Rooftop Revolution: How Solar Power Can Save Our Economy-and Our Planet-from Dirty Energy

By Danny Kennedy

The largest Untold fiscal tale of Our Time

Here is the fact that the strong soiled power public kin computing device doesn’t wish you to understand: the ascent of solar power is upon us. The creation of solar-generated electrical energy has risen exponentially within the previous couple of years, and employment within the sunlight has doubled considering 2009. in the meantime, electrical energy from coal has declined to pre–World warfare II degrees because the fossil gasoline keeps to shed jobs.

Danny Kennedy systematically refutes the lies unfold through solar’s opponents—that it truly is pricey, inefficient, and unreliable; that it truly is saved alive in basic terms by means of subsidies; that it can’t be scaled; and plenty of different untruths. He indicates that we want a rooftop revolution to wreck the entrenched strength of the coal, oil, nuclear, and fuel industries. solar power can create extra jobs, go back our country to prosperity, and make sure the sustainability and defense of our planet. now's the time to maneuver clear of the harmful power resources of the prior and unharness the fantastic power of the sun.

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Fixing the Sky: The Checkered History of Weather and Climate Control (Columbia Studies in International and Global History)

By James Rodger Fleming

As alarm over international warming spreads, an intensive proposal is gaining momentum. put out of your mind cuts in greenhouse fuel emissions, a few scientists argue. in its place, leap sun again into area via pumping reflective nanoparticles into the ambience. release mirrors into orbit round the Earth. Make clouds thicker and brighter to create a "planetary thermostat."

These rules might seem like technological know-how fiction, yet in truth they're a part of a truly outdated tale. For greater than a century, scientists, infantrymen, and charlatans have attempted to control climate and weather, and prefer them, modern day weather engineers wildly exaggerate what's attainable. Scarcely contemplating the political, army, and moral implications of dealing with the world's weather, those contributors hatch schemes with capability results that some distance outweigh something their predecessors may have faced.

Showing what can take place while solving the sky turns into a perilous test in pseudoscience, James Rodger Fleming lines the tragicomic background of the rainmakers, rain fakers, climate warriors, and weather engineers who've been either filled with principles and entire of themselves. Weaving jointly tales from elite technology, state of the art know-how, and pop culture, Fleming examines problems with healthiness and navigation within the 1830s, drought within the Eighteen Nineties, airplane defense within the Nineteen Thirties, and international clash because the Nineteen Forties. Killer hurricanes, ozone depletion, and worldwide warming gasoline the fantasies of at the present time. in line with archival and first examine, Fleming's unique tale speaks to a person who has a stake in maintaining the planet.

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NASA and the Environment: The Case of Ozone Depletion (The NASA History Series)

By W. Henry Lambright

Whereas the nationwide Aeronautics and area management (NASA) is commonly perceived as an area company, on the grounds that its inception NASA has had a undertaking devoted to the house planet. at the start, this undertaking concerned utilizing house to higher discover and are expecting climate and to permit all over the world verbal exchange. Meteorological and conversation satellites confirmed the worth of area for earthly endeavors within the Sixties. In 1972, NASA introduced Landsat, and the period of earth-resource tracking all started. whilst, within the overdue Nineteen Sixties and early Nineteen Seventies, the environmental flow swept in the course of the United Sates and such a lot industrialized nations. the 1st Earth Day occasion happened in 1970, and the govt. ordinarily started to pay even more awareness to problems with environmental caliber. Mitigating toxins grew to become an overriding goal for plenty of organizations. NASA’s latest venture to monitor planet Earth used to be augmented in those years and directed extra towards environmental caliber. within the Nineteen Eighties, NASA sought to plot and determine a brand new environmental attempt that eventuated within the Nineteen Nineties with the Earth looking at method (EOS). The business enterprise used to be capable of make its preliminary mark through atmospheric tracking, in particular ozone depletion. a major coverage stimulus in lots of respects, ozone depletion spawned the Montreal Protocol of 1987 (the most vital foreign environmental treaty then in existence). It additionally used to be a topic severe to NASA’s heritage that served as a bridge linking NASA’s climate and land-resource satellites to NASA’s hindrance for the worldwide alterations affecting the house planet. considerably, as an international environmental challenge, ozone depletion underscored the significance of NASA’s skill to watch Earth from area. furthermore, the NASA administration team’s skill to use large-scale learn efforts and mobilize the skills of different companies and the non-public area illuminated its position as a “lead” enterprise able to crossing organizational obstacles in addition to the science-policy divide. The technique used to check the evolving courting among an organisation and a application specializes in decision-making. The decision-making approach is going via a few phases which may span a long time. The ozone decision-making method begun within the overdue Nineteen Sixties. alongside the best way, NASA assumed a brand new function and constructed new relationships with different organisations. It made key judgements within the program’s delivery and improvement. whereas now not acute, the ozone coverage technique maintains, and there's elevated clinical acceptance of the hyperlink among ozone depletion and weather switch. That hyperlink, besides different matters ultimate to be understood, has required consistent cognizance. Ozone depletion therefore represents an immense case learn within the historical past of NASA and environmental sciences. it truly is one from which many classes should be discovered concerning the administration of technological know-how and know-how and the appliance of information to policy-making judgements. In monitoring NASA’s decision-making technique, the writer has made use of some of the books on ozone policy—and it may be emphasised this paper’s orientation is on ozone coverage and the NASA govt application, no longer the historical past of environmental technological know-how.

