 9781742377773
Title: After Cleo Came Jonah
Author: BROWN HELEN
Many strong minded women have headstrong daughters. But this isn't supposed to extend to their cats... Some say your previous cat chooses their successor. If so, what in cat heaven's name was Helen Brown's beloved Cleo thinking when she sent a crazy kitten like Jonah? Helen Brown swore she'd never get another kitten. But while she was recovering from major surgery an unscheduled visit to a pet shop resulted in the explosive arrival of a Siamese kitten. As the house succumbed to Jonah's destructive forces, he also proved to be impossibly charming and a healer in his own right. At the same time, Helen's elder daughter, Lydia, set her heart on becoming a Buddhist nun in Sri Lanka. Lydia's determination to follow her spiritual path was matched only by Jonah's yearning to be an outdoor cat in a decidedly indoor cat neighbourhood. While dealing with her own mortality, helping to arrange her son Rob's wedding, and completing her international best seller Cleo: How a small black cat helped heal a family, Helen struggled to rein in her two unruly charges. Many strong minded women have headstrong daughters. But this isn't supposed to extend to their cats...
Format: Trade paperback
- After Nature A Politics for the AnthropoceneISBN: 9780674368224
Title: After Nature A Politics for the Anthropocene
Author: JEDEDIAH PURDY
Nature no longer exists apart from humanity. Henceforth, the world we will inhabit is the one we have made. Geologists have called this new planetary epoch the Anthropocene, the Age of Humans. The geological strata we are now creating record industrial emissions, industrial-scale crop pollens, and the disappearance of species driven to extinction. Climate change is planetary engineering without design. These facts of the Anthropocene are scientific, but its shape and meaning are questions for politics a politics that does not yet exist. "After Nature" develops a politics for this post-natural world.
Jedediah Purdy begins with a history of how Americans have shaped their landscapes. He explores the competing traditions that still infuse environmental law and culture a frontier vision of settlement and development, a wilderness-seeking Romanticism, a utilitarian attitude that tries to manage nature for human benefit, and a twentieth-century ecological view. These traditions are ways of seeing the world and humans place in it. They are also modes of lawmaking that inscribe ideal visions on the earth itself. Each has shaped landscapes that make its vision of nature real, from wilderness to farmland to suburbs opening some new ways of living on the earth while foreclosing others.
The Anthropocene demands that we draw on all these legacies and go beyond them. With human and environmental fates now inseparable, environmental politics will become either more deeply democratic or more unequal and inhumane. Where nothing is pure, we must create ways to rally devotion to a damaged and ever-changing world."
- Age of EcologyISBN: 9780745662176
Title: Age of Ecology
Author: RADKAU JOACHIM
This book is the first major study of the history of environmentalism, from its origins in romanticism and the nature cults of the late 18th century to the global environmental movements of today. Radkau shows that this is not a single story of the steady ascent of environmentalism but rather a multiplicity of stories, each with its own dramatic tension: between single-issue movements and the challenges posed by the interconnection of environmental issues, between charismatic leaders and bureaucratic organizations, and between grassroot movements and global players. While the history can be traced back several centuries, environmentalism has flourished since the 'environmental revolution' of 1970, spurred on by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986 and the growing concern about global warming. While environmentalists often opposed the scientific mainstream, they were also often led by scientific knowledge. Environmentalism is the true Enlightenment of our time o so much so that we can call our era 'the age of ecology'.This timely and comprehensive global history of environmentalism will be essential reading for anyone concerned with the most pressing global issues of our time.
- Air The Restless Shaper of the WorldISBN: 9780393067989
Title: Air The Restless Shaper of the World
Author: LOGAN WILLIAM BRYANT
Air sustains the living. Every creature breathes to live, exchanging and changing the atmosphere. Water and dust spin and rise, make clouds and fall again, fertilizing the dirt. Twenty thousand fungal spores and half a million bacteria travel in a square foot of summer air. The chemical sense of aphids, the ultraviolet sight of swifts, a newborn’s awareness of its mother’s breast-all take place in the medium of air.
