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Saving Our Environment from Washington: How Congress Grabs Power, Shirks Responsibility, and Shortchanges the Peopleby David Schoenbrod
Congress empowered the Environmental Protection Agency on the theory that only a national agency that is insulated from accountability to voters could produce the scientifically grounded pollution rules needed to save a careless public from its own filth. In this provocative book, David Schoenbrod explains how his experience as an environmental advocate brought him to this startling realization: letting EPA dictate to the nation is a mistake. Through a series of gripping and illuminating anecdotes from his own career, the author reveals the EPA to be an agency that, under Democrats and Republicans alike, delays good rules, imposes bad ones, and is so big, muscle-bound, and remote that it does unnecessary damage to our society. EPA stays in power, he says, because it enables elected legislators to evade responsibility by hiding behind appointed bureaucrats. The best environmental rules-those that have done the most good-have come when Congress had to take responsibility or from states and localities rather than the EPA. With the passion of an authentic environmentalist, Schoenbrod makes a sensible plea for "bottom-up" environmental protection now. The responsibility for pollution control belongs not in agencies but in legislatures, and usually not at the federal level but rather closer to home.
A mother right whale floats lazily on the surface of the water. Her calf swims close by and then rests by its mother with its tail across the mother's back.
How much water should you drink in a day? Where does rain go? How does water shape the land? Do It Yourself offers an exciting new approach to understanding and investigation. Each book helps you to conduct your own experiments and activities, and to learn more about the world around us.
Offering information at multiple levels for several reading levels, this series describes the many dimensions of wildlife depletion and its related problems that accompany global warming and mankind's abuse of the environment. The interdependence of all the natural systems in the world are stressed in the book. This volume concludes with a fact file and suggestions for the reader on how to improve the environment.
A member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, Schneider (interdisciplinary environmental studies and biology, Stanford U.) draws on his own participation and other sources to trace the campaign to recognize and address climate change over the past four decades. His topics include smoke on the horizon, a fragile planet grows alarmed, the battle heats up and so does the world, the stories behind persistent distortion in the media, and what should keep people awake at night. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Reading a science textbook is not like reading a magazine or a story. You usually don't have to work hard to understand a story. You probably won't remember it for a long time, either. But when you read science, you are reading to learn something new. You will need to think about what you read. You will also need to remember as much as you can. You may just read a story, but you will need to study your textbook.
This book, while focusing on current preservation challenges posed by the Aga, or Mariana crow, also reflects the larger issues and challenges of biodiversity conservation in all oceanic island ecosystems. It evaluates causes for the continuing decline of the Aga, which exists on only the two southernmost islands in the Mariana archipelago, Guam and Rota, and reviews actions to halt or reverse the decrease.This book reminds us of the importance and challenge of preserving the unique environmental heritage of islands of the Mariana archipelago, the need for increased knowledge to restore and maintain native species and habitats, and the compelling and lasting value of extensive public education to stimulate environmentally informed public policy development.
Describes the physical features, habits and natural environments for these fascinating insects.
Historian David Crane, with full access to the explorer's papers, diaries, and expedition records, gives us an illuminating portrait of Robert Falcon Scott that is more nuanced and balanced than any we have had before. In reassessing Scott's life, Crane is able to provide a fresh perspective on not only the Discovery expedition of 1901-4 and the Terra Nova expedition of 1910-13, but his remarkable scientific achievements and the challenges of his tumultuous private life. Neither foolhardy dilettante, nor the last romantic champion of his age, Scott is presented as a man of indomitable courage and questionable judgment. The result is an absolutely compelling portrait of a complicated hero.
The official Boy Scouts of America handbook.
"The title of Scratching the Woodchuck comes from an encounter Kline had one summery day near his farm. As he was out walking, he came upon a woodchuck sleeping at the base of an oak tree. In a gesture that speaks eloquently of Kline's relationship with the natural world, he reached over and scratched the animal with his walking stick. Rather than being startled, the sleeping creature arched its back with pleasure at the attention." "Kline's writings ring with reverence, knowledge, and a joyful spirit, and to accompany him as he explores the fields, creeks, and woods around his farm is to share his connection with the earth. In both his writing and his work, he embodies a love of nature and a unity with our fellow creatures while offering a testimony to sustainable farming and living as a true steward of the land."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
A guide to completing the SCUBA diving merit badge for Boy Scouts.
Published in 1885, this is the biography of famed Cherokee Indian, Se-Quo-Yah, the inventor of the Cherokee alphabet.
With their unusual bodies, seahorses have been the stuff of legends for thousands of years. But these animals aren't just legends. They are very real! This book takes an in-depth look at these oddly shaped fish. Anatomy, distribution, hunting behavior, and reproduction (in which the male becomes pregnant) are discussed.
A nonfiction work by the creator of Dirk Pitt, this book tells thirteen tales of searches for shipwrecks. The circumstances surrounding each are described in detail along with the searches. This book reads like a novel. Among the shipwrecks are the C.S.S. Hunley, a confederate submarine-- the first to sink a ship in battle, The Leopoldville, a troop transport torpedoed by a German U-boat on Christmas eve, 1944 and the discovery of U-20, the German sub that sank the Lusitania in 1915.
