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1 Biodiversity - John Tiersma
Auteur : John Tiersma
Genre : Life Sciences
Explore the variety of life as you engage in this interactive book on biodiversity. Mr. John Tiersma created this book for his 7th grade science class at Valley Christian Middle School in Cerritos, California. Enjoy the videos, quizzes, interactive photos and much more as you learn about biodiversity!

2 Biodiversity - Havergal College Grade 6 Students & Darryl Reiter
Auteur : Havergal College Grade 6 Students & Darryl Reiter
Genre : Life Sciences
Stewardship is a big idea at Havergal College and during the grade 6 science unit, students studied the human impact on biodiversity and our need to preserve it. With this goal in mind, students researched the historical land use at Havergal College, studied the human-made and natural areas of the school’s property using archival information both online and from Havergal College’s own archives. The articles in this book are general and discuss biodiversity beyond the school’s grounds.  However, we also have 22 wonderful acres to learn in and about and with the help of a former school parent with a vast knowledge of the property, students were able to interview and discuss the school’s woodlands for an enriching learning experience.
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4 Biodiversity - Laura Perdew
Auteur : Laura Perdew
Genre : Science & Nature
Look around you—biodiversity is everywhere! 
From the tallest tree to the smallest microbe, Earth is home to more than 1.5 million known species of plants, animals, fungi, bacteria, and microorganisms. And scientists estimate there could be millions, if not billions, more that have not yet been identified. 
Biodiversity: Explore the Diversity of Life on Earth with Science Activities for Kids introduces middle schoolers to the evolution of life on Earth, beginning with the first single-celled organisms that emerged 3.8 billion years ago to the complex, multi-celled organisms that exist today and make up the tree of life. Biodiversity is found everywhere on the planet—on land, in the water, and even in extreme environments such as ice and volcanoes. Biodiversity can also be discovered by looking through a microscope at tiny worlds of organisms that can’t

5 The Botany of Desire - Michael Pollan
Auteur : Michael Pollan
Genre : Nature
The book that helped make Michael Pollan, the New York Times bestselling author of Cooked and The Omnivore’s Dilemma, one of the most trusted food experts in America

In 1637, one Dutchman paid as much for a single tulip bulb as the going price of a town house in Amsterdam. Three and a half centuries later, Amsterdam is once again the mecca for people who care passionately about one particular plant—though this time the obsessions revolves around the intoxicating effects of marijuana rather than the visual beauty of the tulip. How could flowers, of all things, become such objects of desire that they can drive men to financial ruin?

In The Botany of Desire, Michael Pollan argues that the answer lies at the heart of the intimately reciprocal relationship between people and plants. In te

Reducing
Impacts
Environment
6 Reducing Human Impacts on Environment and Biodiversity - Peter Hennigar, Aaron Brice, Chloe Chang, Yijoo Choi, Jinwoo Chung, Josie Ding, Ja Rui Feng, Eve Hadjisotiriou, Cindy Han, Brendan He, Joao Lutti, Aneri Jadhav, Hoon Kim, Brian Kim, Sunny Kwon, Alisa Kyyrianen, Erika Manrique, Tommy Meng, Kelly Moon, Long Nguyen, Andy Peng, Lucien Raillard, Aditi Roy, Sujin Shin, Boey Tang, Julia Timmerman, Leanne Ton, Alessandro Trazza, Pablo Vaquer, Caden Vines, Emmie Xue, Kayla Yoon & Jackie Zhang
Auteur : Peter Hennigar, Aaron Brice, Chloe Chang, Yijoo Choi, Jinwoo Chung, Josie Ding, Ja Rui Feng, Eve Hadjisotiriou, Cindy Han, Brendan He, Joao Lutti, Aneri Jadhav, Hoon Kim, Brian Kim, Sunny Kwon, Alisa Kyyrianen, Erika Manrique, Tommy Meng, Kelly Moon, Long Nguyen, Andy Peng, Lucien Raillard, Aditi Roy, Sujin Shin, Boey Tang, Julia Timmerman, Leanne Ton, Alessandro Trazza, Pablo Vaquer, Caden Vines, Emmie Xue, Kayla Yoon & Jackie Zhang
Genre : Nature
The first human-like ancestor is believed to appear between five to seven million years ago. Since then, mankind gradually evolved into the intelligent beings they are today. Over the course of history, they have brought vast and magnificent civilizations into life again and again, but at the cost of the balance on Earth.
Ever since the first industrial revolution in the mid-18th Century, humans started draining the seemingly everlasting fount of resources. The human greed expanded with their civilization, and they never stopped taking from the Earth. As skyscrapers reach higher, the corresponding effects on the environment exacerbates. Humans have recently awaken to see the consequences of their actions.
In the big picture, we have made a conscious effort to observe and recognize the changes in our environment. Ocean acidification, animal agriculture and endangerment, melt

7 One River - Wade Davis
Auteur : Wade Davis
Genre : Anthropology
The story of two generations of scientific explorers in South America—Richard Evans Schultes and his protégé Wade Davis—an epic tale of adventure and a compelling work of natural history.