Ignorance of the air is costly. The artist Eva Hesse died of inhaling her fiberglass medium. Thousands were sickened after 9/11 by supposedly safe air. The African Sahel suffers drought in part because we fill the air with industrial dusts. With the passionate narrative style and wide-ranging erudition that have made William Bryant Logan’s work a touchstone for nature lovers and environmentalists, Air is-like the contents of a bag of seaborne dust that Darwin collected aboard the Beagle-a treasure trove of discovery.
- Air: The Restless Shaper of the WorldISBN: 9780393345391
Title: Air: The Restless Shaper of the World
Author: LOGAN WILLIAM BRYANT
The author of Dirt and Oak brings to life this quickest, most sustaining, most communicative element of the earth.Air sustains the living. Every creature breathes to live, exchanging and changing the atmosphere. Water and dust spin and rise, make clouds and fall again, fertilizing the dirt. Twenty thousand fungal spores and half a million bacteria travel in a square foot of summer air. The chemical sense of aphids, the ultraviolet sight of swifts, a newborns awareness of its mothers breast-all take place in the medium of air. Ignorance of the air is costly. The artist Eva Hesse died of inhaling her fiberglass medium. Thousands were sickened after 9/11 by supposedly "safe" air. The African Sahel suffers drought in part because we fill the air with industrial dusts. With the passionate narrative style and wide-ranging erudition that have made William Bryant Logans work a touchstone for nature lovers and environmentalists, Air is-like the contents of a bag of seaborne dust that Darwin collected aboard the Beagle-a treasure trove of discovery.
- AlbatrossISBN: 9781780231914
Author: BARWELL GRAHAM
"At length did cross an Albatross, / Through the fog it came; / As if it had been a Christian soul, / We hailed it in Gods name." The introduction of the albatross in Samuel Taylor Coleridges "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" remains one of the most well-known references to this majestic seabird in Western culture. In "Albatross," Graham Barwell goes beyond Coleridge to examine the role the bird plays in the lives of a wide variety of peoples and societies, from the early views of north Atlantic mariners to modern encounters by writers, artists, and filmmakers. Exploring how the bird has been celebrated in proverbs, folk stories, art, and ceremonies, Barwell shows how people marvel at the way the albatross soars through the air, covering awe-inspiring distances with little effort thanks to its impressive wingspan. He surveys the many approaches people have taken to thinking about the albatross over the past two hundred years--from those who devoted their lives to these birds to those who hunted them for food and sport--and discusses its place in the human imagination. Concluding with a reflection on the birds changing significance in the modern world, Barwell considers threats to its continued existence and its prospects for the future. With one hundred illustrations from nature, film, and popular culture, "Albatross" is an absorbing look at these beautiful birds.
- AlbatrossISBN: 9781869536244
Author: DE ROY TUI & JONES MARK
The albatross is a creature of legend, poetry and dreams. But today, over three-quarters of albatross species are edging towards extinction. This book is a celebration of these amazing birds, featuring photographs by award-winning wildlife photographer Tui De Roy, the latest research by leading international experts and a factual natural history.
- All Fall Down Christchurchs Lost ChimneysISBN: 9781927145104
Title: All Fall Down Christchurchs Lost Chimneys
Author: RICE GEOFF
Chimneys were invented to remove the smoke from fireplaces, so they are symbols of hearth and home. A house without a chimney doesn't really look like a home. Yet thousands of Christchurch houses no longer have a chimney after the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011. The streets look strangely different without their familiar vertical accents. While this book was prompted by the Christchurch earthquake of September 2010, its author has long had a fascination with chimneys. He grew up in the smoggy Christchurch of the 1950s, not far from the Gasworks, and brick chimneys were all around him, both industrial and domestic, silhouetted against the red winter sunsets. He then noted the variety of British and European chimney pots seen on his travels, and realised that Christchurch had its own unique type, the Homebush pot. The book was first written over the summer of 2010, but then came the devastating February 2011 earthquake, with serious loss of life, and text and photographs alike had to be revisited. Many of the chimneys photographed after September were destroyed in February. This book is a visual history of Christchurch chimneys - domestic, commercial and industrial, most of which no longer exist. While noting the quirky and unusual, it also attempts to document the typical styles of successive periods, from late Victorian to Art Deco and the latest versions on new houses, but serve as reminders of the diverse heritage of the European chimney.
