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Water in Plain Sight

Water in Plain Sight

Hope for a Thirsty World

  • Author: Judith D. Schwartz
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • ISBN: 1466879009
  • Category: Nature
  • Page: 256
  • View: 441
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Water scarcity is on everyone's mind. Long taken for granted, water availability has entered the realm of economics, politics, and people's food and lifestyle choices. But as anxiety mounts - even as a swath of California farmland has been left fallow and extremist groups worldwide exploit the desperation of people losing livelihoods to desertification - many are finding new routes to water security with key implications for food access, economic resilience, and climate change. Water does not perish, nor require millions of years to form as do fossil fuels. However, water is always on the move. In this timely, important book, Judith D. Schwartz presents a refreshing perspective on water that transcends zero-sum thinking. By allying with the water cycle, we can revive lush, productive landscapes. Like the river in rural Zimbabwe that, thanks to restorative grazing, now flows miles further than in living memory. Or the food forest of oranges, pomegranates, and native fruit-bearing plants in Tucson, grown through harvesting urban wastewater. Or the mini-oasis in West Texas nourished by dew. Animated by stories from around the globe, Water In Plain Sight is an inspiring reminder that fixing the future of our drying planet involves understanding what makes natural systems thrive.

Cows Save the Planet

Cows Save the Planet

And Other Improbable Ways of Restoring Soil to Heal the Earth

  • Author: Judith Schwartz
  • Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
  • ISBN: 1603584331
  • Category: Technology & Engineering
  • Page: 240
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In Cows Save the Planet, journalist Judith D. Schwartz looks at soil as a crucible for our many overlapping environmental, economic, and social crises. Schwartz reveals that for many of these problems—climate change, desertification, biodiversity loss, droughts, floods, wildfires, rural poverty, malnutrition, and obesity—there are positive, alternative scenarios to the degradation and devastation we face. In each case, our ability to turn these crises into opportunities depends on how we treat the soil. Drawing on the work of thinkers and doers, renegade scientists and institutional whistleblowers from around the world, Schwartz challenges much of the conventional thinking about global warming and other problems. For example, land can suffer from undergrazing as well as overgrazing, since certain landscapes, such as grasslands, require the disturbance from livestock to thrive. Regarding climate, when we focus on carbon dioxide, we neglect the central role of water in soil—"green water"—in temperature regulation. And much of the carbon dioxide that burdens the atmosphere is not the result of fuel emissions, but from agriculture; returning carbon to the soil not only reduces carbon dioxide levels but also enhances soil fertility. Cows Save the Planet is at once a primer on soil's pivotal role in our ecology and economy, a call to action, and an antidote to the despair that environmental news so often leaves us with.

Living with the Trees of Life Towards the Transformation of Tropical Agriculture

Living with the Trees of Life Towards the Transformation of Tropical Agriculture

  • Author: Roger R. B. Leakey
  • Publisher: CABI
  • ISBN: 9781780641447
  • Category: Agroforestry
  • Page: 200
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This book analyses and presents case studies on how agroforestry offers innovative and compelling pathways towards food security, human well-being and environmental sustainability. The book underlines how modern science and improved varieties of trees allied to centuries-old knowledge can provide a new set of marketable products of special importance to poor and marginalized people in the tropics and sub-tropics, while simultaneously rehabilitating degraded land and restoring soil fertility.

Let the Water Do the Work

Let the Water Do the Work

Induced Meandering, an Evolving Method for Restoring

  • Author: Bill Zeedyk,Van Clothier
  • Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
  • ISBN: 1603585699
  • Category: Nature
  • Page: 272
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Let the Water Do the Work is an important contribution to riparian restoration. By "thinking like a creek," one can harness the regenerative power of floods to reshape stream banks and rebuild floodplains along gullied stream channels. Induced Meandering is an artful blend of the natural sciences - geomorphology, hydrology and ecology - which govern channel forming processes. Induced Meandering directly challenges the dominant paradigm of river and creek stabilization by promoting the intentional erosion of selected banks while fostering deposition of eroded materials on an evolving floodplain. The river self-heals as the growth of native riparian vegetation accelerates the meandering process. Not all stream channel types are appropriate for Induced Meandering, yet the Induced Meandering philosophy of "going with the flow" can inform all stream restoration projects. Induced meandering strives to understand rivers as timeless entities governed by immutable rules serving their watersheds, setting their own timetables, and coping with their own realities as they carry mountains grain by grain to the sea. Anyone with an interest in natural resource management in these uncertain times should read this book and put these ideas to work.

