Gaia: A New Look at Life on Earth (Oxford Landmark Science)

During this vintage paintings that keeps to encourage many readers, Jim Lovelock places ahead his concept that the Earth features as a unmarried organism. Written for non-scientists, Gaia is a trip via time and house looking for facts in aid of a substantially varied version of our planet. unlike traditional trust that existence is passive within the face of threats to its lifestyles, the ebook explores the speculation that the Earth's dwelling topic affects air, ocean, and rock to shape a fancy, self-regulating process that has the capability to maintain the Earth a healthy position for all times.

Since Gaia was once first released, Jim Lovelock's speculation has turn into a hotly debated subject in clinical circles. In a brand new Preface to this variation, he outlines his view of the current country of the talk.

Oxford Landmark technological know-how books are 'must-read' classics of recent technology writing that have crystallized huge rules, and formed the best way we think.

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During this vintage paintings that keeps to encourage many readers, Jim Lovelock places ahead his concept that the Earth features as a unmarried organism. Written for non-scientists, Gaia is a trip via time and house looking for facts in aid of a substantially varied version of our planet. unlike traditional trust that existence is passive within the face of threats to its lifestyles, the ebook explores the speculation that the Earth's dwelling topic affects air, ocean, and rock to shape a fancy, self-regulating process that has the capability to maintain the Earth a healthy position for all times.

Since Gaia was once first released, Jim Lovelock's speculation has turn into a hotly debated subject in clinical circles. In a brand new Preface to this variation, he outlines his view of the current country of the talk.

Oxford Landmark technological know-how books are 'must-read' classics of recent technology writing that have crystallized huge rules, and formed the best way we think.

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Frozen in Time: Prehistoric Life in Antarctica

No different continent in the world has gone through such radical environmental adjustments as Antarctica. In its transition from wealthy biodiversity to the barren, chilly land of blizzards we see this present day, Antarctica presents a dramatic case examine of ways refined adjustments in continental positioning can impact residing groups, and the way quickly catastrophic alterations can happen.

Frozen in Time offers a complete review of the fossil list of Antarctica framed inside of its altering environmental settings, supplying a window right into a earlier time and surroundings at the continent. It reconstructs Antarctica’s evolving animal and plant groups as thoroughly because the fossil checklist allows.

The tale of the way fossils have been first came upon in Antarctica is a triumph of human exercise. It maintains this day with smooth expeditions going out to distant websites each year to fill in additional of the lacking elements of the continent’s nice jigsaw of lifestyles.

KEY gains
* Copiously illustrated with very good colour photos
* offers an summary of the invention and exploration of Antarctica
* offers a transparent consultant to the palaeontology of Antarctica
* comprises modern problems with historical past and upkeep
* Outlines the prospective significant affects of weather swap

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No different continent in the world has gone through such radical environmental adjustments as Antarctica. In its transition from wealthy biodiversity to the barren, chilly land of blizzards we see this present day, Antarctica presents a dramatic case examine of ways refined adjustments in continental positioning can impact residing groups, and the way quickly catastrophic alterations can happen.

Frozen in Time offers a complete review of the fossil list of Antarctica framed inside of its altering environmental settings, supplying a window right into a earlier time and surroundings at the continent. It reconstructs Antarctica’s evolving animal and plant groups as thoroughly because the fossil checklist allows.

The tale of the way fossils have been first came upon in Antarctica is a triumph of human exercise. It maintains this day with smooth expeditions going out to distant websites each year to fill in additional of the lacking elements of the continent’s nice jigsaw of lifestyles.

KEY gains
* Copiously illustrated with very good colour photos
* offers an summary of the invention and exploration of Antarctica
* offers a transparent consultant to the palaeontology of Antarctica
* comprises modern problems with historical past and upkeep
* Outlines the prospective significant affects of weather swap

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Surviving the Century: Facing Climate Chaos and Other Global Challenges

Environmental and human disaster looms ever greater for planet Earth. strong motion is needed now to show a deepening worldwide hindrance into an exceptional chance for confident swap. This publication exhibits how a dramatic transformation of the way people relate to the Earth, and to each other, should be accomplished. Surviving the Century is the 1st significant booklet via the realm destiny Council (WFC), a brand new overseas voice for destiny generations. Reflecting the confident venture of the WFC, every one bankruptcy addresses a distinct serious factor in a scientific and positive means, describing and analysing the subject sooner than indicating genuine suggestions. The 8 major concerns coated are: countering weather chaos, renewable strength coverage, neighborhood farming structures, rainforests and weather switch, growing sustainable towns, cradle to cradle creation structures, a thorough imaginative and prescient for alternate and making a dwelling democracy. Surviving the Century is a must have primer and motion plan for all leaders in govt, enterprise and NGOs, and for all who are looking to join the historical chance to supply ideas to the best problem humanity has ever confronted. released with the area destiny Council.

