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271 pages : illustrations (soem color) ; 28 cm
  • A taxonomy of circles
  • Rings & spirals
  • Wheels & pies
  • Grids & graticules
  • Ebbs & flows
  • Shapes & boundaries
  • Maps & blueprints
  • Nodes & links.
In The Book of Circles, his companion volume to the popular Book of Trees, Manuel Lima takes us on a lively tour through millenia of information design. Three hundred detailed and colourful illustrations cover an encyclopedic array of subjects, drawing fascinating parallels across time and culture. The clay tokens used by ancient Sumerians as a system of recording trade are juxtaposed with the logos of modern retailers like Target; Venn diagrams are discussed side by side with symbols of the Christian trinity, the trefoil shape of the biohazard symbol, and the Olympic rings; a diagram revealing the characteristics of 10,000 porn stars displays structural similarities to early celestial charts placing the earth at the centre of the universe.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781616895280 20170605
Green Library, Earth Sciences Library (Branner)
xiv, 464 pages : maps ; 25 cm
  • A vision for American empire
  • Commanding space after the Seven Years' War
  • Securing the maritime Northeast
  • Marking the Indian boundary
  • Charting contested Caribbean space
  • Defining East Florida
  • Atlases of empire.
After the Treaty of Paris ended the Seven Years' War in 1763, British America stretched from Hudson Bay to the Florida Keys, from the Atlantic coast to the Mississippi River, and across new islands in the West Indies. To better rule these vast dominions, Britain set out to map its new territories with unprecedented rigor and precision. Max Edelson's The New Map of Empire pictures the contested geography of the British Atlantic world and offers new explanations of the causes and consequences of Britain's imperial ambitions in the generation before the American Revolution.Under orders from King George III to reform the colonies, the Board of Trade dispatched surveyors to map far-flung frontiers, chart coastlines in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, sound Florida's rivers, parcel tropical islands into plantation tracts, and mark boundaries with indigenous nations across the continental interior. Scaled to military standards of resolution, the maps they produced sought to capture the essential attributes of colonial spaces--their natural capacities for agriculture, navigation, and commerce--and give British officials the knowledge they needed to take command over colonization from across the Atlantic.Britain's vision of imperial control threatened to displace colonists as meaningful agents of empire and diminished what they viewed as their greatest historical accomplishment: settling the New World. As London's mapmakers published these images of order in breathtaking American atlases, Continental and British forces were already engaged in a violent contest over who would control the real spaces they represented.Accompanying Edelson's innovative spatial history of British America are online visualizations of more than 250 original maps, plans, and charts.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780674972117 20170508
Green Library, David Rumsey Map Center, Earth Sciences Library (Branner)
xvii, 355 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm.
  • Foreword / Paul S. Sutter Acknowledgments Introduction1. Making Land, Making a City 2. Catastrophe and Its Interpretations 3. Bread Lines and Earthquake Cottages 4. Rebuilding and the Politics of Place 5. Disaster Capitalism in the Streets 6. Plague, Rats, and Undesirable Nature 7. Symbolic Recovery and the Legacies of Disaster Conclusion Notes Manuscript Collections Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780295742465 20171211
On April 18, 1906, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake shook the San Francisco region, igniting fires that burned half the city. The disaster in all its elements - earthquake, fires, and recovery - profoundly disrupted the urban order and challenged San Francisco's perceived permanence.The crisis temporarily broke down spatial divisions of class and race and highlighted the contested terrain of urban nature in an era of widespread class conflict, simmering ethnic tensions, and controversial reform efforts. From a proposal to expel Chinatown from the city center to a vision of San Francisco paved with concrete in the name of sanitation, the process of reconstruction involved reenvisioning the places of both people and nature. In their zeal to restore their city, San Franciscans downplayed the role of the earthquake and persisted in choosing patterns of development that exacerbated risk.In this close study of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, Joanna L. Dyl examines the decades leading up to the catastrophic event and the city's recovery from it. Combining urban environmental history and disaster studies, Seismic City demonstrates how the crisis and subsequent rebuilding reflect the dynamic interplay of natural and human influences that have shaped San Francisco.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780295742465 20171211