Format: Trade paperback
- All Those YesterdaysISBN: 9780958298841
Title: All Those Yesterdays
Author: BISS ELSPETH
- Amazing Rare Things : The Art of Natural History in the Age of DiscoveryISBN: 9780300215724
Title: Amazing Rare Things : The Art of Natural History in the Age of Discovery
Author: ATTENBOROUGH D / OWENS S / CLAYTON M
From the fifteenth century onwards, as European explorers sailed forth on grand voyages of discovery, their encounters with exotic plants and animals fanned intense scientific interest. Scholars began to examine nature with fresh eyes, and pioneering artists transformed the way nature was seen and understood. In Amazing Rare Things, renowned naturalist and documentary-maker& David Attenborough joins with expert colleagues to explore how artists portrayed the natural world during this era of burgeoning scientific interest.
The book focuses on an exquisite selection of natural history drawings and watercolors by Leonardo da Vinci, Alexander Marshal, Maria Sibylla Merian, and& Mark Catesby, and from the collection of Cassiano dal Pozzo--works all held in the Royal Library at Windsor Castle. Attenborough and his coauthors offer lucid commentary on topics ranging from the 30,000-year history of human drawings of the natural world, to Leonardo's fascination with natural processes, to Catesby's groundbreaking studies that introduced Europeans to the plants and animals of North America.& With 160 full color illustrations, this beautiful book will appeal to readers with interests that extend from art and science to history and nature.
- Among The Islands Adventures In The PacificISBN: 9781921758751
Title: Among The Islands Adventures In The Pacific
Author: FLANNERY TIM
Twenty-five years ago, a young curator of mammals from the Australian Museum in Sydney set out to research the fauna of the Pacific Islands. Starting with a survey of one of the most inaccessible islands in Melanesia - Woodlark, in the Trobriands Group - that young scientist found himself ghost-whispering, snake wrestling, Quadoi hunting and plunged waist-deep into a sludge of maggot-infested faeces in search of a small bat that turned out not to be earth-shatteringly interesting. With accounts of discovering, naming and sometimes eating new mammal species; being thwarted or aided by local customs; and historic scientific expeditions, Tim Flannery takes us on an enthralling journey through some of the most diverse and spectacular environments on earth.
Format: Trade paperback
- Ancient Trees Portraits of TimeISBN: 9780789211958
Title: Ancient Trees Portraits of Time
Author: MOON BETHCaptivating black-and-white photographs of the world's most majestic ancient trees.
Beth Moon's fourteen-year quest to photograph ancient trees has taken her across the United States, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. Some of her subjects grow in isolation, on remote mountainsides, private estates, or nature preserves; others maintain a proud, though often precarious, existence in the midst of civilization. All, however, share a mysterious beauty perfected by age and the power to connect us to a sense of time and nature much greater than ourselves. It is thisbeauty, and this power, that Moon captures in her remarkable photographs.
This handsome volume presents nearly seventy of Moon's finest tree portraits as full-page duotone plates. The pictured trees include the tangled, hollow-trunked yews--some more than a thousand years old--that grow in English churchyards; the baobabs of Madagascar, called "upside-down trees" because of the curious disproportion of their giant trunks and modest branches; and the fantastical dragon's-blood trees, red-sapped and umbrella-shaped, that grow only on the island of Socotra, off the Horn of Africa.
Moon's narrative captions describe the natural and cultural history of each individual tree, while Todd Forrest, vice president for horticulture and living collections at The New York Botanical Garden, provides a concise introduction to the biology and preservation of ancient trees. An essay by the critic Steven Brown defines Moon's unique place in a tradition of tree photography extending from William Henry Fox Talbot to Sally Mann, and explores the challenges and potential of the tree as a subject for art.
- Ancient Trees: Trees That Live for a Thousand YearsISBN: 9781849940580
Title: Ancient Trees: Trees That Live for a Thousand Years
Author: LEWINGTON ANNA
'Among all the varied productions with which Nature has adorned the surfaces of the earth, none awakens our sympathies, or interests our imagination so powerfully as those venerable trees, which seem to have stood the lapse of ages...' John Muir, 1868
A fascinating celebration of the some of the oldest living organisms on the planet, from the grand Oaks of Europe and mighty Redwoods of California to Africa's 'upside-down' Baobab tree, and from the Ginkgos of China and Korea to the Olive tree, the worldwide symbol of peace.