In 1941, Professor Richard Evan Schultes took a leave from Harvard and disappeared into the Amazon, where he spent the next twelve years mapping uncharted rivers and living among dozens of Indian tribes. In the 1970s, he sent two prize students, Tim Plowman and Wade Davis, to follow in his footsteps and unveil the botanical secrets of coca, the notorious source of cocaine, a sacred plant known to the Inca as the Divine Leaf of Immortality.

A stunning account of adventure and discovery, betrayal and destruction, One River is a story of two generations of explorers drawn together by the transcendent knowledge of Indian peoples, the visionary realms of the shaman, and the

Breakfast
8 Breakfast Of Biodiversity - John Vandermeer & Ivette Perfecto
Auteur : John Vandermeer & Ivette Perfecto
Genre : Nature
The continuing devastation of the world’s tropical rain forest affects us all—spurring climate change, decimating biodiversity, and wrecking our environment’s resiliency. Millions of worried people around the world want to do whatever it takes to save the forest that is left.

But halting rain forest destruction means understanding what is driving it.

In Breakfast of Biodiversity, John Vandermeer and Ivette Perfecto insightfully describe the ways in which such disparate factors as the international banking system, modern agricultural techniques, rain forest ecology, and the struggles of the poor interact to bring down the forest. They weave an alternative vision in which democracy, sustainable agriculture, and land security for the poor are at the center of the movement to save the tropical environment.

Planted
9 The Man Who Planted Trees - Jim Robbins
Auteur : Jim Robbins
Genre : Nature
The Man Who Planted Trees is the inspiring story of David Milarch’s quest to clone the biggest trees on the planet in order to save our forests and ecosystem—as well as a hopeful lesson about how each of us has the ability to make a difference.

“When is the best time to plant a tree? Twenty years ago. The second best time? Today.”—Chinese proverb
 
Twenty years ago, David Milarch, a northern Michigan nurseryman with a penchant for hard living, had a vision: angels came to tell him that the earth was in trouble. Its trees were dying, and without them, human life was in jeopardy. The solution, they told him, was to clone the champion trees of the world—the largest, the hardiest, the ones that had survived millennia and were most resilient to climate change—and create a kind of Noah’s ark of tree genetics. Without knowing if t

Wilding
10 Wilding - Isabella Tree & Eric Schlosser
Auteur : Isabella Tree & Eric Schlosser
Genre : Nature
An inspiring story about what happens when 3,500 acres of land, farmed for centuries, is left to return to the wild, and about the wilder, richer future a natural landscape can bring.

For years Charlie Burrell and his wife, Isabella Tree, farmed Knepp Castle Estate and struggled to turn a profit. By 2000, with the farm facing bankruptcy, they decided to try something radical. They would restore Knepp’s 3,500 acres to the wild. Using herds of free-roaming animals to mimic the actions of the megafauna of the past, they hoped to bring nature back to their depleted land. But what would the neighbors say, in the manicured countryside of modern England where a blade of grass out of place is considered an affront?

In the face of considerable opposition the couple persisted with their experiment and soon witnessed an extraordinary change. New life flooded into Knep

11 Mother of God - Paul Rosolie
Auteur : Paul Rosolie
Genre : Biographies & Memoirs
For fans of The Lost City of Z, Walking the Amazon, and Turn Right at Machu Picchu comes naturalist and explorer Paul Rosolie’s extraordinary adventure in the uncharted tributaries of the Western Amazon—a tale of discovery that vividly captures the awe, beauty, and isolation of this endangered land and presents an impassioned call to save it.

In the Madre de Dios—Mother of God—region of Peru, where the Amazon River begins its massive flow, the Andean Mountain cloud forests fall into lowland Amazon Rainforest, creating the most biodiversity-rich place on the planet. In January 2006, when he was just a restless eighteen-year-old hungry for adventure, Paul Rosolie embarked on a journey to the west Amazon that would transform his life.

Venturing alone into some of the most inaccessible reaches of the jungle, he encountered giant snakes, floating forests, isolate

12 How Soon is Now - Daniel Pinchbeck, Sting & Russell Brand
Auteur : Daniel Pinchbeck, Sting & Russell Brand
Genre : Spirituality
We are on the brink of an ecological mega-crisis threatening the future of life on earth and our actions over the next few years may well determine the destiny of our descendants. Between a manifesto and a tactical plan of action, How Soon is Now? by radical futurist and philosopher Daniel Pinchbeck outlines a vision for a mass social movement that will address this crisis.

Drawing on a huge range of resources and references Daniel Pinchbeck presents a compelling argument for the need for change on a global basis – it is only when we see ourselves as one planetary tribe that this change can occur. The central thesis is that humanity has self-willed the ecological crisis in order to bring about the necessary conditions for transcendence of our current state of being, by undergoing an initiatory ordeal on a planetary scale.