Green Library, Earth Sciences Library (Branner)
269 pages
  • Japan in a new-found world / Joseph LOH
  • The world from the waterline / Peter D. SHAPINSKY
  • Elusive islands of silver : Japan in the early European geographic imagination / OKA Mihoko
  • Mapping the margins of Japan / Ronald P. TOBY
  • The creators and historical context of the oldest maps of the Ryukyu kingdom / WATANABE Miki
  • The introduction of Dutch surveying instruments in Japan / SATOH Ken'ichi
  • The European career of Ishikawa Ryūsen's map of Japan / Marcia YONEMOTO
  • A new map of Japan and its acceptance in Europe / MATSUI Yōko
  • The arms and legs of the realm / Constantine N. VAPORIS
  • Visualizing the political world through provincial maps / SUGIMOTO Fumiko
  • Fixing sacred borders : villagers, monks, and their two sovereign masters / SUGIMOTO Fumiko
  • Self-portrait of a village / KOMEIE Taisaku
  • Characteristics of premodern urban space / TAMAI Tetsuo
  • Evolving cartography of an ancient capital / UESUGI Kazuhiro
  • Historical landscapes of Osaka / UESUGI Kazuhiro
  • The urban landscape of early Edo in an East Asian context / TAMAI Tetsuo
  • Spatial visions of status / Ronald P. TOBY
  • The social landscape of Edo / Paul WALEY
  • What is a street? / Mary Elizabeth BERRY
  • Locating Japan in a Buddhist world / D. Max MOERMAN
  • Picturing maps : the "rare and wondrous" bird's-eye views of Kuwagata Keisai / Henry D. SMITH II
  • An artist's rendering of the divine Mount Fuji / MIYAZAKI Fumiko
  • Rock of ages : traces of the gods in Akita / Anne WALTHALL
  • Cosmology and science in Japan's last Buddhist world map / Sayoko SAKAKIBARA
  • Fun with moral mapping in the mid-nineteenth century / Robert GOREE
  • A travel map adjusted to urgent circumstances / Kären WIGEN and Sayoko SAKAKIBARA
  • Legendary landscape at the Kitayama Palace / Nicolas FIÉVÉ
  • New routes through old Japan / Roderick WILSON
  • Seeking accuracy : the first modern survey of Japan's coast / SUZUKI Junko
  • No foreigners allowed : the shogunate's hydrographic chart of the "holy" Ise Bay / SUZUKI Junko
  • Indigenous knowledge in the mapping of the northern frontier regions / Tessa MORRIS-SUZUKI
  • Mamiya Rinzō and the cartography of empire / Brett L. WALKER
  • Outcastes and peasants on the edge of modernity / Daniel BOTSMAN
  • Converging lines : Yamakawa Kenjirō's fire map of Tokyo / Steven WILLS
  • Mapping death and destruction in 1923 / J. Charles SCHENCKING
  • Rebuilding Tokyo after the great Kanto earthquake / André SORENSEN
  • Shinjuku 1931 : a new type of urban space / Henry D. SMITH II
  • Mapping the Hōjō colliery explosion of 1914 / Brett L. WALKER
  • Cultivating progress in colonial Taiwan / Philip C. BROWN
  • Showcase thoroughfares, wretched alleys : the uneven development of colonial Seoul (Keijō) / Todd A. HENRY
  • Imperial expansion and city planning : visions for Datong in the 1930s / Carola HEIN
  • A two-timing map / Catherine L. PHIPPS
  • Visions of a new order in the Asia-Pacific / David FEDMAN
  • Blackened cities, blackened maps / Cary KARACAS and David FEDMAN
  • The occupied city / Cary KARACAS
  • Sacred space on postwar Fuji / Andrew BERNSTEIN
  • Tange Kenzō's proposal for rebuilding Hiroshima / Carola HEIN
  • Visions of the good city in the rapid growth period / André SORENSEN
  • On the road in Olympic-era Tokyo / Bruce SUTTMEIER
  • Traversing Tokyo by subway / Alisa FREEDMAN
  • The uses of a free paper map in the internet age / Susan Paige TAYLOR
  • Tsukiji at the end of an era / Theodore C. BESTOR
  • Probabilistic earthquake hazard maps / Gregory SMITS
  • Citizens' radiation maps after the tsunami / Jilly TRAGANOU
  • Run & escape! / SATOH Ken'ichi
  • Postmortem cartography : "stillbirths" and the Meiji state / Fabian DRIXLER
  • Reconstructing provincial maps / NAKAMURA Yūsuke
  • The art of making oversize graphic maps / ARAI Kei.