Ancient Trees covers those species of tree that have lived for more than a thousand years: the Redwood, Bristlecone pine, Montezuma Cypress, the Monkey Puzzle, Amazonian Ancients, Yew, Oak, Sweet Chestnut, Lime, Olive, Welwitschia, the Baobab, Kauri, Totara, Antarctic Beech, the Fig, Cedar, and Ginkgo.
Anna Lewington, the well-known writer on all things botanical, and leading wildlife photographer Edward Parker provide an illuminating and visually striking history of each tree species, including where the long-living species can still be found, the tree's botanical details, and its mythical associations.
- Animal ArchitectureISBN: 9781419711657
Title: Animal Architecture
Author: ARNDT INGOEvery day, all over the world, animals and insects set about the purposeful tasks of designing their homes, catching their prey, and attracting their mates. In the process they create gorgeous nests, shelters, and habitats. Capturing 120 of these wonders in all their beauty and complexity, Animal Architecture presents a visually arresting tribute to the intersection of nature, science, function, and design.
Ingo Arndt's stunning studio photographs and vibrant in-situ shots of nests, forests, and wetlands provide close-up details of these designs, as well as the animals who created them. These compelling images are comÂbined with an abundance of fascinating facts about the evolution of animals and insects, as well as their survival methods, mating habits, genetic dispositions, and more.
- Animal Earth: The Amazing Diversity of Living CreaturesISBN: 9780500291658
Title: Animal Earth: The Amazing Diversity of Living Creatures
Author: PIPER ROSS
What most think of as the animal kingdom from elephants to amphibians in fact accounts for only a tiny portion of the tens of millions of species that scientists speculate inhabit planet Earth. Animal Earth is an unbiased tour of this still largely undiscovered world, illuminating the bizarre appearances and hidden lives of the creatures that share our planet, but which we ve rarely, if ever, seen. What is perhaps more surprising is that this bewildering range of animal species can be traced to a small number of lineages, sharing a common body plan and evolutionary history. Animal Earth not only provides an evenhanded summary of each but also reflects the latest research on the evolutionary relationships between species. How they all fit in the tree of life is a topic that has been debated for decades, not least because new species are being discovered all the time; some lesser-known lineages, such as the Chaetognatha (arrow worms) and Xenoturbellida (strange worms) continue to defy classification. Given our technological achievements, humans are in a uniquely privileged position to protect animal diversity. As Ross Piper makes clear, each species is an integral component of the ecosystem we live in, and we protect animal diversity not only for its own sake but to maintain the natural systems that keep us alive."
Format: Trade paperback
- Animal Kingdom Stereoscopic: Images of Natural HistoryISBN: 9783791382470
Title: Animal Kingdom Stereoscopic: Images of Natural History
Author: NAUGHTEN JIM
Drawn from the archives of some of the world's finest museums, this collection of historic specimens, photographed for stereoscopic viewing, brings the natural world to life in thrilling and beautiful ways. Since collecting fossils as a child, photographer Jim Naughten has always been fascinated by the natural world. Now a renowned photographer, he has started to experiment with stereography and has turned to his boyhood interest, gaining access to some of the world's most prestigious natural history museums. This gorgeously produced book contains 50 images of marine life, reptiles, mammals, birds, and primates photographed expressly for viewing through a stereoscope, which is included with the book. Stereoscopy was invented in 1839 to study binocular vision. Having two eyes allows humans to determine distance and depth, and stereoscopy shows a left- and right-eye view from a slightly different angle, as we see things in day-to-day life. Looking through the viewer, readers will see the specimens as three-dimensional objects. As the images jump off the page, their incredible details become apparent--delicate bat wings, the spiraling skeleton of a python, the almost mythic form of a leafy sea dragon. Texts on the work, the history of stereoscopy, and the specimens themselves provide rich background to the project and Naughten's achievement in bringing to life a world that seamlessly melds the past and present.
