Locust: The Devastating Rise and Mysterious Disappearance of the Insect that Shaped the American Frontier

In 1876, the U.S. Congress declared the locust “the unmarried maximum obstacle to the cost of the rustic among Mississippi and the Rocky Mountains.” through the 19th century, swarms of locusts usually swept around the American continent, turning midday into nightfall, devastating farm groups, and bringing trains to a halt. The outbreaks subsided within the Eighteen Nineties, after which, suddenly—and mysteriously—the Rocky Mountain locust vanished. A century later, entomologist Jeffrey Lockwood vowed to find why.Locust is the tale of ways one insect formed the background of the western usa. A compelling own narrative drawing on ancient debts and glossy technology, this superbly written booklet brings to lifestyles the cultural, financial, and political forces at paintings in the USA within the overdue 19th century, while it solves one of many maximum extinction mysteries of our time.

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Agroecology: The Ecology of Sustainable Food Systems, Second Edition

By Stephen R. Gliessman

Supplying the theoretical and conceptual framework for this always evolving box, Agroecology: The Ecology of Sustainable nutrition structures, moment version explores environmental elements and complexities affecting agricultural plants and animals. thoroughly revised, up to date, and transformed, the second one variation comprises new info, new readings, new matters and case reviews, and new suggestions. It contains thoroughly new chapters, one at the function of cattle animals in agroecosystems and one at the cultural and group points of sustainable nutrition platforms.

The writer basically delineates the significance of utilizing an atmosphere framework for deciding on if a selected agricultural perform, enter, or administration determination contributes or detracts from sustainability. He explains how the framework offers the ecological foundation for the functioning of the selected administration process over the long term. He additionally examines approach point interactions, stressing the necessity for knowing the emergent features of populations, groups, and ecosystems and their roles in sustainable agriculture. utilizing examples of farming structures in a vast array of ecological stipulations, the e-book demonstrates the right way to use an atmosphere method of layout and deal with agroecosystems for sustainability.

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Powering the Dream: The History and Promise of Green Technology

By Alexis Madrigal

Few this present day notice that electrical cabs ruled Manhattan's streets within the Eighteen Nineties; that Boise, Idaho, had a geothermal heating procedure in 1910; or that the 1st megawatt turbine on the planet was once in-built 1941 via the son of publishing wealthy person G. P. Putnam--a feat that will now not be duplicated for one more 40 years. Likewise, whereas many take note the oil embargo of the Seventies, few are acutely aware that it ended in a corresponding explosion in green-technology study that used to be merely derailed while power costs later dropped.

In different phrases: now we have been the following sooner than. even though we can have failed, the USA has had the opportunity to place our global on a extra sustainable direction. american citizens have, in reality, been inventing eco-friendly for greater than a century.

Half compendium of misplaced possibilities, part hopeful glance towards the longer term, Powering the Dream tells the tales of the intense, frequently irascible inventors who foresaw our present difficulties, attempted to invent affordable and effort renewable options, and drew the blueprint for a eco-friendly future.

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Resilience and the Cultural Landscape: Understanding and Managing Change in Human-Shaped Environments

By Dr Tobias Plieninger

World wide, efforts are being made to maintain landscapes dealing with basic switch due to common agricultural intensification, land abandonment and urbanization. The 'cultural panorama' and 'resilience' techniques have, formerly, mostly been considered as detailed tools for realizing the consequences of those dynamics and the ways that they may be tailored or controlled. This publication brings jointly those views, offering new insights into the social-ecological resilience of cultural landscapes by way of coming to phrases with, and hard, the suggestions of 'driving forces', 'thresholds', 'adaptive cycles' and 'adaptive management'. through linking those learn groups, this booklet develops a brand new point of view on panorama adjustments. in keeping with enterprise conceptual contributions and wealthy case experiences from Europe, the Americas and Australia, it is going to attract a person drawn to reading and handling swap in human-shaped environments within the context of sustainability.

