Download E-books Bear (Animal) PDF

By Robert E. Bieder

The offended grizzly and the cuddly teddy: few animals own the sort of variety of personas because the endure. the following, Robert Bieder surveys the wealth of images, myths, and tales that surrounds the endure. starting with the sunrise endure, the small dog-sized ancestor of all bears who hails from 25 million years in the past, Bieder embarks on a desirable exploration of the evolutionary historical past of the endure relations, from extinct species resembling the cave undergo and colossal short-faced undergo to the mere 8 species that continue to exist today.

Bear attracts on cultural fabric from world wide to check some of the legends and myths surrounding the endure, together with ceremonies and taboos that govern the looking, killing, and consuming of bears. The e-book additionally seems on the function of bears in sleek tradition because the matters of news, songs, and movies; as exhibited gadgets in circuses and zoos; and, might be so much famously, as toys. Bieder additionally considers the precarious way forward for the endure because it is threatened via lack of habitat, poaching, international warming, and sickness and discusses the impression of human habit on bears and their environments.

Accompanied by means of a variety of shiny images and illustrations, and written in an attractive type, Bear is an attractive and informative quantity for a person who has curled up with Winnie-the-Pooh or marveled at this strong king of the forest.

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Download E-books Reframing the Social: Emergentist Systemism and Social Theory PDF

By Poe Yu-ze Wan

Drawing largely at the learn findings of traditional and social sciences either in the USA and Europe, Reframing the Social argues for a severe realist and systemist social ontology, designed to make clear present debates in social thought in regards to the dating of social ontology to sensible social learn, and the character of 'the social'. It explores the works of the structures theorist Mario Bunge compared to the method of Niklas Luhmann and important social structures theorists, to problem the widely held view that the systems-based technique is holistic in nature and inevitably downplays the function of human corporation. Theoretically subtle and investigating the paintings of a theorist whose paintings has formerly got inadequate realization in Anglo-American proposal, this publication should be of curiosity to these operating within the box of social thought, in addition to students taken with philosophy of social technological know-how, the undertaking of analytical sociology, and the character of the connection among the common and social sciences.

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Download E-books The Secret Life of Lobsters: How Fishermen and Scientists Are Unraveling the Mysteries of Our Favorite Crustacean (P.S.) PDF

By Trevor Corson

In this intimate portrait of an island lobstering neighborhood and aneccentric band of renegade biologists, journalist Trevor Corson escorts the reader onto the slippery decks of fishing boats, via danger-filled scuba dives, and deep into the churning currents of the Gulf of Maine to benefit in regards to the mystery undersea lives of lobsters.

This P.S. version beneficial properties an additional sixteen pages of insights into the publication, together with writer interviews, urged examining, and extra.

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Download E-books Ape (Animal) PDF

By John Sorenson

Apes—to examine them is to work out a replicate of ourselves. Our shut genetic family members fascinate and unnerve us with their related habit and social character. right here, John Sorenson delves into our conflicted courting to the good apes, which frequently unearths as a lot approximately us as people because it does in regards to the apes themselves.

            From bonobos and chimpanzees to gibbons, gorillas, and orangutans, Ape examines the numerous methods those extraordinary animals usually function types for people. Anthropologists use their habit to aid clarify our primary human nature; scientists make the most of them as topics in biomedical learn; and behavioral researchers scan with methods apes emulate us. Sorenson explores the demanding situations to the advanced department among apes and ourselves, describing language experiments, efforts to cross-foster apes via elevating them as human little ones, and the moral demanding situations posed via the good Ape undertaking. to boot, Ape investigates representations of apes in pop culture, fairly movies and ads during which apes are frequently portrayed as human caricatures, monsters, and clowns.

Containing approximately 100 illustrations of apes in nature and tradition, Ape will attract readers drawn to animal-human relationships and somebody curious to grasp extra approximately our closest animal cousins, lots of whom teeter on the point of extinction.

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Download E-books Wild Orchids of Britain (Collins New Naturalist Library, Volume 19) PDF

By V. S. Summerhayes

A treasure for all enthusiasts of untamed crops -- Wild Orchids of england presents an in depth account of all our orchid species, types and hybrids, and has an invaluable key to identity. This variation is unique to Now released in publication layout, with a whole set of recent distribution maps from the Atlas of the British plant life, this gorgeous booklet continues to be the traditional paintings in its topic, a treasure for all fanatics of untamed vegetation. Dr. Dummerhayes, in command of the orchid assortment at Kew from 1924 to 1964, appears to be like at our fifty-odd species on the subject of the sizeable orchid kinfolk during the global, discusses their basic biology and common background in Britain, supplies an in depth account of all our orchid species, forms and hybrids, and offers an invaluable key to identity. the color photos characterize each identified British species except for Orchis cruenta and O. occidentalis.

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Download E-books Edible and Useful Plants of the Southwest: Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona PDF

By Delena Tull

All round us there are wild vegetation invaluable for foodstuff, drugs, and garments, yet so much people don’t know the way to spot or use them. Delena Tull amply provides that wisdom during this booklet, which she has now multiplied to extra completely tackle vegetation present in New Mexico and Arizona, in addition to Texas.

