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From the Moon to Rhinos Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 216
ISBN: 9788869774591
Pub Date: 10 Mar 2024
Description:
From the Moon to Rhinos is the story of Michele Sofisti, a Geologist who became a valued and itinerant manager – in Ferrari, Omega, Swatch, Gucci – and then actively “returned” to Nature, engaging in the conservation of animal species, forests, and oceans. It is a collection of life experiences, meetings, and emotions laid bare. It is an ongoing journey that aims to sensitize people to believe that a change towards a better interaction between humans and the natural world, which feeds and sustains us, is possible and must be undertaken instantly.
Space in our hands Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 176
ISBN: 9788869774676
Pub Date: 10 Mar 2024
Description:
We live in the Golden Age of space exploration. Humanity’s achievements include the continued operation of the International Space Station, rapid advancements in reusable rockets, and soon, a return to the Moon. Within our lifetime, we might have human outposts on the lunar surface and flags flying on the plains of Mars.
Inka Bird Idiom Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9780822947592
Pub Date: 31 Jan 2024
Series: Pitt Latin American Series
Description:
From majestic Amazonian macaws and highland Andean hawks to tiny colorful tanagers and tall flamingos, birds and their feathers played an important role in the Inka empire. Claudia Brosseder uncovers the many meanings that Inkas attached to the diverse fowl of the Amazon, the eastern Andean foothills, and the highlands. She shows how birds and feathers shaped Inka politics, launched wars, and initiated peace.
The Donora Death Fog Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 324
ISBN: 9780822966715
Pub Date: 31 Jan 2024
Illustrations: 30 b&w
Description:
In October 1948, a seemingly average fog descended on the tiny mill town of Donora, Pennsylvania. With a population of fewer than fifteen thousand, the town’s main industry was steel and zinc mills—mills that continually emitted pollutants into the air. The six-day smog event left twenty-one people dead and thousands sick.
The Vortex Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 848
ISBN: 9780822947561
Pub Date: 31 Jan 2024
Description:
Environmental challenges are defining the twenty-first century. To fully understand ongoing debates about our current crises - climate change, loss of biological diversity, pollution, extinction, resource woes - means revisiting their origins, in all their complexity. With this ambitious, highly original contribution to the environmental history of global modernity, Frank Uekötter considers the many ways humans have had an impact on their physical environment throughout history.
Transplanting Modernity? Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9780822946397
Pub Date: 31 Jan 2024
Series: Intersections: Histories of Environment
Description:
In general, “development” denotes movement or growth toward something better in the future. International development—widespread in the decades following World War II—was an effort at purposeful change in landscapes around the world. Contributors to this volume argue that these projects constituted an effort to transplant modernity, such as knowledge or technology, from places seen as more developed to places perceived as un- or underdeveloped.
Nature’s Crossroads Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 420
ISBN: 9780822947387
Pub Date: 10 Jan 2023
Series: Pittsburgh Hist Urban Environment
Description:
Minnesota’s Twin Cities have long been powerful engines of change. From their origins in the early nineteenth century, the Twin Cities helped drive the dispossession of the region’s Native American peoples, turned their riverfronts into bustling industrial and commercial centers, spread streets and homes outward to the horizon, and reached well beyond their urban confines, setting in motion the environmental transformation of distant hinterlands. As these processes unfolded, residents inscribed their culture into the landscape, complete with all its tensions, disagreements, contradictions, prejudices, and social inequalities.
Making Entomologists Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 252
ISBN: 9780822947516
Pub Date: 06 Dec 2022
Series: Science and Culture in the Nineteenth Century
Description:
Popular natural history periodicals in the nineteenth century had an incredible democratizing power. By welcoming contributions from correspondents regardless of their background, they posed a significant threat to those who considered themselves to be gatekeepers of elite science, and who in turn used their own periodicals to shape more exclusive communities. Making Entomologists reassesses the landscape of science participation in the nineteenth century, offering a more nuanced analysis of the supposed amateur-professional divide that resonates with the rise of citizen science today.
The Shale Renaissance Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 268
ISBN: 9780822947363
Pub Date: 29 Nov 2022
Description:
Although a technique for hydraulic fracturing - more commonly known as fracking - was developed and implemented in the 1970s in Texas, fracking of the Marcellus Shale formation that stretches from West Virginia through Pennsylvania to New York did not begin in earnest until the twenty-first century. Unconventional natural gas production via fracking has ignited debate, challenged regulators, and added to the complexity of twenty-first-century natural resource management. Through a longitudinal study taken from 2000 to 2015, Jonathan M.