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Environmental and human disaster looms ever greater for planet Earth. strong motion is needed now to show a deepening worldwide hindrance into an exceptional chance for confident swap. This publication exhibits how a dramatic transformation of the way people relate to the Earth, and to each other, should be accomplished. Surviving the Century is the 1st significant booklet via the realm destiny Council (WFC), a brand new overseas voice for destiny generations. Reflecting the confident venture of the WFC, every one bankruptcy addresses a distinct serious factor in a scientific and positive means, describing and analysing the subject sooner than indicating genuine suggestions. The 8 major concerns coated are: countering weather chaos, renewable strength coverage, neighborhood farming structures, rainforests and weather switch, growing sustainable towns, cradle to cradle creation structures, a thorough imaginative and prescient for alternate and making a dwelling democracy. Surviving the Century is a must have primer and motion plan for all leaders in govt, enterprise and NGOs, and for all who are looking to join the historical chance to supply ideas to the best problem humanity has ever confronted. released with the area destiny Council.

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Invisible Hands: Voices from the Global Economy (Voice of Witness)

The women and men in Invisible Hands exhibit the human rights abuses taking place backstage of the worldwide economic system. those narrators — together with cellphone brands in China, copper miners in Zambia, garment employees in Bangladesh, and farmers around the globe — demonstrate the key background of the issues we purchase, together with lives and groups devastated via low wages, environmental degradation, and political repression. Sweeping in scope and wealthy intimately, those tales seize the interconnectivity of every body suffering to help themselves and their households. Narrators contain Kalpona, a number one Bangladeshi hard work organizer who led her first strike at 15; Han, who, as undefined, started assembling circuit forums for a global electronics corporation established in Seoul; Albert, a copper miner in Zambia who, in the course of a salary protest, was once shot by means of representatives of the Chinese-owned mining corporation that he labored for; and Sanjay, who grew up within the shadow of the Bhopal chemical catastrophe, one of many worst business injuries in history.

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The women and men in Invisible Hands exhibit the human rights abuses taking place backstage of the worldwide economic system. those narrators — together with cellphone brands in China, copper miners in Zambia, garment employees in Bangladesh, and farmers around the globe — demonstrate the key background of the issues we purchase, together with lives and groups devastated via low wages, environmental degradation, and political repression. Sweeping in scope and wealthy intimately, those tales seize the interconnectivity of every body suffering to help themselves and their households. Narrators contain Kalpona, a number one Bangladeshi hard work organizer who led her first strike at 15; Han, who, as undefined, started assembling circuit forums for a global electronics corporation established in Seoul; Albert, a copper miner in Zambia who, in the course of a salary protest, was once shot by means of representatives of the Chinese-owned mining corporation that he labored for; and Sanjay, who grew up within the shadow of the Bhopal chemical catastrophe, one of many worst business injuries in history.

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Our Beautiful, Fragile World: The Nature and Environmental Photographs of Peter Essick

By Peter Essick

Our appealing, Fragile World includes a career-spanning examine the photographs of photojournalist Peter Essick taken whereas on task for National Geographic journal. during this e-book, Essick showcases a various sequence of photos from essentially the most appealing ordinary components on this planet and records significant modern environmental matters, corresponding to weather switch and nuclear waste.

Each photo is followed by way of remark at the layout strategy of the picture, Essick's own photographic stories, and informative highlights from the study he accomplished for every tale. Our attractive, Fragile World takes the reader on a trip worldwide, from the Oulanka nationwide Park close to the Arctic Circle in Finland to the Adelie penguin breeding grounds in Antarctica.

Our appealing, Fragile World will curiosity photographers of all ability degrees. It incorporates a major message approximately conservation, and the pictures supply a compelling examine the environment that may resonate with humans of every age who care concerning the kingdom of the traditional world.

Foreword by way of Jean-Michel Cousteau.

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By Peter Essick

Our appealing, Fragile World includes a career-spanning examine the photographs of photojournalist Peter Essick taken whereas on task for National Geographic journal. during this e-book, Essick showcases a various sequence of photos from essentially the most appealing ordinary components on this planet and records significant modern environmental matters, corresponding to weather switch and nuclear waste.

