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xxv, 335 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
  • Introduction
  • How the genome explains who we are
  • Encounters the Neanderthals
  • Ancient DNA opens the floodgates
  • Humanity's ghosts
  • The making of modern Europe
  • The collision that formed India
  • In search of Native American ancestors
  • The genomic origins of East Asians
  • Rejoining Africa to the human story
  • The genomics of inequality
  • The genomics of race and identity
  • The future of ancient DNA.
"A groundbreaking book about how technological advances in genomics and the extraction of ancient DNA have profoundly changed our understanding of human prehistory while resolving many long-standing controversies. Massive technological innovations now allow scientists to extract and analyze ancient DNA as never before, and it has become clear--in part from David Reich's own contributions to the field--that genomics is as important a means of understanding the human past as archeology, linguistics, and the written word. Now, in The New Science of the Human Past, Reich describes with unprecedented clarity just how the human genome provides not only all the information that a fertilized human egg needs to develop but also contains within it the history of our species. He delineates how the Genomic Revolution and ancient DNA are transforming our understanding of our own lineage as modern humans; how genomics deconstructs the idea that there are no biologically meaningful differences among human populations (though without adherence to pernicious racist hierarchies); and how DNA studies reveal the deep history of human inequality--among different populations, between the sexes, and among individuals within a population"-- Provided by publisher.
Law Library (Crown)
v, 378 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
  • Introduction: Extreme city
  • Capital sinks
  • Environmental blowback
  • Sea change
  • The jargon of resilience
  • Climate apartheid
  • Disaster communism
  • Conclusion: Urban futures.
How will climate change affect our lives? Where will its impacts be most deeply felt? Are we doing enough to protect ourselves from the coming chaos? In Extreme Cities, Ashley Dawson argues that cities are ground zero for climate change, contributing the lion's share of carbon to the atmosphere, while also lying on the frontlines of rising sea levels. Today, the majority of the world's megacities are located in coastal zones, yet few of them are adequately prepared for the floods that will increasingly menace their shores. Instead, most continue to develop luxury waterfront condos for the elite and industrial facilities for corporations. These not only intensify carbon emissions, but also place coastal residents at greater risk when water levels rise. In Extreme Cities, Dawson offers an alarming portrait of the future of our cities, describing the efforts of Staten Island, New York, and Shishmareff, Alaska residents to relocate; Holland's models for defending against the seas; and the development of New York City before and after Hurricane Sandy. Our best hope lies not with fortified sea walls, he argues.Rather, it lies with urban movements already fighting to remake our cities in a more just and equitable way. As much a harrowing study as a call to arms Extreme Cities is a necessary read for anyone concerned with the threat of global warming, and of the cities of the world.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781784780364 20180129
Law Library (Crown)
292 pages ; 25 cm.
  • Introduction / Christoph Rehmann-Sutter, Malte Dreyer and Jeanette Erdmann
  • The idea of 'genes' and their 'transparency' / Christoph Rehmann-Sutter and Malte Dreyer
  • Making genomes visible / Benedikt Reiz, Jeanette Erdmann and Christoph Rehmann-Sutter
  • Who is the subject of genetic responsibility? / Angeliki Kerasiou, Cathy Herbrand and Malte Dreyer
  • Personal genomics : transparent to whom? / Teresa Finlay, Shannon Gibson, Lene Koch and Sara Toccheti
  • Genetic transparency versus genetic privacy : the complex ethics of genetic testing in humans / Kirsten Brukamp, Gabrielle M. Christenhusz and Caroline Fündling
  • Understanding the complexity of regulation in an evolving health technology landscape / Andrei Famenka, Shannon Gibson and Fruzsina Molnár-Gábor
  • Genetic transparency : transparency of communication / Gabrielle M. Christenhusz, Lorraine Cowley, Tim Ohnhäuser and Vasilija Rolfes.