This collective ordeal i

Monster
Predator
Jungles
History
13 Monster of God: The Man-Eating Predator in the Jungles of History and the Mind - David Quammen
Auteur : David Quammen
Genre : Nature
"Rich detail and vivid anecdotes of adventure....A treasure trove of exotic fact and hard thinking." —New York Times Book Review

For millennia, lions, tigers, and their man-eating kin have kept our dark, scary forests dark and scary, and their predatory majesty has been the stuff of folklore. But by the year 2150 big predators may only exist on the other side of glass barriers and chain-link fences. Their gradual disappearance is changing the very nature of our existence. We no longer occupy an intermediate position on the food chain; instead we survey it invulnerably from above—so far above that we are in danger of forgetting that we even belong to an ecosystem.

Casting his expert eye over the rapidly diminishing areas of wilderness where predators still reign, the award-winning author of The Song of the Dodo and The Tangled Tree examines the fate of lions in I

14 The Songs of Trees - David George Haskell
Auteur : David George Haskell
Genre : Nature
The author of the Pulitzer Prize finalist The Forest Unseen visits with nature’s most magnificent networkers — trees 
 
“Both a love song to trees, an exploration of their biology, and a wonderfully philosophical analysis of their role they play in human history and in modern culture.” – Science Friday
 
WINNER OF THE 2018 JOHN BURROUGHS MEDAL FOR OUTSTANDING NATURAL HISTORY WRITING

David Haskell has won acclaim for eloquent writing and deep engagement with the natural world. Now, he brings his powers of observation to the biological networks that surround all species, including humans. Haskell repeatedly visits a dozen trees, exploring  connections with people, microbes, fungi, and other plants and animals. He takes us to  trees in cities (from Manhattan to Jer

Stronghold
15 Stronghold - Tucker Malarkey
Auteur : Tucker Malarkey
Genre : Nature
PNBA BESTSELLER • “A powerful and inspiring story. Guido Rahr’s mission to save the wild Pacific salmon leads him into adventures that make for a breathtakingly exciting read.”—Ian Frazier, author of Travels in Siberia

Editors’ Choice: The New York Times Book Review Outside Magazine • National Book Review Forbes

In the tradition of Mountains Beyond Mountains and The Orchid Thief, Stronghold is Tucker Malarkey’s eye-opening account of one of the world’s greatest fly fishermen and his crusade to protect the world’s last bastion of wild salmon. From a young age, Guido Rahr was a misfit among his family and classmates, preferring to spend his time in the natural world. When the salmon runs of the Pacific Northwest began to decline, Guido was one of the f

Eternity
16 A Window on Eternity - Edward O. Wilson & Piotr Naskrecki
Auteur : Edward O. Wilson & Piotr Naskrecki
Genre : Nature
The remarkable story of how one of the most biologically diverse habitats in the world was destroyed, restored, and continues to evolve—with stunning, full-color photographs by two of the world’s best wildlife photographers.

A Window on Eternity is a stunning book of splendid prose and gorgeous photography about one of the biologically richest places in Africa and perhaps in the world. Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique was nearly destroyed in a brutal civil war, then was reborn and is now evolv-ing back to its original state. Edward O. Wilson’s personal, luminous description of the wonders of Gorongosa is beautifully complemented by Piotr Naskrecki’s extraordinary photographs of the park’s exquisite natural beauty. A bonus DVD of Academy Award–winning director Jessica Yu’s documentary, The Guide, is also included with the book.

Wilso

Conservation
Phylogenetic
Systematics
17 Biodiversity Conservation and Phylogenetic Systematics - Roseli Pellens & Philippe Grandcolas
Auteur : Roseli Pellens & Philippe Grandcolas
Genre : Ecology
Phylogenetic diversity is now a key concept for biodiversity conservation due to its link to option value, evolutionary potential and to the possibility of guiding conservation across scales. Present facilities for obtaining molecular sequences and metagenomes are powering this research field, rendering available detailed information of phylogenetic diversity for a wide taxonomic sample in a short time frame. Along with modern methods of Systematic Conservation Planning this will certainly contribute to more explicit identification of conservation priorities and options.

This book brings an updated state of the art of phylogenetic diversity in conservation biology. Nineteen chapters written by scientists from research institutions of fourteen countries demonstrate that approaches for preserving the evolutionary heritage are now very tuned into human impacts and sustainability

Climate
18 Biodiversity and Climate Change - Thomas E. Lovejoy, Lee Hannah & Edward O. Wilson
Auteur : Thomas E. Lovejoy, Lee Hannah & Edward O. Wilson
Genre : Life Sciences
An essential, up-to-date look at the critical interactions between biological diversity and climate change that will serve as an immediate call to action

The physical and biological impacts of climate change are dramatic and broad-ranging. People who care about the planet and manage natural resources urgently need a synthesis of our rapidly growing understanding of these issues. In this all-new sequel to the 2005 volume Climate Change andBiodiversity, leading experts in the field summarize observed changes, assess what the future holds, and offer suggested responses.
 
