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At a time when the evidence is stronger than ever that human activity is the primary cause for global climate change, William Ruddiman's breakthrough text returns in a thoroughly updated new edition. It offers a clear, engaging, objective portrait of the current state of climate science, including compelling recent findings on anthropogenic global warming and important advances in understanding past climates.
Earth's Insights: A Multicultural Survey of Ecological Ethics from the Mediterranean Basin to the Australian Outbackby J. Baird Callicott
Although environmental crisis is global in scope, contemporary environmental ethics is centered predominantly in Western philosophy and religion. EARTH'S INSIGHTS widens the scope to include the ecological teachings embedded in non-Western world views. Conservationist J. Baird Callicott asks how the world's diverse environmental philosophies can be brought together to benefit the whole.
From the authors of the leading environmental handbook Green Living? the best of E?s nationally syndicated Q&A column, EarthTalk E / The Environmental Magazine has established itself as the leading independent environmental periodical since its debut in 1990. E reaches 180,000 readers per issue, and its website attracts up to 600,000 visitors a month. One of their most popular features is the column EarthTalk, now nationally syndicated in up to 1,700 newspapers, magazines, and websites. In EarthTalk, the editors of E answer readers? questions on the environment and the best ways to live green. EarthTalk gathers together the best of these questions and answers in a quick and easy guide for the average Joe (or Jane). Searching by subject or looking up questions in the index, readers can learn everything from the difference between wild and farmed salmon to the pros and cons of nuclear power. EarthTalk provides the essential tools and tips to living in harmony with the planet.
The only guide dedicated entirely to hiking San Francisco's East Bay has been revised and updated, and features 3 new trips in Contra Costa County. Includes 56 trips for hiking, bicycling, and horseback riding on oak-studded hills, grassy ridges, rocky peaks, forested valleys, and salt-marsh shoreline. East Bay Trails is the most complete and up-to-date trail guide for Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. While the route descriptions pertain to hiking most of all, other outdoor enthusiasts-fitness walkers, joggers, equestrians, and bicyclists-will also find them useful.
Eastern Old-Growth Forests is the first book devoted exclusively to old growth throughout the East. Authoritative essays from leading experts examine the ecology and characteristics of eastern old growth, explore its history and value -- both ecological and cultural -- and make recommendations for its preservation.The book provides a thorough overview of the importance of old growth in the East including its extent, qualities, and role in wildlands restoration. It will serve a vital role in furthering preservation efforts by making eastern old-growth issues better known and understood.
Day hiking in Atlanta and the surrounding areas has never been better - or easier. This guide, compiled by avid hikers Randy and Pam Golden, introduces residents and visitors to the area's best easy day treks. Carefully researched on foot, and filled with detailed trail notes, the book helps novice hikers discover their options with concise at-a-glance information highlighting factors such as location, access, directions, distance, and scenery. Included are both newly established trails and older trails ripe for rediscovery.
Carefully researched on foot by avid hiker Ted Villaire, and filled with detailed trail notes, Easy Hikes Close to Home: Chicago helps novice hikers discover their options with concise at-a-glance information. The guide, which is lightweight and extremely easy to carry on the trail, highlights factors such as location, access, directions, distance, and scenery. Included are both newly established trails and older trails ripe for rediscovery.
The guide highlights factors such as location, access, directions, distance, and scenery. Included are both newly established trails and older trails ripe for rediscovery. Based on the author's own research, this handy guide introduces the best easy day hikes. Filled with detailed descriptions of each trail, Easy Hikes Close to Home: Houston helps novice hikers discover their choices with clear maps and concise at-a-glance information.
New trails have been established and old trails rediscovered, making the hikes in the New York City area better than ever. Based on the authors' own research, this handy guide introduces nearly two dozen of the best easy day hikes. Filled with detailed descriptions of each trail, Easy Hikes Close to Home: New York City helps novice hikers discover their choices with clear maps and concise at-a-glance information.
Drawn from one of the best-selling titles in the 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles series, this compact guide can be tucked easily into a bag, backpack or back pocket. Almost 150,000 residents took part in Phoenix's Park system last year - here are 20 more outdoor escapes for family fun and light exercise. New trails have been established and old trails rediscovered, making the hikes in Phoenix and the surrounding areas better than ever. Based on the author's own research, this handy guide introduces the best easy hikes. Filled with detailed descriptions of each trail, Easy Hikes Close to Home: Phoenix helps novice hikers discover their choices with clear maps and concise at-a-glance information.