"Genetic Transparency?" tackles the question of who has, or should have access to personal genomic information. Genomics experts and scholars from the humanities and social sciences discuss the changes in interpersonal relationships, human self-understandings, ethics, law, and the health systems.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9789004306684 20160619
Law Library (Crown)
xxiii, 413 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
  • Personal genomics and its sociotechnical transformations / Richard Tutton
  • Genetics, genomics, and society : challenges and choices / Angus Clarke
  • Genomics and patient empowerment / Marion McAllister
  • The expanding scope of gen-ethics / Ruth Chadwick
  • Health economic perspectives of genomics / Sarah Wordsworth, James Buchanan and Adrian Towse
  • Legal aspects of health applications of genomics / Ellen Wright Clayton and Ma'n Zawati
  • Genomics, patents, and human rights / Michiel Korthals
  • Teaching genetics and genomics for social and lay professionals / Sandie Gay, Michelle Bishop and Stuart Sutherland
  • Engaging and empowering public and professionals in genomics / Maggie Kirk, Rachel Iredale, Rhian Morgan and Emma Tonkin
  • The "life costs" of living with rare genetic disorders / Koichi Mikami, Alastair Kent and Gill Haddow
  • Genomics and the bioeconomy : opportunities to meet global challenges / Gerardo Jiménez-Sánchez and Jim Philp
  • Socioeconomic outcomes of genomics in the developing world / Dhavendra Kumar
  • Roles in genomics in addressing global food security / Denis J. Murphy
  • Genomics and traditional Indian ayurvedic medicine / Mitali Mukerji and Bhavana Prasher
  • Genomics and traditional Chinese medicine / Wei Wang
  • Human genetics and genomics and sociocultural beliefs and practices in South Africa / Mimla Soodyall and Jennifer G.R. Kromberg
  • Genomics and spirituality / Michael Ruse
  • The sociodemographic and economic correlates of consanguineous marriages in highly consanguineous populations / Hanan Hamamy and Sura Alwan
  • The international law and regulation of medical genetics and genomics / Atina Krajewska.
Genomics and Society; Ethical, Legal-Cultural, and Socioeconomic Implications is the first book to address the vast and thorny web of ELSI topics identified as core priorities of the NHGRI in 2011. The work addresses fundamental issues of biosociety and bioeconomy as the revolution in biology moves from research lab to healthcare system. Of particular interest to healthcare practitioners, bioethicists, and health economists, and of tangential interest to the gamut of applied social scientists investigating the societal impact of new medical paradigms, the work describes a myriad of issues around consent, confidentiality, rights, patenting, regulation, and legality in the new era of genomic medicine. * Addresses the vast and thorny web of ELSI topics identified as core priorities of the NHGRI in 2011* Presents the core fundamental issues of biosociety and bioeconomy as the revolution in biology moves from research lab to healthcare system* Describes a myriad of issues around consent, including confidentiality, rights, patenting, regulation, and more.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780124201958 20160619
Law Library (Crown)
xx, 201 pages ; 25 cm.
  • Globalizing bioethics through, beyond and despite governments / Henk ten Have
  • The UNESCO universal declarations : paperwork or added value to the international conversation on bioethics? : the example of th euniversal declaration on bioethics and human rights / Michéle Stanton-Jean
  • Twenty years of the international bioethics committee : achievements and future priorities / Nouzha Guessous
  • The universality of the UNESCO universal declaration on bioethics and human rights / Richard Magnus
  • Consent and bioethics / Sheila A.M. McLean
  • Global bioethics as social bioethics / Stefano Semplici
  • Ethics and traditional medicine / Emilio La Rosa Rodríguez
  • Biobanks : balancing benefits and risks / Ewa Bartnik and Eero Vuorío
  • The risk of discrimination and stigmatization in Organ transplantation and trafficking / Alireza Bagherí
  • Dust of wonder, dust of doom : a landscape of nanotechnology, nanoethics, and sustainable development / Fabio Salamanca-Buentello and Abdallah S. Daar
  • The national bioethics committees and the universal declaration on bioethics and human rights : their potential and optimal functioning / Jean F. Martin
  • The UNESCO international bioethics committee and the network of ethical advisory bodies in Europe : an interactive relationship / Christiane Druml
  • The impact of the UNESCO international bioethics committee's activities on central and Eastern Europe / Olga Kubar and Joz̆e Trontelj
  • Bioethics in Arab Region and the impact of the UNESCO International Bioethics Committee / Sadek Beloucif and Mohamed Salah Ben Ammar
  • The impact of the UNESCO Interational Bioethics Committee on Latin America : respect for cultural diversity and pluralism / Claude Vergés De Lopez, Delia Sánchez, Volnei Garrafa, and Andrés Peralta-Corneille
  • Bioethics development in Africa : the contributions of the UNESCO International Bioethics Committee / Monique Wasunna, Ai̋ssatou Toure, and Christine Wasunna
  • Bioethics in East Asia : development and issues / Myongsei Sohn.