Miles of shelf space in contemporary Japanese bookstores and libraries are devoted to travel guides, walking maps, and topical atlases. Young Japanese children are taught how to properly map their classrooms and schoolgrounds. Elderly retirees pore over old castle plans and village cadasters. Pioneering surveyors are featured in popular television shows, and avid collectors covet exquisite scrolls depicting sea and land routes. Today, Japanese people are zealous producers and consumers of cartography, and maps are an integral part of daily life. But this was not always the case: a thousand years ago, maps were solely a privilege of the ruling elite in Japan. Only in the past four hundred years has Japanese cartography truly taken off, and between the dawn of Japan's cartographic explosion and today, the nation's society and landscape have undergone major transformations. At every point, maps have documented those monumental changes. Cartographic Japan offers a rich introduction to the resulting treasure trove, with close analysis of one hundred maps from the late 1500s to the present day, each one treated as a distinctive window onto Japan's tumultuous history. Sixty distinguished contributors-hailing from Japan, North America, Europe, and Australia-uncover the meanings behind a key selection of these maps, situating them in historical context and explaining how they were made, read, and used at the time. With more than one hundred gorgeous full-color illustrations, Cartographic Japan offers an enlightening tour of Japan's magnificent cartographic archive.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780226073057 20160619
Green Library, Earth Sciences Library (Branner)
x, 370 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), map ; 25 cm
  • Part I. American Eden
  • Los Angeles
  • American Eden
  • Yosemite and Yellowstone
  • Appalachian Spring
  • Frank
  • The Balance of Nature
  • Claypool
  • Berkeley
  • Smitty
  • Trout Creek
  • Part II. Natural Regulation
  • The Big Kill
  • Starker
  • Prometheus
  • Observable Artificiality in Any Form
  • Cole
  • The Nigh tof the Grizzlies
  • Natural Control
  • Bad Blood
  • Bear Management Committee
  • Firehole
  • The Temptation of Starker Leopold
  • Natural Regulation
  • Part III. Take It Easy
  • Last Straws
  • Take It Easy
  • Old Faithful
  • The Search for Harry Walker
  • Part IV. Human Nature
  • Martha Shell
  • B-1
  • The Disciple
  • The Verdict
  • The Appeal.
"The fascinating story of a trial that opened a window onto the century-long battle to control nature in the national parks. When twenty-five-year-old Harry Walker was killed by a bear in Yellowstone Park in 1972, the civil trial prompted by his death became a proxy for bigger questions about American wilderness management that had been boiling for a century. At immediate issue was whether the Park Service should have done more to keep bears away from humans, but what was revealed as the trial unfolded was just how fruitless our efforts to regulate nature in the parks had always been. The proceedings drew to the witness stand some of the most important figures in twentieth century wilderness management, including the eminent zoologist A. Starker Leopold, who had produced a landmark conservationist document in the 1950s, and all-American twin researchers John and Frank Craighead, who ran groundbreaking bear studies at Yellowstone. Their testimony would help decide whether the government owed the Walker family restitution for Harry's death, but it would also illuminate decades of patchwork efforts to preserve an idea of nature that had never existed in the first place. In this remarkable excavation of American environmental history, nature writer and former park ranger Jordan Fisher Smith uses Harry Walker's story to tell the larger narrative of the futile, sometimes fatal, attempts to remake wilderness in the name of preserving it. Tracing a course from the founding of the national parks through the tangled twentieth-century growth of the conservationist movement, Smith gives the lie to the portrayal of national parks as Edenic wonderlands unspoiled until the arrival of Europeans, and shows how virtually every attempt to manage nature in the parks has only created cascading effects that require even more management. Moving across time and between Yellowstone, Yosemite, and Glacier national parks, Engineering Eden shows how efforts at wilderness management have always been undone by one fundamental problem--that the idea of what is 'wild' dissolves as soon as we begin to examine it, leaving us with little framework to say what wilderness should look like and which human interventions are acceptable in trying to preserve it. In the tradition of John McPhee's The Control of Nature and Alan Burdick's Out of Eden, Jordan Fisher Smith has produced a powerful work of popular science and environmental history, grappling with critical issues that we have even now yet to resolve"-- Provided by publisher.