Each photo is followed by way of remark at the layout strategy of the picture, Essick's own photographic stories, and informative highlights from the study he accomplished for every tale. Our attractive, Fragile World takes the reader on a trip worldwide, from the Oulanka nationwide Park close to the Arctic Circle in Finland to the Adelie penguin breeding grounds in Antarctica.

Our appealing, Fragile World will curiosity photographers of all ability degrees. It incorporates a major message approximately conservation, and the pictures supply a compelling examine the environment that may resonate with humans of every age who care concerning the kingdom of the traditional world.

Foreword by way of Jean-Michel Cousteau.

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Blackout: Coal, Climate and the Last Energy Crisis

By Richard Heinberg

"Blackout is a crucial and well timed publication. within the kind of this compact quantity, the best and best height oil authors operating at the present time has became his widespread scholarhsip, knowledge, wit and writing prowess to a few of the main ciritical matters now unfolding on our planet. "- Frank Kaminski, power Bulletin

Coal fuels approximately 50% folks electrical energy creation and offers 1 / 4 of the country’s overall power. China and India’s ferocious financial development is predicated on coal-generated electricity.

Coal at the moment seems like an answer to a lot of our fast-growing power difficulties. despite the fact that, whereas coal advocates are urging complete steam forward, expanding reliance at the dirtiest of all fossil fuels has the most important implications for weather technological know-how, strength coverage, the realm economic system, and geopolitics.

Drawbacks to a coal-based strength procedure include:

  • Scarcity—new reviews turn out that the height of usable coal construction may very well be below twenty years away.
  • Cost—the caliber of produced coal is declining, whereas the cost of delivery is emerging, resulting in spiralling expenses and capability shortages.
  • Climate impacts—our skill to house the ancient problem of weather swap may well hinge on decreasing our coal intake in years yet to come.

    Blackout is going to the center of the harsh strength questions that might dominate each sphere of public coverage in the course of the first half this century, and it's a must-read for planners, educators, and an individual considering power intake, height oil, and weather change.

    Richard Heinberg is a journalist, editor, lecturer, and senior fellow of the put up Carbon Institute. he's one of many world’s optimal height oil educators and the award-winning writer of 7 past books, together with Peak Everything and The Party’s Over.

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By Richard Heinberg

"Blackout is a crucial and well timed publication. within the kind of this compact quantity, the best and best height oil authors operating at the present time has became his widespread scholarhsip, knowledge, wit and writing prowess to a few of the main ciritical matters now unfolding on our planet. "- Frank Kaminski, power Bulletin

Coal fuels approximately 50% folks electrical energy creation and offers 1 / 4 of the country’s overall power. China and India’s ferocious financial development is predicated on coal-generated electricity.

Coal at the moment seems like an answer to a lot of our fast-growing power difficulties. despite the fact that, whereas coal advocates are urging complete steam forward, expanding reliance at the dirtiest of all fossil fuels has the most important implications for weather technological know-how, strength coverage, the realm economic system, and geopolitics.

Drawbacks to a coal-based strength procedure include:

  • Scarcity—new reviews turn out that the height of usable coal construction may very well be below twenty years away.
  • Cost—the caliber of produced coal is declining, whereas the cost of delivery is emerging, resulting in spiralling expenses and capability shortages.
  • Climate impacts—our skill to house the ancient problem of weather swap may well hinge on decreasing our coal intake in years yet to come.

    Blackout is going to the center of the harsh strength questions that might dominate each sphere of public coverage in the course of the first half this century, and it's a must-read for planners, educators, and an individual considering power intake, height oil, and weather change.

    Richard Heinberg is a journalist, editor, lecturer, and senior fellow of the put up Carbon Institute. he's one of many world’s optimal height oil educators and the award-winning writer of 7 past books, together with Peak Everything and The Party’s Over.

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Climate Change: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

By Mark Maslin

Weather switch remains to be, arguably, the main severe and debatable factor dealing with the realm within the twenty-first century. formerly released as Global Warming: a really brief Introduction, the recent variation has been renamed Climate switch: a truly brief introduction, to mirror the real switch within the terminology of the decade.

In the 3rd version, Mark Maslin comprises an important updates from the previous few years, together with the result of the 2013 IPCC 5th review document, the consequences of ocean acidification, and the influence of alterations to worldwide inhabitants and well-being. Exploring key themes within the debate, Maslin is sensible of the complexities of weather switch, from political and social matters to environmental and clinical ones. its predicated affects, he explores the controversies, and explains a number of proposed options.