Edited by distinguished conservationist Thomas E. Lovejoy and climate change biologist Lee Hannah, this comprehensive volume includes the latest research and explores emerging topics. From extinction risk to ocean acidification, the future of the Amazon to changes in ecosys

Handbook
Observation
Networks
19 The GEO Handbook on Biodiversity Observation Networks - Michele Walters & Robert J. Scholes
Auteur : Michele Walters & Robert J. Scholes
Genre : Ecology
Biodiversity observation systems are almost everywhere inadequate to meet local, national and international (treaty) obligations. As a result of alarmingly rapid declines in biodiversity in the modern era, there is a strong, worldwide desire to upgrade our monitoring systems, but little clarity on what is actually needed and how it can be assembled from the elements which are already present. This book intends to provide practical guidance to broadly-defined biodiversity observation networks at all scales, but predominantly the national scale and higher. This is a practical how-to book with substantial policy relevance. It will mostly be used by technical specialists with a responsibility for biodiversity monitoring to establish and refine their systems. It is written at a technical level, but one that is not discipline-bound: it should be intelligible to anyone in the broad field with a

20 Soil Not Oil - Vandana Shiva
Auteur : Vandana Shiva
Genre : Public Administration
In Soil Not Oil, Vandana Shiva explains that a world beyond dependence on fossil fuels and globalization is both possible and necessary. Condemning industrial agriculture as a recipe for ecological and economic disaster, Shiva champions the small, independent farm: their greater productivity, their greater potential for social justice as they put more resources into the hands of the poor, and the biodiversity that is inherent to the traditional farming practiced in small-scale agriculture. What we need most in a time of changing climates and millions who are hungry, she argues, is sustainable, biologically diverse farms that are more resistant to disease, drought, and flood. “The solution to climate change,” she observes, “and the solution to poverty are the same.” Soil Not Oil proposes a solution based on self-organization, sustainability, and community rather than

21 The Ends of the World - Peter Brannen
Auteur : Peter Brannen
Genre : Nature
One of Vox’s Most Important Books of the Decade

New York Times Editors' Choice 2017

Forbes Top 10 Best Environment, Climate, and Conservation Book of 2017

As new groundbreaking research suggests that climate change played a major role in the most extreme catastrophes in the planet's history, award-winning science journalist Peter Brannen takes us on a wild ride through the planet's five mass extinctions and, in the process, offers us a glimpse of our increasingly dangerous future

Our world has ended five times: it has been broiled, frozen, poison-gassed, smothered, and pelted by asteroids. In The Ends of the World, Peter Brannen dives into deep time, exploring Earth’s past dead ends, and in the process, offers us a glimpse of our possible future.

Many scientists now believe that the climate shifts of the twenty-first century hav

22 Biodiversity - Anupam Rajak
Auteur : Anupam Rajak
Genre : Science & Nature
Welcome to biodiversity. Biodiversity is the variety and variability of life on Earth. Without biodiversity, we do not live. Human population is increasing day by day and destroy the biodiversity for various needed. Biodiversity refers to varieties of living things i.e plants, animals, bacteria, and fungi. Biodiversity provides food, water, timber, fiber, and genetic resources.

The book comprises two chapters. The first chapter gives definition of living, biodiversity, taxonomy, systematics, and species. The first chapter also gives types of biodiversity, three domains of life, taxonomical hierarchy, binomial nomenclature, role of botanical garden, importance of herbaria. The second chapter deals with the biodiversity patterns, importance of biodiversity, and loss of biodiversity. The second chapter also discusses biodiversity conservation, hotspots, endangered speci

Landowner
Managing
23 A Landowner's Guide to Managing Your Woods - Anne Larkin Hansen & Dennis L. Waterman
Auteur : Anne Larkin Hansen & Dennis L. Waterman
Genre : Agriculture
Whether you have a few acres of trees in the suburbs or a small commercial forest, you can encourage a healthy and sustainable ecosystem through proper woodland management. This introductory guide shows you how to identify the type, health, and quality of your trees and suggests strategies for keeping your woodland thriving.

24 Water Wars - Vandana Shiva
Auteur : Vandana Shiva
Genre : Science & Nature
Acclaimed author and award-winning scientist and activist Vandana Shiva lucidly details the severity of the global water shortage, calling the water crisis “the most pervasive, most severe, and most invisible dimension of the ecological devastation of the earth.” She sheds light on the activists who are fighting corporate maneuvers to convert the life-sustaining resource of water into more gold for the elites and uses her knowledge of science and society to outline the emergence of corporate culture and the historical erosion of communal water rights. Using the international water trade and industrial activities such as damming, mining, and aquafarming as her lens, Shiva exposes the destruction of the earth and the disenfranchisement of the world's poor as they are stripped of rights to a precious common good. Revealing how many of the most important conflicts of our time, most often

Inheritors
25 Inheritors of the Earth - Chris D. Thomas
Auteur : Chris D. Thomas
Genre : Nature
Human activity has irreversibly changed the natural environment. But the news isn't all bad.

It's accepted wisdom today that human beings have permanently damaged the natural world, causing extinction, deforestation, pollution, and of course climate change. But in Inheritors of the Earth, biologist Chris Thomas shows that this obscures a more hopeful truth -- we're also helping nature grow and change. Human cities and mass agriculture have created new places for enterprising animals and plants to live, and our activities have stimulated evolutionary change in virtually every population of living species. Most remarkably, Thomas shows, humans may well have raised the rate at which new species are formed to the highest level in the history of our planet.

