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Basics of Environmental Science

Basics of Environmental Science

  • Author: Michael Allaby
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1134616813
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 344
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The new edition of this popular student text offers an engaging introduction to environmental study. It covers the entire breadth of the environmental sciences, providing concise, non-technical explanations of physical processes and systems and the effects of human activities. In this second edition the scientific background to major environmental issues is clearly explained. These include: * global warming * genetically modified foods * desertification * acid rain * deforestation * human population growth * depleting resources * nuclear power generation * descriptions of the 10 major biomes. Special student text features include illustrations and explanatory diagrams, boxed case studies, concepts and definitions.

Radical Human Ecology

Radical Human Ecology

Intercultural and Indigenous Approaches

  • Author: Lewis Williams,Rose Alene Roberts,Alastair McIntosh
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
  • ISBN: 9780754677680
  • Category: Nature
  • Page: 433
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Human ecology - the study and practice of relationships between the natural and the social environment - has gained prominence as scholars seek more effectively to engage with pressing global concerns. In the past seventy years most human ecology has skirted the fringes of geography, sociology and biology. This volume pioneers radical new directions. In particular, it explores the power of indigenous and traditional peoples' epistemologies both to critique and to complement insights from modernity and postmodernity.

Science and the Garden

Science and the Garden

The Scientific Basis of Horticultural Practice

  • Author: David S. Ingram,Daphne Vince-Prue,Peter J. Gregory
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
  • ISBN: 1444360353
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 368
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"A thorough update and the introduction of new topics such as biodiversity and conservation has greatly enhanced this new edition: it is a 'must read' for all interested in horticulture and gardening." —John MacLeod, RHS Professor of Horticulture Most conventional gardening books concentrate on how and when to carry out horticultural tasks such as pruning, seed sowing and taking cuttings. This book is unique in explaining in straightforward terms some of the science that underlies these practices. It is principally a book of 'Why' – Why are plants green? Why should one cut beneath a leaf node when taking cuttings? Why do plants need so much water? But it also goes on to deal with the 'How', providing rationale behind the practical advice. The coverage is wide-ranging and comprehensive and includes the basic structure and functioning of garden plants, nomenclature, genetics and plant breeding, soil management, environmental factors affecting growth, methods of propagation and production, pest and disease control, post harvest management and storage, and conservation and sustainable horticulture. Now with full colour throughout, the second edition provides the reader with: Completely revised and updated chapters from the first edition, with new information and clearer focus on the topics Four new chapters, dealing with matters that have become of increasing concern since the first edition, namely: Diversity in the Plant World; Conservation and Sustainable Gardening; Gardens and the Natural World; and Gardens for Science Published on behalf of the Royal Horticultural Society, this book remains a key text for those sitting RHS examinations, particularly at levels 2 and 3; it will also appeal to gardeners, growers and scientists. Key Features Bestselling essential text for all horticulture students Edited and written by a group of highly regarded scientists Covers the scientific information of greatest importance to gardeners and horticulturists Jargon-free scientific explanations, a comprehensive glossary, and copious colour illustrations Royalties from the sale of this book go towards the charitable work of the RHS, promoting horticulture and helping gardeners. www.rhs.org.uk

Environmental Ethics

Environmental Ethics

An Introduction with Readings

  • Author: John Benson
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1317972562
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 304
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Presupposing no prior knowledge of philosophy, John Benson introduces the fundamentals of environmental ethics by asking whether a concern with human well-being is an adequate basis for environmental ethics. He encourages the reader to explore this question, considering techniques used to value the environment and critically examining 'light green' to 'deep green' environmentalism. Each chapter is linked to a reading from a key thinker such as J.S. Mill and E.O. Wilson. Key features include activities and exercises, enabling readers to monitor their progress throughout the book, chapter summaries and guides to further reading.

Plant & Soil Science: Fundamentals & Applications

Plant & Soil Science: Fundamentals & Applications

  • Author: Rick Parker
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • ISBN: 1111780773
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 480
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Plant & Soil Science Fundamentals and Applications combines the basic knowledge of plant and soil science, in and easy to read and teach format, and provides practical real world application for information learned. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

