Science & Nature Environment & Ecology Books

Handbook of Climate Change And Agroecosystems: The Agricultural Model Intercomparison And Improvement Project (AGMIP) Integrated Crop And Economic ... Change Impacts, Adaptation, and Mitigation)

"Top agricultural scientists from around the world have taken up the challenge of sustainable agriculture, with the specific focus on integrating agronomic, climatological, biophysical and socio-economic perspectives and processes. Every chapter (of the Handbook) contributes to addressing the growing food-security challenges facing the world."Foreword by Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia UniversityClimate effects on agriculture are of increasing concern in both the scientific and policy communities because of the growing population and the greater uncertainty in the weather during growing seasons. Changes in production are directly linked to variations in temperature and precipitation during the growing season and often to the offseason changes in weather because of soil water storage to replenish the soil profile. This is not an isolated problem but one of worldwide interest because each country has concerns about their food security.The Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project (AgMIP) was developed to evaluate agricultural models and intercompare their ability to predict climate impacts. In sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, South America and East Asia, AgMIP regional research teams (RRTs) are conducting integrated assessments to improve understanding of agricultural impacts of climate change (including biophysical and economic impacts) at national and regional scales. Other AgMIP initiatives include global gridded modeling, data and information technology (IT) tool development, simulation of crop pests and diseases, site-based crop-climate sensitivity studies, and aggregation and scaling.

Forests at Risk: Climate Change and the Future of the American West

Climate change poses a huge threat to the West. The current mountain pine beetle epidemic with over 50 million acres of dying trees in western North America has created a powerful "teachable moment" across the region.

A primary goal of the Forests At Risk symposium was to reframe the nation's climate change dialogue by making the issue both personal and real to many who may not appreciate its connection to the immediate world around them. While some may have difficulty relating to rising sea levels, falling water tables, imperiled polar bears and melting glaciers in far-off places, they are still shocked by the sight of vast dying forests around their homes. The Forests At Risk symposium explored the statement by Andy Jacobson, a carbon cycle scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Boulder, that "this is the kind of feedback we're all very worried about in the carbon cycle ... a warming planet leading to, in this case, an insect outbreak that increases carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, which can increase warming."

The overwhelming scientific consensus holds that climate change is one of the most serious threats facing humankind today. We have a soberingly short time in which to reduce atmospheric greenhouse gases if we are to preserve our quality of life and environment. In addition to the global urgency, the American West is deeply dependent on the health of its forests, mountains and streams for both its quality of life and its economy. Put simply, if global warming shortens our winters, diminishes our recreation, and unleashes wildfires, diseases and insect epidemics that devastate our forests, the regional damage would be incalculable.

NOW is the perfect time to learn more in this ebook. The Forests At Risk symposium represented the first substantial public forum focused directly on the connection between climate change and forest health in the American West. In the wake of millions of acres of pine beetle devastation across our continent, this is the ideal moment to highlight the climate change connection and focus on the question of what happens when our forests transform from carbon sinks into carbon sources.

Locavore U.S.A.: How a local-food economy is changing one community, a chapter from the book Change Comes to Dinner

In 1950, at least 70 percent of Montana's food was grown in Montana. Many states used to have robust local-food economies, but that has changed drastically around the country in recent decades. National-scale food businesses beat out community-oriented small and medium-sized operations, laying waste to the infrastructure that once supported thriving local-food economies.

There is rising interest in again making food a local affair. But jump-starting a locavore economy is a tricky business. To cut down the massive distances that the vast majority of food eaten in the United States travels before it reaches dinner plates, communities must work to nurture "a cascading effect" by which each piece of a local-food economy enables and then reinforces the others to create a robust, cost-effective network.

Locavore U.S.A. introduces readers to some brave, hard-working souls in western Montana who are building their own such network piece by piece. In the process they are uncovering a key way to transform our industrially dominated food system.

The following ebook is taken from the book Change Comes to Dinner.