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The Adventures of Henry Thoreau: A Young Man's Unlikely Path to Walden Pond

By Michael Sims

Henry David Thoreau is an American highbrow icon; what made him so was once the last decade among his commencement from Harvard and the years he spent in a cabin he outfitted himself on Ralph Waldo Emerson’s land at Walden Pond--the formative decade that grew to become him into considered one of America’s such a lot influential writers.

In an in depth and textured narrative, Sims brings Thoreau to life--striding around the web page like an intensive folksinger instead of the curmudgeonly recluse who occupies our psychological snapshot of Walden Pond. during this younger interval, he wrote his first booklet and subtle the magazine entries that shaped the center of his later work,Walden; joined the anti-slavery crusade and studied local American tradition; spent the evening in penal complex that ended in his celebrated essay Civil Disobedience, which might encourage the likes of Gandhi and Martin Luther King; built a scientific/poetic reaction to nature; and aligned himself with the Transcendentalism , which puzzled assumptions approximately God, citizenship, and the economic Revolution.

Sims relates intimate moments in Thoreau’s day-by-day life--teaching Nathaniel Hawthorne to row a ship; tutoring Emerson’s nephew on Staten Island--and the deep impression of his mom and dad and his liked older brother, John, whose tragic early demise haunted him. Chronicling Thoreau’s younger transformation, Sims exhibits how his highbrow improvement might resonate for the remainder of his existence, and all through American literature and history.

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Fair Food: Growing a Healthy, Sustainable Food System for All

By Oran B. Hesterman

A host of books and movies lately have documented the hazards of our present nutrients approach, from chemical runoff to hovering premiums of diet-related disorder to inhumane therapy of employees and animals. yet recommendation on what to do approximately it principally starts off and ends with the admonition to "eat neighborhood or "eat organic."

Fair Food is an enlightening and encouraging consultant to altering not just what we consume, yet how nutrition is grown, packaged, added, advertised, and bought. Oran B. Hesterman indicates how our system's dysfunctions are unintentional effects of our emphasis on potency, centralization, better yields, revenue, and convenience--and defines the recent rules, in addition to the concrete steps, essential to restructuring it. alongside the best way, he introduces humans and companies around the state who're already doing this paintings in a couple of artistic methods, from bringing clean nutrition to internal towns to battling for farm staff' rights to placing cows again at the pastures the place they belong. He presents a wealth of useful info for readers who are looking to get extra involved.

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The Closing Circle: Nature, Man, and Technology

By Barry Commoner

Discusses the technological, political, and social components contributing to environmental destruction and cites case histories which remove darkness from the ecology crisis

From bankruptcy One:

This publication . . . starts with the ecosphere, the surroundings during which civilization has performed its great--and terrible--deeds. Then it strikes to an outline of a few of the wear and tear we've got performed to the ecosphere--to the air, the water, the soil. besides the fact that, by way of now such horror tales of environmental destruction are known, even tiresome. less transparent is what we have to research from them, and so i've got selected much less to shed tears for our prior blunders than to attempt to appreciate them. so much of this booklet is an attempt to find which human acts have damaged the circle of lifestyles, and why. I hint the environmental hindrance from its overt manifestations within the ecosphere to the ecological stresses which they mirror, to the faults in efficient technology--and in its clinical background--that generate those stresses, and at last to the industrial, social, and political forces that have pushed us down this self-destructive path. All this within the hope--and expectation--that after we comprehend the origins of the environmental obstacle, we will be able to start to deal with the large venture of surviving it.

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History of the Native Woodlands of Scotland, 1500-1920

By Fiona Watson, T.C Smout, Alan R. Macdonald

The 1st sleek historical past of Scottish woodlands explores the altering dating among timber and other people from the time of Scotland's first cost, targeting the interval 1500 to 1920. Drawing on paintings in typical technology, geography and background, in addition to at the authors' personal examine, it offers an available and readable account that balances social, fiscal and environmental components. commencing chapters describe the early historical past of the woodlands. The ebook is then divided into chapters that give some thought to conventional makes use of and administration, the impression of outsiders at the pine woods and the oakwoods within the first section of exploitation, and the influence of industrialisation. Separate chapters are dedicated to case stories of administration at Strathcarron, Glenorchy, Rothiemurchus and on Skye.