Drawing on the success stories of diverse species, from the ochre-colored comma butterfly to the Ne

26 Camp Panda - Catherine Thimmesh
Auteur : Catherine Thimmesh
Genre : Science & Nature
Robert F. Sibert Honor Award winner

"Complementing Thimmesh's thoughtful, engagingly written text are many arrestingly adorable color photographs of pandas in training and in the wild. A timely, uplifting story." —Kirkus, starred review

From the Sibert medal–winning author of TEAM MOON and the bestselling GIRLS THINK OF EVERYTHING comes a riveting, timely account of panda conservation efforts in China, perfect for budding environmentalists and activists.

Roughly a thousand years ago, an estimated 23,000 pandas roamed wild and free through their native China. But within the past forty years, more than fifty percent of the panda’s already shrinking habitat has been destroyed by humans, leaving the beautiful and beloved giant panda vulnerable to extinction. Despite the seemingly insurmountable odds—poaching, habitat

27 Biodiversity - John I. Spicer
Auteur : John I. Spicer
Genre : Ecology
Biologist John Spicer shows how closely our future is linked with that of biodiversity while navigating readers through some key problems facing our planet, including mass extinctions, population explosions, habitat destruction, and pollution. Along the way, he provides valuable insight into the impact humans have had upon the earth and its inhabitants, whether efforts such as ecotourism really help, and how scientists and economists calculate the 'value' of biodiversity. Passionately argued, this book is a must for anyone who has an appreciation for nature and wants to understand the real issues at stake in preserving it.

Explosion
28 The 10,000 Year Explosion - Gregory Cochran & Henry Harpending
Auteur : Gregory Cochran & Henry Harpending
Genre : Life Sciences
Resistance to malaria. Blue eyes. Lactose tolerance. What do all of these traits have in common? Every one of them has emerged in the last 10,000 years.

Scientists have long believed that the "great leap forward" that occurred some 40,000 to 50,000 years ago in Europe marked end of significant biological evolution in humans. In this stunningly original account of our evolutionary history, top scholars Gregory Cochran and Henry Harpending reject this conventional wisdom and reveal that the human species has undergone a storm of genetic change much more recently. Human evolution in fact accelerated after civilization arose, they contend, and these ongoing changes have played a pivotal role in human history. They argue that biology explains the expansion of the Indo-Europeans, the European conquest of the Americas, and European Jews' rise to intellectual prominence. In ea

Natural
29 Natural Color - Sasha Duerr
Auteur : Sasha Duerr
Genre : Crafts & Hobbies
A beautiful book of seasonal projects for using the brilliant spectrum of colors derived from plants to naturally dye your clothing and home textiles.

Organized by season, Natural Color is a beautifully photographed guide to the full range of plant dyes available, drawn from commonly found fruits, flowers, trees, and herbs, with accompanying projects. Using sustainable methods and artisinal techniques, designer, artist, and professor Sasha Duerr details achievable ways to apply these limitless color possibilities to your home and wardrobe. Whether you are new to dyeing or more practiced, Duerr's clear and simple ingredients lists, step-by-step instructions, and detailed breakouts on techniques such as shibori, dip-dye, and block printing will ensure beautiful results. With recipes to dye e

30 Who Really Feeds the World? - Vandana Shiva
Auteur : Vandana Shiva
Genre : Social Science
Debunking the notion that our current food crisis must be addressed through industrial agriculture and genetic modification, author and activist Vandana Shiva argues that those forces are in fact the ones responsible for the hunger problem in the first place. Who Really Feeds the World? is a powerful manifesto calling for agricultural justice and genuine sustainability, drawing upon Shiva’s thirty years of research and accomplishments in the field. Instead of relying on genetic modification and large-scale monocropping to solve the world’s food crisis, she proposes that we look to agroecology—the knowledge of the interconnectedness that creates food—as a truly life-giving alternative to the industrial paradigm. Shiva succinctly and eloquently lays out the networks of people and processes that feed the world, exploring issues of diversity, the needs of small famers, the imp

31 This Book Will Blow Your Mind - New Scientist
Auteur : New Scientist
Genre : Life Sciences
You don't need a spaceship to travel to the extremes of science. You just need this book. What's the nature of reality? Does the universe ever end? What is time and does it even exist? These are the biggest imagination-stretching, brain-staggering questions in the universe - and here are their fascinating answers.

From quantum weirdness to freaky cosmology (like white holes - which spew out matter instead of sucking it in), This Book Will Blow Your Mind takes you on an epic journey to the furthest extremes of science, to the things you never thought possible.

This book will explain:

Why is part of the universe missing (and how scientists finally found it)
How time might also flow backwards
How human head transplants might be possible (in the very near future)
Whether the universe

Messiah
32 The Plant Messiah - Carlos Magdalena
Auteur : Carlos Magdalena
Genre : Nature
Carlos Magdalena is a man on a mission: to save the world’s most endangered plants. In The Plant Messiah, Magdalena takes readers from the forests of Peru to deep within the Australian outback in search of the rare and the vulnerable. Back in the lab—at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, home of the largest botanical collection in the world—we watch as he develops groundbreaking, left-field techniques for rescuing species from extinction, encouraging them to propagate and thrive once again. Passionate and absorbing, The Plant Messiah is a tribute to the diversity of life on our planet, and to the importance of preserving it.