The UNESCO International Bioethics Committee is an international body that sets standards in the field of bioethics. This collection represents the contributions of the IBC to global bioethics. The IBC is a body of 36 independent experts that follows progress in the life sciences and its applications in order to ensure respect for human dignity and freedom. Currently, some of the topics of the IBC contributions have been discussed in the bioethics literature, mostly journal articles. However, this is a unique contribution by the scholars who developed these universal declarations and reports. The contributors have not only provided a scholarly up to date discussion of their research topics, but as members of the IBC they have also discussed specific practical challenges in the development of such international documents. This book will be suited to academics within bioethics, health care policy and international law.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9783319226491 20160619
Law Library (Crown)
6 pages ; 28 cm.
Law Library (Crown)
xi, 318 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
  • Introduction
  • Communal form of DNA research
  • "Mass migration" and technologies of gene manipulation
  • System of exchange in recombinant DNA research
  • Moral and capitalistic economies of gene cloning
  • Who owns what? : private ownership and public interest in recombinant DNA technology in the 1970s
  • Reenvisioning the biomedical enterprise in the age of commercial biotechnology
  • Conclusion.
The advent of recombinant DNA technology in the 1970s was a key moment in the history of both biotechnology and the commercialization of academic research. Doogab Yi's The Recombinant University draws us deeply into the academic community in the San Francisco Bay Area, where the technology was developed and adopted as the first major commercial technology for genetic engineering. In doing so, it reveals how research patronage, market forces, and legal developments from the late 1960s through the early 1980s influenced the evolution of the technology and reshaped the moral and scientific life of biomedical researchers. Bay Area scientists, university administrators, and government officials were fascinated by and increasingly engaged in the economic and political opportunities associated with the privatization of academic research. Yi uncovers how the attempts made by Stanford scientists and administrators to demonstrate the relevance of academic research were increasingly mediated by capitalistic conceptions of knowledge, medical innovation, and the public interest. The Recombinant University brings to life the hybrid origin story of biotechnology and the ways the academic culture of science has changed in tandem with the early commercialization of recombinant DNA technology.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780226143835 20160618
Law Library (Crown)
xx, 264 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
  • Toxicology emerges in public health crises
  • DDT and environmental toxicology
  • The University of Chicago Toxicity Laboratory
  • The toxicity of organophosphate chemicals
  • What's the risk? : legislators and scientists evaluate pesticides
  • Rereading Silent spring
  • Pesticides and toxicology after the DDT ban
  • Roads taken
  • Epilogue: Risk, benefit, and uncertainty.