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Silenced Rivers: The Ecology and Politics of Large Dams

By Patrick McCully

Entirely up to date in gentle of the new global fee on Dams file, and responding to it, this new version of Patrick McCully's now vintage examine indicates why huge dams became this type of arguable know-how in either industrialized and constructing international locations. He explores the wide-ranging ecological affects of enormous dams, the human outcomes, the association of the dam-building undefined, and the function performed by means of overseas banks and reduction organizations in selling it. He additionally appears to be like because the vast technical, security, and financial difficulties linked to huge dams. New during this version, the writer tells the tale of the quick progress of the foreign anti-dam flow, and indicates replacement equipment of providing the prone supposedly supplied through huge dams.

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A Field Guide to Mammals: North America north of Mexico (Peterson Field Guides)

Descriptions of 380 species contain dimension, weight, colour, markings, variety of the teeth, habitat, behavior, and comparisons with related species. excellent colour illustrations and line drawings exhibit 230 animals. variety maps in addition to pictures of skulls and drawings of animal tracks, dens, nests, and burrows around out the wealth of knowledge given in "the most sensible basic consultant to all of North the US" (Peter Warshall, complete Earth Review).

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Rat Island: Predators in Paradise and the World's Greatest Wildlife Rescue

By William Stolzenburg

Rat Island, halfway among Alaska and Siberia, used to be a sanctuary for seabirds, earlier than shipwrecked rats got here ashore and savaged them. it is a time-honored situation repeating around the oceans of the realm: blameless island species lower than assault through overseas predators, and, in recent times, defended through their would-be rescuers making use of radical measures.

Peopled with unforgettable characters and propelled via perilous event, Rat Island reveals a little-known and hotly debated perform of killing for conservation.

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Tigers In Red Weather: A Quest for the Last Wild Tigers

By Ruth Padel

Poet, author, and descendant of Charles Darwin, Ruth Padel got down to stopover at a tropical jungle and natural world sanctuary in India-- and her stopover at became a amazing two-year trip via 11 international locations looking for that the majority elusive and most lovely animal: the tiger. Armed together with her grandmother's opera glasses and Tunisian trainers, she trigger throughout Asia to invite the query: can the tiger be stored from extinction within the wild?
Tigers are an "umbrella species", they want every thing within the woodland to paintings in tandem: they consume deer, the deer want plants, the crops needs to be pollinated by means of birds, mammals, rodents and butterflies. in case you store the tiger, you shop every little thing else. this present day, the 5,000 tigers that also live to tell the tale within the wild stay simply in Asia and are scattered all through 14 nations. Padel says that whereas tigers won't ever develop into extinct―they are too renowned for that―they could disappear from the wild. There are as many tigers in cages within the US as there are surviving tigers within the wild.
As she travels she meets the defenders of the wild―the heroic scientists, woodland guards and conservationists on the frontline, combating to avoid wasting tigers and their forests from destruction within the areas the place poverty threatens to wipe out all flora and fauna. She additionally examines her fascination (both as a poet and because the great-great-granddaughter of Charles Darwin) with nature, wildness and survival and after all, turns into a well informed recommend for the tiger. the result's a stunning mix of common historical past, commute literature and memoir, and a searing, intimate portrait of an animal we've enjoyed and feared virtually to extinction.

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A New Ecology: Systems Perspective

By Simone Bastianoni, Bernard D. Patten

A New Ecology offers an surroundings conception in keeping with the subsequent atmosphere houses: actual openness, ontic openness, directionality, connectivity, a posh dynamic for progress and improvement, and a posh dynamic reaction to disturbances. every one of those homes is built intimately to teach that those easy and attribute houses should be utilized to give an explanation for a large spectrum of ecological obsevations and convections. it's also proven that the homes have software for environmental administration and for overview of surroundings health and wellbeing.

* Demonstrates an atmosphere concept that may be utilized to give an explanation for ecological observations and rules
* offers an environment thought dependent upon a platforms approach
* Discusses an atmosphere thought that's in keeping with a number of uncomplicated homes which are attribute for ecosystmes

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