The Soil Will Save Us: How Scientists, Farmers, and Ranchers Are Tending the Soil to Reverse Global Warming

By Kristin Ohlson

Hundreds of thousands of years of negative farming and ranching practices—and, particularly, sleek commercial agriculture—have ended in the lack of as much as eighty percentage of carbon from the world's soils. That carbon is now floating within the surroundings, or even if we stopped utilizing fossil fuels at the present time, it is going to proceed warming the planet. In The Soil Will shop Us, journalist and bestselling writer Kristin Ohlson makes an elegantly argued, passionate case for "our nice eco-friendly hope"—a method during which we will not just heal the land but additionally flip atmospheric carbon into helpful soil carbon—and very likely opposite international warming.

As the granddaughter of farmers and the daughter of avid gardeners, Ohlson has lengthy had an appreciation for the soil. an opportunity dialog with an area chef led her to the crossroads of technology, farming, nutrition, and environmentalism and the invention of the one major method to get rid of carbon dioxide from the air—an ecological process that has a tendency not just to crops and animals but in addition to the massive inhabitants of underground microorganisms that repair carbon within the soil. Ohlson introduces the visionaries—scientists, farmers, ranchers, and landscapers—who are understanding within the lab and at the flooring the right way to construct fit soil, which solves myriad difficulties: drought, erosion, air and water pollutants, and meals caliber, in addition to weather switch. Her discoveries and brilliant storytelling will revolutionize the best way we predict approximately our meals, our landscapes, our crops, and our dating to Earth.

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Superdove: How the Pigeon Took Manhattan ... And the World

By Courtney Humphries

Why will we see pigeons as lowly city pests and the way did they develop into such universal urban dwellers? Courtney Humphries strains the usual heritage of the pigeon, recounting how those shy birds that when made their houses at the sparse cliffs of sea coasts got here to dominate our city public areas. whereas detailing this evolution, Humphries introduces us to synanthropy: the idea that animals can turn into depending on people with no ceasing to be wild; they could adapt to the cityscape as though it have been a box or a forest.

Superdove concurrently explores the pigeon's cultural transformation, from its lifestyles within the dovecotes of old Egypt to its carrier within the trenches of worldwide battle I, to its feats in the pigeon-racing societies of this day. whereas the dove is frequently well-known as a logo of peace, the pigeon has lengthy encouraged a special type of fetishistic devotion from breeders, eaters, and artists—and from those that famous and exploited the pigeon's stunning skills. as a result of their fecundity, pigeons have been symbols of fertility linked to Aphrodite, whereas their willing skill to discover their manner homemade them excellent messengers or even pilots.

Their usefulness principally forgotten, trendy pigeons became as ubiquitous and reviled as rats. yet Superdove unearths whatever extra wonderful: through the use of pigeons for our personal reasons, we people have replaced their evolution. And in doing so, we have now helped make pigeons the fitting urban dwellers they're this present day. within the culture of Rats, the booklet that made its namesake rodents recognized, Superdove is the interesting tale of the pigeon's trip from the wild to the city—the domestic they will by no means go away.

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Basic Illustrated Edible Wild Plants and Useful Herbs (Basic Illustrated Series)

By Jim Meuninck

An information-packed device for the amateur or convenient reference for the veteran. Distills years of information into a reasonable and conveyable booklet. With this up-to-date advisor, you will find tips to determine and assemble greater than a hundred of the main nutritious wild plans and worthy herbs within the contiguous usa, arrange scrumptious recipes utilizing your wild harvest, be certain the id of toxic vegetation and toxic look-alikes, and take cost of your own healthiness through making wild vegetation and herbs part of your diet.

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Nature Conservation (Collins New Naturalist Library, Book 91)

By Peter Marren

This most modern quantity within the New Naturalist sequence offers a accomplished research of natural world conservation in Britain, targeting occasions within the final 30 years. This variation is unique to

As the environment is subjected to expanding attack from climatic alterations and toxins, conservation has develop into a turning out to be predicament for either experts and generalists alike.

The first bankruptcy of this publication considers the political and institutional improvement of nature conservation and reports the actual and organic nature of england, its geology, weather and natural world habitats.