Human Significance in Theology and the Natural Sciences

Human Significance in Theology and the Natural Sciences

An Ecumenical Perspective with Reference to Pannenberg, Rahner, and Zizioulas

  • Author: Christopher L. Fisher
  • Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
  • ISBN: 162189231X
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 368
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The medieval worldview that regarded human beings as at the center of God's plans for His universe has long been regarded as obsolete; its synthesis of Christian theology and Greek philosophy having collapsed under the weight of Copernicus, Galileo, and Darwin. The popular stereotype is that Science, both in the Copernican revolution that dethroned the earth-centered view of the cosmos and in subsequent developments in evolutionary theory and general relativity, has marginalized and trivialized human existence, revealing humanity's place in the cosmos to be accidental, peripheral, and ultimately meaningless. However, an investigation into both modern Christian theology and contemporary twenty-first century Science reveals just the opposite, providing solid evidence in the interdisciplinary dialogue concerning the significance of humanity within the universe. In this important study, Christopher Fisher analyzes several modern theologians, including Wolfhart Pannenberg, Karl Rahner, and John Zizioulas, to reveal how contemporary ecumenical theology is deeply and intrinsically committed to a high view of human cosmic significance as a consequence of Christianity's indelible Trinitarian and incarnational faith. Fisher then demonstrates how research in contemporary natural Science confirms this finding in its own way, as recent primate intelligence studies, artificial intelligence research, and even the quest for extra-terrestrial intelligence reveal the wonder of human uniqueness. A contemporary version of the teleological argument also resurfaces in consideration of cosmic evolutionary perspectives on human existence. Even ecological concerns take on a new poignancy with the realization that, among material creatures, only human beings are capable of addressing the world's situation. This interdisciplinary study uncovers the surprising coherence and convergence of Christian Theology and Natural Science on the subject of human existence and significance here at the beginning of the twenty-first century, and it highlights the very unique role of humanity in global and cosmic history.

Max Planck Forschung

Max Planck Forschung

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Germany
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A Short History of Nearly Everything

A Short History of Nearly Everything

  • Author: Bill Bryson
  • Publisher: Random House
  • ISBN: 1409095487
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 672
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Bill Bryson describes himself as a reluctant traveller, but even when he stays safely at home he can't contain his curiosity about the world around him. A Short History of Nearly Everything is his quest to understand everything that has happened from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization - how we got from there, being nothing at all, to here, being us. Bill Bryson's challenge is to take subjects that normally bore the pants off most of us, like geology, chemistry and particle physics, and see if there isn't some way to render them comprehensible to people who have never thought they could be interested in science. The ultimate eye-opening journey through time and space, A Short History of Nearly Everything is the biggest-selling popular science book of the 21st century, and reveals the world in a way most of us have never seen it before.

From the impacts of human activities on our climate and environment to the mysteries of Titan

From the impacts of human activities on our climate and environment to the mysteries of Titan

ERCA - Volume 5 : European Research Course on Atmospheres, Grenoble, France

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  • Publisher: N.A
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Bombs, Bugs, Drugs, and Thugs

Bombs, Bugs, Drugs, and Thugs

Intelligence and America's Quest for Security

  • Author: Loch K. Johnson
  • Publisher: NYU Press
  • ISBN: 9780814742525
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 298
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An examination of the present and future of American intelligence argues that despite America's resources, technology, and networks, the lack of central coordination allows information and communication failures.

Vast Universe

Vast Universe

Extraterrestrials and Christian Revelation

  • Author: Thomas O'Meara
  • Publisher: Liturgical Press
  • ISBN: 0814680488
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 96
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If we have learned anything from recent advances in cosmology and astronomy, it is that we have only barely begun to comprehend the vastness of our universe and all that it contains. For Christians, this raises some fascinating questions: If there are intelligent beings out there, what would be their relationship to what Christianity claims is a special history on Earth of life with God? Would the fact of persons on other planets banish or modify our understanding of God? Would it reduce the importance of Jesus? What role might goodness and evil play in extraterrestrial civilizations? Might God have incarnated himself among other races of creatures, as he became incarnate as Jesus among us? Respectful of the sciences that disclose the reality of the universe, Thomas O'Meara wonders about good and evil, intelligence and freedom, revelation and life as they might exist in other galaxies. In this book, one possible aspect of the universe we live in meets the perspective of Christian revelation.

Des Lebens ganze Fülle

Des Lebens ganze Fülle

eine Liebeserklärung an die Wunder der Natur

  • Author: Edward O. Wilson
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9783548600314
  • Category:
  • Page: 399
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The Green Halo

The Green Halo

A Bird's-Eye View of Ecological Ethics

  • Author: Erazim Kohak
  • Publisher: Open Court
  • ISBN: 0812697561
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 256
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The Green Halo is a highly readable introduction to the vast field of contemporary ecological thought. It is a basic education in environmental philosophy and a welcome propadeutic for understanding the most crucial problem facing humankind in the coming century: How can humans live on this earth so that they do not destroy the preconditions for their own existence?

