Losing Earth


Author: Nathaniel Rich
Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH
ISBN: 3644004064
Category: Science
Page: 240
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Die Klimakatastrophe, die wir jetzt erleben, hätte verhindert werden können. Vor dreißig Jahren gab es die Chance, den Planeten zu retten – doch sie wurde verspielt. Nathaniel Rich schildert in dieser dramatischen Reportage, wie es zu diesem wahrhaft globalen Versagen kam. Wir folgen einer Gruppe von Wissenschaftlern, Aktivisten und Politikberatern rund um den Umweltlobbyisten Rafe Pomerance und den Nasa-Forscher James Hansen, die Ende der siebziger Jahre erstmals erkennen, dass sich die Erderwärmung desaströs beschleunigt, aber auch, was dagegen zu tun ist – beinahe alles, was wir heute darüber wissen, stammt aus dieser Zeit. Rich schildert ein Jahrzehnt erbitterter Kämpfe um Öffentlichkeit, Anerkennung, politische Maßnahmen – und wie diese 1989, kurz vor dem Durchbruch, tragisch scheitern. Eine historische Reportage, die aktueller nicht sein könnte: Wir bekommen in den kommenden Jahren das zu spüren, was vor drei Jahrzehnten versäumt wurde – so wie unser gegenwärtiges Scheitern das Schicksal des Planeten in naher Zukunft besiegelt. Die Erde in ihrer heutigen Gestalt ist bereits verloren, sie wurde damals verloren – und so erzählt Rich hier die Geschichte eines beispiellosen Menschheitsversagens.

Schlechte Aussichten : Roman


Author: Nathaniel Rich
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9783608980035
Category:
Page: 366
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Nur wenn sich Mitchell in die Logik des Untergangs vertieft, schafft er es, seine Angst zu beherrschen. Die Vorstellung von einem ökologischen Kollaps, einem Kriegsausbruch oder einer Naturkatastrophe hat für ihn etwas Beruhigendes - was ihn in seinem Beruf als Risikoanalyst zu einem der Besten macht. Trotzdem versucht er händeringend, einen letzten Kontakt mit der Realität aufrechtzuerhalten. Denn seine ehemalige Kommilitonin Elsa Brunner muss mit einer angeborenen Krankheit leben und kennt daher überhaupt keine Angst. Doch gerade als Mitchells Prognosen einen albtraumhaften Höhepunkt erreichen, sucht ein Unheil Manhattan heim. Mitchell begreift, dass niemand sonst so gut davon profitieren könnte wie er. Aber zu welchem Preis? Nathaniel Rich geboren 1980, schreibt Essays und Rezensionen u.a. für die "New York Review of Books", "Vanity Fair", "The New York Times" und "Harper's Magazine". "Schlechte Aussichten" ist sein zweiter Roman und zugleich sein erstes Buch in deutscher Übersetzung. Er lebt in New Orleans.

Lossindor – Return to Earth


Author: Chris Wood
Publisher: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 1467007285
Category: Fiction
Page: 116
View: 1982

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What special powers could a thirteen year old girl have that could bring the Earth to the edge of extinction? Why does an old indigenous artefact from Australia’s red centre hold the key to the universe? Which terrorist agency is blowing up ancient sites that contain the ‘gateways’ to the gods? Who is stealing high grade gold and diamonds from vaults and museums from all over the world? The race to find the answers to save Earth and Lossindor will lead a group of friends to the far reaches of space?

Earth Rising

American Environmentalism in the 21st Century
Author: Philip Shabecoff
Publisher: Island Press
ISBN: 9781597263351
Category: Environmentalism
Page: 224
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"He makes a compelling case that another wave of environmentalism is needed - more powerful, diverse and sophisticated, visionary and flexible. Earth Rising offers a detailed road map that can guide environmentalists toward that new and reenergized place in society."--BOOK JACKET.

Sermons


Author: Henry Alexander Douglas
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Sermons, English
Page: 316
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Anleitung zur Schwerelosigkeit