Subsequent chapters hide the lack of habitats and species, how those losses were controlled and the thoughts used to survey and visual display unit the mixing of nature conservation regulations in industries from agriculture to forestry and fisheries.

Marren keeps by way of discussing how nature conservation has emerged from the sidelines to turn into an immense challenge. He addresses the position of the media, weighs up the successes and screw ups of the conservation circulation and appears to what the long run may well hold.

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Storks, Ibises, and Spoonbills of the World (Poyser Natural History)

By James A. Hancock, James A. Kushlan, M. Philip Kahl

The various world's greatest and so much brilliant birds are to be came upon between this staff of wading birds. Tragically, additionally they contain the various world's so much endangered species, as adjustments in land use erode their wetland habitats. a few, just like the White stork, have lived along people for centuries and are popular from a variety of medical experiences. Others, just like the Storm's Stork and the Ibises of West Africa, South-East Asia and South the US reside so secluded a existence within the distant corners of the globe that they are going to most likely be extinct ahead of even the main simple info in their biology are known.
In this definitive monograph, 3 authors and artists have mixed their abilities to seize what's recognized of those birds, and to photograph them in attractive work and images. The textual content opens with basic chapters on taxonomy and feeding, and breeding habit, following which, every one species is handled intimately. among them, the authors have own event of lots of the species in 5 continents, and pay specific realization to documenting the present prestige of the threatened and infrequent species.

Key Features
* the main whole compilation to be had in this crew of birds
* comprises gorgeous colour plates
* good points marvelous photographs from well known ornithological artists Alan Harris and David Quinn

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The Meat Racket: The Secret Takeover of America's Food Business

By Christopher Leonard

An investigative journalist takes you contained in the company meat industry—a stunning, in-depth file each American may still read.

How a lot are you aware concerning the meat in your dinner plate? Journalist Christopher Leonard spent greater than a decade overlaying the country’s greatest meat businesses, together with 4 years because the nationwide agribusiness reporter for the linked Press. Now he grants the 1st entire glance contained in the business meat method, exposing how a handful of businesses done an audacious company takeover of the nation’s meat supply.

Leonard’s revealing account shines a gentle at the internal workings of Tyson meals, a pioneer of the commercial approach that dominates the marketplace. You’ll learn the way the foodstuff acquired to the place it truly is at the present time, and the way businesses like Tyson have escaped the scrutiny they deserve. You’ll observe how those businesses may be able to increase meat costs for shoppers whereas pushing down the associated fee they pay to farmers. And you’ll even see how vast company and politics have derailed efforts to alter the approach, from a years-long criminal struggle in Iowa to the Obama administration’s contemporary failed try to go reforms.

Important, well timed, and explosive, The Meat Racket is an unvarnished portrait of the meals that now dominates America’s heartland.

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Birdology: Adventures with a Pack of Hens, a Peck of Pigeons, Cantankerous Crows, Fierce Falcons, Hip Hop Parrots, Baby Hummingbirds, and One Murderously Big Living Dinosaur (t)

By Sy Montgomery

Meet the women: a flock of clever, affectionate, hugely individualistic chickens who stopover at their favourite buddies, devise alternative ways to conceal from foxes, and mob the writer like she’s a rock superstar. In those pages you’ll additionally meet Maya and Zuni, orphaned child hummingbirds who hatched from eggs the dimensions of army beans, and who're little greater than air bubbles fringed with feathers. Their lives grasp precariously within the balance—but with human aid, they could in the future overcome the sky.

Snowball is a cockatoo whose dance video went viral on YouTube and who’s now educating schoolchildren the way to dance. You’ll meet Harris’s hawks named fireplace and Smoke. And you’ll come to grasp and love a bunch of alternative avian characters who will switch your brain perpetually approximately who birds relatively are.

Each of those birds indicates a special and completely fantastic element of what makes a chicken a bird—and those are the teachings of Birdology: that birds are a long way stranger, extra wondrous, and even as extra like us than we would have dared to visualize. In Birdology, cherished writer of The reliable strong Pig Sy Montgomery explores the essence of the otherworldly creatures we see each day. in terms of her adventures with seven birds—wild, tame, unique, and common—she weaves new clinical insights and narrative to bare seven kernels of chicken knowledge.