ABOUT THE sequence: The Very brief Introductions sequence from Oxford collage Press includes thousands of titles in virtually each topic zone. those pocket-sized books are the suitable solution to get forward in a brand new topic fast. Our professional authors mix proof, research, point of view, new principles, and exuberance to make fascinating and difficult themes hugely readable.

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By Mark Maslin

Weather switch remains to be, arguably, the main severe and debatable factor dealing with the realm within the twenty-first century. formerly released as Global Warming: a really brief Introduction, the recent variation has been renamed Climate switch: a truly brief introduction, to mirror the real switch within the terminology of the decade.

In the 3rd version, Mark Maslin comprises an important updates from the previous few years, together with the result of the 2013 IPCC 5th review document, the consequences of ocean acidification, and the influence of alterations to worldwide inhabitants and well-being. Exploring key themes within the debate, Maslin is sensible of the complexities of weather switch, from political and social matters to environmental and clinical ones. its predicated affects, he explores the controversies, and explains a number of proposed options.

ABOUT THE sequence: The Very brief Introductions sequence from Oxford collage Press includes thousands of titles in virtually each topic zone. those pocket-sized books are the suitable solution to get forward in a brand new topic fast. Our professional authors mix proof, research, point of view, new principles, and exuberance to make fascinating and difficult themes hugely readable.

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Ecosystem Services: Charting a Path to Sustainability

Natural environments offer significantly worthy, yet mostly unappreciated, companies that reduction people and different earthlings. it truly is turning into transparent that those life-support structures are faltering and failing world wide because of human activities that disrupt nature's skill to do its worthwhile work.

Ecosystem providers: Charting a route to Sustainability files the nationwide Academies' Keck Futures Initiative convention on environment providers. At this convention, members have been divided into 14 interdisciplinary study groups to discover diversified demanding situations on the interface of technology, engineering, and medication. The groups had to deal with the problem of speaking and dealing jointly from a range of workmanship and views as they tried to resolve a sophisticated, interdisciplinary challenge in a comparatively little while. Ecosystem prone: Charting a route to Sustainability describes how surroundings companies scientists paintings to record the direct and oblique hyperlinks among humanity's overall healthiness and the various merits supplied via the normal structures we occupy.

This record explains the explicit subject matters the interdisciplinary examine groups addressed on the convention, together with the following:

-how environment providers impact infectious and persistent diseases
-how to spot what assets could be produced renewably or recovered through constructing extreme applied sciences that may be utilized on a big scale
-how to strengthen social and technical functions to reply to abrupt adjustments in surroundings services
-how to layout agricultural and aquacultural platforms that supply foodstuff defense whereas preserving the complete set of environment companies wanted from landscapes and seascapes
-how to layout construction structures for surroundings prone that enhance human results concerning foodstuff and nutrition
-how to advance applicable the way to adequately worth typical capital and atmosphere services
-how to layout a federal coverage to take care of or increase common capital and atmosphere prone in the usa, together with measuring and documenting the effectiveness of the policy
-how to layout a method for foreign alternate that bills for affects on surroundings services
-how to increase a software that raises the yankee public's appreciation of the fundamental rules of atmosphere services

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Natural environments offer significantly worthy, yet mostly unappreciated, companies that reduction people and different earthlings. it truly is turning into transparent that those life-support structures are faltering and failing world wide because of human activities that disrupt nature's skill to do its worthwhile work.

Ecosystem providers: Charting a route to Sustainability files the nationwide Academies' Keck Futures Initiative convention on environment providers. At this convention, members have been divided into 14 interdisciplinary study groups to discover diversified demanding situations on the interface of technology, engineering, and medication. The groups had to deal with the problem of speaking and dealing jointly from a range of workmanship and views as they tried to resolve a sophisticated, interdisciplinary challenge in a comparatively little while. Ecosystem prone: Charting a route to Sustainability describes how surroundings companies scientists paintings to record the direct and oblique hyperlinks among humanity's overall healthiness and the various merits supplied via the normal structures we occupy.

This record explains the explicit subject matters the interdisciplinary examine groups addressed on the convention, together with the following:

-how environment providers impact infectious and persistent diseases
-how to spot what assets could be produced renewably or recovered through constructing extreme applied sciences that may be utilized on a big scale
-how to strengthen social and technical functions to reply to abrupt adjustments in surroundings services
-how to layout agricultural and aquacultural platforms that supply foodstuff defense whereas preserving the complete set of environment companies wanted from landscapes and seascapes
-how to layout construction structures for surroundings prone that enhance human results concerning foodstuff and nutrition
-how to advance applicable the way to adequately worth typical capital and atmosphere services
-how to layout a federal coverage to take care of or increase common capital and atmosphere prone in the usa, together with measuring and documenting the effectiveness of the policy
-how to layout a method for foreign alternate that bills for affects on surroundings services
-how to increase a software that raises the yankee public's appreciation of the fundamental rules of atmosphere services

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Water: Asia's New Battleground

By Brahma Chellaney

Winner of the Asia Society's Bernard Schwartz 2012 e-book Award

The battles of the day gone by have been fought over land. these of this present day are over power. however the battles of day after today can be over water. Nowhere is that threat more than in water-distressed Asia.