Was wir im All fürs Leben lernen können
Author: Chris Hadfield
Publisher: Heyne Verlag
ISBN: 3641137799
Category: Social Science
Page: 368
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»Von Zeit zu Zeit erscheinen vor den Fenstern eines Raumschiffs Wunder ...« Millionen haben das Video gesehen, in dem der Astronaut Chris Hadfield singend und Gitarre spielend durch die Raumstation ISS schwebt. Fasziniert schauen die Menschen seither nach oben: Wie verändert der Blick aus 400 km Höhe die Sicht auf unser Leben? Chris Hadfield nimmt uns mit in schwindelerregende Sphären: Er erzählt von riskanten Manövern und von der Kunst, stets auf das Schlimmste vorbereitet zu sein und zugleich an das Unmögliche zu glauben. Chris Hadfield ist neun Jahre alt, als er im Juli 1969 die Mondlandung live im Fernsehen verfolgt. Augenblicklich weiß er, was er werden will: Astronaut! Mittlerweile hat er an die 4000 Stunden im Weltraum verbracht und gehört zu den erfahrensten Raumfahrern der Welt – zuletzt als Kommandeur der internationalen Raumstation ISS. Jetzt nimmt er uns mit in den Weltraum: Wir erfahren, wie man überhaupt Astronaut wird (für alle, die den Traum noch nicht aufgegeben haben), was man dafür alles können muss (u.a. Schwimmen!, Toiletten reparieren), wie sich der erste Raketenstart anfühlt (als säße man in einem Container, der von einem riesigen LKW gerammt wird) und was man beim ersten Raumspaziergang beachten muss. Eine realistische, humorvolle, aber auch demütige Liebeserklärung an das Leben auf der Erde und die Wunder des Universums, die uns zeigt, wie viel Bodenhaftung man braucht, um abheben zu können.

In Search of Lost Frogs


Author: Robin Moore
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1408186357
Category: Nature
Page: 320
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On August 9, 2010, 33 teams from 21 countries were dispatched to search for the Lost Frogs identified by Conservation International. On their list were a host of species including, in the top ten most wanted, the Rio Pescado Stubfoot Toad, found only in Ecuador - which was to prove a triumphant rediscovery. Several months, a number of key rediscoveries - such as the Elegant Tropical Frog, last seen in 1937 and the Chalazodes Bubble-nest Frog - last seen in 1874 and two new species later, the Search for Lost Frogs had generated more than 650 news articles in 20 countries and over a billion potential viewers. Author Robin Moore was responsible for spearheading the Search for Lost Frogs and coordinating the teams. He also co-led two expeditions to Colombia and Haiti. In Colombia in search of the Mesopotamia Beaked Toad, the steamy jungles of the Choco yielded not the desired species but a brand new one - the Mr. Burns Toad, so-called because of an uncanny resemblance to the Simpsons' character; the species was selected as one of Time magazine's top ten new species of 2010. In Haiti the team found six frogs last seen 20 years before, including the Ventriloqual Frog, named for its ability to throw its voice. This fascinating new book tells the story of the expedition - its highs and lows, discoveries and failures and the campaign's ongoing work. Despite the campaign, one third of the world's amphibians remain threatened with extinction. Most of the species searched for were not found. But those that were provide a glimmer of hope. Understanding why these species have survived when many others have not should help us understand what makes these species different. In Search of Lost Frogs is a story of perseverance, disappointment, rediscovery, resilience, but ultimately of hope, written with passion and illustrated with the author's superb photographs.

Four Revolutions in the Earth Sciences

From Heresy to Truth
Author: James Lawrence Powell
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231538456
Category: Science
Page: 352
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Over the course of the twentieth century, scientists came to accept four counterintuitive yet fundamental facts about the Earth: deep time, continental drift, meteorite impact, and global warming. When first suggested, each proposition violated scientific orthodoxy and was quickly denounced as scientific—and sometimes religious—heresy. Nevertheless, after decades of rejection, scientists came to accept each theory. The stories behind these four discoveries reflect more than the fascinating push and pull of scientific work. They reveal the provocative nature of science and how it raises profound and sometimes uncomfortable truths as it advances. For example, counter to common sense, the Earth and the solar system are older than all of human existence; the interactions among the moving plates and the continents they carry account for nearly all of the Earth's surface features; and nearly every important feature of our solar system results from the chance collision of objects in space. Most surprising of all, we humans have altered the climate of an entire planet and now threaten the future of civilization. This absorbing scientific history is the only book to describe the evolution of these four ideas from heresy to truth, showing how science works in practice and how it inevitably corrects the mistakes of its practitioners. Scientists can be wrong, but they do not stay wrong. In the process, astonishing ideas are born, tested, and over time take root.

Resources for Environmental Literacy

Five Teaching Modules for Middle and High School Teachers
Author: N.A
Publisher: NSTA Press
ISBN: 1933531150
Category: Education
Page: 189
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Resources for Environmental Literacy offers a fresh way to enhance your classroom productivity. The environmental context it provides can improve students’ science learning. The modules offer appropriate teaching strategies plus high-quality resources to deepen your students’ understanding of key environmental topics.

