Losing Earth

Author: Nathaniel Rich

Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH

ISBN: 3644004064

Category: Science

Page: 240

View: 2701

Die Klimakatastrophe, die wir jetzt erleben, hätte verhindert werden können. Vor dreißig Jahren gab es die Chance, den Planeten zu retten – doch sie wurde verspielt. Nathaniel Rich schildert in dieser dramatischen Reportage, wie es zu diesem wahrhaft globalen Versagen kam. Wir folgen einer Gruppe von Wissenschaftlern, Aktivisten und Politikberatern rund um den Umweltlobbyisten Rafe Pomerance und den Nasa-Forscher James Hansen, die Ende der siebziger Jahre erstmals erkennen, dass sich die Erderwärmung desaströs beschleunigt, aber auch, was dagegen zu tun ist – beinahe alles, was wir heute darüber wissen, stammt aus dieser Zeit. Rich schildert ein Jahrzehnt erbitterter Kämpfe um Öffentlichkeit, Anerkennung, politische Maßnahmen – und wie diese 1989, kurz vor dem Durchbruch, tragisch scheitern. Eine historische Reportage, die aktueller nicht sein könnte: Wir bekommen in den kommenden Jahren das zu spüren, was vor drei Jahrzehnten versäumt wurde – so wie unser gegenwärtiges Scheitern das Schicksal des Planeten in naher Zukunft besiegelt. Die Erde in ihrer heutigen Gestalt ist bereits verloren, sie wurde damals verloren – und so erzählt Rich hier die Geschichte eines beispiellosen Menschheitsversagens.

Schlechte Aussichten : Roman

Author: Nathaniel Rich

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783608980035


Page: 366

View: 627

Nur wenn sich Mitchell in die Logik des Untergangs vertieft, schafft er es, seine Angst zu beherrschen. Die Vorstellung von einem ökologischen Kollaps, einem Kriegsausbruch oder einer Naturkatastrophe hat für ihn etwas Beruhigendes - was ihn in seinem Beruf als Risikoanalyst zu einem der Besten macht. Trotzdem versucht er händeringend, einen letzten Kontakt mit der Realität aufrechtzuerhalten. Denn seine ehemalige Kommilitonin Elsa Brunner muss mit einer angeborenen Krankheit leben und kennt daher überhaupt keine Angst. Doch gerade als Mitchells Prognosen einen albtraumhaften Höhepunkt erreichen, sucht ein Unheil Manhattan heim. Mitchell begreift, dass niemand sonst so gut davon profitieren könnte wie er. Aber zu welchem Preis? Nathaniel Rich geboren 1980, schreibt Essays und Rezensionen u.a. für die "New York Review of Books", "Vanity Fair", "The New York Times" und "Harper's Magazine". "Schlechte Aussichten" ist sein zweiter Roman und zugleich sein erstes Buch in deutscher Übersetzung. Er lebt in New Orleans.

Lossindor – Return to Earth

Author: Chris Wood

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1467007285

Category: Fiction

Page: 116

View: 3376

What special powers could a thirteen year old girl have that could bring the Earth to the edge of extinction? Why does an old indigenous artefact from Australia’s red centre hold the key to the universe? Which terrorist agency is blowing up ancient sites that contain the ‘gateways’ to the gods? Who is stealing high grade gold and diamonds from vaults and museums from all over the world? The race to find the answers to save Earth and Lossindor will lead a group of friends to the far reaches of space?

Earth Rising

American Environmentalism in the 21st Century

Author: Philip Shabecoff

Publisher: Island Press

ISBN: 9781597263351

Category: Environmentalism

Page: 224

View: 6788

"He makes a compelling case that another wave of environmentalism is needed - more powerful, diverse and sophisticated, visionary and flexible. Earth Rising offers a detailed road map that can guide environmentalists toward that new and reenergized place in society."--BOOK JACKET.