Green Library, Earth Sciences Library (Branner)
xv, 272 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
  • Foreword / by Tim Flannery
  • Introduction to the English edition
  • Introduction
  • Friendships
  • The language of trees
  • Social security
  • Love
  • The tree lottery
  • Slowly does it
  • Forest etiquette
  • Tree school
  • United we stand, divided we fall
  • The mysteries of moving water
  • Trees aging gracefully
  • Mighty oak or mighty wimp?
  • Specialists
  • Tree or not tree?
  • In the realm of darkness
  • Carbon dioxide vacuums
  • Woody climate control
  • The forest as water pump
  • Yours or mine?
  • Community housing projects
  • Mother ships of biodiversity
  • Hibernation
  • A sense of time
  • A question of character
  • The sick tree
  • Let there be light
  • Street kids
  • Burnout
  • Destination north!
  • Tough customers
  • Turbulent times
  • Immigrants
  • Healthy forest air
  • Why is the forest green?
  • Set free
  • More than just a community
  • Note from a forest scientist / by Dr. Suzanne Simard.
"A paradigm-smashing chronicle of joyous entanglement that will make you acknowledge your own entanglement in the ancient and ever-new web of being."--Charles Foster, author of Being a Beast Are trees social beings? In this international bestseller, forester and author Peter Wohlleben convincingly makes the case that, yes, the forest is a social network. He draws on groundbreaking scientific discoveries to describe how trees are like human families: tree parents live together with their children, communicate with them, support them as they grow, share nutrients with those who are sick or struggling, and even warn each other of impending dangers. Wohlleben also shares his deep love of woods and forests, explaining the amazing processes of life, death, and regeneration he has observed in his woodland. After learning about the complex life of trees, a walk in the woods will never be the same again. Includes a Note From a Forest Scientist, by Dr.Suzanne Simard.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781771642484 20161024
Green Library, Earth Sciences Library (Branner), Science Library (Li and Ma)

7. Lab girl [2016]

290 pages ; 25 cm
  • Prologue
  • Roots and leaves
  • Wood and knots
  • Flowers and fruit
  • Epilogue.
Jahren has built three laboratories in which she's studied trees, flowers, seeds, and soil. She tells about her childhood in rural Minnesota with an uncompromising mother and a father who encouraged hours of play in his classroom's labs; about how she found a sanctuary in science, and the disappointments, triumphs and exhilarating discoveries of scientific work. Yet at the core of this book is the story of a relationship Jahren forged with Bill, who becomes her lab partner and best friend. Their sometimes rogue adventures in science take them over the Atlantic to the ever-light skies of the North Pole and to tropical Hawaii, where she and her lab currently make their home.
An illuminating debut memoir of a woman in science; a moving portrait of a longtime friendship; and a stunningly fresh look at plants that will forever change how you see the natural world. Acclaimed scientist Hope Jahren has built three laboratories in which she's studied trees, flowers, seeds, and soil. Her first book is a revelatory treatise on plant life but it is also so much more. "Lab Girl" is a book about work, love, and the mountains that can be moved when those two things come together. It is told through Jahren's remarkable stories: about her childhood in rural Minnesota with an uncompromising mother and a father who encouraged hours of play in his classroom's labs; about how she found a sanctuary in science, and learned to perform lab work done with both the heart and the hands; and about the inevitable disappointments, but also the triumphs and exhilarating discoveries, of scientific work. Yet at the core of this book is the story of a relationship Jahren forged with a brilliant, wounded man named Bill, who becomes her lab partner and best friend. Their sometimes rogue adventures in science take them from the Midwest across the United States and back again, over the Atlantic to the ever-light skies of the North Pole and to tropical Hawaii, where she and her lab currently make their home. Jahren's probing look at plants, her astonishing tenacity of spirit, and her acute insights on nature enliven every page of this extraordinary book. "Lab Girl" opens your eyes to the beautiful, sophisticated mechanisms within every leaf, blade of grass, and flower petal. Here is an eloquent demonstration of what can happen when you find the stamina, passion, and sense of sacrifice needed to make a life out of what you truly love, as you discover along the way the person you were meant to be. -- Publisher description.
