Burning Planet

The Story of Fire Through Time

Author: Andrew C. Scott

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0191054062

Category: Science

Page: 320

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Raging wildfires have devastated vast areas of California and Australia in recent years, and predictions are that we will see more of the same in coming years, as a result of climate change. But this is nothing new. Since the dawn of life on land, large-scale fires have played their part in shaping life on Earth. Andrew Scott tells the whole story of fire's impact on our planet's atmosphere, climate, vegetation, ecology, and the evolution of plant and animal life. It has caused mass extinctions, and it has propelled the spread of flowering plants. The exciting evidence we can now draw on has been preserved in fossilized charcoal, found in rocks hundreds of millions of years old, from all over the world. These reveal incredibly fine details of prehistoric plants, and tell us about climates from deep in earth's history. They also give us insight into how early hominids and humans tamed fire and used it. Looking at the impact of wildfires in our own time, Scott also looks forward to how we might better manage them in future, as climate change has an increasing effect on our world.
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The Burning Planet

Fantasy Meets Reality

Author: Edmund Arndt

Publisher: Tamarind Tree Books Incorporated

ISBN: 9780995053830

Category:

Page: 264

View: 8772

The world's climate is deteriorating. The planet is suffering destruction at the hands of its human inhabitants. World leaders have remained ineffectual in creating real change. After catastrophic events in U.S. and Canada - leaving thousands displaced, dead, or injured - world leaders might finally decide the time has come to do something.
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Burning Rage of a Dying Planet

Speaking for the Earth Liberation Front

Author: Craig Rosebraugh

Publisher: Lantern Books

ISBN: 1590560647

Category: Nature

Page: 278

View: 4348

Former Earth Liberation Front (ELF) spokesman Craig Rosebraugh chronicles the history and ideology of the ELF, a group that has stirred controversy with its radical approach to protecting the environment.
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Heat

How to Stop the Planet From Burning

Author: George Monbiot

Publisher: Anchor Canada

ISBN: 0307371980

Category: Political Science

Page: 304

View: 2251

George Monbiot’s Heat: How to Stop the Planet from Burning marks an important moment in our civilization’s thinking about global warming. The question is no longer whether climate change is actually happening. The question is what to do about it. Monbiot offers an ambitious and far-reaching program to cut our carbon dioxide emissions to the point where the environmental scales start tipping away from catastrophe. (But not before he devotes a chapter to unmasking the vested interests that have spent fortunes funding the specious science of the climate change deniers.) It now seems certain that we need a 90% cut in our emissions by 2030 to prevent runaway climate change from taking place. For the first time, this book explains how the cut could be achieved without bringing industrial civilisation to an end. Combining his unique knowledge of political campaigning and environmental science, Monbiot analyses the potential of energy efficiency, renewable resources, carbon burial, nuclear power and new transport and building systems to discover what works, what doesn't, what costs the least and what needs to be done to make change happen. He is not afraid to attack anyone — friend or foe — whose claims are false or whose figures have been fudged. His original, sometimes shocking programme shows that we can reconcile our demands for comfort and security with the survival of the biosphere. Rigorous, passionate and totally surprising, this book could change the world. It is possible to slow the momentum of this global crisis — if we act decisively. In this riveting, fiery book, the No Logo of the environmental movement, George Monbiot shows us how.
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Heat

How to Stop the Planet from Burning

Author: George Monbiot,Matthew Prescott

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780896087873

Category: Nature

Page: 276

View: 5970

A brilliant and terriying book that forces us to move beyond denial and into action.
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Burning Rage of a Dying Planet

Speaking for the Earth Liberation Front

Author: Craig Rosebraugh

Publisher: Lantern Books

ISBN: 1590560647

Category: Nature

Page: 278

View: 3217

Former Earth Liberation Front (ELF) spokesman Craig Rosebraugh chronicles the history and ideology of the ELF, a group that has stirred controversy with its radical approach to protecting the environment.
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Burning Paradise

Author: Robert Charles Wilson

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 0765332612

Category: Fiction

Page: 317

View: 3886

Nineteen-year-old Cassie Klyne and her younger brother Thomas, along with other members of their group, try to lead unexceptional lives in order to escape the detection of an extraterrestrial entity, who, by interfering with the world's communications, is attempting to farm humanity.
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Junkyard Planet