Author: Henry Alexander Douglas

Publisher: N.A


Category: Sermons, English

Page: 316

View: 7985

In Search of Lost Frogs

Author: Robin Moore

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1408186357

Category: Nature

Page: 320

View: 9200

On August 9, 2010, 33 teams from 21 countries were dispatched to search for the Lost Frogs identified by Conservation International. On their list were a host of species including, in the top ten most wanted, the Rio Pescado Stubfoot Toad, found only in Ecuador - which was to prove a triumphant rediscovery. Several months, a number of key rediscoveries - such as the Elegant Tropical Frog, last seen in 1937 and the Chalazodes Bubble-nest Frog - last seen in 1874 and two new species later, the Search for Lost Frogs had generated more than 650 news articles in 20 countries and over a billion potential viewers. Author Robin Moore was responsible for spearheading the Search for Lost Frogs and coordinating the teams. He also co-led two expeditions to Colombia and Haiti. In Colombia in search of the Mesopotamia Beaked Toad, the steamy jungles of the Choco yielded not the desired species but a brand new one - the Mr. Burns Toad, so-called because of an uncanny resemblance to the Simpsons' character; the species was selected as one of Time magazine's top ten new species of 2010. In Haiti the team found six frogs last seen 20 years before, including the Ventriloqual Frog, named for its ability to throw its voice. This fascinating new book tells the story of the expedition - its highs and lows, discoveries and failures and the campaign's ongoing work. Despite the campaign, one third of the world's amphibians remain threatened with extinction. Most of the species searched for were not found. But those that were provide a glimmer of hope. Understanding why these species have survived when many others have not should help us understand what makes these species different. In Search of Lost Frogs is a story of perseverance, disappointment, rediscovery, resilience, but ultimately of hope, written with passion and illustrated with the author's superb photographs.

Four Revolutions in the Earth Sciences

From Heresy to Truth

Author: James Lawrence Powell

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231538456

Category: Science

Page: 352

View: 6778

Over the course of the twentieth century, scientists came to accept four counterintuitive yet fundamental facts about the Earth: deep time, continental drift, meteorite impact, and global warming. When first suggested, each proposition violated scientific orthodoxy and was quickly denounced as scientific—and sometimes religious—heresy. Nevertheless, after decades of rejection, scientists came to accept each theory. The stories behind these four discoveries reflect more than the fascinating push and pull of scientific work. They reveal the provocative nature of science and how it raises profound and sometimes uncomfortable truths as it advances. For example, counter to common sense, the Earth and the solar system are older than all of human existence; the interactions among the moving plates and the continents they carry account for nearly all of the Earth's surface features; and nearly every important feature of our solar system results from the chance collision of objects in space. Most surprising of all, we humans have altered the climate of an entire planet and now threaten the future of civilization. This absorbing scientific history is the only book to describe the evolution of these four ideas from heresy to truth, showing how science works in practice and how it inevitably corrects the mistakes of its practitioners. Scientists can be wrong, but they do not stay wrong. In the process, astonishing ideas are born, tested, and over time take root.

Resources for Environmental Literacy

Five Teaching Modules for Middle and High School Teachers

Author: N.A

Publisher: NSTA Press

ISBN: 1933531150

Category: Education

Page: 189

View: 1493

Resources for Environmental Literacy offers a fresh way to enhance your classroom productivity. The environmental context it provides can improve students’ science learning. The modules offer appropriate teaching strategies plus high-quality resources to deepen your students’ understanding of key environmental topics.

How to Read the Bible Without Losing Your Mind

A Truth-Seeker’s Guide to Making Sense of Scripture

Author: Kent Blevins

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1630872970

Category: Religion

Page: 222

View: 5757

Does reading the Bible sometimes leave you confused? Do you have difficulty seeing the relevance of the Bible to modern concerns or to important issues in your life? Do you believe Bible reading and intellectual inquiry are mutually exclusive? This book explores how the Bible can serve as a resource for discovering truth. It provides a method that accepts and incorporates the knowledge gained from modern scholarship while also recognizing that truth-discovery is a personal, multifaceted journey. It honors the integrity of Scripture while remaining open to insight from additional truth-sources. In exploring what we mean when we speak of the Bible's authority, it is honest about the challenges presented to modern readers by the cultural chasm separating the biblical writers from today's world. How to Read the Bible Without Losing Your Mind shows how the Bible can be read with full engagement of both mind and heart.

Arab Cultural Studies

Mapping the Field

Author: Tarik Sabry

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 0857730827

Category: History

Page: 336

View: 2556

Arab Cultural Studies:Mapping the Field is the first attempt to explore ways of conceptualising and theorising the nascent field of Arab cultural studies. It reflects and engages in an interdisciplinary discussion on the different facets of Arab cultural studies, including gender, economy, epistemology, language, method, politics, literary and cultural criticism, institutionalization, popular culture, creativity and much more. The book presents a meta-narrative about how scholars have thus far thought and re-thought the field. It brings together prominent and emerging experts, writing from both Arab and Western academia, to engage with key complex, epistemic and methodological questions and to articulate in the meantime the new kinds of language and hermeneutics necessary for the appropriation of an historically conscious and coherent field of scientific enquiry into contemporary Arab media, culture and society.