Thirst

Thirst

For Water and Power in the Ancient World

  • Author: Steven Mithen
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • ISBN: 0674072197
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 234
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Freshwater shortages will affect 75% of the world’s population by 2050. Mithen puts this crisis into context by exploring 10,000 years of water management. Thirst tells of civilizations defeated by the water challenge, and of technological ingenuity that sustained communities in hostile environments. Work with nature, not against it, he advises.

Back from the Brink

Back from the Brink

How Australia's Landscape Can Be Saved

  • Author: Peter Andrews
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Australia
  • ISBN: 174309504X
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 288
  • View: 1200
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Featured on Australian Story, Peter Andrews is a racehorse breeder and farmer credited with remarkable success in converting degraded, salt-ravaged properties into fertile, drought-resistant pastures. His methods are so at odds with conventional scientific wisdom that for 30 years he has been dismissed and ridiculed as a madman. He has faced bankruptcy and family break-up. But now, on the brink of ecological disaster, leading politicians, international scientists and businessmen are beating a path to his door as they grapple with how best to alleviate the affects of drought on the Australian landscape. Described as a man who reads and understands the Australian landscape better than most scientists, supporters of Peter Andrews claim he has done what no scientist ever thought to do - he has restored streams and wetlands to the way they were before European settlement interfered with them. the startling results of his natural sequence farming are said to have been achieved very cheaply, simply and quickly.

Poison Tea

Poison Tea

How Big Oil and Big Tobacco Invented the Tea Party and Captured the GOP

  • Author: Jeff Nesbit
  • Publisher: Macmillan
  • ISBN: 1466887478
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 272
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“Poison Tea shines a spotlight on the shadowy Koch brother network and reveals hidden connections between the tobacco industry, the reclusive billionaire brothers, and the Tea Party movement. It’s a major story that for too long has been underreported and poorly understood.”—REP. HENRY WAXMAN, a former chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee How did today’s Tea Party movement really come to be? Did it suddenly appear in 2009 as a spontaneous response to Barack Obama and health-care reform? Or was its true purpose and history something far different. Was it in fact a careful, strategic effort by two of the planet’s wealthiest individuals, the tobacco industry, and other corporate interests to remake the government and seize control of one of our two national parties, ultimately gaining both the White House and Congress? Jeff Nesbit was in the room at the beginning of the unholy alliance between representatives of the world’s largest private oil company and the planet’s largest public tobacco company. There, they planned for a grassroots national political movement—one that would later be known as the Tea Party—that would promote their own corporate interests and political goals. Drawing from his own experience as well as from troves of recently released internal tobacco industry documents, Nesbit reveals the long game that these corporate giants have played to become a dominant force in American politics.

Put Anxiety Behind You

Put Anxiety Behind You

The Complete Drug-Free Program

  • Author: Peter Bongiorno
  • Publisher: Conari Press
  • ISBN: 1609259289
  • Category: Psychology
  • Page: 240
  • View: 2473
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You Don’t Have to Feel This Way “You are not alone, and you’re not saddled with anxiety—or the medications to treat it—forever. I’m going to outline a clear plan and give you clear steps to help you face your anxiety from every angle, in synergy, to truly get to the calm and healing you need and deserve. These tools work.” –from the introduction Naturopathic doctor and licensed acupuncturist Peter Bongiorno has been researching natural approaches to anxiety for over 20 years and treating patients for a dozen. (His interest was professional, of course, but also partly personal; he had his own history with debilitating anxiety.) Here he offers his holistic approach to healing anxiety and avoiding relapse, with a toolkit that includes foods and plant-based medicines, plus anxiety-reducing yoga poses, massage techniques, and acupressure points you can try on your own for lasting relief. Bongiorno also tackles how to safely wean from anti-anxiety medication and how to supplement conventional medications with herbs and other remedies to increase their efficacy and reduce side effects. If you are one of the 40 million Americans with panic attacks, phobias, or other anxiety-related issues limiting your life, or are in close relationship with someone who is, this book will be a lifeline.

Kiss of the Art Gods

Kiss of the Art Gods

A twenty-year struggle to find my way as a contemporary figurative sculptor.