- Animal Liberation The Definitive Classic of the Animal MovementISBN: 9780061711305
Title: Animal Liberation The Definitive Classic of the Animal Movement
Author: SINGER PETER
Since its original publication in 1975, this groundbreaking work has awakened millions of people to the existence of "speciesism"our systematic disregard of nonhuman animalsinspiring a worldwide movement to transform our attitudes to animals and eliminate the cruelty we inflict on them. In Animal Liberation, author Peter Singer exposes the chilling realities of today's "factory farms" and product-testing proceduresdestroying the spurious justifications behind them, and offering alternatives to what has become a profound environmental and social as well as moral issue. An important and persuasive appeal to conscience, fairness, decency, and justice, it is essential reading for the supporter and the skeptic alike.
- Animal Rights a Very Short IntroductionISBN: 9780192853608
Title: Animal Rights a Very Short Introduction
Author: DEGRAZIA DAVID
- Animal Tracks - Updated and Expanded: The Story of the Animals, Newcastle's Rising SonsISBN: 9780954575045
Title: Animal Tracks - Updated and Expanded: The Story of the Animals, Newcastle's Rising Sons
Author: EGAN SEAN
- Animal Vegetable Mineral: Organised Nature, A Picture AlbumISBN: 9780957028593
Title: Animal Vegetable Mineral: Organised Nature, A Picture Album
Author: DEE TIM; FAHERTY ANNA
Published to accompany a major year-long exhibition, Making Nature at the Wellcome Collection, Animal Vegetable Mineral celebrates the beauty and strangeness of the very early 'infographics', charts, and ordering systems devised in an age that transformed how we see and understand nature.
These are the tools created by pioneering European naturists, artists, scientists, housewives and explorers in the 18th and 19th centuries, in an attempt to better understand (and control) a teeming and shifting natural world: the original big data challenge. In a collision of science, art and imagination, these images and objects range from intricate specimen illustrations, taxonomy charts, and animal distribution maps, to lavish colour dictionaries, and more.
Together, they attest to the deeply human desire to order and identify the world around us - and a restless quest to find our own place in it.
- Animal Welfare in NZISBN: 9780473244262
Title: Animal Welfare in NZ
Author: STAFFORD KEVIN
This book examines animal welfare in New Zealand. Human concern for animal welfare is as old as our dependence on domesticated animals. More recently, concern for farm animal welfare has become fundamental to successful livestock farming. Public interest in farm animal welfare stems from a number of perspectives, including sympathy towards animals, which impacts politics. Hence animal welfare legislation is developed in response to a number of issues. This book discusses national legislation, local non-governmental organisations and social commentary on welfare issues of farmed and companion species. It concentrates on the animal welfare research produced nationally over the last 5 decades. Many chapters focus on the welfare of specific species or groups of animals. This book is of interest to everyone interested in animals and their welfare.
- Animal Wise The Thoughts & Emotions of Our Fellow CreaturesISBN: 9781863955966
Title: Animal Wise The Thoughts & Emotions of Our Fellow Creatures
Author: MORELL VIRGINIA
A species-by-species look at the incredible interactions that take place between scientists and their animal subjects, and the discoveries that have emerged about how and what animals think. Did you know that dolphins are self-aware, rats love to be tickled, chimps grieve, killer whales have cultures and octopuses have personalities? Did you know that dogs have extensive vocabularies and birds practise songs in their sleep? Voles love, jays plan ahead. A moth remembers its life as a caterpillar!Animal Wise takes us on a dazzling, surprising and enlightening exploration into the minds and emotions of animals, through the unusual, bright and committed researchers who study them. Looking at insects, parrots, crows, blue jays, fish, rats, elephants, dolphins, chimpanzees, wolves and dogs, Morell examines the amazing inroads made in the field of animal cognition; the unique personalities of the pioneering researchers involved; the moral and ethical issues raised; and the dilemmas involving how we can accurately uncover animals' cognitive abilities like memory, feelings, personality and self-awareness - traits that many in the 20th century felt were unique only to human beings. By standing behaviourism on its head, Morell brings the world of nature brilliantly alive in a nuanced, deeply-felt appreciation of the human-animal bond. She shares her admiration for the men and women who have devoted their careers to demonstrating that these creatures have much more in common with us than we ever realised. Animal Wise is in the same league as the works of Jane Goodall, Cynthia Moss and Jeffrey Masson.
