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Braiding sweetgrass : indigenous wisdom, scientific knowledge and the teachings of plants
by Robin Wall. Kimmerer Details
"With incredible grace and inspiring attention to the natural world, Robin Wall Kimmerer takes readers on a a field trip through ancient forests and backyard ponds, sacred sites and urban wastelands. Plants become powerful metaphors for healing our relationship with the natural world, and guides in the process of becoming indigenous to place ourselves. Through a unique combination of science, Native American teachings, and memoir, she shows us in the most subtle of ways how plants are our indigenous teachers, ultimately revealing a path toward healing the rift that grows between people and nature. As a leading researcher in the field of biology, Robin Wall Kimmerer understands the delicate state of our world. But as an active member of the Potawatomi nation, she senses and relates to the world through a way of knowing far older than any science. In Braiding Sweetgrass, she intertwines these two modes of awareness--the analytic and the emotional, the scientific and the cultural. Her writing crosses boundaries between indigenous and dominant culture, between science and literature, between matter and spirit, bringing readers back into conversation with all that is green and growing--a universe that never stopped speaking to us, even if we neglected to listen." --
Our once and future planet : restoring the world in the climate change century
by 1951- Woodworth Details
Ecological restoration alone won't solve the myriad problems facing our environment. But Our Once and Future Planet demonstrates the role it can play, and the hope, inspiration, and new knowledge that can come from saving even one small patch of earth.
The boom : how fracking ignited the American energy revolution and changed the world
by Russell. Gold Details
Presents an unstinting exploration of controversial fracking technologies to consider the arguments of its supporters and detractors, profiling key contributors while explaining how the practice is changing the way energy is used.
The human age : the world shaped by us
by 1948- Ackerman Details
"Humans have subdued 75 percent of the land surface, concocted a wizardry of industrial and medical marvels, strung lights all across the darkness. We tinker with nature at every opportunity; we garden the planet with our preferred species of plants and animals, many of them invasive; and we have even altered the climate, threatening our own extinction. Yet we reckon with our own destructive capabilities in extraordinary acts of hope-filled creativity ... Ackerman [explores] our new reality, introducing us to many of the people and ideas now creating--perhaps saving--our future and that of our fellow creatures"
The hunt for the golden mole : all creatures great and small, and why they matter
by Richard. Girling Details
Chronicles the history of the conservation movement and the scientific debate about extinction as reflected by the search for the elusive Somali golden mole.
The reef : a passionate history
by Iain. McCalman Details
Stretching 1,400 miles along the Australian coast and visible from space, the Great Barrier Reef is home to three thousand individual reefs, more than nine hundred islands, and thousands of marine species, and has alternately been viewed as a deadly maze, an economic bounty, a scientific frontier, and a precarious World Heritage site. Now the historian and explorer Iain McCalman takes us on a new adventure into the reef to reveal how our shifting perceptions of the natural world have shaped this extraordinary seascape. Showcasing the lives of twenty individuals spanning more than two centuries, The Reef highlights our profound desire to conquer, understand, embrace, and ultimately save the world's most complex ocean ecosystem.
This changes everything : capitalism vs. the climate
by 1970- Klein Details
Forget everything you think you know about global warming. It's not about carbon – it's about capitalism. The good news is that we can seize this crisis to transform our failed economic system and build something radically better.
Toxin toxout : getting harmful chemicals out of our bodies and our world
by Bruce. Lourie Details
There are over 80,000 synthetic chemicals in commerce today, including hormone-disrupting phthalates and air pollutants. Smith and Lourie prove how easily our bodies absorb these chemicals from the foods we eat, the air we breathe, and the products we smear on our skin-- day after day. Then they give us the good news about what is in our control and the steps we can take for reducing our toxic burden. The result is nothing short of a prescription for a healthier life.
Untamed : the wildest woman in American and the fight for Cumberland Island
by Will. Harlan Details
Carol Ruckdeschel is the wildest woman in America. She eats road kill, wrestles alligators, rides horses bareback, and lives in a ramshackle cabin that she built herself in an island wilderness. She's had three husbands and many lovers, one of whom she shot and killed in self-defense. A combination of Henry David Thoreau and Jane Goodall, Carol is a self-taught scientist who has become a tireless defender of sea turtles on Cumberland Island, a national park off the coast of Georgia.
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