  • Author: Dan Corbin
  • Publisher: Gatekeeper Press
  • ISBN: 1619846705
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 312
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Contemporary figurative sculptors rarely support themselves, but in steps Dan Corbin, breaking all the rules on his way to becoming a successful studio artist. Corbin takes two decades to realize his art dream. He makes the usual sacrifices, travels the world, seeks out art education, finds and loses love. So why is the outcome of his narrative so different? Corbin’s enigmas are revealed in this humor-leveled portrait of a man full of energy, propelled by a distressed childhood, seeking a higher calling, and intent on full redemption. Raised in California, Corbin reinvents himself in a life filled with risk and adventure. An army stint in Germany began his thirst for travel, living in Spain, Santa Barbara, Hawaii, and Berkeley. This enables Corbin to learn more about himself and others, as he cobbles together an eclectic belief system based on mysticism, faith and science, and then attempts to develop an art style capable of expressing his new sense of self. Corbin’s long journey is sometimes hilarious and grueling. He searches inside and out and in every direction for the lost answers but ultimately finds the resolution in plain sight.

The Therapist's New Clothes

The Therapist's New Clothes

  • Author: Judith D. Schwartz
  • Publisher: Shires Press
  • ISBN: 9781605710341
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 148
  • View: 7488
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Judith D. Schwartz tells of training as a therapist, shifting back and forth between her experience as beginning clinician and her own increasingly devastating therapy treatment. It is the story of the author's belief system crumbling - and how she comes out the other side.

A Soldier's Duty

A Soldier's Duty

  • Author: Jean Johnson
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • ISBN: 9781101529294
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 432
  • View: 2345
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Ia is a precog, tormented by visions of the future where her home galaxy has been devastated. To prevent this vision from coming true, Ia enlists in the Terran United Planets military with a plan to become a soldier who will inspire generations for the next three hundred years-a soldier history will call Bloody Mary.

Field Notes from a Catastrophe

Field Notes from a Catastrophe

Man, Nature, and Climate Change

  • Author: Elizabeth Kolbert
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • ISBN: 1596911301
  • Category: Nature
  • Page: 225
  • View: 3632
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Explores the issue of global warming from every angle, incorporating interviews with researchers and environmentalists, explaining the science and the studies, and presenting the personal tales of those who are being affected most.

A Machine that Would Go of Itself

A Machine that Would Go of Itself

The Constitution in American Culture

  • Author: Michael G. Kammen
  • Publisher: Forge Books
  • ISBN: 9780312091279
  • Category: History
  • Page: 550
  • View: 6030
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Out of the Dust

Out of the Dust

  • Author: Karen Hesse
  • Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
  • ISBN: 0545517125
  • Category: Juvenile Fiction
  • Page: 240
  • View: 9553
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Acclaimed author Karen Hesse's Newbery Medal-winning novel-in-verse explores the life of fourteen-year-old Billie Jo growing up in the dust bowls of Oklahoma.

Survival In Auschwitz

Survival In Auschwitz

  • Author: Primo Levi
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 0684826801
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 187
  • View: 5105
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The author describes his twenty month ordeal in the Nazi death camp.

Authentic Beauty

Authentic Beauty

The Shaping of a Set-Apart Young Woman

  • Author: Leslie Ludy
  • Publisher: Multnomah
  • ISBN: 9780307561893
  • Category: Young Adult Nonfiction
  • Page: 272
  • View: 858
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Inside Every Young Woman is a Princess…In Search of her Prince In a culture that mocks our longing for tender romance, in a world where fairy tales never seem to come true — do we dare hope for more? For every young woman asking that question, this book is an invitation. With refreshing candor and vulnerability, bestselling author Leslie Ludy reveals how, starting today, you can experience the passion and intimacy you long for. You can begin a never-ending love story with your true Prince. Discover the authentic beauty of a life fully set-apart for Him. Experience a romance that will transform every part of your existence and fulfill the deepest longings of your feminine heart. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Small Engines and Outdoor Power Equipment

Small Engines and Outdoor Power Equipment

A Care & Repair Guide for: Lawn Mowers, Snowblowers & Small Gas-Powered Implements