Silent Spring catalyzed an environmental movement in the 1960s and achieved a ban on DDT, but are the alternatives any less toxic? Rachel Carson's eloquent book Silent Spring stands as one of the most important books of the twentieth century and inspired important and long-lasting changes in environmental science and government policy. Frederick Rowe Davis thoughtfully sets Carson's study in the context of the twentieth century, reconsiders her achievement, and analyzes its legacy in light of toxic chemical use and regulation today. Davis examines the history of pesticide development alongside the evolution of the science of toxicology and tracks legislation governing exposure to chemicals across the twentieth century. He affirms the brilliance of Carson's careful scientific interpretations drawing on data from university and government toxicologists. Although Silent Spring instigated legislation that successfully terminated DDT use, other warnings were ignored. Ironically, we replaced one poison with even more toxic ones. Davis concludes that we urgently need new thinking about how we evaluate and regulate pesticides in accounting for their ecological and human toll.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780300205176 20180521
Law Library (Crown)

9. Damnation [2014]

1 videodisc (88 min.) : sound ; color with some black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in. Sound: digital; optical; stereo. Video: laser optical; NTSC. Digital: video file; DVD video.
"This powerful film odyssey across America explores the sea change in national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that our own future is bound to the life and health of our rivers." -- Container.
Law Library (Crown)
xxi, 343 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
  • Introduction / Susan Charnley, Thomas E. Sheridan, and Gary P. Nabhan
  • Part1. The importance of conserving Western working landscapes
  • A brief history of people and policy in the West / Thomas E. Sheridan and Nathan F. Sayre
  • Status and trends of Western working landscapes / Susan Charnley, Thomas E. Sheridan, and Nathan F. Sayre
  • The biodiversity that protected areas can't capture : how private ranch, forest, and tribal lands sustain biodiversity / Gary P. Nabhan, Richard L. Knight, and Susan Charnley
  • Part 2. Collaborative conservation
  • Beyond "stakeholders" and the zero-sum game : toward community-based collaborative conservation in the American West / Thomas E. Sheridan, Nathan F. Sayre, and David Seibert
  • Spotlight 4.1.
  • Historic precedents to collaborative conservation in working landscapes : the Coon Valley "cooperative conservation" initiative, 1934 / Curt Meine and Gary P. Nabhan
  • The Quivira experience : reflections from a "do" tank / Courtney White ; Spotlight 5.1
  • Grass-fed and grass-finished livestock production : helping to keep working landscapes intact / Gary P. Nabhan, Carrie Balkcom, and Amanda D. Webb
  • Place-based conservation finds its voice : a case study of the Rural Voices for Conservation Coalition / Maia Enzer and Martin Goebel
  • Part 3. Case studies of working forests
  • Swan story / Melanie Parker
  • Spotlight 7.1
  • Arcata Community Forest / Mark Andre
  • Taking a different approach : forestland management in the redwood region / Mike Jani
  • Spotlight 8.1
  • The Conservation Fund's Garcia River Forest, California / Chris Kelly
  • Stewardship contracting in the Siuslaw National Forest / Shiloh Sundstrom and Johnny Sundstrom
  • Spotlight 9.1
  • Stewardship agreements : the Weaverville Community Forest, California / Pat Frost
  • Part 4. Case studies of working ranches
  • Lava Lake Land & Livestock : the role of private landowners in landscape-scale conservation / Michael S. Stevens
  • Spotlight 10.1
  • Country Natural Beef / Susan Charnley and Sophia Polasky
  • Conservation and development at Sun Ranch : the search for balance in the U.S West / Roger Lang, William H. Durham, and Josh Spitzer
  • Spotlight 11.1
  • The Madison Valley Ranchlands Group / Thomas E. Sheridan
  • Integrating diversified strategies on a single ranch : from renewable energy and multiple breeds to conservation easements / Dennis Moroney
  • Spotlight 12.1
  • Private land conservation trends in the western United States / Jon Christensen, Jenny Rempel, and Judee Burr
  • Part 5. Emerging approaches to conserving working landscapes
  • The Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan and ranch conservation in Pima County, Arizona / Thomas E. Sheridan
  • Spotlight 13.1
  • Ranching and the "death tax" : a matter of conservation as well as equity / Thomas E. Sheridan, Andrew Reeves, and Susan Charnley
  • Payments for ecosystem services : keeping working landscapes productive and functioning / Gary P. Nabhan, Laura López-Hoffman, Hannah Gosnell, Josh Goldstein, Richard Knight, Carrie Presnall, Lauren Gwin, Dawn Thilmany and Susan Charnley
  • Spotlight 14.1
  • The Conservation Reserve Program / Steven E. Kraft
  • Conclusions and policy implications / Thomas E. Sheridan, Gary P. Nabhan, and Susan Charnley.