33 Biodiversity - P.N. Pandey & B.N. Pandey
Auteur : P.N. Pandey & B.N. Pandey
Genre : Environmental Engineering
To cope up with the increasing population in India, the only option left with us is to tap every channel of nutritional food (as prolonged under-nutrition, over-nutrition and malnutrition and associated infections take their toll on the general health) for the security of life and sustainable development. The revolutionary wave like, green revolution, white revolution, red or yellow revolution and blue revolution have left foot-print in the development of human life and contributed a lot to sustain the economy of the nation. Fortunately, we have plenty of natural resources like, aquatic and open land, costal belt and oceanic resources with rich faunal diversity. It is an edited book and an outcome of symposium held by Indian Science Congress held at University of Mysore, Mysuru from 3-7 January, 2016 with focal theme “Innovations in Biosciences Sciences for food, health and livelih

Landscape
34 The Living Landscape - Rick Darke
Auteur : Rick Darke
Genre : Gardening
“This thoughtful, intelligent book is all about connectivity, addressing a natural world in which we are the primary influence.” —The New York Times Books Review

Many gardeners today want a home landscape that nourishes and fosters wildlife, but they also want beauty, a space for the kids to play, privacy, and maybe even a vegetable patch. Sure, it’s a tall order, but The Living Landscape shows you how to do it. You’ll learn the strategies for making and maintaining a diverse, layered landscape—one that offers beauty on many levels, provides outdoor rooms and turf areas for children and pets, incorporates fragrance and edible plants, and provides cover, shelter, and sustenance for wildlife. Richly illustrated and informed by both a keen eye for design and an understanding of how healthy ecologies work, The Living Landscape

Rainforest
Medicine
35 Rainforest Medicine - Jonathon Miller Weisberger, Pablo Amaringo, Thomas Wang & Agustin Payaguaje
Auteur : Jonathon Miller Weisberger, Pablo Amaringo, Thomas Wang & Agustin Payaguaje
Genre : Health, Mind & Body
Chronicling the practices, legends, and wisdom of the vanishing traditions of the upper Amazon, this book reveals the area's indigenous peoples' approach to living in harmony with the natural world. Rainforest Medicine features in-depth essays on plant-based medicine and indigenous science from four distinct Amazonian societies: deep forest and urban, lowland rainforest and mountain.

The book is illustrated with unique botanical and cultural drawings by Secoya elder and traditional healer Agustin Payaguaje and horticulturalist Thomas Y. Wang as well as by the author himself. Payaguaje shares his sincere imaginal view into the spiritual life of the Secoya; plates of petroglyphs from the sacred valley of Cotundo relate to an ancient language, and other illustrations show traditional Secoya ayahuasca symbols and indigenous origin myths. Two color sections showcase photos o

36 Slime - Ruth Kassinger
Auteur : Ruth Kassinger
Genre : Biology
“No organisms are more important to life as we know it than algae. In Slime, Ruth Kassinger gives this underappreciated group its due.”Elizabeth Kolbert

Say “algae” and most people think of pond scum. What they don’t know is that without algae, none of us would exist.

There are as many algae on Earth as stars in the universe, and they have been essential to life on our planet for eons. Algae created the Earth we know today, with its oxygen-rich atmosphere, abundant oceans, and coral reefs. Crude oil is made of dead algae, and algae are the ancestors of all plants. Today, seaweed production is a multibillion-dollar industry, with algae hard at work to make your sushi, chocolate milk, beer, paint, toothpaste, shampoo, and so much more.
 
In Slime we’ll me

Evolution
Explains
Everything
37 How Evolution Explains Everything About Life - New Scientist
Auteur : New Scientist
Genre : Life Sciences
How did we get here? It's the journey of a lifetime. All cultures have a creation story, but a little over 150 years ago Charles Darwin introduced a revolutionary new one. We, and all living things, exist because of the action of evolution on the first simple life form and its descendants.

We now know that it has taken 3.8 billions of years of work by the forces of evolution to turn what was once a lump of barren rock into the rich diversity of into plants, animals and microbes that surround us. In the process, evolution has created all manner of useful adaptions, from biological computers (brains) to a system to capture energy from the sun (photosynthesis).

But how does evolution actually work? In How Evolution Explains Everything, leading biologists and New Scientist take you on a journey of a lifetime, exploring the question of whether life is inevitab

Galapagos
38 The Galapagos - Henry Nicholls
Auteur : Henry Nicholls
Genre : Life Sciences
Charles Darwin called it "a little world within itself." Sailors referred to it as "Las Encantadas"- the enchanted islands. Lying in the eastern Pacific Ocean, straddling the equator off the west coast of South America, the Galágos is the most pristine archipelago to be found anywhere in the tropics. It is so remote, so untouched, that the act of wading ashore can make you feel like you are the first to do so.