Carefully researched on foot, Easy Hikes Close to Home: Sacramento introduces area residents and visitors to a wide array of the best and easy day hikes, from the atmospheric Sacramento Delta area to tranquil trails in the Cosumnes River Preserve. With detailed descriptions, novice hikers discover their choices with concise at-a-glance information highlighting details such as length, configuration, water required, exposure, trail traffic and surface, hiking time, season, facilities, scenery, and much more.
New trails have been established and old trails rediscovered, making the hikes in San Diego and the surrounding areas better than ever. Based on the author's own research, this handy guide introduces area residents and visitors to nearly two dozen of the best easy day hikes. Filled with detailed descriptions of each trail, Easy Hikes Close to Home: San Diego helps novice hikers discover their choices with clear maps and concise at-a-glance information highlighting details such as location, access, directions, distances, and scenery.
Small and lightweight, Easy Hikes Close to Home: Seattle contains 20 beginner-level hikes. With trails personally tested by both authors, this guide includes at-a-glance information (length, water required, trail traffic and surface, wheelchair accessibility, and more), GPS trailhead coordinates, directions, and clear maps.
From the central city through the suburbs to the foothills and mountains in the west and the lowlands in the east, this portable guide introduces 20 of the best easy day hikes in Washington, D.C. Filled with detailed descriptions, clear maps, and GPS coordinates, Easy Hikes Close to Home: Washington, D.C. contains a wealth of at-a-glance information, including length, configuration, water required, scenery, exposure, hiking time, facilities, special comments, and more.
A guide to the most beautiful short and easy hikes around VancouverNow in its seventh edition, Easy Hiking Around Vancouver is the indespensable guide to exploring Vancouver's beautiful wilderness. Featuring sixty-eight superb hikes through forests, up hills and along rivers, many within an hour's reach of downtown Vancouver, this updated and expanded edition once again provides full descriptions of trails and nature highlights, easy-to-follow maps, atmospheric photos and helpful indexes indicating duration and difficulty.Including nineteen new circuits, this perennially popular guide also includes hikes that can be reached by public transit, those situated close by public campgrounds and those that are wheelchair accessible. And, for the first time, Easy Hiking Around Vancouver features a hike on Galiano Island as well as a hike on a portion of the new Sea to Sky Trail along Howe Sound. Written for both novices and experienced hikers, this well-loved guide is a no-excuses introduction to exploring Vancouver's outdoor world.
An alphabetical tour of the world of fruits and vegetables, from apricot and artichoke to yam and zucchini, including descriptions of 75 fruits and vegetables.
Vegan City Guides is an ongoing set of travel guides meant for the vegan business and leisure traveler. Each city's guide will make available not only the food choices available in each place but will also introduce the vegan to the varieties of sites, interests, and activities that appeal to those involved in a plant-based life. Each guidebook is designed to ask the question, what would a vegan like to do in this city? Besides finding the best places to eat.
A collection of poems that reveal patterns in nature.
This book discusses the different generations of explorers and writers and illustrates how the sounds of a landscape are inseparable from the stories of its inhabitants.
McDonald's promises to use only beef, coffee, fish, chicken, and cooking oil obtained from sustainable sources. Coca-Cola promises to achieve water neutrality. Unilever has set a deadline of 2020 to reach 100 percent sustainable agricultural sourcing. Walmart has pledged to become carbon neutral. Today, big-brand companies seem to be making commitments that go beyond the usual "greenwashing" efforts undertaken largely for public relations purposes. In Eco-Business, Peter Dauvergne and Jane Lister examine this new corporate embrace of sustainability, its actual accomplishments, and the consequences for the environment. For many leading-brand companies, these corporate sustainability efforts go deep, reorienting central operations and extending through global supply chains. Yet, as Dauvergne and Lister point out, these companies are doing this not for the good of the planet but for their own profits and market share in a volatile, globalized economy. They are using sustainability as a business tool. Advocacy groups and governments are partnering with these companies, eager to reap the governance potential of eco-business efforts. But Dauvergne and Lister show that the acclaimed eco-efficiencies achieved by big-brand companies limit the potential for finding deeper solutions to pressing environmental problems and reinforce runaway consumption. Eco-business promotes the sustainability of big business, not the sustainability of life on Earth.
Forty million Americans have been driven from their lands and rural culture is being systematically crushed, even as wildlife, forests, and rangelands are dying. Journalist Elizabeth Nickson's investigations into these events have revealed a shocking truth: rather than safeguarding our environment, radical conservationists are actually destroying our natural heritage. In Eco-Fascists, Nickson documents the destructive impact of the environmental movement in North America and beyond, detailing the extreme damage environmental radicals in local and national government agencies are doing to the land, the ecosystems, and the people. Readers of Alston Chase's Playing God in Yellowstone and In a Dark Wood, and anyone who is deeply concerned about global warming and the environment must read Elizabeth Nickson's Eco-Fascists.