The first lesson of Birdology is that, irrespective of how universal they're, Birds Are members, as each one of Montgomery’s distinct women essentially exhibits. within the leech-infested rain woodland of Queensland, you’ll come nose to nose with a cassowary—a 150-pound, man-tall, flightless poultry with a helmet of bone on its head and a slashing razor-like toenail with which it (occasionally) eviscerates people—proof that Birds Are Dinosaurs. You’ll research from hawks that Birds Are Fierce; from pigeons, how Birds locate Their means domestic; from parrots, what it signifies that Birds Can speak; and from 50,000 crows who moved right into a small city’s downtown, that Birds Are all over the place. they're the winged extraterrestrial beings who encompass us.

explains simply how very "other" birds are: Their hearts appear like these of crocodiles. they're lined with converted scales, that are known as feathers. Their bones are hole. Their our bodies are permeated with large air sacs. they've got no fingers. they offer delivery to eggs. but regardless of birds’ and humans’ disparate evolutionary paths, we proportion emotional and highbrow skills that let us to speak or even shape deep bonds. once we start to understand who birds fairly are, we deepen our ability to method, comprehend, and love those otherworldly creatures. And this, eventually, is the valuable lesson of Birdology: it communicates a heartfelt fascination and awe for birds and restores our connection to those complicated, mysterious fellow creatures.

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Field Guide to Plant Galls of California and Other Western States (California Natural History Guides)

Oak apples, honeydew and ambrosia galls, witches’ brooms, and fasciations—all are kinds of plant galls, a regularly saw, but little-understood botanical phenomenon. usually appealing and peculiar, galls are growths of varied shapes, sizes, and colours produced by way of host crops in accordance with invading organisms. This consultant, a trove of traditional historical past lore, explores this hidden realm, taking a desirable examine the realm of plant galls, the organisms that start up them, their host vegetation, and their difficult behaviors. targeting local bushes and shrubs, but in addition discussing a number of galls that take place on herbaceous and decorative vegetation, it illuminates the advanced interrelationship among botany and entomology and magnifies our information of plant groups within the West.

* Identifies greater than three hundred species of galls—95 on oaks, 22 on participants of the rose kin, 60 wasteland species, and 35 species which are new to science

* Describes plant galls from coastal dunes, the excessive Sierra, the nice Basin, forests through the western states, and the Mojave and Sonoran deserts

* contains info on host choice, progress and improvement, predator and parasite safety, and animal and human makes use of of galls

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Giraffe (Reaktion Books - Animal)

By Edgar Williams

Their impressive lengthy necks, unique camouflage, swish hobbies, and pleasant nature have made giraffes some of the most interesting and liked animals at the planet.  yet whereas giraffes as soon as roamed the nice Plains of Africa in large herds, their numbers have significantly reduced, and they're now totally depending on humanity for his or her survival. In Giraffe, Edgar Williams explores not just the biology of the tallest animals in the world, but in addition their impression on human history—including in historic Egypt, the place giraffes have been stored as unique pets; the center a while, while giraffes have been thought of legendary beasts as unbelievable and mysterious because the dragon; and the Victorian period, during which giraffe searching was once thought of a thrilling sport.

            Giraffe is the 1st e-book to supply a complete, twenty-first-century view of the giraffe in paintings, literature, movie, and pop culture, in addition to its average heritage from prehistory to trendy instances. With new insights into the giraffe’s genetics and evolution, this e-book will entice these attracted to the giraffe’s detailed biology and to a person who admires the majestic giraffe.

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Succulents II: The New Illustrated Dictionary

By Maurizio Sajeva

The authors past collaborated on our bestselling Succulents: The Illustrated Dictionary. This new ebook doesn't change the unique, which is still on hand, yet quite vitamins it in numerous methods. It comprises 900 species that weren't coated within the first quantity, and even though it contains a few species that have been lined previous, this moment quantity provides new pictures that illustrate different facets of the plant, no matter if in its habitat or in cultivation. The structure of the 2 books is the same, with short descriptions accompanying the wonderful colour photos. genuine succulent fanatics will welcome the extra assurance and more suitable pictures provided by means of this new quantity, which should still take its position at the shelf subsequent to the unique.

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