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  • Tiger Bone & Rhino Horn: The Destruction of Wildlife for Traditional Chinese Medicine

    Sert Kapak
    In parts of Korea and China, moon bears, black but for the crescent-shaped patch of white on their chests, are captured in the wild and brought to "bear farms" where they are imprisoned in squeeze cages, and a steel catheter is inserted into their gall bladders. The dripping bile is collected as a cure for ailments ranging from an upset stomach to skin burns. The bear may live as long as fifteen years in this state. Rhinos are being illegally poached for their horns, as are tigers for their bones, thought to improve virility. Booming economies and growing wealth in parts of Asia are increasing demand for these precious medicinals. Already endangered species are being sacrificed for temporary treatments for nausea and erectile dysfunction.Richard Ellis, one of the world's foremost experts in wildlife extinction, brings his alarm to the pages of Tiger Bone & Rhino Horn, in the hope that through an exposure of this drug trade, something can be done to save the animals most direly threatened. Trade in animal parts for traditional Chinese medicine is a leading cause of species endangerment in Asia, and poaching is increasing at an alarming rate. Most of traditional Chinese medicine relies on herbs and other plants, and is not a cause for concern. Ellis illuminates those aspects of traditional medicine, but as wildlife habitats are shrinking for the hunted large species, the situation is becoming ever more critical.One hundred years ago, there were probably 100,000 tigers in India, South China, Sumatra, Bali, Java, and the Russian Far East. The South Chinese, Caspian, Balinese, and Javan species are extinct. There are now fewer than 5,000 tigers in all of India, and the numbers are dropping fast. There are five species of rhinoceros--three in Asia and two in Africa--and all have been hunted to near extinction so their horns can be ground into powder, not for aphrodisiacs, as commonly thought, but for ailments ranging from arthritis to depression. In 1930, there were 80,000 black rhinos in Africa. Now there are fewer than 2,500.Tigers, bears, and rhinos are not the only animals pursued for the sake of alleviating human ills--the list includes musk deer, sharks, saiga antelope, seahorses, porcupines, monkeys, beavers, and sea lions--but the dwindling numbers of those rare species call us to attention. Ellis tells us what has been done successfully, and contemplates what can and must be done to save these animals or, sadly, our children will witness the extinction of tigers, rhinos, and moon bears in their lifetime.
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  • Writing the World: On Globalization (Terra Nova Books)

    Sert Kapak
    This collection of essays, memoirs, poems, stories, and artwork looks at globalization as a worldwide exchange of art and ideas. Writing the World focuses on the cultural realities of globalism -- the opportunities it provides to learn from other cultures. This knowledge, argue David Rothenberg and Wandee Pryor in their introduction, can be power: "When all of us learn enough about our differences to respect the diversity that exists, we will be unable to pretend we are the same. We will never accept the old innocence and ignorance bred by oppression and exploitation." For the contributors to Writing the World, to dream of the global village is to see the world not as a vast market but as a place of shared values and linked wonder."It is time to listen to the many literate voices the world speaks," say Rothenberg and Pryor. The voices of Writing the World range from Arundhati Roy on the "colonization of knowledge" in her essay "The Ladies Have Feelings, So... Shall We Leave It to the Experts?" to Naomi Klein's meditation on fences, ownership, and property. They include Bill McKibben on women farmers in Bangladesh, Hannes Westberg's account of being shot by Swedish police at a demonstration, James Barilla on invading and indigenous plant species in "The Aliens in the Garden," and many other vivid, compelling, and provocative writings that celebrate -- and illustrate -- "the poetry of cultural contact." Artists and photographers whose work appears in the book include Adam Clayman, Jenny Matthews, Richard Robinson, and Arpita Singh.
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  • Armageddon Science: The Science of Mass Destruction