  • Author: Peter Hunn
  • Publisher: Cool Springs Press
  • ISBN: 1627881409
  • Category: House & Home
  • Page: 144
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This new book is more than a simple engine repair manual. Designed for the beginner with little or no mechanical experience, Small Engines & Outdoor Power Equipment is a graphically appealing, step-by-step guide that covers all of the most important engine maintenance and repair skills you’ll need to keep your equipment running at peak performance. It also shows exactly how to perform mechanical upkeep and repairs on the most common outdoor power implements, including lawn mowers, snow blowers, chain saws, power washers, generators, leaf blowers, rototillers, wood splitters, lawn edgers, and weed whips. With clear how-to photos and detailed diagrams, you’ll see exactly what needs to be done. A comprehensive troubleshooting guide helps you define problems and enact solutions. With Small Engines & Outdoor Power Equipment in your library, you won’t need to haul the lawn mower off to the repair center and wait a few weeks just because a filter is plugged or the old gas needs to be replaced. Among the many skills you’ll learn are seasonal tune-ups, changing oil, servicing spark plugs, cleaning filters, replacing a muffler, servicing the fuel tank, overhauling a carburetor, servicing brakes, inspecting a flywheel, replacing a fuel pump, and replacing a rewind cord.

The Joy of the Gospel

The Joy of the Gospel

Evangelii Gaudium

  • Author: Pope Francis
  • Publisher: Image
  • ISBN: 0553419544
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 224
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The perfect gift! A specially priced, beautifully designed hardcover edition of The Joy of the Gospel with a foreword by Robert Barron and an afterword by James Martin, SJ. “The joy of the gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus… In this Exhortation I wish to encourage the Christian faithful to embark upon a new chapter of evangelization marked by this joy, while pointing out new paths for the Church’s journey in years to come.” – Pope Francis This special edition of Pope Francis's popular message of hope explores themes that are important for believers in the 21st century. Examining the many obstacles to faith and what can be done to overcome those hurdles, he emphasizes the importance of service to God and all his creation. Advocating for “the homeless, the addicted, refugees, indigenous peoples, the elderly who are increasingly isolated and abandoned,” the Holy Father shows us how to respond to poverty and current economic challenges that affect us locally and globally. Ultimately, Pope Francis demonstrates how to develop a more personal relationship with Jesus Christ, “to recognize the traces of God’s Spirit in events great and small.” Profound in its insight, yet warm and accessible in its tone, The Joy of the Gospel is a call to action to live a life motivated by divine love and, in turn, to experience heaven on earth. Includes a foreword by Robert Barron, author of Catholicism: A Journey to the Heart of the Faith and James Martin, SJ, author of Jesus: A Pilgrimage From the Hardcover edition.

Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life

Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life

  • Author: David R. Montgomery
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
  • ISBN: 0393608336
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 320
  • View: 8258
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A MacArthur Fellow’s impassioned call to make agriculture sustainable by ditching the plow, covering the soil, and diversifying crop rotations. The problem of agriculture is as old as civilization. Throughout history, great societies that abused their land withered into poverty or disappeared entirely. Now we risk repeating this ancient story on a global scale due to ongoing soil degradation, a changing climate, and a rising population. But there is reason for hope. David R. Montgomery introduces us to farmers around the world at the heart of a brewing soil health revolution that could bring humanity’s ailing soil back to life remarkably fast. Growing a Revolution draws on visits to farms in the industrialized world and developing world to show that a new combination of farming practices can deliver innovative, cost-effective solutions to problems farmers face today. Cutting through standard debates about conventional and organic farming, Montgomery explores why practices based on the principles of conservation agriculture help restore soil health and fertility. Farmers he visited found it both possible and profitable to stop plowing up the soil and blanketing fields with chemicals. Montgomery finds that the combination of no-till planting, cover crops, and diverse crop rotations provides the essential recipe to rebuild soil organic matter. Farmers using these unconventional practices cultivate beneficial soil life, smother weeds, and suppress pests while relying on far less, if any, fertilizer and pesticides. These practices are good for farmers and the environment. Using less fossil fuel and agrochemicals while maintaining crop yields helps farmers with their bottom line. Regenerative practices also translate into farms that use less water, generate less pollution, lower carbon emissions—and stash an impressive amount of carbon underground. Combining ancient wisdom with modern science, Growing a Revolution lays out a solid case for an inspiring vision where agriculture becomes the solution to environmental problems, helping feed us all, cool the planet, and restore life to the land.

Soul of Nowhere

Soul of Nowhere

  • Author: Craig Childs
  • Publisher: Back Bay Books
  • ISBN: 9780316735889
  • Category: Nature
  • Page: 240
  • View: 6356
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Childs answers the call of fierce places; the more desolate the landscape, the more passionately he is drawn to it. For Childs, these are the types of terrain that sharpen the senses, and demand a physicality the modern civilized world no longer requires. Includes black-and-white photos and pen-and-ink drawings by the author.