Green Library, Earth Sciences Library (Branner), Science Library (Li and Ma)
1 atlas (224 pages) : illustrations (some color), color maps ; 31 cm
Green Library, Earth Sciences Library (Branner)
340 pages ; 24 cm
"From a brilliant new literary voice comes a groundbreaking exploration of how trails help us understand the world--from tiny ant trails to hiking paths that span continents, from interstate highways to the Internet. In 2009, while thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail, Robert Moor began to wonder about the paths that lie beneath our feet: How do they form? Why do some improve over time while others devolve? What makes us follow or strike off on our own? Over the course of the next seven years, Moor traveled the globe, exploring trails of all kinds, from the miniscule to the massive. He learned the tricks of master trail-builders, hunted down long-lost Cherokee trails, and traced the origins of our road networks and the Internet. In each chapter, Moor interweaves his adventures with findings from science, history, philosophy, and nature writing--combining the nomadic joys of Peter Matthiessen with the eclectic wisdom of Lewis Hyde's The Gift. Throughout, Moor reveals how this single topic--the oft-overlooked trail--sheds new light on a wealth of age-old questions: How does order emerge out of chaos? How did animals first crawl forth from the seas and spread across continents? How has humanity's relationship with nature and technology shaped world around us? And, ultimately, how does each of us pick a path through life? Moor has the essayist's gift for making new connections, the adventurer's love for paths untaken, and the philosopher's knack for asking big questions. With a breathtaking arc that spans from the dawn of animal life to the digital era, On Trails is a book that makes us see our world, our history, our species, and our ways of life anew"-- Provided by publisher.
Green Library, Earth Sciences Library (Branner)
ix, 265 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
  • Acknowledgements Preface / Peter K. Bol Introduction / Ruth Mostern, Humphrey Southall, and Merrick Lex Berman Section 1: What is a Gazetteer 1. Gazetteers Past: Placing Names from Antiquity to the Internet / Ruth Mostern and Humphrey Southall 2. Gazetteers Present: Spatial Science and Volunteered Geographical Information / Michael F. Goodchild 3. Gazetteers Global: United Nations Geographical Names Standardization / Helen Kerfoot 4. Gazetteers Enriched: A Conceptual Basis for Linking Gazetteers with Other Kinds of Information / Ryan Shaw Section 2: Using Gazetteers in Combination 5. International Standards for Gazetteer Data Structures / Raj Singh 6. Place, Period, and Setting for Linked Data Gazetteers / Karl Grossner, Krzysztof Janowicz, and Carsten Kessler 7. The Pleiades Gazetteer and the Pelagios Project / Rainer Simon, Leif Isaksen, Elton Barker, and Pau de Soto Canamares 8. Historical Gazetteer System Integration: CHGIS, Regnum Francorum, and GeoNames / Merrick Lex Berman, Johan Ahlfeldt, and Marc Wick Section 3: Exemplars 9. Building a Gazetteer for Early Modern London, 1550-1650 / Janelle Jenstad 10. Digitally Exposing the Place Names of England and Wales / Paul Ell, Lorna Hughes, and Humphrey Southall 11. Standardizing Names Nationally: The Work of the United States Board on Geographic Names / Michael Fournier 12. The Yeosi Project: Finding a Place in Northeast Asia Through History / Youcheol Kim, Byungnam Yoon, Jonghyuk Kim, and Hyunjong Kim Section 4: Doing History with Gazetteers 13. Mapping Religious Geographies in Chinese Muslim Society / Mark Henderson and Karl Ryavec 14. Core-Periphery Structure of the Nobi Region, Central Japan, With Reference to the Work of G. William Skinner / Tsunetoshi Mizoguchi 15. Gazetteer GIS and the Study of Taiwan Local Society and its Transition / Pi-ling Pai and I-Chun Fan References List of Contributors Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780253022448 20161010
Well before the innovation of maps, gazetteers served as the main geographic referencing system for hundreds of years. Consisting of a specialized index of place names, gazetteers traditionally linked descriptive elements with topographic features and coordinates. Placing Names is inspired by that tradition of discursive place-making and by contemporary approaches to digital data management that have revived the gazetteer and guided its development in recent decades. Adopted by researchers in the Digital Humanities and Spatial Sciences, gazetteers provide a way to model the kind of complex cultural, vernacular, and perspectival ideas of place that can be located in texts and expanded into an interconnected framework of naming history. This volume brings together leading and emergent scholars to examine the history of the gazetteer, its important role in geographic information science, and its use to further the reach and impact of spatial reasoning into the digital age.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780253022448 20161010
Green Library, Earth Sciences Library (Branner)
336 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
  • Machine
  • Fin de siècle
  • Philosophers and pulps
  • Ancient lights
  • By your bootstraps
  • Arrow of time
  • A river, a path, a maze
  • Eternity
  • Buried time
  • Backward
  • The paradoxes
  • What is time?