News headlines would often have us believe that conservationists are inevitably locked in conflict with the people who live and work on the lands they seek to protect. Not so. Across the western expanses of the United States, conservationists, ranchers, and forest workers are bucking preconceptions to establish common ground and join together to protect wide open spaces, diverse habitats, and working landscapes. Featuring contributions from an impressive array of scientists, conservationists, scholars, ranchers, and foresters, Stitching the West Back Together explores that expanded, inclusive vision of environmentalism as it delves into the history and evolution of western land use policy and of the working landscapes themselves. Chapters include detailed case studies of efforts to promote both environmental and economic sustainability, with lessons learned; descriptions of emerging institutional frameworks for conserving Western working landscapes; and implications for best practices and policies crucial to the future of the West's working forests and rangelands. As economic and demographic forces threaten these lands with fragmentation and destruction, this book encourages a hopeful balance between production and conservation on the large, interconnected landscapes required for maintaining cultural and biological diversity over the long term.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780226165714 20160616
Law Library (Crown)
v, 83 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) describes the situation where the user of an environmental service, such as water purification, pays the landowners who provide that service. For PES to exist, there must be a clearly defined user and supplier, as well as a number of other necessary conditions, which are defined in this document using a summary of current sources. Particular attention is paid to how these conditions currently obtain within the UNECE region. The range of forest environment services is explored through fourteen detailed case studies, which examine best practice in promoting PES. Political and public relations implications of PES are discussed at length, and recommendations include the need for clarity about where PES may be a useful tool in moving towards a green economy and where other methods may be more appropriate.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9789211170719 20160617
Law Library (Crown)
xi, 247 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
  • Introduction
  • Debating cloning
  • Making animals
  • Transpositions
  • Reproducing populations
  • Genetic values
  • Knowing endangered species
  • Biodiversities
  • Conclusion.
"In this brilliant study of cloned wild life, Carrie Friese adds a whole new dimension to the study of reproduction, illustrating vividly and persuasively how social and biological reproduction are inextricably bound together, and why this matters." (Sarah Franklin, author of Dolly Mixtures: the Remaking of Genealogy). The natural world is marked by an ever-increasing loss of varied habitats, a growing number of species extinctions, and a full range of new kinds of dilemmas posed by global warming. At the same time, humans are also working to actively shape this natural world through contemporary bioscience and biotechnology. In Cloning Wild Life, Carrie Friese posits that cloned endangered animals in zoos sit at the apex of these two trends, as humans seek a scientific solution to environmental crisis. Often fraught with controversy, cloning technologies, Friese argues, significantly affect our conceptualizations of and engagements with wildlife and nature. By studying animals at different locations, Friese explores the human practices surrounding the cloning of endangered animals. She visits zoos - the San Diego Zoological Park, the Audubon Center in New Orleans, and the Zoological Society of London - to see cloning and related practices in action, as well as attending academic and medical conferences and interviewing scientists, conservationists, and zookeepers involved in cloning. Ultimately, she concludes that the act of recalibrating nature through science is what most disturbs us about cloning animals in captivity, revealing that debates over cloning become, in the end, a site of political struggle between different human groups. Moreover, Friese explores the implications of the social role that animals at the zoo play in the first place - how they are viewed, consumed, and used by humans for our own needs. A unique study uniting sociology and the study of science and technology, Cloning Wild Life demonstrates just how much bioscience reproduces and changes our ideas about the meaning of life itself. Carrie Friese is Lecturer in Sociology at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781479836383 20160612
Law Library (Crown)
xxiii, 231 pages ; 24 cm
  • North fork : river
  • Sperry : alpine
  • Middle fork : forest
  • Cordova : coast
  • Denali : park
  • Denali : home.