Extensively illustrated with black-and-white drawings and colour photographs, this publication comprises the subsequent distinctive features:

  • Recipes for meals made up of fit for human consumption wild plants
  • Wild teas and spices
  • Wild plant dyes, with directions for getting ready the vegetation and loss of life wool, cotton, and different materials
  • Instructions for getting ready fibers to be used in making baskets, textiles, and paper
  • Information on wild vegetation used for making rubber, wax, oil, and soap
  • Information on medicinal makes use of of plants
  • Details on hay fever vegetation and crops that reason rashes
  • Instructions for distinguishing suitable for eating from toxic berries
  • Detailed details on toxic crops, together with poison ivy, oak, and sumac, in addition to natural remedies for his or her rashes

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Download E-books Pheasants, Partridges, and Grouse : A Guide to the Pheasants, Partridges, Quails, Grouse, Guineafowl, Buttonquails, and Sandgrouse of the World (Princeton Field Guides) PDF

By Tami Davis Biddle

This advisor brings jointly, for the 1st time inside a unmarried quantity, a complete evaluate of the entire world's pheasants, partridges, quails, grouse, turkeys, guineafowl, buttonquails, sandgrouse, and the enigmatic Plains-wanderer--over 250 species in all. the crowd contains a number of the world's so much known and lovely birds, reminiscent of the Indian peafowl and the beautiful tragopans, in addition to a number of the rarest and so much threatened. This booklet concentrates on unique identity and distribution, but additionally highlights conservation matters the place proper. The seventy-two colour plates, by way of top chook illustrators, convey male, girl, juvenile, and subspecies plumages, and shape the best set of illustrations of those birds thus far. there's additionally a colour distribution map for every species.

Pheasants, Partridges, and Grouse is a landmark quantity within the literature of this appealing and susceptible crew of birds.
* finished identity consultant to over 250 species of pheasants, partridges, and grouse in the course of the world
* certain textual content protecting id, description, geographical version, voice, prestige, habitat and behaviour, distribution, routine, and measurements
* seventy two colour plates depicting male, girl, juvenile, and subspecies plumages
* info on conservation issues
* word list, index, reference, and bibliography

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Download E-books The Land Grabbers: The New Fight over Who Owns the Earth PDF

By Fred Pearce

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

How Wall road, 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 foodstuff shortages or desirous to make the most of them, the world’s wealthiest and such a lot acquisitive nations, companies, and contributors were deciding to buy and leasing immense tracts of land world wide. the dimensions is fantastic: parcels the dimensions of small international locations are being devoured 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 technological know-how author Fred Pearce spent a yr circling the globe to determine who used to be doing the purchasing, whose land used to be being taken over, and what the influence of those huge land bargains looks.
The Land Grabbers is a first-of-its-kind exposé that finds the size and the human expenses of the land seize, the most profound moral, environmental, and financial concerns dealing with the globalized international within the twenty-first century. the firms, speculators, and governments scooping up land reasonable within the constructing global declare that industrial-scale farming may also help neighborhood economies. yet Pearce’s examine unearths a much more troubling fact. whereas a few mega-farms are ethically run, all too usually terrible farmers and livestock herders are evicted from ancestral lands or bring to a halt from water assets. the great jobs promised through overseas capitalists and residential governments alike fail to materialize. Hungry international locations are being pressured to export their nutrition 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 rich person Richard Branson, to Gulf nation sheikhs, Russian oligarchs, British barons, and Burmese generals. we find why Goldman Sachs is procuring up the chinese language chicken 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 best way, Pearce introduces us to the folks who really survive, and dwell off of, the supposedly “empty” land that's being grabbed, from Cambodian peasants, victimized first by means of the Khmer Rouge and now via crony capitalism, to African pastoralists restricted to ever-smaller tracts. 
Over the following few a long time, land grabbing may possibly subject extra, to extra of the planet’s humans, than even weather swap. it is 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 outdoors company keep an eye on. it's the new conflict over who owns the planet.

From the Hardcover edition.

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Download E-books Kangaroo (Animal) PDF

By John Simons

From Kanga and her son Roo in Winnie the Pooh to the boxing champ Hippety Hopper who punches Sylvester in Looney Tunes, kangaroos seem usually in children’s books, cartoons, and songs. they seem to be a favourite animal at zoos, fascinating but peculiar-looking with their robust hind legs, lengthy tails, and pouches. notwithstanding kangaroos are liked within the mind's eye, yet fact in their dating with people is darker and extra . during this e-book, John Simon tackles the tale of those marsupials—and their use and abuse—in worldwide history.

In addition to describing the kangaroo’s body structure and lifecycle, Simons describes their position in indigenous Australian tradition, their ill-fated first touch with Europeans, and their next trap for zoos and relocation to set up wild populations in Japan and the USA. Simons additionally explores the connections among visible and cultural representations and the present controversy in Australia surrounding kangaroo looking and consuming. Demonstrating how the genuine range of the kangaroo inhabitants has usually been diminished to a unmarried stereotype, this booklet unearths how such misrepresentations now threaten the way forward for the species. A ebook for somebody occupied with animal welfare and conservation, Kangaroo is a pouch-sized and engaging examine those strange creatures.

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