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Man and the Natural World: Changing Attitudes in England 1500-1800

By Keith Thomas

During the a long time guy has struggled together with his perceived position within the wildlife. the assumption of people cultivating the Earth to fit particular wishes is likely one of the maximum issues of rivalry during this fight. for the way might have civilization improved, if now not via the clearance of the forests, the cultivation of the soil, and the conservation of untamed panorama into human payment? but what of the therapeutic powers of unexploited nature, its long term value within the perpetuation of human civilization, and the inherent great thing about wild surroundings? At no time have been those questions addressed as pointedly and with such nice outcome as in England among the 16th and overdue eighteenth centuries. "Between 1500 and 1800 there happened a complete cluster of adjustments within the manner within which women and men, in any respect social degrees, perceived and labeled the flora and fauna round them," explains Keith Thomas. "New sensibilities arose towards animals, vegetation, and panorama. the connection of guy to different species was once redefined; and his correct to use these species for his personal virtue was once sharply challenged."
Man and the common World goals not only to provide an explanation for current curiosity in maintaining the surroundings and maintaining the rights of animals, yet to reconstruct an past psychological global. Thomas seeks to reveal the assumptions underneath the perceptions, reasonings, and emotions of the population of early sleek England towards the animals, birds, crops, and actual panorama between which they spent their lives, usually in stipulations of proximity that are now tough for us to understand. It was once a time while a conviction of man's ascendancy over the flora and fauna gave approach to a brand new difficulty for the surroundings and feel of kinship with different species. the following, for instance, Thomas illustrates the altering attitudes towards the woodlands. John Morton saw in 1712, "In a rustic packed with civilized population" bushes couldn't be "suffered to develop. It needs to cave in to fields and pastures, that are of extra fast use and hindrance to life." almost immediately thereafter, in 1763, Edwin Lascelles reported the "The great thing about a rustic is composed mainly within the wood." People's relationships with animals have been additionally within the means of dramatic swap as visible of their growing to be obsession with puppy retaining. using human names for animals, the truth that pets have been hardly ever eaten, notwithstanding now not for gastronomic purposes, and pets being incorporated in kin images and infrequently fed greater than the servants all established an incredible shift in man's place on human uniqueness.
the problems raised during this interesting paintings are much more alive this present day than they have been simply ten years in the past. protecting the surroundings, saving the rain forests, and fighting the extinction of species could appear like relatively contemporary issues, besides the fact that, Man and the usual World explores how those rules took root in the past. those concerns have a lot to supply not just environmental activists, yet historians to boot, for it truly is most unlikely to disentangle what the folks of the earlier thought of vegetation and animals from what they thought of themselves.

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A River Lost: The Life and Death of the Columbia (Revised and Updated)

By Blaine Harden

"Superbly mentioned and written with readability, perception, and nice skill." ―Washington put up publication World

After twenty years, Washington Post journalist Blaine Harden back to his small-town birthplace within the Pacific Northwest to stick to the increase and fall of the West’s so much completely conquered river. To discover the Columbia River and befriend those that collaborated in its destruction, he traveled on a huge freight barge crusing west from Idaho to the Grand Coulee Dam, the positioning of the river’s harnessing for the sake of jobs, electrical energy, and irrigation. A River Lost is a searing own narrative of rediscovery joined with a story of exploitation: of local american citizens, of endangered salmon, of nuclear waste, and of a once-wild river. up to date all through, this version encompasses a new foreword and afterword. 7 maps

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The Routledge Handbook of Environment and Communication

By Anders Hansen

This guide offers a finished assertion and reference aspect for thought, examine and perform in regards to surroundings and verbal exchange, and it does this from a standpoint that's either overseas and multi-disciplinary in scope. supplying finished serious studies of the heritage and state-of-the-art of study into the major dimensions of environmental communique, the chapters of this guide jointly exhibit the strengths of multi-disciplinary and cross-disciplinary methods to figuring out the centrality of communique to how the surroundings is developed, and certainly contested, socially, politically and culturally.

Organised in 5 thematic sections, The Routledge guide of setting and verbal exchange includes contributions from across the world known leaders within the box. the 1st part seems on the historical past and improvement of the self-discipline from more than a few theoretical views. part considers the assets, communicators and media pros concerned with generating environmental conversation. part 3 examines learn on information, leisure media and cultural representations of our surroundings. The fourth part appears to be like on the social and political implications of environmental verbal exchange, with the ultimate part discussing most probably destiny trajectories for the field.

The first reference instruction manual to provide a cutting-edge finished review of the rising box of environmental conversation examine, this authoritative textual content is a needs to for students of environmental communique throughout a number disciplines, together with environmental stories, media and verbal exchange reports, cultural stories and similar disciplines.

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