Yet the Galágos is far more than a wild paradise on earth-it is one of the most important sites in the history of science. Home to over 4,000 species native to its shores, around 40 percent of them endemic, the islands have often been called a "laboratory of evolution." The finches collected on the Galágos inspired Darwin's revolutionary theory of natural selection.

In The Galágos, science writer Henry Nicholls offers a lively natural and

39 A Theory of Global Biodiversity (MPB-60) - Boris Worm & Derek P. Tittensor
Auteur : Boris Worm & Derek P. Tittensor
Genre : Life Sciences
The number of species found at a given point on the planet varies by orders of magnitude, yet large-scale gradients in biodiversity appear to follow some very general patterns. Little mechanistic theory has been formulated to explain the emergence of observed gradients of biodiversity both on land and in the oceans. Based on a comprehensive empirical synthesis of global patterns of species diversity and their drivers, A Theory of Global Biodiversity develops and applies a new theory that can predict such patterns from few underlying processes.

The authors show that global patterns of biodiversity fall into four consistent categories, according to where species live: on land or in coastal, pelagic, and deep ocean habitats. The fact that most species groups, from bacteria to whales, appear to follow similar biogeographic patterns of richness within these habitats points

Climate
40 Biodiversity and Health in the Face of Climate Change - Melissa R. Marselle, Jutta Stadler, Horst Korn, Katherine N. Irvine & Aletta Bonn
Auteur : Melissa R. Marselle, Jutta Stadler, Horst Korn, Katherine N. Irvine & Aletta Bonn
Genre : Medical
This open access book identifies and discusses biodiversity’s contribution to physical, mental and spiritual health and wellbeing. Furthermore, the book identifies the implications of this relationship for nature conservation, public health, landscape architecture and urban planning – and considers the opportunities of nature-based solutions for climate change adaptation.

This transdisciplinary book will attract a wide audience interested in biodiversity, ecology, resource management, public health, psychology, urban planning, and landscape architecture. The emphasis is on multiple human health benefits from biodiversity - in particular with respect to the increasing challenge of climate change. This makes the book unique to other books that focus either on biodiversity and physical health or natural environments and mental wellbeing. The book is written as a definitive

41 Local - Douglas Gayeton
Auteur : Douglas Gayeton
Genre : Public Administration
Combining stunning visuals with insights and a lexicon of more than 200 agricultural terms explained by today’s thought leaders, Local showcases and explores one of the most popular environmental trends: rebuilding local food movements.

When Douglas Gayeton took his young daughter to see the salmon run—a favorite pastime growing up in Northern California—he was devastated to find that a combination of urban sprawl, land mismanagement, and pollution had decimated the fish population.

The discovery set Gayeton on a journey in search of sustainable solutions. He traveled the country, photographing and learning the new language of sustainability from today’s foremost practitioners in food and farming, including Alice Waters, Wes Jackson, Carl Safina, Temple Grandin, Paul Stamets, Patrick Holden, Barton Seaver, Vandana Shiva, Dr. Elaine Ingham, and Joel Salatin,

42 The Wood for the Trees - Richard Fortey
Auteur : Richard Fortey
Genre : Environment
From the author of Earth: An Intimate History, an exuberant "biography" of four acres of woodland, evoking a cosmos of living and inanimate things and imagining its millennia of existence

A few years ago, award-winning scientist Richard Fortey purchased four acres of woodland in the Chiltern Hills of Oxfordshire, England. The Wood for the Trees is the joyful, lyrical portrait of what he found there.

With one chapter for each month, we move through the seasons: tree felling in January, moth hunting in June, finding golden mushrooms in September. Fortey, along with the occasional expert friend, investigates the forest top to bottom, discovering a new species and explaining the myriad connections that tie us to nature and nature to itself. His textured, evocative prose and gentle humor illuminate the epic story of a small forest. But he doesn't st

Country
43 Ocean Country - Liz Cunningham
Auteur : Liz Cunningham
Genre : Nature
Ocean Country is an adventure story, a call to action, and a poetic meditation on the state of the seas. But most importantly it is the story of finding true hope in the midst of one of the greatest crises to face humankind, the rapidly degrading state of our environment. After a near-drowning accident in which she was temporarily paralyzed, Liz Cunningham crisscrosses the globe in an effort to understand the threats to our dazzling but endangered oceans. This intimate account charts her thrilling journey through unexpected encounters with conservationists, fishermen, sea nomads, and scientists in the Mediterranean, Sulawesi, the Turks and Caicos Islands, and Papua, New Guinea.

44 The Future of Life - Edward O. Wilson
Auteur : Edward O. Wilson
Genre : Environment
One of the world’s most important scientists, Edward O. Wilson is also an abundantly talented writer who has twice won the Pulitzer Prize. In this, his most personal and timely book to date, he assesses the precarious state of our environment, examining the mass extinctions occurring in our time and the natural treasures we are about to lose forever. Yet, rather than eschewing doomsday prophesies, he spells out a specific plan to save our world while there is still time. His vision is a hopeful one, as economically sound as it is environmentally necessary. Eloquent, practical and wise, this book should be read and studied by anyone concerned with the fate of the natural world.