  • Our only boat
  • Presently.
Gleick's story begins at the turn of the twentieth century with the young H.G. Wells writing and rewriting the fantastic tale that became his first book, an international sensation, The Time Machine. A host of forces were converging to transmute the human understanding of time, some philosophical and some technological--the electric telegraph, the steam railroad, the discovery of buried civilizations, and the perfection of clocks. Gleick tracks the evolution of time travel as an idea in the culture--from Marcel Proust to Doctor Who, from Woody Allen to Jorge Luis Borges. He explores the inevitable looping paradoxes and examines the porous boundary between pulp fiction and modern physics. Finally, he delves into a temporal shift that is unsettling our own moment: the instantaneous wired world, with its all-consuming present and vanishing future.
Green Library, Earth Sciences Library (Branner)
xiii, 136 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), maps ; 25 cm
  • Introduction. GIS and the digital humanities ; Toward the spatial turn ; Writing time and space with GIS: The conquest and mapping of seventeenth-century Ireland
  • Writers, texts, and mapping. Toward a humanities GIS ; Modeling and visualizing in GIS: The topological influences of Homer's Odyssey and Dante's Inferno on James Joyce's Ulysses (1922) ; Psychogeographical GIS: Creating a "kaleidoscope equipped with consciousness," Flann O'Brien's At Swim-Two-Birds (1939) ; Geovisualizing Beckett
  • Toward a humanities GIS. The terrae incognitae of humanities GIS.
In Abstract Machine , author Charles Travis uses GIS technology to interpret, analyze, and visualize literary, historical, and philosophical texts. Travis's study shows how mapping language patterns, fictional landscapes, geographic spaces, and philosophical concepts helps support critical analysis. Travis bases his interpretive model upon the ancient Greek and Roman practice of geographia, and applies it to works by authors including Samuel Beckett, Patrick Kavanagh, Flann OAEBrien, and James Joyce. Travis illustrates how scholars in the humanities can experiment with GIS to create visualizations that support and illustrate their critical analysis of humanities texts, and survey, navigate, and imagine various story-paths through space and time.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781589483682 20160618
Green Library, Earth Sciences Library (Branner)
volumes : color maps ; 38 cm.
  • volume. 1. 1521-1699
  • volume. 2. 1699-1815
  • volume. 3. 1815-1926
This atlas offers a survey of the history of Southeast Europe from 1521 until 1699, from the first major land campaign undertaken by Sultan Süleyman I until the Treaty of Karlowitz at the end of the seventeenth century. It covers modern-day Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Romania (Walachia and Transylvania), Dalmatia, Greece and Cyprus.
Green Library, Earth Sciences Library (Branner)
viii, 191 pages ; 24 cm.
  • Introduction to the transition movement
  • Background of study
  • Sustainability, development communication, and social movements
  • Framing the communicative relationship(s) mediated within the movement
  • Methodology
  • The appeal of the glocal narrative(s)
  • Measuring and communicating impacts
  • The multiscalar role of ideology and culture in transition
  • Are transition towns sustainable?
  • The value of diversity : the role of race, class, and age
  • Digital communication, technology, and transition
  • Conclusion and recommendations.
This book explores the communication processes of the Transition Movement, a community-led global social movement, as it was adapted in a local context. First it analyzes how the movement's grand narratives of responding to "climate change" and creating greater "resiliency" were communicated into local community-based stories, responses, and actions in the Transition Town of Amherst, Massachusetts. Second, it seeks to understand the multilayered communication processes that facilitate these actions toward sustainable social change. Transition Amherst developed and/or supported projects that addressed reducing dependency on peak-oil, creating community-based-local economies, supporting sustainable food production and consumption, and participating in more efficient transportation, among others. The popularity of the model coincides with an increase in the interest in and use of the term "sustainability" by media, academics and policymakers around the world, and an increase in the global use of digital technology as a resource for information gathering and sharing. Thus this book situates itself at the intersections of a global environmental and economic crisis, the popularization of the term "sustainability, " and an increasingly digitized and networked global society in order to better understand how social change is contextualized and facilitated in a local community via a global network. This book is the first comprehensive analysis of the ways in which the theories of Transition are applied over an extended period of time in practice, on the ground in a Transition town.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780739198537 20160618
Green Library, Earth Sciences Library (Branner)
xix, 473 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 25 cm
  • Part 1. Departure: Emerging ideas. Beginnings
  • Imagination and nature: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Humboldt
  • In search of a destination.
