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Fossil Capital: The Rise of Steam Power and the Roots of Global Warming

How capitalism first promoted fossil fuels with the increase of steam power

The extra we all know in regards to the catastrophic implications of weather swap, the extra fossil fuels we burn. How did we turn out during this mess? In this masterful new historical past, Andreas Malm claims all of it begun in Britain with the increase of steam strength. yet why did brands flip from conventional resources of energy, particularly water generators, to an engine fired through coal? opposite to confirmed perspectives, steam provided neither more affordable nor extra ample energy—but fairly better keep an eye on of subordinate labour. lively via fossil fuels, capital may perhaps focus construction on the so much ecocnomic websites and through the handiest hours, because it keeps to do at the present time. Sweeping from nineteenth-century Manchester to the emissions explosion in China, from the unique triumph of coal to the stalled shift to renewables, this learn hones in at the burning middle of capital and demonstrates, in unparalleled intensity, that turning down the warmth will suggest an intensive overthrow of the present financial order.

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The Audubon Reader (Everyman's Library)

By John James Audubon

This remarkable anthology of John James Audubon’s full of life and colourful writings in regards to the American desolate tract reintroduces the good artist and ornithologist as a very good American author, a predecessor to Thoreau, Emerson, and Melville.

Audubon’s award-winning biographer, Richard Rhodes, has collected excerpts from his journals, letters, and released works, and has equipped them to entice common readers. Rhodes’s unobtrusive remark frames quite a lot of decisions, together with Audubon’s vibrant “bird biographies,” correspondence along with his committed spouse, Lucy, magazine money owed of dramatic river trips and searching journeys with the Shawnee and Osage Indians, and a beneficiant sampling of short narrative episodes that experience lengthy been out of print—engaging tales of pioneer lifestyles resembling "The nice Pine Swamp," “The Earthquake,” and “Kentucky barbeque at the Fourth of July.” Full-color reproductions of 16 of Audubon’s gorgeous watercolor illustrations accompany the text.

The Audubon Reader allows us to event Audubon’s designated voice without delay and offers a window into his electrifying come upon with early the United States: with its natural world and birds, its humans, and its primordial wilderness.

(Book Jacket prestige: Jacketed)

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Seashore (Collins New Naturalist Library, Book 94)

A finished, authoritative account of the common heritage of the beach, from earliest instances to the current day. This version is unique to

The beach, with its eternally altering tides, is without doubt one of the such a lot fluctuating actual environments on the earth. domestic to an abundance of animal and flora, it's also one of many richest habitats the naturalist can discover. right here in Britain, we're lucky to have an extended and sundry sea coast, and our quite huge tidal levels suggest that our beach bargains quite a lot of coastal habitats, together with dust, sand, shingle and rock. In New Naturalist beach, Peter Hayward appears to be like at:

• Resident and migrant species, together with fish, barnacles, limpets, winkles, sponges, algae, lichens and sea grasses

• the results of tourism and pollutants on those habitats

• The geology of the British Isles, with its sinking and emerging coastlines

• The responses and variations of plant and animal lifestyles to a altering actual environment

This slender strip of seashore among the land and the ocean that we name the beach, has constantly attracted guy, within the early years as a resource of meals, and in Victorian occasions as a wealthy habitat that the early naturalists might discover. during this attention-grabbing addition to the extremely popular New Naturalist sequence, Peter Hayward brings the ordinary background of the beach correct as much as date.

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The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

By Elizabeth Kolbert

ONE OF THE NEW YORK instances e-book REVIEW'S 10 most sensible BOOKS OF THE YEAR

A significant booklet in regards to the way forward for the realm, mixing highbrow and average historical past and box reporting right into a robust account of the mass extinction unfolding sooner than our eyes

Over the final half-billion years, there were 5 mass extinctions, while the range of lifestyles in the world without notice and dramatically gotten smaller. Scientists around the globe are at the moment tracking the 6th extinction, expected to be the main devastating extinction occasion because the asteroid influence that burnt up the dinosaurs. This time round, the cataclysm is us. In prose that's instantly frank, pleasing, and deeply expert, New Yorker author Elizabeth Kolbert tells us why and the way humans have altered existence on the earth in a manner no species has prior to. Interweaving learn in part a dozen disciplines, descriptions of the attention-grabbing species that experience already been misplaced, and the heritage of extinction as an idea, Kolbert offers a relocating and entire account of the disappearances taking place earlier than our very eyes. She exhibits that the 6th extinction might be mankind's longest lasting legacy, compelling us to reconsider the elemental query of what it potential to be human.

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Young Men and Fire

On August five, 1949, a team of fifteen of the U.S. wooded area Service's elite airborne firefighters, the Smokejumpers, stepped into the sky above a distant wooded area fireplace within the Montana wasteland. hours after their leap, all yet 3 of those males have been lifeless or mortally burned. Haunted through those deaths for 40 years, Norman Maclean places again jointly the scattered items of the Mann Gulch tragedy.

Young males and Fire gained the nationwide ebook Critics Circle Award in 1992.