Describes the physical features, habits and uses of all kinds of sea mammals from dolphins to seals to whales.
These graceful creatures never leave the water, not even to give birth. Their warm fur, helps to keep them warm and also to float, and they have almost human like paws. Come and learn more about the "teddy bear of the sea" the sea otter. Find out what these marvelous creatures eat, how they groom themselves, how they mate and what efforts have been made to protect these valuable creatures from extinction. includes an index and further reading suggestions. Grades 3 and up. Other books in this series are also available from Bookshare. This file should make an excellent embossed braille copy.
Questions and answers provide information about a variety of echinoderms, including the sea star, sea urchin, and sea cucumber.
A look into a unique ecosystem, one that is endangered in many places <P> A seed is jostled from a branch of a mangrove tree and floats to a lagoon in the Caribbean Sea. It takes root, sprouts leaves, and slowly begins to grow. Over many years, the mangrove will provide a home and nourishment for numerous creatures of land and sea. Among its roots come to live fiddler crabs and shrimp; in its branches dwell lizards and hummingbirds. Soon the tree is dropping seeds of its own, and other mangroves are growing, creating a tangle whose benefits extend even to large mammals like dolphins and manatees. There are endpaper maps that indicate where mangroves are located and the names of common animals and plants found in them. <P> Ever threatened by hurricanes and even more by human destruction, the mangroves of our planet are endangered, but in Lynne Cherry's richly illustrated story one such habitat survives, giving readers hope and inspiration for preservation of these ecosystems in the real world.
Questions and answers provide information about a variety of turtles, including sea turtles, Galapagos tortoises, and alligator snapping turtles.
From the Book jacket: Millions of sea turtles once roamed the earth's oceans. Within the past five centuries, trade in sea turtle meat, eggs, shells, oil, and leather has driven almost every species to the brink of extinction. Explore the world of the sea turtle in this engaging book. Learn their general characteristics, how they navigate underwater, who their predators are, what human threats exist, and where conservation efforts are being made worldwide. Jeff Ripple profiles every species of sea turtle from the loggerhead to the leatherback. More than 60 breathtaking photographs capture these fascinating creatures under water and on land. Discover the world's animals in the WorldLife Library by Voyageur Press. This highly acclaimed series brings you the latest research from leading naturalists, along with stunning color photographs of your favorite animals.
This 32-page hardcover book is fully illustrated in Heller's signature style -- elaborate details, bright colors, and bold pictures. The Sargasso Sea is a natural mystery. It is a warm "sea within a sea" in the midst of the cold Northern Atlantic Ocean where whirlpool-like currents have been said to becalm ships forever. Underneath huge tangles of seaweed are Men-O-War, jellyfish, turtles, fish, and eels. Each spread elaborately describes and depicts a characteristic of this complex and exciting watery habitat.
The crowds got bigger as the team got closer to the Myriad Center. They lined the pavement as if drawn by some invisible force, yet the quiet remained unbroken. Faces along the route were wet with tears that no one tried to hide. Then Beth heard a voice cut the still morning as in prayer. "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil." It was a final, wrenching homage to the victims of the bombing. The voice echoed inside Beth's head. "I shall fear no evil," she chanted over and over again, trying desperately to keep her feelings at bay. Beth felt her anger melt away. She and Czar would be all right; she'd make sure of that. The people of Oklahoma had reminded them of what their volunteer of love was all about. The motto of search and rescue-to save lives and reduce human suffering- made it all worthwhile for her and the white shepherd... Beth Barkley was tired of having a life indoors. And so was her white German Shepherd Panda. After reading an article in the newspaoper about search and Rescue dogs, she decided to train with Panda as a canine team. This story is there struggles to become a team, their work, in disasters, from lost children, missing people, an encounter with a bear, to earthquakes in El Salvador, Armenia, and mud slides in Virginia to their hardest challenge helping with the Oklahoma City Bombing. Follow Beth as she trains with first Panda, then Sirius, then Czar, and their adventures, both humorous and sad. Look into the world of search and rescue, the struggles that dog and handle endure every day.
From the book Jacket: There is always something new for children to learn when they visit the seashore, and Seashells in My Pocket helps them to explore. Packed with scores of fascinating facts and new illustrations, this completely revised and expanded edition of Seashells in My Pocket tells kids all about nature along the Atlantic coast. The new Seashells in My Pocket includes: Sections on common shells, shore birds, sea creatures, seashore plants, and a new section on insects. A greatly expanded territory, now covering nature from Maine all the way to Florida. Dozens of species added. Locator maps showing where each species may be found. A convenient, carry-along size and sturdy, waterproof cover for long-lasting use. Perfect for taking to the beach. Tips on safety and protecting the shoreline environment.
In Seasick, Alanna Mitchell dives beneath the surface of the worlds oceans to give readers a sense of how this watery realm can be managed and preserved, and with it life on earth.