  • Part 2. Arrival: Collecting ideas. South America
  • The Llanos and the Orinoco
  • Across the Andes
  • Chimborazo
  • Politics and nature: Thomas Jefferson and Humboldt.
  • Part 3. Return: Sorting ideas. Europe
  • Berlin
  • Paris
  • Revolutions and nature: Simon Bolivar and Humboldt
  • London
  • Going in circles: Maladie Centrifuge
  • Part 4. Influence: Spreading ideas. Return to Berlin
  • Russia
  • Evolution and nature: Charles Darwin and Humboldt
  • Humbolt's Cosmos
  • Poetry, science and nature: Henry David Thoreau and Humboldt
  • Part 5. New worlds: Evolving ideas. The greatest man since the deluge
  • Man and nature: George Perkins Marsh and Humboldt
  • Art, ecology and nature: Ernst Haeckel and Humboldt
  • Preservation and nature: John Muir and Humboldt.
Green Library, Earth Sciences Library (Branner), Marine Biology Library (Miller)
x, 337 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 25 cm
  • Introduction: A global water crisis looms
  • Part I: The creation of a water-focused nation. A water-respecting culture ; The national water carrier ; Managing a national water system
  • Part II: The transformation. Revolution(s) on the farm ; Turning waste into water ; Desalination: science, engineering, and alchemy ; Renewing the water of Israel
  • Part III: The world beyond Israel's borders. Turning water into a global business ; Israel, Jordan, and the Palestinians: finding a regional water solution ; Hydro-diplomacy: Israel's use of water for global engagement ; No one is immune: California and the burden of affluence
  • Part IV: How Israel did it. Guiding philosophy.
"As every day brings urgent reports of growing water shortages around the world, there is no time to lose in the search for solutions. The US government predicts that forty of our fifty states-and sixty percent of the earth's land surface-will soon face alarming gaps between available water and the growing demand for it. Without action, food prices will rise, economic growth will slow, and political instability is likely to follow. Let There Be Water illustrates how Israel can serve as a model for the US and countries everywhere by showing how to blunt the worst of the coming water calamities. Even with sixty percent of its country a desert, not only doesn't Israel have a water problem; it has an abundance of water. Israel even supplies water to its neighbors-the Palestinians and the Kingdom of Jordan-every day. Based on meticulous research and hundreds of interviews, Let There Be Water reveals the methods and techniques of the often off-beat inventors who enabled Israel to lead the world in cutting-edge water technology. Let There Be Water also tells unknown stories of how cooperation on water systems can forge diplomatic ties and promote unity. Remarkably, not long ago, now-hostile Iran relied on Israel to manage its water systems, and access to Israel's water know-how helped to warm China's frosty relations with Israel. Every town, every country, and every reader can benefit from learning what Israel did in order to transform itself from a parched land into a water superpower. Beautifully written, Let There Be Water is an inspiring account of vision and sacrifice that will long be admired by government officials and engaged citizens facing water shortages and other seemingly insurmountable challenges"-- Provided by publisher.
"With hardly a day without a water-crisis story somewhere, Let There Be Water offers prescriptions on how countries, cities, and businesses can avoid the worst of it. With sixty percent of the country in a desert and despite a rapidly growing population, Israel has been jumping ahead of the water-innovation curve for decades. Israel's national unity and economic vitality are, in part, the result of a culture and consciousness that understands the central role of water in building a dynamic, thriving society. By boldly thinking about water, Israel has transformed the normally change-averse, water-greedy world of agriculture with innovations like drip irrigation, creation of smart seeds for drought-friendly plants, and careful reuse of highly treated waste-water. Israel has also played a leading role in the emerging desalination revolution. Beyond securing its own water supply, Israel has also created a high-export industry in water technology, a timely example of how countries can build their economies while making the world better. Built on meticulous research and hundreds of interviews with both world leaders and experts in the field, Let There Be Water tells the inspiring story of how this all came to be"-- Provided by publisher.