Assessing
Conserving
45 From Assessing to Conserving Biodiversity - Elena Casetta, Jorge Marques da Silva & Davide Vecchi
Auteur : Elena Casetta, Jorge Marques da Silva & Davide Vecchi
Genre : Philosophy
This open access book features essays written by philosophers, biologists, ecologists and conservation scientists facing the current biodiversity crisis. Despite increasing communication, accelerating policy and management responses, and notwithstanding improving ecosystem assessment and endangered species knowledge, conserving biodiversity continues to be more a concern than an accomplished task. Why is it so? The overexploitation of natural resources by our species is a frequently recognised factor, while the short-term economic interests of governments and stakeholders typically clash with the burdens that implementing conservation actions imply. But this is not the whole story. This book develops a different perspective on the problem by exploring the conceptual challenges and practical defiance posed by conserving biodiversity, namely: on the one hand, the difficulties in defin

46 The Wolf's Tooth - Cristina Eisenberg
Auteur : Cristina Eisenberg
Genre : Science & Nature
Animals such as wolves, sea otters, and sharks exert a disproportionate influence on their environment; dramatic ecological consequences can result when they are removed from—or returned to—an ecosystem.

In The Wolf’s Tooth, scientist and author Cristina Eisenberg explores the concept of “trophic cascades” and the role of top predators in regulating ecosystems. Her fascinating and wide-ranging work provides clear explanations of the science surrounding keystone predators and considers how this notion can help provide practical solutions for restoring ecosystem health and functioning.

Eisenberg examines both general concepts and specific issues, sharing accounts from her own fieldwork to illustrate and bring to life the ideas she presents. She considers how resource managers can use knowledge about trophic cascades to guide recovery efforts, includin

47 Biodiversity of Angola - Brian J. Huntley, Vladimir Russo, Fernanda Lages & Nuno Ferrand
Auteur : Brian J. Huntley, Vladimir Russo, Fernanda Lages & Nuno Ferrand
Genre : Ecology
This open access multi-authored book presents a 'state of the science' synthesis of knowledge on the biodiversity of Angola, based on sources in peer-reviewed journals, in books and where appropriate, unpublished official reports. The book identifies Angola as one of the most biologically diverse countries in Africa, but notes that its fauna, flora, habitats and the processes that drive the dynamics of its ecosystems are still very poorly researched and documented.
This 'state of the science' synthesis is for the use of all students of Angola's biodiversity, and for those responsible for the planning, development and sustainable management of the country's living resources.  The volume brings together the results of expeditions and research undertaken in Angola since the late eighteenth century, with emphasis on work conducted in the four decades since Angola's independence in

Staying
48 Staying Alive - Vandana Shiva
Auteur : Vandana Shiva
Genre : Public Administration
Inspired by women’s struggles for the protection of nature as a condition for human survival, award-winning environmentalist Vandana Shiva shows how ecological destruction and the marginalization of women are not inevitable, economically or scientifically. She argues that “maldevelopment”—the violation of the integrity of organic, interconnected, and interdependent systems that sets in motion a process of exploitation, inequality, and injustice—is dragging the world down a path of self-destruction, threatening survival itself. Shiva articulates how rural Indian women experience and perceive ecological destruction and its causes, and how they have conceived and initiated processes to arrest the destruction of nature and begin its regeneration. Focusing on science and development as patriarchal projects, Staying Alive is a powerfully relevant book that positions women not

Consider
Platypus
49 Consider the Platypus - Maggie Ryan Sandford & Rodica Prato
Auteur : Maggie Ryan Sandford & Rodica Prato
Genre : Nature
*FINALIST FOR THE 2020 GENERAL NONFICTION MINNESOTA BOOK AWARDS*
Interested in the origins of the species? Consider the Platypus uses pets such as dogs and cats as well as animal outliers like the axolotl and naked mole rat to wittily tackle mind-bending concepts about how evolution, biology, and genetics work.
Consider the Platypus explores the history and features of more than 50 animals to provide insight into our current understanding of evolution. Using Darwin's theory as a springboard, Maggie Ryan Sandford details scientists' initial understanding of the development of creatures and how that has expanded in the wake of genetic sequencing, including the: Peppered Moth, which changed color based on the amount of soot in the London air;California Two-Spotted Octopus, which has the amazing ability to alter its DNA/RNA not over generations but during its lifetim

Primate
50 Primate Change - Vybarr Cregan-Reid
Auteur : Vybarr Cregan-Reid
Genre : Health & Fitness
'A work of remarkable scope' - Guardian

FT Best science books of 2018

Primate Change has been adapted into a radio series for the BBC WORLD SERVICE.

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This is the road from climate change to primate change.

PRIMATE CHANGE is a wide-ranging, polemical look at how and why the human body has changed since humankind first got up on two feet. Spanning the entirety of human history - from primate to transhuman - Vybarr Cregan-Reid's book investigates where we came from, who we are today and how modern technology will change us beyond recognition.

In the last two hundred years, humans have made such a tremendous impact on the world that our geological epoch is about to be declared the 'Anthropocene', or the Age of Man. But while we have been busy changing the shape of
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