    Sert Kapak
    An exploration of the terrifying threats to our world that fill today’s headlines:  from global warming epidemic to the threat of nuclear weapons and the risk posed by the leading edge devices like the Large Hadron Collider.  Armageddon Science by Brian Clegg is everything you want to know about potential man-made disaster. Climate change. Nuclear devastation. Bio-hazards. The Large Hadron Collider. What do these things have in common? They all have the potential to end our world. Every great scientific creation of man is balanced by an equal amount of danger—as there’s no progress without risk. Armageddon Science is an authoritative look at the real “mad science” at work today, that recklessly puts life on Earth at risk for the pursuit of knowledge and personal gain. This book explores the reality of the dangers that science poses to the human race, from the classic fear of nuclear destruction to the latest possibilities for annihilation. Combining the science behind those threats with an understanding of the real people responsible as well as providing an assessment of the likelihood of the end of the world, this isn’t a disaster movie, it’s Armageddon Science.
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  • Treasures of the Earth: Need, Greed, and a Sustainable Future

    Sert Kapak
    Would the world be a better place if human societies were somehow able to curb their desires for material goods? Saleem Ali's pioneering book links human wants and needs by providing a natural history of consumption and materialism with scientific detail and humanistic nuance. It argues that simply disavowing consumption of materials is not likely to help in planning for a resource-scarce future, given global inequality, development imperatives, and our goals for a democratic global society. Rather than suppress the creativity and desire to discover that is often embedded in the exploration and production of material goods—which he calls “the treasure impulse”—Ali proposes a new environmental paradigm, one that accepts our need to consume “treasure” for cultural and developmental reasons, but warns of our concomitant need to conserve. In evaluating the impact of treasure consumption on resource-rich countries, he argues that there is a way to consume responsibly and alleviate global poverty.
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  • Consuming Desires: Consumption, Culture, and the Pursuit of Happiness

    Karton Kapak
    Those who don't yet have an American standard of living usually want it, yet it would take three whole Earths to provide this for everyone alive today. This text brings together a group of writers to explore and resolve the paradox, including Jane Smiley (author of "A Thousand Acres"), Bill McKibben (author of "The End of Nature) and Juliet Schor (author of "The Overspent American"). They investigate the roots of consumer culture and its meanings for us. The authors do not offer easy solutions for the future, rather, they seek to provide a deeper understanding of how far the issues reach into our societies and into our sense of ourselves.
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  • Deserts: The Living Drylands

    Sert Kapak
    Deserts represent the ultimate challenge to life on Earth. Their lack of water and extreme temperatures make survival difficult for both wildlife and people, yet deserts are rich in animal and plant life and culture. Their unique species and ancient civilizations include fragile treasures needing protection in a rapidly changing world. Deserts are among our planet's last great wilderness regions, and they continue to offer scientific puzzles and new discoveries. Deserts: The Living Drylands is a celebration of the world's least understood ecosystems. In this richly illustrated book -- featuring 180 color photographs -- wildlife expert Sara Oldfield leads readers on a journey to some of the most remote places on earth, from the rolling sand dunes of the Arabian Peninsula's Empty Quarter to the ancient rock formations of central Australia. Deserts is both a vivid inventory of spectacular images, facts, and stories and an invaluable source of reference. It brings to life our planet's unique arid habitats at a time when they are more in need of protection than ever.The book begins with a survey of deserts around the world, describing desert exploration over the centuries, the geographical distribution and diversity of deserts, their ancient and evolving landscapes, water in the desert, desert ecology and adaptations, people, and resources. Deserts then explores deserts and drylands in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Australia, and the Americas, looking at wildlife, landforms, and traditional cultures. Finally, it focuses on the future of deserts, discussing conservation, desertification, the protection of desert ecosystems and landscapes, tourism, and species conservation. The stunning landscapes and highly adaptive biodiversity of deserts are brought to life vividly by the evocative text and dazzling photographs.
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  • Black & Decker The Complete Guide to A Green Home: The Good Citizen's Guide to Earth-friendly Remodeling & Home Maintenance (Black & Decker Complete G

    Karton Kapak
    Go Green & Gain Peace of MindWith this book, readers can sleep well knowing their remodeling and repair practices are protecting the environment and keeping their families healthy. This beautiful step-by-step guide features a host of practical projects and practices for green-thinking homeowners with a hands-on attitude. Offering a boost for the spirit, a refresher for the body and a balm for the planet, it is a comprehensive primer for eco-friendly home stewardship.Black & Decker The Complete Guide to The Green Home is the first home remodeling book to recognize both the broadening appeal of green practices and the fact that working within those guidelines can be done without extraordinary methods or premium prices. From kitchen remodeling to landscaping to installing lighting and flooring, there is hardly an aspect of modern homeownership that canóÇÖt be conducted with a preference for sustainable products, efficient energy use and reduced toxicity. Truly consumer-friendly, this new book presents a succession of manageable green projects shown with detailed photography and accompanied by sound instructions. Part of the industry-leading Black & Decker The Complete Guide line of books, The Complete Guide to The Green Home is a hardworking handbook for home remodeling and maintenance that improves our quality of life while remaining easy on the Earth.
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  • La Terre en partage: Eloge de la biodiversité