How to Read the Bible Without Losing Your Mind

A Truth-Seeker’s Guide to Making Sense of Scripture
Author: Kent Blevins
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 1630872970
Category: Religion
Page: 222
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Does reading the Bible sometimes leave you confused? Do you have difficulty seeing the relevance of the Bible to modern concerns or to important issues in your life? Do you believe Bible reading and intellectual inquiry are mutually exclusive? This book explores how the Bible can serve as a resource for discovering truth. It provides a method that accepts and incorporates the knowledge gained from modern scholarship while also recognizing that truth-discovery is a personal, multifaceted journey. It honors the integrity of Scripture while remaining open to insight from additional truth-sources. In exploring what we mean when we speak of the Bible's authority, it is honest about the challenges presented to modern readers by the cultural chasm separating the biblical writers from today's world. How to Read the Bible Without Losing Your Mind shows how the Bible can be read with full engagement of both mind and heart.

Arab Cultural Studies

Mapping the Field
Author: Tarik Sabry
Publisher: I.B.Tauris
ISBN: 0857730827
Category: History
Page: 336
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Arab Cultural Studies:Mapping the Field is the first attempt to explore ways of conceptualising and theorising the nascent field of Arab cultural studies. It reflects and engages in an interdisciplinary discussion on the different facets of Arab cultural studies, including gender, economy, epistemology, language, method, politics, literary and cultural criticism, institutionalization, popular culture, creativity and much more. The book presents a meta-narrative about how scholars have thus far thought and re-thought the field. It brings together prominent and emerging experts, writing from both Arab and Western academia, to engage with key complex, epistemic and methodological questions and to articulate in the meantime the new kinds of language and hermeneutics necessary for the appropriation of an historically conscious and coherent field of scientific enquiry into contemporary Arab media, culture and society.

Energy Demand and Climate Change

Issues and Resolutions
Author: Franklin Hadley Cocks
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 3527644598
Category: Science
Page: 267
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This scientifically sound, yet easily readable book provides the fundamentals necessary to understand today's energy and climate problems and provides possible answers based on current technology such as solar, water and geothermal power. Moreover, it introduces the reader to new concepts that are already or may soon be realized, such as nuclear fusion or a hydrogen-based economy. Aimed at a wide readership ranging from educated laypeople and students to practitioners in engineering and environmental science.

Accounting Control Best Practices


Author: Steven M. Bragg
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9780470464137
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 304
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Accounting Control Best Practices, Second Edition Control systems are needed to ensure that a company's assets are used in the most productive manner and that they are not lost through fraudulent activities. However, an excessive use of controls can interfere with the efficient completion of activities within a company. Whether your company is in start-up mode, installing new systems, or simply dissatisfied with existing controls due to fraudulent losses, Accounting Control Best Practices, Second Edition is the reference handbook every accountant and systems analyst can use to ensure that their company has constructed a durable and efficient set of controls. This easy-to-use handbook clearly explains how to develop an effective system of accounting and operational controls and offers the best practices with pragmatic insights and proactive strategies to protect organizations from suffering further substantial losses of assets and reputation that occur from financial dishonesty within an organization. Author and renowned accounting expert Steven Bragg provides control flowcharts in every chapter for all major processes as well as a thorough set of corporate policies designed to support the system of controls. Now containing chapters on budgeting, collections, and acquisition integration, this valuable reference handbook offers essential information on control best practices for: Order entry, credit, and shipment Inventory management Billing Cash-handling Payroll Fixed assets Budgeting Financial reporting Just-in-time manufacturing Petty cash And many more Encompassing all of the major accounting and operational processes with nearly 500 controls presented in basic, intermediate, and advanced layers, from those needed for a very basic paper-based system, to computerized systems, to the use of advanced best practice enhancements in computerized systems, Accounting Control Best Practices, Second Edition is the only guidebook needed to devise a set of controls precisely tailored to every company's system.

The Gabriel Letters

Advice to a Young Angel
Author: Richard V. Shriver
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1425725325
Category: Religion
Page: 141
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I stumbled on the idea of writing letters from an archangel advising a young guardian, in an introduction to C. S. Lewis' Screwtape Letters. I wanted to find a way of looking at our human problems from a divine perspective. It has been a marvelous experience of standing back and imagining that I can see the world through angel eyes. It is an impossible task, of course, but the amazing result for me has been a sense of objectivity and good will. The intended purpose of the letters is to take seriously the idea of God's complete love. This idea is the center of Christianity. It is Jesus' message, and it is St. Paul's "good news." We live in an age when institutions of religion are taking a beating from the media, from popular fiction in books and cinema, from those who proclaim cheap or distorted theology, and from our obsessive desire for wealth, power, and material things. The idea of an ideal church is still our hope: a community of people gathered out of a love of God and a concern for each other, to serve their community and their world. These letters offer advice in creating such an ideal church.

