Weather Architecture


Author: Jonathan Hill
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135746044
Category: Architecture
Page: 370
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Weather Architecture further extends Jonathan Hill’s investigation of authorship by recognising the creativity of the weather. At a time when environmental awareness is of growing relevance, the overriding aim is to understand a history of architecture as a history of weather and thus to consider the weather as an architectural author that affects design, construction and use in a creative dialogue with other authors such as the architect and user. Environmental discussions in architecture tend to focus on the practical or the poetic but here they are considered together. Rather than investigate architecture’s relations to the weather in isolation, they are integrated into a wider discussion of cultural and social influences on architecture. The analysis of weather’s effects on the design and experience of specific buildings and gardens is interwoven with a historical survey of changing attitudes to the weather in the arts, sciences and society, leading to a critical re-evaluation of contemporary responses to climate change.

Campbell's Weather Compendium


Author: Harry Campbell
Publisher: Pavilion Books
ISBN: 1910232602
Category: Humor
Page: 176
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The perfect companion to learning about the weather, no matter where you live or whether it is raining or sunny outside, an enlightening and entertaining miscellany of our planet’s most complex, diverse and powerful system -without which life simply would not exist.

A Landscape of Architecture, History and Fiction


Author: Jonathan Hill
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317528581
Category: Architecture
Page: 230
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Architecture can be analogous to a history, a fiction, and a landscape. We expect a history or a novel to be written in words, but they can also be cast in concrete or seeded in soil. The catalyst to this tradition was the simultaneous and interdependent emergence in the eighteenth century of new art forms: the picturesque landscape, the analytical history, and the English novel. Each of them instigated a creative and questioning response to empiricism’s detailed investigation of subjective experience and the natural world, and together they stimulated a design practice and lyrical environmentalism that profoundly influenced subsequent centuries. Associating the changing natural world with journeys in self-understanding, and the design process with a visual and spatial autobiography, this book describes journeys between London and the North Sea in successive centuries, analysing an enduring and evolving tradition from the picturesque and romanticism to modernism. Creative architects have often looked to the past to understand the present and imagine the future. Twenty-first-century architects need to appreciate the shock of the old as well as the shock of the new.

Guinness book of world records


Author: Donald McFarlan,Norris McWhirter
Publisher: Bantam Books
ISBN: 9780553279269
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 694
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The thirty-fourth annual compilation of world records is arranged in an easy-to-follow, ready-reference format and encompasses a host of facts, figures, and feasts from sports, science, the arts, human achievement, and more

The Rough Guide to Climate Change


Author: Robert Henson
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1405388676
Category: Science
Page: 416
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The Rough Guide to Climate Change gives the complete picture of the single biggest issue facing the planet. Cutting a swathe through scientific research and political debate, this completely updated 3nd edition lays out the facts and assesses the options-global and personal-for dealing with the threat of a warming world. The guide looks at the evolution of our atmosphere over the last 4.5 billion years and what computer simulations of climate change reveal about our past, present, and future. This updated edition includes scientific findings that have emerged since the 2007 report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), as well as background on recent controversies and an updated politics section that reflects post-Copenhagen developments. Discover how rising temperatures and sea levels, plus changes to extreme weather patterns, are already affecting life around the world. The guide unravels how governments, scientists and engineers plan to tackle the problem and includes information on what you can do to help. Now available in epub format.

The Handmaid's Tale


Author: Margaret Atwood
Publisher: Emblem Editions
ISBN: 1551994968
Category: Fiction
Page: 368
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In this multi-award-winning, bestselling novel, Margaret Atwood has created a stunning Orwellian vision of the near future. This is the story of Offred, one of the unfortunate “Handmaids” under the new social order who have only one purpose: to breed. In Gilead, where women are prohibited from holding jobs, reading, and forming friendships, Offred’s persistent memories of life in the “time before” and her will to survive are acts of rebellion. Provocative, startling, prophetic, and with Margaret Atwood’s devastating irony, wit, and acute perceptive powers in full force, The Handmaid’s Tale is at once a mordant satire and a dire warning.

The Atlas of Breeding Birds in Britain and Ireland


Author: J.T.R. Sharrock
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1408146967
Category: Science
Page: 704
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The Atlas plots the results of the survey organised by the BTO and the IWC during the yeats 1968-72. Over 250 maps show the distribution of 218 species.

Britain's weather

its workings, lore and forecasting
Author: David Bowen
Publisher: David & Charles Publishers
ISBN: N.A
Category: Nature
Page: 310
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Historic Storms of the North Sea, British Isles and Northwest Europe


Author: Hubert Lamb,Knud Frydendahl
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521375221
Category: Science
Page: 204
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The North Sea regions are some of the busiest shipping lanes in the world (which have recently seen the introduction of oil and gas rigs), and the surrounding land areas are some of the most populous. This book presents a historical investigation of great storms that have affected the North Sea and neighboring northern seas, the British Isles, and the fringe of northwest Europe. All those wind storms with serious effects that could be identified within the past 500-600 years are recorded and a few earlier cases discussed. In every case, observations of weather and other circumstances reported during the storm have been used to produce a modern and reasonably full meteorological analysis that will facilitate wind strength estimates and wind measurements and aid in the diagnosis of storm origins. As a scientific study, this work takes advantage of the unequaled abundance in this region of historical reports and records. The book is destined to further meteorological understanding and help examine weather trends and secular variations and the impact of storms on human affairs, especially in damage to buildings, forests, and other aspects of the landscape, particularly coasts. It will be of interest to atmospheric scientists, engineers, geographers, historians, and administrators.

Climates of the British Isles

Present, Past and Future
Author: Mike Hulme,Elaine Barrow
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 9780415130165
Category: Travel
Page: 454
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Embracing the full scope of the Climatic Research Unit, this book serves a broad audience with extensive new data and excellent overviews of the past, present and potential future climates of the British Isles.

Climate Change and Human Health

Risks and Responses
Author: Anthony J. McMichael,World Health Organization
Publisher: World Health Organization
ISBN: 9789241562485
Category: Health & Fitness
Page: 322
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This publication, prepared jointly by the WHO, the World Meteorological Organization and the United Nations Environment Programme, considers the public health challenges arising from global climate change and options for policy responses, with particular focus on the health sector. Aspects discussed include: an overview of historical developments and recent scientific assessments; weather and climate change; population vulnerability and the adaptive capacity of public health systems; the IPCC Third Assessment report; tasks for public health scientists; the health impacts of climate extremes; climate change, infectious diseases and the level of disease burdens; ozone depletion, ultraviolet radiation and health; and methodological issues in monitoring health effects of climate change.

Britain's Birds in ...


Author: Joint Nature Conservation Committee (Great Britain)
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Birds
Page: N.A
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Since Records Began


Author: Paul Simons
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
ISBN: 0007284632
Category: Science
Page: 250
View: 6407

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Written by The Times weather correspondent, this complete guide to the record-breaking weather in the British Isles is the first to bring together all the extreme weather events recorded since records began—from the wettest day ever recorded (279mm in Dorset in 1955) to the coldest ever (intriguingly the same temperature 100 years apart in 1895 and 1995). But it is not only the extremes that are interesting, each season in itself is equally fascinating (the warmest winter being particularly relevant in these days of climate change). The book is subdivided into the four seasons, with details of every record within that season, so you will be able to find the warmest January since records began (1916) along with details of the second warmest (2008). If you ever wondered why Selsey Bill has had the highest number of tornados in the U.K. and why they occur in the summer, or where the deadliest avalanche happened, this is the book to tell you.