    Sert Kapak
    La Terre abrite aujourd'hui près de deux millions d'espèces vivantes. Ces espèces, en interaction permanente, forment les écosystèmes. Mais aucune n'est éternelle et c'est la grande diversité du vivant qui permet à la nature de s'adapter au changement. Il y a eu des extinctions massives, comme celle des dinosaures, mais elles prirent du temps et laissèrent la place à de nouvelles espèces grâce à cette capacité naturelle de la vie à produire de la diversité. Depuis ces dernières années, l'actualité se fait l'écho des bouleversements que subit notre Terre; changement climatique, érosion de la biodiversité, destruction des milieux... autant de phénomènes rapides, beaucoup plus rapides que ne le serait l'évolution naturelle de la planète, et pour lesquels la responsabilité de nos sociétés est indiscutable. Dans cet ouvrage, Nicolas Hulot porte un regard sur la biodiversité de notre planète. Huit écosystèmes (forêts, océans, déserts, pôles, montagnes, milieux urbains, milieux humides, et milieux ouverts) y sont présentés dans leur spécificité et leur complexité. Une approche qui s'enrichit de l'expérience unique de Nicolas Hulot et de sa Fondation. Son texte s'accompagne des clichés de très grands photographes. Ce livre célèbre la beauté de la Terre et nous incite plus que jamais à la préserver, car la protection de la diversité des mondes vivants est indispensable à notre survie et à un développement durable des sociétés humaines.
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  • Les rats

    Karton Kapak
    Ils mesurent dix-huit à vingt centimètres sans la queue dont la longueur est sensiblement égale à celle du reste du corps. Ils sont omnivores, mangent sans cesse et possèdent des dents longues et aiguës. des caractéristiques qui, ajoutées à celles d'être rusés et très prolifiques, en font des nuisibles redoutables, parasites privilégiés de l'homme au même titre que leurs timides cousines les souris. les rats sont partout, à la campagne dans nos fermes, en ville derrière les murs de nos maisons, sous nos pieds, au-dessus de nos têtes. Quoi que nous fassions pour les éliminer, ils reviennent toujours. leur intelligence aiguë et leur remarquable faculté d'adaptation en font les rongeurs du xxie siècle. et si nous mettions nos angoisses en veille pour tenter de percer le mystère des rats ?.
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  • Histoire de l'entomologie

    Karton Kapak
    Dans ses premier balbutiements aux recherches contemporaines de pointe, l'entomologie écrit une histoire qui lui est propre. Jacques d'Aguilar nous en livre tes détails en alliant les dimensions chronologiques, bibliographique, biographique Il aborde les œuvres de tous las grands noms de la discipline: Linné, Réaumur, Fabre, et tant d'aunes: La dimension esthétique n'est pas oubliée. Les somptueuses reproductions de planches entomologiques sont tirées de la collection personnelle de l'auteur et ont souvent une valeur historique.
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  • Buying Nature: The Limits of Land Acquisition as a Conservation Strategy, 1780-2004 (American and Comparative Environmental Policy)

    Karton Kapak
    Buying land to conserve it is not a recent phenomenon. Buying Nature chronicles the evolution of land acquisition as a conservation strategy in the United States since the late 1700s. It goes beyond the usual focus on conservation successes to provide a critical assessment of both public and private land acquisition efforts.The book shows that for more than 200 years, both private purchasers -- such as the Nature Conservancy and the Trust for Public Land -- and governmental agencies have acquired land for conservation. It documents trends of growing complexity in transactions and a blurring of public and private roles. The preservation of Mount Vernon and its grounds, for example, began with a private group -- the Mount Vernon Ladies Association of the Union -- and continues today with a mosaic of private, state, and federal actors. The current emphasis on private land trust acquisitions, the authors argue, may undercut other effective governmental efforts to preserve the environment and may not be the best way to meet conservation goals.Buying Nature emphasizes the accountability issues that arise when the line between public and private efforts is indistinct. The authors also pay unique attention to how federal land agencies' individual histories shape their participation in modern land acquisition transactions. An unusual mix of scholarship, the book combines political, legal and constitutional, and economic history with rich case studies of land conservation and quantitative analyses of acquisitions over time to provide a new and distinctive perspective on enduring questions of public policy and environmental protection.
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  • What Americans Build and Why: Psychological Perspectives