Life on Earth: A-G


Author: Niles Eldredge
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 157607286X
Category: Biodiversity
Page: 793
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An examination of nature's extraordinary biological diversity and the human activities that threaten it. * 200+ A–Z detailed entries on Earth's ecosystems, major groups of organisms, threats to biodiversity, and academic disciplines related to the study of biodiversity * Contributions from 50 recognized authorities from the fields of anthropology, biology, botany, earth science, ecology, evolution, and more * 150 photographs of key people, animals, and organisms; line drawings; tables, charts, and graphs including the major families of birds, the effects of agricultural intensity on biodiversity, and the number of years needed to add each billion to the world's population * Four major overview essays explaining what biodiversity is, why it is important, how it is threatened, and the Sixth Global Extinction

The Sacred Fire


Author: J. Richard Huff
Publisher: WestBow Press
ISBN: 1449743218
Category: Fiction
Page: 252
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The Sacred Fire thrusts the reader into a spiritual showdown that pits Christian Chris Belanger against a mysterious man simply calling himself Richard. But Richard is not as benign as he appears, as he begins to spin tales from the Holy Bible from a firsthand account, claiming to have witnessed them with his very own eyes. Chris is soon sent careening down a spiral of doubt, fear, and hopelessness that seems impossible to escape, even with his deeply held faith. Is there anything in the physical or spiritual world that will rescue him from an eternity of hopelessness?

Overhead Power Lines

Planning, Design, Construction
Author: Friedrich Kiessling,Peter Nefzger,Ulf Kaintzyk,Joao Felix Nolasco
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9783540002970
Category: Technology & Engineering
Page: 759
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"This publication is intended to introduce students and beginners to the full range of relevant topics of line design and implementation and to serve as a valuable reference to engineers and technicians employed by overhead line operators, contractors and consulting companies to carry out their daily tasks. The book also supplies everyone else in the electric-energy supply industry, including design, maintenance, and construction engineers, with a ready reference. This first English-language edition is based on the 5th German-language edition and incorporates the latest international standards edited by Cigre, the International Council of Large Electric Systems, IEC, and CENELEC."--BOOK JACKET.

Sitting Kills, Moving Heals

How Everyday Movement Will Prevent Pain, Illness, and Early Death - and Exercise Alone Won't
Author: Joan Vernikos
Publisher: Linden Publishing
ISBN: 1610351231
Category: Health & Fitness
Page: 150
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This groundbreaking study demonstrates how the prevalent problems of obesity, ailing health, and lack of energy can all be easily improved simply by using the power of gravity. The survey is based on the author's research into how weightlessness weakens astronauts' muscles, bones, and overall well-being, suggesting ways to incorporate gravity into everyday life and illustrating how it can increase fitness as well as prevent aging. Addressing those who spend more than half their lives sitting and therefore struggle to benefit from even the most strenuous gym workouts, this practical, easy-to-follow action plan outlines simple gravity-resisting activities such as standing, walking, and dancing, guaranteed to produce better results than diet and exercise plans.

Das Wasserwerk

Roman
Author: E.L. Doctorow
Publisher: Kiepenheuer & Witsch
ISBN: 3462315269
Category: Fiction
Page: 336
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New York, 1871. Kriegsgewinnler und Neureiche geben nach dem siegreichen Bürgerkrieg im Leben der Stadt den Ton an. Industrie und Banken florieren, und die Stadt ist dabei, zu einer führenden Metropole in der Welt zu werden. In dieser brodelnden Atmosphäre des Aufbruchs schlägt sich Martin Pemberton mühsam als freier Journalist durch. Bis er eines Tages in einem Pferdeomnibus flüchtig eine Gruppe alter Männer sieht – unter ihnen auch seinen vor kurzem verstorbenen Vater. Ehe Martin auf der Suche nach dem mysteriösen Omnibus und seinen Insassen untertaucht und spurlos verschwindet, erzählt er noch McIlvaine, seinem Redakteur beim Telegram, von der gespenstischen Entdeckung. Auch McIlvaine läßt das Geheimnis keine Ruhe. Auf seiner rastlosen Suche nach den beiden Pembertons gerät er immer tiefer in die düstere Geschichte der Familie. Und schließlich entdeckt er bei seinen Nachforschungen zusammen mit einem New Yorker Polizisten ein stillgelegtes Wasserwerk, in dem der genialisch verrückte Arzt Dr. Sartorius seinen aberwitzigen Experimenten nachgeht.