Shopping for Water: How the Market Can Mitigate Water Shortages in the American West

The American West has a long tradition of conflict over water. But after fifteen years of drought across the region, it is no longer simply conflict: it is crisis. In the face of unprecedented declines in reservoir storage and groundwater reserves throughout the West, Shopping for Water focuses on a set of policies that could contribute to a lasting solution: using market forces to facilitate the movement of water resources and to mitigate the risk of water shortages.

Shopping for Water begins by reviewing key dimensions of this problem: the challenges of population and economic growth, the environmental stresses from overuse of common water resources, the risk of increasing water-supply volatility, and the historical disjunction that has developed between and among rural and urban water users regarding the amount we consume and the price we pay for water. The authors then turn to five proposals to encourage the broader establishment and use of market institutions to encourage reallocation of water resources and to provide new tools for risk mitigation. Each of the five proposals offers a means of building resilience into our water management systems.

Climatic and Environmental Challenges: Learning from the Horn of Africa (Corne de l'Afrique contemporaine)

In the prospect of the COP21 held in Paris in December 2015, the French Centre for Ethiopian Studies (CFEE) organised a scientific conference on environmental and climatic changes in the horn of Africa, with a decisive financial support of the Institut francais (Fonds d'Alembert), Paris. The conference was part of a larger event, called "the Road to Paris" and organised by the French Embassy to Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa Regional Environment Centre and Network (HoA-REC&N), Addis Ababa University, in HoA-REC&N headquarters at Gullele Botanic Gardens, Addis Ababa, from 7 to 9 April 2015. In this event, our first purpose was to set aside from the pressure of short-term and policy-oriented concerns raised by the international bureaucracies and bilateral donors, as to try to explore diverse, cross-disciplinary dimensions related to environmental change in the region in a wider way, wider in time and also wider in the elements observed. In a way, the Road to Paris event has also showed, with the various stakeholders and speakers it has gathered, that the issue of climate change has "solidified" automatic discourses, supporting wishful intentions and thinking, and clearly embedded in the building of professional opportunities and international careers. These discourses, indeed, are everything but close to the reality observed on the ground. In this new, competitive, social field, priority may not be easily given to scientific exploration that is not directly policy-oriented and that requires a longer time to produce strong data than what the political and bureaucratic agendas allow. One could not state, though, that interest for science is totally absent in these arenas on climate change. But, invariably, public expectations appear to be much too high in scope and in time, compared to what intellectual curiosity and scientific processes and protocols can produce on a day-to-day basis. Improving awareness on environmental changes should start here: to give a better understanding on the complexity and multiplicity of factors involved in the relation between human evolution, societal choices and developments, and natural environments. The French Centre for Ethiopian Studies (CFEE) in Addis Ababa was quite well equipped to initiate, with its partners, such a cross-disciplinary exploration.

The Carbon Control Knob (National Climate Seminar Book 4)

On November 2, 2011, Richard Alley participated in The National Climate Seminar, a series of webinars sponsored by Bard College's Center for Environmental Policy. The online seminars provide a forum for leading scientists, writers, and other experts to talk about critical issues regarding climate change. The series also opens a public conversation, inviting participants to ask questions and contribute their own thoughts.

Dr. Alley conducts research on the paleoclimatic record at The Pennsylvania State University in order to understand the history, and perhaps the future, of climate change. In his lecture, Alley gave a concise overview of why we know what we know about climate change, and what that evidence can tell us about today's warming planet. Alley not only provides an accessible science lesson, but reveals his own greatest concerns about climate change and offers advice to those who want to stop debating the subtleties of climate science and act now.

This E-ssential is an edited version of Alley's talk and the subsequent question and answer session. While some material has been cut and some language modified for clarity, the intention was to retain the substance of the original discussion.

Lions, Tigers, Bears and More! Coloring Book

These animals are so adorable your kids will absolutely love them Coloring these animals is an expe....

