A Life on Our Planet

We share Earth with the living world - the most remarkable life-support system imaginable, constructed over billions of years.

Author: David Attenborough

Publisher:

ISBN: 9781538719985

Category: Nature

Page: 208

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In this scientifically informed account of the changes occurring in the world over the last century, award-winning broadcaster and natural historian shares a lifetime of wisdom and a hopeful vision for the future. See the world. Then make it better. I am 93. I've had an extraordinary life. It's only now that I appreciate how extraordinary. As a young man, I felt I was out there in the wild, experiencing the untouched natural world - but it was an illusion. The tragedy of our time has been happening all around us, barely noticeable from day to day -- the loss of our planet's wild places, its biodiversity. I have been witness to this decline. A Life on Our Planet is my witness statement, and my vision for the future. It is the story of how we came to make this, our greatest mistake -- and how, if we act now, we can yet put it right. We have one final chance to create the perfect home for ourselves and restore the wonderful world we inherited. All we need is the will do so.

Supercontinent

Ted Nield tells the astounding story of how the science of plate tectonics emerged (often in the face of fierce opposition), and how scientists today are using the most modern techniques to draw information out of the oldest rocks on Earth.

Author: Ted Nield

Publisher:

ISBN: 9781847080417

Category: Science

Page: 288

View: 785

The shifting continents of the Earth are heading for inevitable collision: 250 million years from now, all the land masses on this planet will come together in a single, gigantic supercontinent which no human is ever likely to see. That future supercontinent will not be the first to form on Earth, nor will it be the last. Each cycle lasts half a billion years, making it the grandest of all the patterns in nature. It is scarcely a century since science first understood how Pangaea, the supercontinent which gave birth to dinosaurs, split apart, but scientists can now look back three-quarters of a billion years into the Earth's almost indecipherable past to reconstruct Pangaea's predecessor, and computer-model the shape of the Earth's far-distant future. Ted Nield's book tells the astounding story of how that science emerged (often in the face of fierce opposition), and how scientists today are using the most modern techniques to draw information out of the oldest rocks on Earth. It also reveals the remarkable human story of the Altantis-seeking visionaries and madmen who have been imagining lost or undiscovered continents for centuries. Ultimately all supercontinents exist only in the human imagination, but understanding the 'Supercontinent Cycle' represents nothing less than finally knowing how our planet works.

Half Earth

"An audacious and concrete proposal...Half-Earth completes the 86-year-old Wilson's valedictory trilogy on the human animal and our place on the planet." --Jedediah Purdy, New Republic

Author: Edward O. Wilson

Publisher:

ISBN: 9781631492525

Category: Biodiversity conservation

Page: 272

View: 534

"A brave expression of hope, a visionary blueprint for saving the planet. Stephen Greenblatt"

Journeys in the Wild

'Modest, down to earth and full of humour, this is one of the best books about filming I've ever read.' MICHAEL PALIN 'Extraordinary: Gavin's easy prose and gasp-making encounters make for a gripping and very funny read.

Author: Gavin Thurston

Publisher: Seven Dials

ISBN: 1841883123

Category: Nature

Page: 448

View: 329

'Gavin Thurston's book has all sorts of strengths. His camera has captured some of the most eye-catching images of the natural world ever seen on television. And he can write. He brings the process home to us in a style that is modest, down to earth and full of humour. This is one of the best books about filming I've ever read.' MICHAEL PALIN 'Gavin's book is extraordinary: his easy prose and gasp-making encounters make for a gripping and very funny read. It's a rollercoaster ride with a complete professional. I loved it.' JOANNA LUMLEY '[Gavin is] a great cameraman with infinite patience, but also a writer with great powers of observation and expression. Brilliant!' ALAN TITCHMARSH *** From Gavin Thurston, the award-winning Blue Planet II and Planet Earth II cameraman with a foreword by Sir David Attenborough comes extraordinary and adventurous true stories of what it takes to track down and film our planet's most captivating creatures. Gavin has been a wildlife photographer for over thirty years. Against a backdrop of modern world history, he's lurked in the shadows of some of the world's remotest places in order to capture footage of the animal kingdom's finest: prides of lions, silverback gorillas, capuchin monkeys, brown bears, grey whales, penguins, mosquitoes - you name it he's filmed it. From journeys to the deepest depths of the Antarctic Ocean and the wide expanse of the Saharan deserts, to the peaks of the Himalayas and the wild forests of the Congo, Gavin's experiences describe much more than just the incredible array of animals he's filmed. He invites you to come inside the cameraman's hidden world and discover the hours spent patiently waiting for the protagonists to appear; the inevitable dangers in the wings and the challenges faced and overcome; and the heart-warming, life-affirming moments the cameras miss as well as capture.