"A incredible drama of writing, a tragedy that will pay tribute to the useless and provides rescue to the living.... Maclean's look for the reality, which turns into an exploration of his personal mortality, is extra compelling even than his trip into the center of the hearth. His description of the conflagration terrifies, however it is his conflict with phrases, his attempt to show the tale of the thirteen males into tragedy that makes this ebook a classic."—from New York occasions ebook assessment Editor's selection, top Books of 1992

"A treasure: half detective tale, half western, half tragedy, half elegy and entirely eloquent ghost tale during which the useless and the dwelling sign up for ranks cheerfully, if occasionally eerily, in a look for fact and the remaining it brings."—Joseph Coates, Chicago Tribune

"An outstanding ebook. In compelling language, either homely and stylish, Young males and Fire miraculously combines a desirable primer on fires and firefighting, a strong, breathtakingly genuine reconstruction of a tragedy, and a meditation on writing, grief and human character.... Maclean's final e-book will stir your center and hang-out your memory."—Timothy Foote, USA Today

"Beautiful.... a gloomy American idyll of which the language might be proud."—Robert M. Adams, The ny overview of Books

"Young males and Fire is redolent of Melville. simply because the reader of Moby Dick involves understand the significant entirety of the nice white whale, so the reader of Young males and Fire is going into the guts of the nice crimson fireplace and is derived out completely educated. do not hesitate to take the plunge."—Dennis Drabelle, Washington publish ebook World

"Young males and Fire is a somber and poetic retelling of a sad occasion. it's the top of smokejumping literature and a vintage paintings of 20th-century nonfiction."—John Holkeboer, The Wall highway Journal

"Maclean is often with the courageous younger lifeless. . . . they can now not have came across a storyteller with a greater declare to symbolize their honor. . . . an exceptional book."—James R. Kincaid, New York instances publication Review

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By Caitlin R. Kight

With their specified crimson coloring and one-legged stance, flamingos are simply the main recognizable fowl on the planet. such a lot folks don't understand, even though, that there are literally six varied species of flamingo, each one differing in dimension and hue––and, regardless of first-class fossil documents, scientists have had a tricky time positioning the flamingo in the avian genetic tree. In Flamingo, Caitlin R. Kight untangles the medical wisdom approximately this strange ornithological ask yourself and appears at the way it has figured in well known culture.
Kight offers the flamingo in a concise and obtainable approach, introducing its special medical background along what we all know approximately its frequently adversarial habitats and intricate social habit. She explores its genetic lineage and the confusions it has triggered, and she or he information the importance it has had for plenty of cultures, even if as a non secular totem or a advertisement image of the tropical existence. She even explains the way it will get its awesome colour (hint: it has to do with its diet). a superb source for any fowl lover, Flamingo offers useful perception into simply what makes this flashy-feathered personality so special.

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Ken Schultz's Field Guide to Saltwater Fish

By Ken Schultz

The definitive box consultant to North American saltwater fish-from absolutely the authority on sportfishing
Before you head out to the open seas, hear up: Your take on field isn't really whole with no Ken Schultz's box advisor to Saltwater Fish! Written by means of one of many most appropriate specialists in sportfishing, this colourful reference presents anglers and fish fans of all degrees an easy-to-use, integral consultant that will help you determine and find out about the most typical species stumbled on off the North American coastlines-from albacore to yellowtail.
Based at the award-winning reference ebook Ken Schultz's Fishing Encyclopedia, this convenient box advisor compresses the essence of its bestselling predecessor right into a extra possible, compact measurement. prepared alphabetically through species, every one access covers the id, size/age, distribution, habitat, lifestyles history/behavior, and feeding behavior of every fish. This absolutely illustrated, full-color consultant makes it effortless to spot what is on the finish of your line. you are going to methods to distinguish an Atlantic mackerel from a Spanish mackerel, for example; why chances are you'll mistake a cobia for a shark or a remora; how the pink grouper's saddle spot might help you inform it except a Nassau grouper; and rather a lot more.
Written for the sixteen million those that take pleasure in saltwater fishing, Ken Schultz's box advisor to Saltwater Fish features:
* 227 of the commonest saltwater fish
* huge, full-color illustrations that can assist you determine your catch
* Approachable association in a compact, take-along size
* A finished word list that explains the phrases utilized in the species profiles
* evaluate and anatomy sections written in layman's terms

Ken Schultz's box consultant to Saltwater Fish is a must have for any fan of America's favourite hobby: fishing!

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On Thin Ice: The Changing World of the Polar Bear

By Richard Ellis

Polar bears—fierce and majestic—have captivated us for hundreds of years. Feared by means of explorers, respected through the Inuit, and loved via zoo goers in all places, they seem to be a image for the tough good looks and muscular grace of the Arctic. yet as worldwide warming threatens the ice caps’ integrity, the polar undergo has additionally come to represent the environmental peril that has arisen as a result of destructive human practices. some time past two decades on my own, the realm inhabitants of polar bears has gotten smaller via part. this present day they quantity simply 22,000.
Urgent and stirring, On skinny Ice is either a party and a rallying cry on behalf of 1 of earth’s maximum usual treasures.  

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A Forest Journey: The Story of Wood and Civilization

By John Perlin

A modern view of the consequences of wooden, as used for construction and gasoline, and of deforestation at the improvement of civilization.

till the ascendancy of fossil fuels, wooden has been the significant gas and development fabric from the sunrise of civilization. Its abundance or shortage drastically formed, as A woodland Journey ably relates, the tradition, demographics, economic climate, inner and exterior politics, and know-how of successive societies over the millennia.

The book's accomplished assurance of the foremost position forests have performed in human life--told with grace, fluency, mind's eye, and humor―gained it acceptance as a Harvard vintage in technology and global heritage and as considered one of Harvard's "One-Hundred nice Books." Others receiving the distinction contain such luminaries as Stephen Jay Gould and E. O. Wilson. This new paperback variation will upload a prologue and an epilogue to mirror the present state of affairs during which forests became crucial for humanity's survival. 50 black-and-white pictures and illustrations, bibliography, index

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