Das geheime Leben der Bäume

Das geheime Leben der Bäume

Was sie fühlen, wie sie kommunizieren - die Entdeckung einer verborgenen Welt

  • Author: Peter Wohlleben
  • Publisher: Ludwig
  • ISBN: 3641114004
  • Category: Nature
  • Page: 224
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Ein neuer Blick auf alte Freunde Erstaunliche Dinge geschehen im Wald: Bäume, die miteinander kommunizieren. Bäume, die ihren Nachwuchs, aber auch alte und kranke Nachbarn liebevoll umsorgen und pflegen. Bäume, die Empfindungen haben, Gefühle, ein Gedächtnis. Unglaublich? Aber wahr! – Der Förster Peter Wohlleben erzählt faszinierende Geschichten über die ungeahnten und höchst erstaunlichen Fähigkeiten der Bäume. Dazu zieht er die neuesten wissenschaftlichen Erkenntnisse ebenso heran wie seine eigenen unmittelbaren Erfahrungen mit dem Wald und schafft so eine aufregend neue Begegnung für die Leser: Wir schließen Bekanntschaft mit einem Lebewesen, das uns vertraut schien, uns aber hier erstmals in seiner ganzen Lebendigkeit vor Augen tritt. Und wir betreten eine völlig neue Welt ...

Journal de physique

Journal de physique

Proceedings

  • Author: Société française de physique
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Physics
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The Age of Spiritual Machines

The Age of Spiritual Machines

When Computers Exceed Human Intelligence

  • Author: Ray Kurzweil
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • ISBN: 9781101077887
  • Category: Computers
  • Page: 400
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Ray Kurzweil is the inventor of the most innovative and compelling technology of our era, an international authority on artificial intelligence, and one of our greatest living visionaries. Now he offers a framework for envisioning the twenty-first century--an age in which the marriage of human sensitivity and artificial intelligence fundamentally alters and improves the way we live. Kurzweil's prophetic blueprint for the future takes us through the advances that inexorably result in computers exceeding the memory capacity and computational ability of the human brain by the year 2020 (with human-level capabilities not far behind); in relationships with automated personalities who will be our teachers, companions, and lovers; and in information fed straight into our brains along direct neural pathways. Optimistic and challenging, thought-provoking and engaging, The Age of Spiritual Machines is the ultimate guide on our road into the next century. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Orchids

Orchids

The Magazine of the American Orchid Society

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  • Publisher: N.A
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  • Category: Orchid culture
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The Engine of Complexity

The Engine of Complexity

Evolution as Computation

  • Author: John E. Mayfield
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • ISBN: 0231535287
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 416
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The concepts of evolution and complexity theory have become part of the intellectual ether permeating the life sciences, the social and behavioral sciences, and, more recently, management science and economics. In this book, John E. Mayfield elegantly synthesizes core concepts from multiple disciplines to offer a new approach to understanding how evolution works and how complex organisms, structures, organizations, and social orders can and do arise based on information theory and computational science. Intended for the intellectually adventuresome, this book challenges and rewards readers with a nuanced understanding of evolution and complexity that offers consistent, durable, and coherent explanations for major aspects of our life experiences. Numerous examples throughout the book illustrate evolution and complexity formation in action and highlight the core function of computation lying at the work's heart.

Virus X

Virus X

understanding the real threat of the new pandemic plagues

  • Author: Frank Ryan
  • Publisher: FPR-Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780006384557
  • Category: Communicable diseases
  • Page: 388
  • View: 6355
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Die soziale Eroberung der Erde

Die soziale Eroberung der Erde

Eine biologische Geschichte des Menschen

  • Author: Edward O. Wilson
  • Publisher: C.H.Beck
  • ISBN: 3406645313
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 384
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Woher kommen wir? Was sind wir? Wohin gehen wir? Der große Biologe E. O. Wilson entschlüsselt die Evolution des Menschen Die soziale Eroberung der Erde ist die Summe lebenslanger innovativer Forschung, die Krönung des Lebenswerkes von Edward O. Wilson. Seine weitreichende These: Die soziale Gruppe und nicht das egoistische Gen war der entscheidende Faktor der Menschwerdung. "Keinem außer Edward O. Wilson konnte eine derart brillante Synthese aus Biologie und Geisteswissenschaften gelingen, die Licht wirft auf den Ursprung von Sprache, Religion, Kunst und der gesamten menschlichen Kultur." Oliver Sacks "Eine große, doch einfache Fragestellung, überzeugende Erklärungen, eine meisterhafte Beherrschung der Wissenschaft und eine anschauliche, verständliche Darstellung einmal mehr hat E.O. Wilson ein Buch geschrieben mit den Qualitäten, die ihm Pulitzerpreise und ein Millionenpublikum eingebracht haben." Jared Diamond "Ein fabelhaftes Buch." Bill Clinton