Earthshot

They are to: · Protect and Restore Nature · Clean our Air · Revive our Oceans · Build a Waste-Free World · Fix our Climate EARTHSHOT: HOW TO SAVE OUR PLANET is the first definitive book about how these goals can tackle the ...

Author: Colin Butfield

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1529388651

Category: Nature

Page: 352

View: 361

As Prince William, founder of The Earthshot Prize, said, 'The Earth is at a tipping point and we face a stark choice: either we continue as we are and irreparably damage our planet, or we remember our unique power as human beings and our continual ability to lead, innovate, and problem-solve. People can achieve great things. The next ten years present us with one of our greatest tests - a decade of action to repair the Earth.' The Earthshot concept is simple: Urgency + Optimism = Action. We have ten years to turn the tide on the environmental crisis, but we need the world's best solutions and one shared goal - to save our planet. It's not too late, but we need collective action now. The Earthshots are unifying, ambitious goals for our planet which, if achieved by 2030, will improve life for all of us, for the rest of life on Earth, and for generations to come. They are to: · Protect and Restore Nature · Clean our Air · Revive our Oceans · Build a Waste-Free World · Fix our Climate EARTHSHOT: HOW TO SAVE OUR PLANET is the first definitive book about how these goals can tackle the environmental crisis. It is a critical contribution to the most important story of the decade.

A Life on Our Planet

This is the true tragedy of our time: the spiralling decline of our planet's biodiversity. For life to truly thrive on this planet, there must be immense ...

Author: Sir David Attenborough

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1538720000

Category: Science

Page: 272

View: 189

*Goodreads Choice Award Winner for Best Science & Technology Book of the Year* In this scientifically informed account of the changes occurring in the world over the last century, award-winning broadcaster and natural historian shares a lifetime of wisdom and a hopeful vision for the future. See the world. Then make it better. I am 93. I've had an extraordinary life. It's only now that I appreciate how extraordinary. As a young man, I felt I was out there in the wild, experiencing the untouched natural world - but it was an illusion. The tragedy of our time has been happening all around us, barely noticeable from day to day -- the loss of our planet's wild places, its biodiversity. I have been witness to this decline. A Life on Our Planet is my witness statement, and my vision for the future. It is the story of how we came to make this, our greatest mistake -- and how, if we act now, we can yet put it right. We have one final chance to create the perfect home for ourselves and restore the wonderful world we inherited. All we need is the will to do so.

The Life and Death of Planet Earth

"This is the first real biography of the Earth - not only a brilliant portrait of the emergence and evolution of life on this planet, but a vivid and frightening look at Earth's remote future.

Author: Peter Douglas Ward

Publisher: Piatkus Books

ISBN: 9780749950095

Category: Cosmology

Page: 240

View: 371

"This is the first real biography of the Earth - not only a brilliant portrait of the emergence and evolution of life on this planet, but a vivid and frightening look at Earth's remote future. Peter Ward and Donald Brownlee combine storytelling power with extreme scientific care, and their narrative is as transfixing as any of H.G. Wells's fantasies, but more enthralling, for Ward and Brownlee have real power to prognosticate. This is a book that makes one shiver, but also inspires one to wonder how humanity (if we survive in the short term) will fare in the distant future." Oliver Sachs Peter Ward and Don Brownlee, a geologist and an astronomer respectively, are in the vanguard of the new field of astrobiology. Combining their knowledge of the evolution of life on our planet with their understanding of the life cycles of stars and solar systems, the authors tell the awe-inspiring story of the second half of Earth's life. The process of planetary evolution will essentially reverse itself; life as we know it will subside until only the simplest forms remain. The oceans will evaporate, and as the sun slowly expands, Earth itself will eventually meet a fiery end.