Water pressure is decided to turn into Asia's defining main issue of the twenty-first century, growing stumbling blocks to persisted swift monetary progress, stoking interstate tensions over shared assets, exacerbating long-time territorial disputes, and enforcing extra hardships at the bad. Asia is domestic to the various world's nice rivers and lakes, yet its large inhabitants and exploding monetary and agricultural call for for water make it the main water-scarce continent on a in step with capita foundation. a lot of Asia's water assets move nationwide barriers, and as much less and no more water is on the market, overseas tensions will upward push. the opportunity of clash is additional underscored by means of China's unequalled worldwide prestige because the resource of transboundary river flows to the biggest variety of nations, starting from India and Vietnam to Russia and Kazakhstan; but a fast-rising China has declined to go into into water-sharing or cooperative treaties with those states, while it faucets the assets of overseas rivers.

Water: Asia's New Battleground is a pioneering research of Asia's murky water politics and the relationships among clean water, peace, and safeguard. during this designated and hugely readable ebook, Brahma Chellaney expertly paints a bigger photograph of water throughout Asia, highlights the protection implications of resource-linked territorial disputes, and proposes genuine suggestions to prevent clash and extra equitably proportion Asia's water assets.

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By Brahma Chellaney

Winner of the Asia Society's Bernard Schwartz 2012 e-book Award

The battles of the day gone by have been fought over land. these of this present day are over power. however the battles of day after today can be over water. Nowhere is that threat more than in water-distressed Asia.

Water pressure is decided to turn into Asia's defining main issue of the twenty-first century, growing stumbling blocks to persisted swift monetary progress, stoking interstate tensions over shared assets, exacerbating long-time territorial disputes, and enforcing extra hardships at the bad. Asia is domestic to the various world's nice rivers and lakes, yet its large inhabitants and exploding monetary and agricultural call for for water make it the main water-scarce continent on a in step with capita foundation. a lot of Asia's water assets move nationwide barriers, and as much less and no more water is on the market, overseas tensions will upward push. the opportunity of clash is additional underscored by means of China's unequalled worldwide prestige because the resource of transboundary river flows to the biggest variety of nations, starting from India and Vietnam to Russia and Kazakhstan; but a fast-rising China has declined to go into into water-sharing or cooperative treaties with those states, while it faucets the assets of overseas rivers.

Water: Asia's New Battleground is a pioneering research of Asia's murky water politics and the relationships among clean water, peace, and safeguard. during this designated and hugely readable ebook, Brahma Chellaney expertly paints a bigger photograph of water throughout Asia, highlights the protection implications of resource-linked territorial disputes, and proposes genuine suggestions to prevent clash and extra equitably proportion Asia's water assets.

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Silent Spring Revisited

By Conor Mark Jameson

American scientist and writer Rachel Carson is expounded to have sparked the trendy day environmental flow with the book of Silent Spring in 1962. She made shiny the chance of lifestyles with no birdsong. yet has her caution been heeded?

Fifty years on, Conor Mark Jameson displays at the progress of environmentalism considering Silent Spring used to be released. His revealing and interesting story plots milestone occasions in conservation, pop culture and political heritage within the British Isles and past, tracing a course in the course of the part century on the grounds that 'zero hour', 1962.

Around this he weaves his personal observations and touching own reviews, trying to solution the query: what occurred to the birds, and birdsong, and why does it matter?

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By Conor Mark Jameson

American scientist and writer Rachel Carson is expounded to have sparked the trendy day environmental flow with the book of Silent Spring in 1962. She made shiny the chance of lifestyles with no birdsong. yet has her caution been heeded?

Fifty years on, Conor Mark Jameson displays at the progress of environmentalism considering Silent Spring used to be released. His revealing and interesting story plots milestone occasions in conservation, pop culture and political heritage within the British Isles and past, tracing a course in the course of the part century on the grounds that 'zero hour', 1962.

Around this he weaves his personal observations and touching own reviews, trying to solution the query: what occurred to the birds, and birdsong, and why does it matter?

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