Format: Trade paperback
- Animal Wise: The Thoughts & Emotions of Our Fellow CreaturesISBN: 9781863956413
Title: Animal Wise: The Thoughts & Emotions of Our Fellow Creatures
Author: MORELL VIRGINIA
"New York Times" Bestseller
Have you ever wondered what it is like to be a fish? Or a parrot, dolphin, or an elephant? Do they experience thoughts that are similar to ours, or have feelings of grief and love? These are tough questions, but scientists are answering them. They know that ants teach and rats love to be tickled. They've discovered that dogs have thousand-word vocabularies and that birds practice their songs in their sleep. But how do scientists know these things?
" Animal Wise" takes us on a dazzling odyssey into the inner world of animals and among the pioneering researchers who are leading the way into once-forbidden territory: the animal mind. Morell uses her formidable gifts as a storyteller to transport us to field sites and laboratories around the world, introducing us to animal-cognition scientists and their surprisingly intelligent and sensitive subjects. She explores how this rapidly evolving, controversial field has only recently overturned old notions about why animals behave as they do. In this surprising and moving book, Morell brings the world of nature brilliantly alive in a nuanced, deeply felt appreciation of the human-animal bond.
- Animal: Fully Revised & UpdatedISBN: 9781405362337
Title: Animal: Fully Revised & Updated
Author: DORLING KINDERSLEY
The definitive visual guide to the world's wildlifeGo on an amazing visual journey through the animal kingdom with Animal and find out all about over 2,000 species from tiny elephant shrews to great baleen whales. Written by a team of over 70 zoologists and naturalists from around the globe the book has sold over one million copies worldwide and the new edition has been fully revised and updated to reflect changes in the animal world.As well as important updates on the distribution, population and conservation status of many animal groups this new edition includes more breathtaking photography and 50 new species that have been discovered since Animal was first published 10 years ago. Such exciting creatures as the tube-nosed bat, ghost slug and the remarkable yeti lobster are now featured to name just a few.Perfect for all the family, essential for nature students and conservationists everywhere â€“ Animal is a classic for a new generation. The bookâ€™s beautiful flocked cover, made to look just like a real zebra, also makes it the perfect gift.
- Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal BehaviorISBN: 9780156031448
Title: Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior
Author: GRANDIN TEMPLE; JOHNSON CATHERINE
How is Animals in Translation different from every other animal book ever published? Animals in Translation is like no other animal book because of Temple Grandin. As an animal scientist and a person with autism, her professional training and personal history have created a perspective like no other thinker in the field, and this is her exciting, groundbreaking view of the intersection of autism and animal. Unlike other well-known writers in the field of animal behavior - When Elephants Weep by psychoanalyst Jeffrey Moussaleff Masson, How Dogs Think by psychologist and dog trainer Stanley Coren, and The Hidden Life of Dogs by anthropologist Elizabeth Marsha Thomas - Temple Grandin is an animal scientist who has devoted the last 30 years of her life to the study of animals. Animals in Translation is the culmination of that life's work - a book whose sweep is huge, including just about anything that gallops, trots, slithers, walks, or flies. Temple Grandin is like no other author on the subject of animals because of her training and because of her autism; understanding animals is in her blood and her bones. Animals in Translation ... * redefines consciousness and argues that language is not a requirement for consciousness * categorizes autism as a way station on the road from animals to humans * explores the "Interpreter" in the normal human brain that filters out detail, creating an unintentional blindness that animals and autistics do not suffer from * applies the autism theory of "hyper-specificity' to animals, meaning that there is no forest, only trees, trees, and more trees * argues that the single worst thing you can do to an animal is make it feel afraid * examines how humans and animals use their emotions, including to predict the future * compares animals to autistic savants, in fact declaring that animals may be autistic savants, with special forms of genius that normal people cannot see * explains that most animals have "super-human" skills: animals have animal genius * reveals the abilities handicapped people, and animals, have that normal people don't