Travels in the Billion-Dollar Trash Trade

Author: Adam Minter

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1608197921

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 288

View: 5781

How can garbage turn into gold? What does recycling have to do with globalization? Where does all that stuff we throw away go, anyway? When you drop your Diet Coke can or yesterday's newspaper in the recycling bin, where does it go? Probably halfway around the world, to people and places that clean up what you don't want and turn it into something you can't wait to buy. In Junkyard Planet, Adam Minter-veteran journalist and son of an American junkyard owner-travels deeply into a vast, often hidden, 500-billion-dollar industry that's transforming our economy and environment. Minter takes us from back-alley Chinese computer recycling operations to recycling factories capable of processing a jumbo jet's worth of trash every day. Along the way, we meet an international cast of characters who have figured out how to squeeze Silicon Valley-scale fortunes from what we all throw away. Junkyard Planet reveals how "going green?? usually means making money-and why that's often the most sustainable choice, even when the recycling methods aren't pretty. With unmatched access to and insight on the waste industry, and the explanatory gifts and an eye for detail worthy of a John McPhee or William Langewiesche, Minter traces the export of America's garbage and the massive profits that China and other rising nations earn from it. What emerges is an engaging, colorful, and sometimes troubling tale of how the way we consume and discard stuff brings home the ascent of a developing world that recognizes value where Americans don't. Junkyard Planet reveals that Americans might need to learn a smarter way to take out the trash.
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Burn

Author: James Patrick Kelly

Publisher: Tachyon Publications

ISBN: 1616962593

Category: Fiction

Page: 178

View: 2367

Nebula Award Winner Featuring a new afterword from the author “Burn is James Patrick Kelly at his best, and there’s nothing better.” —Connie Willis, author of Doomsday Book The tiny planet Morobe's Pea has been sold and renamed Walden. The new owner has some interesting ideas. Voluntary simplicity will rule in the Transcendent State; Walden is destined to become a paradise covered in lush new forests. But even believers find temptations in the black markets; non-believers are willing to defend their ideals with fire. Walden's only hope may lie with a third option: a very unlikely alien intervention. In Burn, James Patrick Kelly (Think Like a Dinosaur) delivers an innovative, entertaining, and morally-complex vision of the perils of idealism.
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Fire on Earth

An Introduction

Author: Andrew C. Scott,David M. J. S. Bowman,William J. Bond,Stephen J. Pyne,Martin E. Alexander

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118534093

Category: Science

Page: 434

View: 9760

Earth is the only planet known to have fire. The reason is both simple and profound: fire exists because Earth is the only planet to possess life as we know it. Fire is an expression of life on Earth and an index of life’s history. Few processes are as integral, unique, or ancient. Fire on Earth puts fire in its rightful place as an integral part of the study of geology, biology, human history, physics, and global chemistry. Fire is ubiquitous in various forms throughout Earth, and belongs as part of formal inquiries about our world. In recent years fire literature has multiplied exponentially; dedicated journals exist and half a dozen international conferences are held annually. A host of formal sciences, or programs announcing interdisciplinary intentions, are willing to consider fire. Wildfire also appears routinely in media reporting. This full-colour text, containing over 250 illustrations of fire in all contexts, is designed to provide a synthesis of contemporary thinking; bringing together the most powerful concepts and disciplinary voices to examine, in an international setting, why planetary fire exists, how it works, and why it looks the way it does today. Students, lecturers, researchers and professionals interested in the physical, ecological and historical characteristics of fire will find this book, and accompanying web-based material, essential reading for undergraduate and postgraduate courses in all related disciplines, for general interest and for providing an interdisciplinary foundation for further study. A comprehensive approach to the history, behaviour and ecological effects of fire on earth Timely introduction to this important subject, with relevance for global climate change, biodiversity loss and the evolution of human culture. Provides a foundation for the interdisciplinary field of Fire Research Authored by an international team of leading experts in the field Associated website provides additional resources
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Free Tomorrow

Author: Goose Punk

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1984549170

Category: Social Science

Page: 56

View: 963

Free Tomorrow is about scientific observation. Since my family wasnt Christian, my dad bought me dinosaur books to learn to read on, not the Bible. This means I know something about scientific observation. Ive observed changes in the atmosphere, and I have noticed some connection with the developments the human race is making in the city. I put it together in a book for you. I hope you like it!
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Hack the Planet

