101 Hikes in Northern California: Exploring Mountains, Valley, and Seashore

101 Hikes in Northern California by means of Matt Heid advantages readers via narrowing down the multitude of concepts for mountaineering in Northern California to the superior of the simplest adventures. it really is designated from different related guidebooks in that it covers the northern two-thirds of the nation, together with approximately the whole thing of the Sierra Nevadas south to Kings Canyon nationwide Park, and the total immense Sur area alongside the coast south to Silver height desolate tract. It additionally offers major geographic range: hikes are unfolded around the complete regardless of the place you're in northern California, you'll find a hike within the publication inside of a quick force. The advisor is exclusive within the volume of ordinary historical past info it offers, specifically the geologic tales of the featured locations. It presents not only the fundamental instructions for finishing a hike, it complements the adventure by means of telling the tale of the way the panorama got here to be how it is.

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The Land Grabbers: The New Fight over Who Owns the Earth

By Fred Pearce

“Raises complicated and pressing issues.”—Booklist, starred review

How Wall highway, chinese language billionaires, oil sheiks, and agribusiness are purchasing up large tracts of land in a hungry, crowded world.

An unheard of land seize is occurring worldwide. Fearing destiny nutrients shortages or wanting to benefit from them, the world’s wealthiest and so much acquisitive nations, companies, and contributors were paying for and leasing monstrous tracts of land around the globe. the dimensions is fantastic: parcels the dimensions of small nations are being wolfed up around the plains of Africa, the paddy fields of Southeast Asia, the jungles of South the United States, and the prairies of japanese Europe. Veteran technology author Fred Pearce spent a yr circling the globe to determine who used to be doing the purchasing, whose land was once being taken over, and what the impact of those huge land offers looks.
The Land Grabbers is a first-of-its-kind exposé that unearths the dimensions and the human bills of the land seize, some of the most profound moral, environmental, and monetary matters dealing with the globalized international within the twenty-first century. the companies, speculators, and governments scooping up land reasonable within the constructing global declare that industrial-scale farming might help neighborhood economies. yet Pearce’s examine unearths a much more troubling truth. whereas a few mega-farms are ethically run, all too frequently negative farmers and livestock herders are evicted from ancestral lands or bring to a halt from water resources. the great jobs promised via overseas capitalists and residential governments alike fail to materialize. Hungry international locations are being compelled to export their nutrients to the rich, and company potentates run fiefdoms oblivious to the rustic past their fences.
Pearce’s tale is populated with larger-than-life characters, from financier George Soros and wealthy person Richard Branson, to Gulf nation sheikhs, Russian oligarchs, British barons, and Burmese generals. we find why Goldman Sachs is purchasing up the chinese language chook undefined, what Lord Rothschild and a mythical Seventies asset-stripper are doing within the backwoods of Brazil, and what plans a Saudi oil billionaire has for Ethiopia. alongside the way in which, Pearce introduces us to the folks who truly live to tell the tale, and dwell off of, the supposedly “empty” land that's being grabbed, from Cambodian peasants, victimized first via the Khmer Rouge and now via crony capitalism, to African pastoralists restricted to ever-smaller tracts. 
Over the following couple of a long time, land grabbing may well subject extra, to extra of the planet’s humans, than even weather switch. it's going to impact who eats and who doesn't, who will get richer and who will get poorer, and even if agrarian societies can exist open air company regulate. it's the new conflict over who owns the planet.

From the Hardcover edition.

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The Promethean Illusion: The Western Belief in Human Mastery of Nature

By Bob Tostevin

This publication explores contradictory realities: our carrying on with trust that nature is topic to our willful keep an eye on and nature's refusal to abide by way of this trust. It investigates specific points of contemporary technology and spotlights the effect Newtonian technology had upon the Western global. It then seriously assesses 20th century advancements in technology, proposing a few organic and ecological case experiences that record some of the boundaries that the wildlife areas upon human wisdom. The research argues opposed to programmatic proposals to regulate nature through genetic engineering and planet administration.

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By Rose-Lynn Fisher

Of the 10 million or so diversified species of bugs on our planet, none is extra attention-grabbing than the honeybee. Magnified thousands to hundreds of thousands of instances with a excessive answer scanning electron microscope, honeybees turn into architectural masterpieces a sublime fusion of shape and serve as. Now on hand in paperback, Bee offers sixty amazing images of honeybee anatomy in magnifications starting from 10x to 5000x. Rendered in wonderful element, those photos discover the unusual fantastic thing about the honeybee's development, shape, and constitution. Comprising 6,900 hexagonal lenses, their eyes resemble the constitution of a honeycomb. The bee's six-legged exoskeleton is fuzzy with hairs that building up a static cost because it flies so that it will electrically allure pollen. Wings clasp including tiny hooks, and a double-edged stinger resembles a serrated hypodermic needle. those visible discoveries, made otherworldly via photographer Rose-Lynn Fisher's lens, extend the bounds of our puzzling over the wildlife and stimulate our imaginations.