Law Library (Crown)
xvi, 307 p. ; 24 cm.
  • Animals born through cloning are ordinary members of their species
  • Animals born through cloning are unique individuals and have their own lifespans
  • Humans born through cloning will be unique individuals and have their own lifespans
  • Identity and essentialism
  • Artifacts and essentialism
  • Imposters and essentialism
  • Resurrection and essentialism
  • Essentialism and the law of reproductive cloning
  • Essentialism and the law of research cloning..
Since Dolly the sheep was born, controversy has swirled around the technology of cloning. We recoil at the prospect of human copies, manufactured men and women, nefarious impersonators and resurrections of the dead. Such reactions have serious legal consequences: lawmakers have banned stem cell research along with the cloning of babies. But what if our minds have been playing tricks on us? What if everything we thought we knew about human cloning is rooted in intuition rather than fact? Human Cloning: Four Fallacies and their Legal Consequences is a rollicking ride through science, psychology and the law. Drawing on sources ranging from science fiction films to the Congressional Record, this book unmasks the role that psychological essentialism has played in bringing about cloning bans. It explains how hidden intuitions have caused conservatives and liberals to act contrary to their own most cherished ideals and values.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781107031852 20160609
Law Library (Crown)
333 pages ; 24 cm
  • A tale of two commissions
  • Disciplining disorder
  • Transparent fictions
  • Conscientious objections
  • A failed experiment
  • Stem cells, interrupted.
The implicit questions that inevitably underlie German bioethics are the same ones that have pervaded all of German public life for decades now: How could the Holocaust have happened? And how can Germans make sure that it will never happen again? In "Reasons of Conscience", Stefan Sperling considers the bioethical debates surrounding embryonic stem cell research in Germany at the turn of the twenty-first century, highlighting how the country's ongoing struggle to come to terms with its past informs the decisions it makes today. Sperling brings the reader unmatched access to the offices of the German Parliament to convey the role that morality and ethics play in contemporary Germany. He describes the separate and interactive workings of the two bodies assigned to shape German bioethics - the parliamentary Enquiry Commission on Law and Ethics in Modern Medicine and the executive branch's National Ethics Council - tracing each institution's genesis, projected image, and operations, and revealing that the content of bioethics cannot be separated from the workings of these institutions. Sperling then focuses his discussion around three core categories - transparency, conscience, and Germany itself - arguing that these categories are central to understanding German bioethics. He concludes with an assessment of German legislators' and regulators' attempts to incorporate criteria of ethical research into the German Stem Cell Law. "Reasons of Conscience" will appeal not only to cultural anthropologists, science studies scholars, and bioethicists, but also to those in the fields of political science, law, and German studies.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780226924328 20160610
Law Library (Crown)
xiv, 192 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
  • Intangible natural heritage : an introduction / Eric Dorfman
  • The intangible roots of our tangible heritage / Adrian Norris
  • Case studies of intangible natural heritage from museum collections / John A. Long
  • "That singular and wonderful quadruped" : the kangaroo as historical intangible natural heritage in the eighteenth century / Markman Ellis
  • "Project INH" : a case study of the role of museums in the interpretation of intangible natural heritage / B. Venugopal
  • On nature's terms : preserving the practice of traditional backcountry recreation in New Zealand's national parks / Lee Davidson
  • Poetically, man dwells with crickets : nature and culture of Chinese singing insects / Xingbao Jin and Alan l. Yen
  • Terra cognita, down and under, living stones, and the sound of stones : reflections on four exhibitions / Ulrike Stottrop
  • Discussion: Towards a unified concept of intangible natural heritage / Eric Dorfman and Janet Carding.