    What Americans Build and Why examines five areas of Americans' built environment: houses, healthcare facilities, schools, workplaces, and shopping environments. Synthesizing information from both academic journals and the popular press, the book looks at the relationships of size and scale to the way Americans live their lives and how their way of life is fundamentally shaped by the highway system, cheap land, and incentives. This book is timely because although Americans say they crave community, they continue to construct buildings, such as McMansions and big box stores, that make creating community a challenge. Furthermore, in many ways the movement toward teleworking, discussed in the chapter on office environments, also challenges the traditional place-based formation of community. Although focused on the United States, the book also includes reference to other parts of the world, especially regarding the retail environment.
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  • ANARCHISM AND ECOLOGY

    ANARCHISM AND ECOLOGY

    Karton Kapak
    This book outlines the history of our slow alienation from locale, and proposes some visionary and yet practical solutions to the global ecological crisis that call for the emergence of an integrated, living, and sustainable relationship with the ecological regions that surround us.
    Temin Edilemiyor
  • Inventing for the Environment (Lemelson Center Studies in Invention and Innovation series)

    Inventing for the Environment (Lemelson Center Studies in Invention and Innovation series)

    Karton Kapak
    This ambitious book describes the many ways in which invention affects the environment (here defined broadly to include all forms of interaction between humans and nature). The book starts with nature itself and then leads readers to examine the built environment and then specific technologies in areas such as public health and energy.Each part focuses on a single environmental issue. Topics range widely, from the role of innovation in urban landscapes to the relationship among technological innovation, public health, and the environment. Each part features an essay by a historian, an essay by a practitioner, and a "portrait of innovation" describing an individual whose work has made a difference. The mixture of historians and practitioners is critical because statements about the environment inevitably measure present and future conditions against those of the past. Early in the industrial revolution, smoke stacks were symbols of prosperity; at its end they were regarded as signs of pollution. Historical examples can also lead to the rediscovery of an old technology, as in the revival of straw bale construction. As it explores the history of invention for the environment, the book suggests many new ways to put the past to use for the common good.
    Temin Edilemiyor
  • The Fading of the Greens: The Decline of Environmental Politics in the West

    The Fading of the Greens: The Decline of Environmental Politics in the West

    Sert Kapak
    We all care about the planet: few are untouched by a concern for the environment and the future of the earth. Yet very few of us apparently want to see the political representatives of green ideology in power. Why should this be, and where did the energy behind Green politics go? In this sequel to her "Ecology in the Twentieth Century," Anna Bramwell provides an analysis of the failure to create a new politics. Neither a green text nor a political history, it focuses on the development of green parties and ideology since 1945, and on the cultural context in which they developed, in England, Germany and the USA. An environmental expert and policy-maker, Bramwell examines the shift from lonely conservative ecologists, fighting a losing battle against the emphasis on growth and reconstruction, to the emergence of "deep" ecologism and a revulsion against the increasing industrialization of the West. She explores the paradox of a movement hostile to orthodox science yet inextricably bound to science for its justification, its rationale and its values. The book traces how Green consciousness became skewed in political practice, preventing it from attracting support commensurate with popular feeling. Bramwell tracks this mismatch largely in relation to the dominance of the German greens, and their specific and untypical characteristics. Environmental consciousness, she argues, is undoubtedly here to stay, yet, "in the process of rationalising environmentalism, of costing it, of playing trade wars with it, our concern for the intangible beauties of the natural world may go by the board". The result of the manifest integrity and courage of green activists may, ironically, be a West further impoverished by attempts to meet the demands of the developing world. But only the maligned West has the money and will to conserve the environment.
    Temin Edilemiyor