Science's Best Hope - or Worst Nightmare - for Averting Climate Catastrophe

Author: Eli Kintisch

Publisher: Wiley

ISBN: 9780470524268

Category: Science

Page: 288

View: 7119

An inside tour of the incredible—and probably dangerous—plans to counteract the effects of climate change through experiments that range from the plausible to the fantastic David Battisti had arrived in Cambridge expecting a bloodbath. So had many of the other scientists who had joined him for an invitation-only workshop on climate science in 2007, with geoengineering at the top of the agenda. We can't take deliberately altering the atmosphere seriously, he thought, because there’s no way we'll ever know enough to control it. But by the second day, with bad climate news piling on bad climate news, he was having second thoughts. When the scientists voted in a straw poll on whether to support geoengineering research, Battisti, filled with fear about the future, voted in favor. While the pernicious effects of global warming are clear, efforts to reduce the carbon emissions that cause it have fallen far short of what’s needed. Some scientists have started exploring more direct and radical ways to cool the planet, such as: Pouring reflective pollution into the upper atmosphere Making clouds brighter Growing enormous blooms of algae in the ocean Schemes that were science fiction just a few years ago have become earnest plans being studied by alarmed scientists, determined to avoid a climate catastrophe. In Hack the Planet, Science magazine reporter Eli Kintisch looks more closely at this array of ideas and characters, asking if these risky schemes will work, and just how geoengineering is changing the world. Scientists are developing geoengineering techniques for worst-case scenarios. But what would those desperate times look like? Kintisch outlines four circumstances: collapsing ice sheets, megadroughts, a catastrophic methane release, and slowing of the global ocean conveyor belt. As incredible and outlandish as many of these plans may seem, could they soon become our only hope for avoiding calamity? Or will the plans of brilliant and well-intentioned scientists cause unforeseeable disasters as they play out in the real world? And does the advent of geoengineering mean that humanity has failed in its role as steward of the planet—or taken on a new responsibility? Kintisch lays out the possibilities and dangers of geoengineering in a time of planetary tipping points. His investigation is required reading as the debate over global warming shifts to whether humanity should Hack the Planet.
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Worlds in Collision

Author: Immanuel Velikovsky

Publisher: Paradigma Ltd

ISBN: 1906833710

Category: Planets

Page: 384

View: 8951

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Cibola Burn

Author: James S. A. Corey

Publisher: Orbit

ISBN: 0316217603

Category: Fiction

Page: 592

View: 9913

The explosive fourth novel in James S.A. Corey's New York Times bestselling Expanse series. Now a major television series. Enter a new frontier. "An empty apartment, a missing family, that's creepy. But this is like finding a military base with no one on it. Fighters and tanks idling on the runway with no drivers. This is bad juju. Something wrong happened here. What you should do is tell everyone to leave." The gates have opened the way to a thousand new worlds and the rush to colonize has begun. Settlers looking for a new life stream out from humanity's home planets. Ilus, the first human colony on this vast new frontier, is being born in blood and fire. Independent settlers stand against the overwhelming power of a corporate colony ship with only their determination, courage, and the skills learned in the long wars of home. Innocent scientists are slaughtered as they try to survey a new and alien world. The struggle on Ilus threatens to spread all the way back to Earth. James Holden and the crew of his one small ship are sent to make peace in the midst of war and sense in the midst of chaos. But the more he looks at it, the more Holden thinks the mission was meant to fail. And the whispers of a dead man remind him that the great galactic civilization that once stood on this land is gone. And that something killed it. The ExpanseLeviathan WakesCaliban's WarAbaddon's GateCibola BurnNemesis GamesBabylon's AshesPersepolis Rising The Expanse Short Fiction The Butcher of Anderson StationGods of RiskThe ChurnThe Vital AbyssStrange Dogs
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The Universe of Stories

Author: Sherry Anne Golding Light Dark Soul Writer

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 1326179446

Category:

Page: N.A

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The Burning Dark

Author: Adam Christopher

Publisher: Tor Books

ISBN: 1466820861

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

View: 3821

Adam Christopher's dazzling first novel, Empire State, was named the Best Book of 2012 by SciFi Now magazine. Now he explores new dimensions of time and space in The Burning Dark. Back in the day, Captain Abraham Idaho Cleveland had led the Fleet into battle against an implacable machine intelligence capable of devouring entire worlds. But after saving a planet, and getting a bum robot knee in the process, he finds himself relegated to one of the most remote backwaters in Fleetspace to oversee the decommissioning of a semi-deserted space station well past its use-by date. But all is not well aboard the U-Star Coast City. The station's reclusive Commandant is nowhere to be seen, leaving Cleveland to deal with a hostile crew on his own. Persistent malfunctions plague the station's systems while interference from a toxic purple star makes even ordinary communications problematic. Alien shadows and whispers seem to haunt the lonely corridors and airlocks, fraying the nerves of everyone aboard. Isolated and friendless, Cleveland reaches out to the universe via an old-fashioned space radio, only to tune in to a strange, enigmatic signal: a woman's voice that seems to echo across a thousand light-years of space. But is the transmission just a random bit of static from the past—or a warning of an undying menace beyond mortal comprehension? "Builds tension expertly. Claustrophobic in mood but with the scope of great space opera, this is SF you will want to read with the light on."—Library Journal, starred review, on The Burning Dark At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
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Planet Hunters

The Search for Extraterrestrial Life

Author: Lucas Ellerbroek

Publisher: Reaktion Books

ISBN: 1780238789

Category: Science

Page: 248

View: 7195

Astronomers are on the verge of answering one of our most profound questions: are we alone in the universe? The ability to detect life in remote solar systems is at last within sight, and its discovery—even if only in microbial form—would revolutionize our self-image. Planet Hunters is the rollicking tale of the search for extraterrestrial life and the history of an academic discipline. Astronomer Lucas Ellerbroek takes readers on a fantastic voyage through space, time, history, and even to the future as he describes the field of exoplanet research, from the early ideas of sixteenth-century heretic Giordano Bruno to the discovery of the first exoplanet in 1995 to the invention of the Kepler Space Telescope. We join him on his travels as he meets with leading scientists in the field, including Michel Mayor, who discovered the first exoplanet, and Bill Borucki, principal investigator for NASA’s Kepler mission. Taken together, the experiences, passion, and perseverance of the scientists featured here make the book an exciting and compelling read. Presenting cutting-edge research in a dynamic and accessible way, Planet Hunters is a refreshing look into a field where new discoveries come every week and paradigms shift every year.
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Before I Burn

A Novel

Author: Gaute Heivoll

Publisher: Graywolf Press

ISBN: 1555970842

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

View: 9414

An international literary sensation about an arsonist on the loose in rural Norway and the young man haunted by the story In 1970s Norway, an arsonist targets a small town for one long, terrifying month. One by one, buildings go up in flames. Suspicion spreads among the neighbors as they wonder if one of their own is responsible. But as the heat and panic rise, new life finds a way to emerge. Amid the chaos, only a day before the last house is set afire, the community comes together for the christening of a young boy named Gaute Heivoll. As he grows up, stories about the time of fear and fire become deeply engrained in his young mind until, as an adult, he begins to retell the story. At the novel's apex the lives of Heivoll's friends and neighbors mix with his own life, and the identity of the arsonist and his motivations are slowly revealed. Based on the true account of Norway's most dramatic arson case, Before I Burn is a powerful, gripping breakout novel from an exceptionally talented author.
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"Eureka;"

Or, The Golden Door Ajar, the Mysteries of the World Mysteriously Revealed ...

Author: Asa T. Green

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category:

Page: 141

View: 8041

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Ignite!

The Burning Secrets of Exponential Growth from the Greatest Experts on the Planet

Author: Paul Feldman

Publisher: Insurance & Financial Advisor

ISBN: 9781599327860

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 280

View: 7615

IGNITE is your all-access pass to some of the world's greatest thought leaders on personal growth, marketing, sales, and leadership. Each is interviewed by publisher Paul Feldman, whose monthly magazine has topped rankings in the insurance and financial industry. These intimate conversations are presented like never before, with each one illuminating new ideas that Feldman's subjects hadn't revealed in the more than three hundred books they've authored and coauthored. Not only do they share specific advice and strategies for producers, advisors, and agents but these dialed-in conversations also reveal inspiration for all aspects of life, in any industry. Whether you're an entrepreneur, business owner, or employee seeking your way to the top, this book is your entry point to an infinite wealth of tips, strategies, and inspiration--and will ignite all that lies within you to turn your greatest dreams into reality.
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