The Honey Bee Portrait

The Hurricane Preparedness Handbook

Don't wait until it's too late. Prepare now! We've all seen the ruin that a hurricane can bring. No one can stop a hurricane, but proper preparation can limit damage, protect long-term finances, and even save lives. The Hurricane Preparedness Handbook is an invaluable, step-by-step guide for everyone who lives in a region threatened by these terrifying storms. Here is advice on: Understanding the category warning system Buying the right insurance Protecting your home from an oncoming storm Choosing and using an electrical generator Proper provisioning and use of food and water Dealing with a storm's aftermath And much more! There is no substitute for experience and expert advice, and this easy-to-store, easy-to-use handbook offers everyone a chance to learn from the past and prepare for the future. No one should go through a hurricane without first reading this book.

Jungle Coloring Book

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Earth Day 2017 Sucks Because of Trump: Donald Trump denies climate change; risks End Times scenario

Earth Day 2017 Sucks Because of Trump, by Dave Masko. Earth has passed the climate change and global warming "tipping point," say environmentalist this "Earth Day," April 22, 2017. A tipping point is, of course, the reason for this collection of "new journalism" reports and essays that decry this "Earth Day 2017" being ignored by Donald Trump and his climate change denying administration. They have this skewed view because "corporations cannot make huge profits when there is environmental and climate literacy. So the Donald Trumps of this world simply deny there is a clear and present danger because taking action counters their goals to pollute and make more money," explains central Oregon coast environmentalist Rodney "Rod" Nasburg during a recent "Earth Day 2017 Awareness Run" on a spit of central Oregon coast beach that is literally humming from radioactive waste washed ashore recently from the still ongoing Fukushima Diichi nuclear disaster that sent nuclear waste across the Pacific Ocean to West Coast shores. Japan's Fukushima nuclear reactor accident is now viewed as "the world's worst nuclear disaster since the one at Chernobyl, Ukraine back in 1986. Now, as radiation sickness engulfs both Japan and West Coast seaside residents today in 2017, there is a "real feeling" that other climate change disasters will engulf the world unless there is "change" and "honesty" from the Trump White House. However, there is "little hope that Trump will admit climate change on this Earth Day 2017 because that means less profits for Trump and Wall Street corporations," adds Nasburg when sharing growing cases of climate change and radiation sickness both nationwide and worldwide in a time of Trump Climate Change denials. "What Earth Day 2017 is really all about is not so much the Trump administration destroying the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) mission, but Trump's bullish attitude about not fighting climate change? This odious billionaire president gives no quarter to global warming unless it impacts his many golf courses or 'tower' creations where the filthy rich can live the so-called good life; while America burns," adds Nasburg and other local seniors with a deep sense of chagrin. "I'm running the beach these days thinking that the planet's global climate change and warming may mean the end of this favorite activity of mine; running along the seaside at sunrise with Mother Nature being really evident and celebrated and knowing it may be all over because tramps like Trump don't give a hoot about clean air or water for regular folk like us who live in the real-world outside the White House and other towers." This collection of "new journalism" reports and essays tracks the clues to Trump's rogue and troubled views that do not square with science when it comes to a planet in trouble due to uncontrolled man-made climate change.

What's Up With Blanca: The Plastic Pirate! (~P.S.4UrDOME~ (Progressive Stories for Your Determined Offspring Mirroring Everything) Book 1)

In real life Blanca's a super tiny, very loveable Eco-friendly Maltese mix pup. She encourages everyone she meets to switch to bamboo toothbrushes and never misses an opportunity to share her environmentally friendly poop bags at the dog park! She sure is making a difference out there. Check her out on Insta too.

"One day at the beach, Blanca finds something that makes her super sad - and worried! She decides to do something about it. She turns into 'Blanca the Plastic Pirate' and single handedly champions a weekly beach clean-up project. With the help of her friends and family (and the Mayor!), tiny little Blanca encourages her entire community to love and care about our precious eco-system... just like she does".