An ecologically sustainable society cannot be achieved without citizens who possess the virtues and values that will foster it, and who believe that individual actions can indeed make a difference. Eco-Republic draws on ancient Greek thought--and Plato's Republic in particular--to put forward a new vision of citizenship that can make such a society a reality. Melissa Lane develops a model of a society whose health and sustainability depend on all its citizens recognizing a shared standard of value and shaping their personal goals and habits accordingly. Bringing together the moral and political ideas of the ancients with the latest social and psychological theory, Lane illuminates the individual's vital role in social change, and articulates new ways of understanding what is harmful and what is valuable, what is a benefit and what is a cost, and what the relationship between public and private well-being ought to be. Eco-Republic reveals why we must rethink our political imagination if we are to meet the challenges of climate change and other urgent environmental concerns. Offering a unique reflection on the ethics and politics of sustainability, the book goes beyond standard approaches to virtue ethics in philosophy and current debates about happiness in economics and psychology. Eco-Republic explains why health is a better standard than happiness for capturing the important links between individual action and social good, and diagnoses the reasons why the ancient concept of virtue has been sorely neglected yet is more relevant today than ever.
Join the Eco-Sexual Revolution Leaving a smaller carbon footprint in the bedroom is easy withEco-Sex, a green sex guide that will inspire both sexual and ecological excitement. Renew your passion for the environment while you recharge your love life-with green sex toys, low-impact lingerie, fair-trade condoms, bamboo bed linens, conflict-free diamonds, and much more. Eco-Sexwill help you avoid the sins of greenwashing while you probe the deeper underpinnings of healthy, chemical-free sex. You'll also tap into the emerging eco-sexual community while shopping for organic aphrodisiacs or logging onto green dating sites. Eco-Sexwill open new avenues for the health of the planetandyour body. So go ahead: stock your sexual toolbox, reinvigorate your passions, get serious about sustainability-and join the next (and best!) sexual revolution.
The Eco2 Cities approach is a point of departure for cities that would like to reap the many benefits of ecological and economic sustainability. It provides an analytical and operational framework that offers strategic guidance to cities on sustainable and integrated urban development. At the same time case studies are used throughout the book to provide a matter-of-fact and ground-level perspective. The Eco2 framework is flexible and easily customized to the context of each country or city. Based on the particular circumstances and the development priorities of a city - the application of the framework can contribute to the development of a unique action plan or roadmap in each case. This action plan can be triggered through catalyst projects. To support this framework, the book also begins to introduce some powerful and practical methods and tools that can further enable sustainable and integrated city planning and decision making. These include 1) operational and process methods that can strengthen collaborative decision making and cross-sector synergies in a city; 2) analytical methods ranging from diagnostics, simulation, design and scenario-generation; and 3) accounting and benchmarking methods which can help clarify, define and measure what it means to truly invest in sustainability and resilience. As additional reference reading, the book also features a series of case studies from best practice cities around the world, each demonstrating a very different dimension of the Eco2 approach. It also features a series of infrastructure sector notes (on spatial development, transport, energy, water and waste management), each of which explore sector specific issues as they pertain to urban development, and the many opportunities for coordination and integration across sectors.
Although food-production systems for the world's rural poor typically have had devastating effects on the planet's wealth of genes, species, and ecosystems, that need not be the case in the future. In Ecoagriculture, two of the world's leading experts on conservation and development examine the idea that agricultural landscapes can be designed more creatively to take the needs of human populations into account while also protecting, or even enhancing, biodiversity. They present a thorough overview of the innovative concept of "ecoagriculture" - the management of landscapes for both the production of food and the conservation of wild biodiversity. The book:examines the global impact of agriculture on wild biodiversitydescribes the challenge of reconciling biodiversity conservation and agricultural goalsoutlines and discusses the ecoagriculture approachpresents diverse case studies that illustrate key strategiesexplores how policies, markets, and institutions can be re-shaped to support ecoagricultureWhile focusing on tropical regions of the developing world -- where increased agricultural productivity is most vital for food security, poverty reduction, and sustainable development, and where so much of the world's wild biodiversity is threatened -- it also draws on lessons learned in developed countries. Dozens of examples from around the world present proven strategies for small-scale, low-income farmers involved in commercial production.Ecoagriculture explores new approaches to agricultural production that complement natural environments, enhance ecosystem function, and improve rural livelihoods. It features a wealth of real-world case studies that demonstrate the applicability of the ideas discussed and how the principles can be applied, and is an important new work for policymakers, students, researchers, and anyone concerned with conserving biodiversity while sustaining human populations.