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Orchids of Britain & Ireland

By Anne Harrap

Orchids have lengthy held a fascination, either for willing botanists and most people. From the mania of Victorian creditors to the keenness of recent photographers, this kinfolk of flowering crops has an odd and unique allure. Many orchids are attractive, and a few are infrequent. This good illustrated orchid consultant covers the id, biology and conservation of British and Irish orchids. until eventually lately, the whereabouts of the rarer species was once shrouded in secrecy, making booklet of any information ethically very unlikely. within the previous couple of years, besides the fact that, those veils were lifted and it really is now attainable to post destinations for all yet one or species. For the 1st time, this booklet incorporates a precise web site advisor, protecting the simplest locations to work out orchids in Britain. "A version box advisor: stable, huge images which are truly really wonderful; a transparent textual content that tells you the way to spot the plant utilizing the English language instead of "botanicalese"; helpful diagrams of these remarkable flower components; and a very complete part on geographical variety and subspecies." The day-by-day Telegraph

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The Unnatural History of the Sea

Humanity could make brief paintings of the oceans’ creatures. In 1741, hungry explorers came across herds of Steller’s sea cow within the Bering Strait, and in below thirty years, the amiable beast have been harpooned into extinction. It’s a vintage tale, yet a key truth is usually passed over. Bering Island was once the final redoubt of a species that have been decimated by way of searching and habitat loss years ahead of the
explorers set sail.

As Callum M. Roberts unearths in The Unnatural heritage of the Sea, the oceans’ bounty didn’t disappear in a single day. whereas today’s fishing is ruthlessly effective, excessive exploitation begun no longer within the smooth period, or perhaps with the sunrise of industrialization, yet within the 11th century in medieval Europe. Roberts explores this lengthy and colourful background of industrial fishing, taking readers around the globe and during the centuries to witness the transformation of the seas.

Drawing on firsthand debts of early explorers, pirates, retailers, fishers, and tourists, the e-book recreates the oceans of the earlier: waters teeming with whales, sea lions, sea otters, turtles, and significant fish. The abundance of marine lifestyles defined by means of 15th century seafarers is nearly incredible this day, yet Roberts either brings it alive and artfully lines its depletion. Collapsing fisheries, he exhibits, are easily the newest bankruptcy in an extended historical past of unfettered commercialization of the seas.

the tale doesn't finish with an empty ocean. as a substitute, Roberts describes how we'd restoration the attractiveness and prosperity of the seas via smarter administration of our assets and a few uncomplicated restraint. From the coasts of Florida to New Zealand, marine reserves have fostered impressive restoration of vegetation and animals to degrees now not obvious in a century. They end up that historical past needn't repeat itself: we will be able to go away the oceans richer than we stumbled on them.

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Before the Big Bang: The Prehistory of Our Universe

By Brian Clegg

Publish 12 months note: First released August twenty ninth 2006

According to a up to date survey, the preferred query approximately technology from most of the people was once: what got here earlier than the massive Bang? we know on a few point what the massive Bang is, yet we don't know the way it grew to become the accredited thought, or how we'd recognize what got here sooner than. In Before the large Bang, Brian Clegg (the severely acclaimed writer of Upgrade Me and The God Effect) explores the heritage of this notable idea. From the earliest construction myths, via Hershel's awareness that the Milky means used to be one of the galaxies, to on-going debates approximately Black Holes, this is often a big examine the origins of the universe and the numerous theories that resulted in the reputation of the large Bang. yet in vintage scientist type Clegg demanding situations the idea of the "Big Bang" itself, and increases the deep philosophical query of why we'd are looking to reconsider the foundation of the universe. this can be well known technology at its top, exploratory, arguable, and totally engrossing.

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Field Guide to Animal Tracks and Scat of California (California Natural History Guides)

By Mark Elbroch

Spotting an animal’s clean footprints within the wild can conjure an international for the hiker: Why did the deer tracks disappear? the place did the cougar flip off the path? What does it suggest while units of footprints appear to coincide? This fantastically illustrated box advisor, the 1st dedicated to the tracks and indicators of California animals—including birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates like spiders and beetles—blends meticulous technology with box adventure to supply a fascinating spouse for either armchair exploration and simple box identity. full of important instruments for the flora and fauna professional, and crucial historical past and visible aids for the amateur, together with in-depth information regarding the ecology of every species, this publication is going past simple popularity of varieties to interpret what animals go away at the back of as a fashion of “seeing” how they go through the world.

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