Energy Demand and Climate Change

Issues and Resolutions

Author: Franklin Hadley Cocks

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 3527644598

Category: Science

Page: 267

View: 5624

This scientifically sound, yet easily readable book provides the fundamentals necessary to understand today's energy and climate problems and provides possible answers based on current technology such as solar, water and geothermal power. Moreover, it introduces the reader to new concepts that are already or may soon be realized, such as nuclear fusion or a hydrogen-based economy. Aimed at a wide readership ranging from educated laypeople and students to practitioners in engineering and environmental science.

Accounting Control Best Practices

Author: Steven M. Bragg

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780470464137

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 304

View: 9326

Accounting Control Best Practices, Second Edition Control systems are needed to ensure that a company's assets are used in the most productive manner and that they are not lost through fraudulent activities. However, an excessive use of controls can interfere with the efficient completion of activities within a company. Whether your company is in start-up mode, installing new systems, or simply dissatisfied with existing controls due to fraudulent losses, Accounting Control Best Practices, Second Edition is the reference handbook every accountant and systems analyst can use to ensure that their company has constructed a durable and efficient set of controls. This easy-to-use handbook clearly explains how to develop an effective system of accounting and operational controls and offers the best practices with pragmatic insights and proactive strategies to protect organizations from suffering further substantial losses of assets and reputation that occur from financial dishonesty within an organization. Author and renowned accounting expert Steven Bragg provides control flowcharts in every chapter for all major processes as well as a thorough set of corporate policies designed to support the system of controls. Now containing chapters on budgeting, collections, and acquisition integration, this valuable reference handbook offers essential information on control best practices for: Order entry, credit, and shipment Inventory management Billing Cash-handling Payroll Fixed assets Budgeting Financial reporting Just-in-time manufacturing Petty cash And many more Encompassing all of the major accounting and operational processes with nearly 500 controls presented in basic, intermediate, and advanced layers, from those needed for a very basic paper-based system, to computerized systems, to the use of advanced best practice enhancements in computerized systems, Accounting Control Best Practices, Second Edition is the only guidebook needed to devise a set of controls precisely tailored to every company's system.

The Gabriel Letters

Advice to a Young Angel

Author: Richard V. Shriver

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1425725325

Category: Religion

Page: 141

View: 6039

I stumbled on the idea of writing letters from an archangel advising a young guardian, in an introduction to C. S. Lewis' Screwtape Letters. I wanted to find a way of looking at our human problems from a divine perspective. It has been a marvelous experience of standing back and imagining that I can see the world through angel eyes. It is an impossible task, of course, but the amazing result for me has been a sense of objectivity and good will. The intended purpose of the letters is to take seriously the idea of God's complete love. This idea is the center of Christianity. It is Jesus' message, and it is St. Paul's "good news." We live in an age when institutions of religion are taking a beating from the media, from popular fiction in books and cinema, from those who proclaim cheap or distorted theology, and from our obsessive desire for wealth, power, and material things. The idea of an ideal church is still our hope: a community of people gathered out of a love of God and a concern for each other, to serve their community and their world. These letters offer advice in creating such an ideal church.

Life on Earth: A-G

Author: Niles Eldredge

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 157607286X

Category: Biodiversity

Page: 793

View: 1272

An examination of nature's extraordinary biological diversity and the human activities that threaten it. * 200+ A–Z detailed entries on Earth's ecosystems, major groups of organisms, threats to biodiversity, and academic disciplines related to the study of biodiversity * Contributions from 50 recognized authorities from the fields of anthropology, biology, botany, earth science, ecology, evolution, and more * 150 photographs of key people, animals, and organisms; line drawings; tables, charts, and graphs including the major families of birds, the effects of agricultural intensity on biodiversity, and the number of years needed to add each billion to the world's population * Four major overview essays explaining what biodiversity is, why it is important, how it is threatened, and the Sixth Global Extinction

The Sacred Fire

Author: J. Richard Huff

Publisher: WestBow Press

ISBN: 1449743218

Category: Fiction

Page: 252

View: 2420

The Sacred Fire thrusts the reader into a spiritual showdown that pits Christian Chris Belanger against a mysterious man simply calling himself Richard. But Richard is not as benign as he appears, as he begins to spin tales from the Holy Bible from a firsthand account, claiming to have witnessed them with his very own eyes. Chris is soon sent careening down a spiral of doubt, fear, and hopelessness that seems impossible to escape, even with his deeply held faith. Is there anything in the physical or spiritual world that will rescue him from an eternity of hopelessness?