A New Ecological Order Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 300
ISBN: 9780822947172
Pub Date: 28 Sep 2022
Series: Intersections: Histories of Environment
Illustrations: 10 b&w illustrations
Description:
The rise of industrial capitalism in the 19th century forged a new ecological order in North American and Western European states, radically transforming the environment through science and technology in the name of human progress. Far less known are the dramatic environmental changes experienced by Eastern Europe, in many ways a terra incognita for environmental historians and anthropologists. A New Ecological Order explores, from a historical and ethnographic perspective, the role of state planners, bureaucrats, and experts – engineers, agricultural engineers, geographers, biologists, foresters, and architects – as agents of change in the natural world of Eastern Europe from 1870 to the early 21st century.
Correspondence of John Tyndall, Volume 9, The Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 300
ISBN: 9780822946083
Pub Date: 28 Sep 2022
Series: The Correspondence of John Tyndall
Description:
This ninth volume of the Tyndall correspondence covers the period from February 1, 1865, to November 29, 1866. Tyndall was by now in his mid-forties and in the prime of life. His career as a man of science was firmly established and flourishing.
Human Transformations of the Earth Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9781789259209
Pub Date: 15 Sep 2022
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Series: Studying Scientific Archaeology
Illustrations: B/W and colour
Description:
This book charts and explains how human activities have shaped and altered the development of soils in many parts of the world, taking advantage of five decades of soil analytical work in many archaeological landscapes from around the globe. The core of this volume describes and illustrates major transformations of soils and the processes involved in these that have occurred during the Holocene and how these relate to human activities as much as natural causes and trajectories of development, right up to the present day. This is done in two ways: first by examining a number of major processes and impacts on the landscape such as Holocene warming and the development of woodland, clearance and agricultural activities, and second by examining the trajectories of these changes in soil systems in different palaeo-environmental situations in several diverse parts of the world.
Krakow Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 232
ISBN: 9780822946137
Pub Date: 28 Dec 2021
Series: Russian and East European Studies
Description:
Like most cities, Poland's Krakow developed around and because of its favorable geography. Before Warsaw, Krakow served as Poland's capital for half a millennium. It has functioned as a cultural center, an industrial center, a center of learning, and home for millions of people.
A Tale of Two Viruses Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 312
ISBN: 9780822946304
Pub Date: 05 Aug 2021
Description:
In 1965, French microbiologist André Lwoff was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his work on lysogeny - one of the two types of viral life cycles - which resolved a contentious debate among scientists about the nature of viruses. A Tale of Two Viruses is the first study of medical virology to compare the history of two groups of medically important viruses - bacteriophages, which infect bacteria, and sarcoma agents, which cause cancer - and the importance of Lwoff’s discovery to our modern understanding of what a virus is. Although these two groups of viruses may at first glance appear to have little in common, they share uniquely parallel histories.
Explorations in the Icy North Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 240
ISBN: 9780822946595
Pub Date: 05 Aug 2021
Series: Science and Culture in the Nineteenth Century
Illustrations: 19 photos
Description:
Science in the Arctic changed dramatically over the course of the nineteenth century, when early, scattered attempts in the region to gather knowledge about all aspects of the natural world transitioned to a more unified Arctic science under the First International Polar Year in 1882. The IPY brought together researchers from multiple countries with the aim of undertaking systematic and coordinated experiments and observations in the Arctic and Antarctic. Harsh conditions, intense isolation, and acute danger inevitably impacted the making and communicating of scientific knowledge.
Nature's Diplomats Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 384
ISBN: 9780822946618
Pub Date: 05 Aug 2021
Series: Intersections: Histories of Environment
Illustrations: 30 b&w illustrations
Description:
Nature’s Diplomats explores the development of science-based and internationally conceived nature protection in its foundational years before the 1960s, the decade when it launched from obscurity onto the global stage. Raf De Bont studies a movement while it was still in the making and its groups were still rather small, revealing the geographies of the early international preservationist groups, their social composition, self-perception, ethos, and predilections, their ideals and strategies, and the natures they sought to preserve. By examining international efforts to protect migratory birds, the threatened European bison, and the mountain gorilla in the interior of the Belgian Congo, Nature’s Diplomats sheds new light on the launch of major international organizations for nature protection in the aftermath of World War II.