The topic of intangible natural heritage is new, recently emerging as an important subject of inquiry. It describes the untouchable elements of the environment that combine to create natural objects, and help define our relationship to them. These elements can be sensory, like auditory landscapes, or processes like natural selection. As a concept, intangible natural heritage is growing in prominence, as museums are increasingly charged safeguarding and interpreting the milieux from which their objects originate. This book is a significant advance on the subject of intangible natural heritage; no book on the topic has yet been written and current scholarship is confined to a few isolated papers. As such, there exists a wide variety of perspectives on the topic. Intangible Natural Heritage presents a spectrum of opinion, making the first attempt at a unifying concept on which future work can be based. Authors from Europe, Asia, Australasia, Britain, and North America, address topics on scales from minute insects to sweeping landscapes. The common thread in these explorations is the importance of human relationships with nature that is passed down from generation to generation. In a world that is becoming increasingly fragile, recognizing and fostering these relationships has never been more vital.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780415884921 20160606
Law Library (Crown)
496 p., plates : ill., ports. ; 25 cm.
  • Miss Carson's book
  • Bright as the mid-day sun
  • Biologizing
  • The English connection and the ocean deep
  • This beautiful and sublime world
  • Author triumphant
  • Dorothy
  • The enduring sea
  • Earth on fire
  • Collateral damage
  • High tides and low.
Rachel Carson, founder of the modern environmental movement, began work on her seminal book Silent Spring in the late 1950s, when a dizzying array of synthetic pesticides had come into use. Leading this chemical onslaught was the insecticide DDT. Effective against crop pests as well as insects that transmitted human diseases such as typhus and malaria, DDT had at first appeared safe. But as its use expanded, alarming reports surfaced of collateral damage to fish, birds, and other wildlife. Silent Spring was a chilling indictment of DDT and its effects, and it shocked the public and forced the government to take action despite a withering attack on Carson from the chemicals industry. The book awakened the world to the heedless contamination of the environment and eventually led to the establishment of the Environmental Protection Agency and to the banning of DDT and a host of related pesticides.
Law Library (Crown)
xv, 132 pages : color illustrations, color map ; 23 x 30 cm
  • Preface: A welcome from the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District / by Steve Abbors
  • Introduction / Kristi Britt
  • The works
  • The inspiration for the works
  • Epilogue / Kristi Britt.
"A community celebration with photographs, paintings, prose, and poetry by preserve users"-- Back cover.
Law Library (Crown)
ix, 274 p. ; 24 cm.
  • Introduction
  • Visions of heaven and hell
  • Thinking about the unthinkable
  • Physical harm to children
  • Psychosocial harm to children
  • Broader consequences for society
  • The end of the human lineage
  • Evolution by nature or by human design?
  • Protecting the children
  • Preserving societal cohesion
  • Providing for our descendents
  • Safeguarding the human species
  • Epilogue.
Transhumanists advocate for the development and distribution of technologies that will enhance human intellectual, physical, and psychological capacities, even eliminate aging. What if the dystopian futures and transhumanist utopias found in the pages of science journals, Margaret Atwood novels, films like "Gattaca", and television shows like "Dark Angel" are realized? What kind of world would humans have created? Maxwell J. Mehlman considers the promises and perils of using genetic engineering in an effort to direct the future course of human evolution. He addresses scientific and ethical issues without choosing sides in the dispute between transhumanists and their challengers. However, "Transhumanist Dreams and Dystopian Nightmares" reveals that radical forms of genetic engineering could become a reality much sooner than many people think, and that we need to encourage risk management efforts. Whether scientists are dubious or optimistic about the prospects for directed evolution, they tend to agree on two things. First, however long it takes to perfect the necessary technology, it is inevitable that humans will attempt to control their evolutionary future, and second, in the process of learning how to direct evolution, we are bound to make mistakes. Our responsibility is to learn how to balance innovation with caution.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781421406695 20160609
Law Library (Crown)
xiv, 335 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), col. maps ; 21 cm.