Overhead Power Lines

Planning, Design, Construction

Author: Friedrich Kiessling,Peter Nefzger,Ulf Kaintzyk,Joao Felix Nolasco

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9783540002970

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 759

View: 9026

"This publication is intended to introduce students and beginners to the full range of relevant topics of line design and implementation and to serve as a valuable reference to engineers and technicians employed by overhead line operators, contractors and consulting companies to carry out their daily tasks. The book also supplies everyone else in the electric-energy supply industry, including design, maintenance, and construction engineers, with a ready reference. This first English-language edition is based on the 5th German-language edition and incorporates the latest international standards edited by Cigre, the International Council of Large Electric Systems, IEC, and CENELEC."--BOOK JACKET.

Sitting Kills, Moving Heals

How Everyday Movement Will Prevent Pain, Illness, and Early Death - and Exercise Alone Won't

Author: Joan Vernikos

Publisher: Linden Publishing

ISBN: 1610351231

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 150

View: 3018

This groundbreaking study demonstrates how the prevalent problems of obesity, ailing health, and lack of energy can all be easily improved simply by using the power of gravity. The survey is based on the author's research into how weightlessness weakens astronauts' muscles, bones, and overall well-being, suggesting ways to incorporate gravity into everyday life and illustrating how it can increase fitness as well as prevent aging. Addressing those who spend more than half their lives sitting and therefore struggle to benefit from even the most strenuous gym workouts, this practical, easy-to-follow action plan outlines simple gravity-resisting activities such as standing, walking, and dancing, guaranteed to produce better results than diet and exercise plans.

Das Wasserwerk


Author: E.L. Doctorow

Publisher: Kiepenheuer & Witsch

ISBN: 3462315269

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

View: 6752

New York, 1871. Kriegsgewinnler und Neureiche geben nach dem siegreichen Bürgerkrieg im Leben der Stadt den Ton an. Industrie und Banken florieren, und die Stadt ist dabei, zu einer führenden Metropole in der Welt zu werden. In dieser brodelnden Atmosphäre des Aufbruchs schlägt sich Martin Pemberton mühsam als freier Journalist durch. Bis er eines Tages in einem Pferdeomnibus flüchtig eine Gruppe alter Männer sieht – unter ihnen auch seinen vor kurzem verstorbenen Vater. Ehe Martin auf der Suche nach dem mysteriösen Omnibus und seinen Insassen untertaucht und spurlos verschwindet, erzählt er noch McIlvaine, seinem Redakteur beim Telegram, von der gespenstischen Entdeckung. Auch McIlvaine läßt das Geheimnis keine Ruhe. Auf seiner rastlosen Suche nach den beiden Pembertons gerät er immer tiefer in die düstere Geschichte der Familie. Und schließlich entdeckt er bei seinen Nachforschungen zusammen mit einem New Yorker Polizisten ein stillgelegtes Wasserwerk, in dem der genialisch verrückte Arzt Dr. Sartorius seinen aberwitzigen Experimenten nachgeht.

The Search for Life Continued

Planets Around Other Stars

Author: Barrie W. Jones

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 038776559X

Category: Science

Page: 277

View: 2054

Barrie Jones addresses the question "are we alone?", which is one of the most frequently asked questions by scientists and non-scientists alike. In The Search for Life Continued, this question is addressed scientifically, and the author is not afraid to include speculation. Indeed, the author believes beyond reasonable doubt that we are not alone and this belief is based firmly on frontier science of the most imaginative kind. The author concentrates on planetary systems beyond our own but starts with life on Earth, which is the only life we know to exist, and which provides guidance on how best to search for life elsewhere. Planets are the most likely abode of life and so we start the quest with the search for planets beyond the Solar System – exoplanets. The methods of searching are outlined and the nature of hundreds of exoplanetary systems so far discovered described. In the near future we expect to discover habitable Earth-like planets. But are they actually inhabited? How could we tell? All will be revealed. This full color book is written for everybody who wants to stay in close contact with the latest on possible life on other planets.