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xv, 394 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
  • Foreword -- Kofi Annan -- I) INTRODUCTION -- 1. The Many Faces of Food Security -- Rosamond L. Naylor -- II) THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF FOOD AND AGRICULTURE -- 2. Food Security for the Poorest Billion: Policy Lessons from Indonesia -- Walter P. Falcon -- 3. The Food Security Roots of the Middle Income Trap -- Scott Rozelle, Jikun Huang, and Xiaobing Wang -- 4. Institutions, Interests, and Incentives in American Food and Agriculture -- Policy -- Mariano-Florentino Cuellar, David Lazarus, Walter Falcon, and Rosamond L. Naylor -- 5. Political Economy of EU Agricultural and Food Policies and Global Food Security -- Johan Swinnen -- III) CHALLENGES FOR THE POOREST BILLION -- 6. Creating Synergies Between Water, Energy, and Food Security for Smallholders -- Jennifer Burney -- 7. Health and Development at the Food-Water Nexus -- Jennifer Davis, Eran Bendavid, Amy J. Pickering, and Rosamond L. Naylor -- 8. Land Institutions and Food Security in Sub-Saharan Africa -- Whitney L. Smith and Rosamond L. Naylor -- IV) AGRICULTURE'S DEPENDENCE ON RESOURCES AND THE ENVIRONMENT -- 9. Food, Energy, and Climate Connections in a Global Economy -- David B. Lobell, Rosamond L. Naylor, and Christopher B. Field -- 10. Agricultural Nutrient Use and Its Environmental Consequences -- Peter A. Vitousek and Pamela A. Matson -- 11. Water Institutions and Agriculture -- Barton H. Thompson, Jr. -- 12. Global Agriculture and Land Use Changes in the 21st Century: Achieving a Balance Between Food Security, Urban Diet, and Nature Conservation -- Ximena Rueda and Eric F. Lambin -- V. FOOD IN A NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL SECURITY CONTEXT -- 13. Food and Security -- Stephan John Stedman -- 14. From Politics to Farm Plots: A Field Perspective on Food Security -- Rosamond L. Naylor -- Glossary -- Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780199354061 20160616
Hundreds of millions of people still suffer from chronic hunger and food insecurity despite sufficient levels of global food production. The poor's inability to afford adequate diets remains the biggest constraint to solving hunger, but the dynamics of global food insecurity are complex and demand analysis that extends beyond the traditional domains of economics and agriculture. How do the policies used to promote food security in one country affect nutrition, food access, natural resources, and national security in other countries? How do the priorities and challenges of achieving food security change over time as countries develop economically? The Evolving Sphere of Food Security seeks to answer these two important questions and others by exploring the interconnections of food security to security of many kinds: energy, water, health, climate, the environment, and national security. Through personal stories of research in the field and policy advising at local and global scales, a multidisciplinary group of scholars provide readers with a real-world sense of the opportunities and challenges involved in alleviating food insecurity. In sub-Saharan Africa, for example, management of HIV/AIDS, the establishment of an equitable system of land property rights, and investment in solar-powered irrigation play an important role in improving food security--particularly in the face of global climate change. Meanwhile, food price spikes associated with the United States' biofuels policy continue to have spillover effects on the world's rural poor with implications for stability and national security. The Evolving Sphere of Food Security traces four key areas of the food security field: 1) the political economy of food and agriculture; 2) challenges for the poorest billion; 3) agriculture's dependence on resources and the environment; and 4) food in a national and international security context. This book connects these areas in a way that tells an integrated story about human lives, resource use, and the policy process.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780199354061 20160616
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1 map : color ; 59 x 60 cm, on sheet 98 x 107 cm., folded 28 x 22 cm. in envelope 30 x 24 cm. + 1 pamphlet (iv, 28 pages ; 28 cm).
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xiii, 454 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
  • The company of the USS Jeannette
  • Prologue: Baptism by ice
  • part 1: A great blank space
  • part 2: The national genius
  • part 3: A glorious country to learn patience in
  • part 4: We are not yet daunted
  • part 5: The end of creation
  • part 6: The whisper of the stars
  • Epilogue: As long as I have ice to stand on.
"After journeying north of the Bering Strait, they found themselves trapped in pack ice. Two years into the harrowing voyage, the hull was fatally breached, and the Jeannette sank to the bottom of the Arctic Ocean The men found themselves marooned on the ice cap nearly a thousand miles north of Siberia with three open boats and only the barest supplies"-- Book jacket.
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1 atlas (248 p.) : col. ill., col. maps ; 20 x 25 cm
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