  • Prologue Acknowledgements 1. Taking the Plunge * An Ever Changing Environment * Saving the Bay * Inside & Out 2. Beneath the Surface: What is an Estuary? Fieldwork: Testing Bay Conditions Migrations: Particulate Travels from Mountain to Sea * Introduction * Geography & Geology * Fresh & Salt Mix * Rivers * Creeks & Drainages * Bays within the Bay * Tides, Offshore Currents & Upwelling * Water Layers & Flows * Wind, Waves & Erosion * Sediment * Weather & Ocean Cycles * Climate over Millennia * Conclusion 3. Visible & Invisible Life: Fish, Birds & Other Wildlife Fieldwork: Netting Underwater Life Migrations: Winging it with a Peep * Introduction * LIVING CONDITIONS * Environment in Flux * Bay Habitats * The Marine Nursery * Fundamental Food * PLANTS * Eelgrass * Cordgrass * Salt grass * Pickleweed * Alkali bulrush * Tule * BOTTOMDWELLERS * Clams * Shrimp * Dungeness Crab * FISH * Pacific Herring * Northern Anchovies * Longfin smelt * California Halibut * Salmon * Sturgeon * Striped Bass * Leopard Shark * Creek Fish * MAMMALS * California sea lion * Harbor Seal * BIRDS * Bufflehead * Great blue heron * Peeps * Double crested cormorant * Conclusion 4. History of Human Changes 1800s - 1960s Fieldwork: Fishing for Mercury in the Bay * Introduction * Earliest Inhabitants * Explorers, Missionaries, Hunters * Mining Gold * Fighting Floods * Reclaiming Swamps * Settling into Farms & Towns * Fishing for a Living * Culturing Oysters * Protecting Fish & Wildlife * Industrialized Fishing * Bay & Riverfront Enterprise * Transportation Facilities * Controlling Water Supply & Floods * Growing through War * Conclusion 5. The Environmental Backlash - 1960s - Present Mini-Guide: Species in Peril * Stopping Fill * Cleaning Up the Water * Preventing Spills & Runoff * Emerging Contaminants * Curing the Throwaway Habit * Last of the Fishing * Maintaining Ports and Shipping * Preserving Wetlands and Wildlife * Warring over Water * Caring for Urban Creeks * Preventing Invasions * A Few Bad Actors * Synergistic Problems * Conclusion 6. Restoration Frontiers: The Watershed Migrations: Salmon Journeys in Butte Creek * Introduction * Historical Milestones * Key Ingredients - A Recipe for Riparian Restoration * The Big River Projects * The Delta and Shallows * Water Rights for the Ecosystem * Production or Conservation Hatcheries? * Reviving Bay Creeks * Bringing Back the Steelhead * Conserving Water * Conclusion 7. Restoration Frontiers: The Bay Fieldwork: Rail Telemetry * Introduction * Historical Milestones * Key Ingredients: A Wetland Recipe * The Marin Shore * North Bay Hayfields * South Bay Salt Ponds Reborn * Weeding by Satellite * Underwater Restoration * Central Bay Eelgrass Beds * Oysters Back in the Bay? * Building a Healthy Ethic * Conclusion 8. Climate Change & The Bay's Future * Introduction * Climate Change Basics * The Bay's Vulnerabilities * Wetlands as Buffers * Adaptation 9. Coda Glossary Timeline References Primary Resources Articles & Other Publications Individuals Interviewed On-Line Materials Learning More, Helping Out.
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This complete primer on San Francisco Bay is a multifaceted exploration of an extraordinary, and remarkably resilient, body of water. Bustling with oil tankers, laced with pollutants, and crowded with forty-six cities, the bay is still home to healthy eelgrass beds, young Dungeness crabs and sharks, and millions of waterbirds. Written in an entertaining style for a wide audience, "Natural History of San Francisco Bay" delves into an array of topics including fish and wildlife, ocean and climate cycles, endangered and invasive species, and the path from industrialization to environmental restoration. More than sixty scientists, activists, and resource managers share their views and describe their work - tracing mercury through the aquatic ecosystem, finding ways to convert salt ponds back to tidal wetlands, anticipating the repercussions of climate change, and more. Fully illustrated and packed with stories, quotes, and facts, the guide also tells how San Francisco Bay sparked an environmental movement that now reaches across the country.
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