Lift The Flap Looking After Our Planet

Looking after our planet is an inspiring flap book, exploring the problems facing our planet today and what we can do about them.

Author: Katie Daynes

Publisher: Lift-the-flap

ISBN: 9781474968942

Category: Board books

Page: 16

View: 451

Looking after our planet is an inspiring flap book, exploring the problems facing our planet today and what we can do about them. It sets out why conditions on Earth are just right for life, how our modern lives are putting the planet at risk and what we can all do to work towards a greener future. Expert advice from Professor Mike Berners-Lee, author of There's No Planet B and How Bad Are Bananas. Friendly and encouraging illustrations combined with punchy text. Practical advice on how every reader can make a difference.

Earth

Text, photographs, and illustrations offer a visual narrative of the geographical history of Earth.

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: Earth (Planet)

Page: 8

View: 112

Text, photographs, and illustrations offer a visual narrative of the geographical history of Earth.

The Cosmic Cancer

David Louis Sussman, a lifelong environmentalist, examines our missteps and suggests how we might alter our approach to boost the chances for survival for ourselves and other living things.

Author: David Louis Sussman

Publisher:

ISBN: 9781491745588

Category: Nature

Page: 372

View: 921

Planet Earth continues to creep to the edge of an abyss, and we have no one to blame but ourselves. As we've evolved, we've engaged in egregious behaviors without thinking about the consequences. Whether it's reproducing in large numbers, killing off other species or exploiting natural resources, we've failed to consider the impact of our actions. David Louis Sussman, a lifelong environmentalist, examines our missteps and suggests how we might alter our approach to boost the chances for survival for ourselves and other living things. He explores topics such as: free will and how it can be a polarizing force; sexual repression and its destabilizing consequences; missteps by religious leaders and politicians; structuring democracy on the basis of rights rather than responsibilities. The rate of extinction of other species is now greater than it has been since the disappearance of the dinosaurs 60 million years ago. There is little doubt that we are the culprits, and we could be next. Our collective decisions have brought about colossal changes in the planet we inherited, and we need to act now to provide future generations with a fighting chance of defeating The Cosmic Cancer.

The History of Our Earth

This book is unique in that it combines poetry and planetary history in an entertaining and educational way.

Author: Hari S. Lamba

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781517367329

Category:

Page: 68

View: 294

This book is unique in that it combines poetry and planetary history in an entertaining and educational way. For adults this book will provide information and understanding about the planet's environment and how it has evolved so as to be favorable for life. For children the book will provide a sensitivity towards the planet's environment - the poem can be recited, while the images are displayed. It is important at this stage in human history that we understand where the planet has been and what has brought us to the current conditions. After the explosion of a star, when the solar system was formed about 4.6 billion years ago, our Earth was just a molten ball that spun into a round shape. From then it took millions of years for life to evolve on our planet. It took several stages for the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to be removed, leading to its cooling until it was favorable for us. Most of this carbon dioxide was pulled out of the atmosphere and put into fossil fuels. Now these fuels are being burnt and emitted out into the atmosphere at a fast and furious rate, leading to the its warming - Climate Change or Global Warming. The book makes it clear that we have a responsibility to restore the global ecosystems, clean up the toxic, hazardous and radioactive wastes, repairing the ozone layer, stop the extinction of species and solve and reverse the problem of global warming. Th ebook provides powerful motivations for us to become caring stewards of out planet Earth, not just to be environmentally responsible, but also to ensure human survival!

Life

With gorgeous art from the Kate Greenaway Medal-winning illustrator Grahame Baker Smith, this is a captivating journey through the life of our planet before we called it ours.

Author: Martin Jenkins

Publisher: Walker Studio

ISBN: 9781406372700

Category: Animals, Fossil

Page: 75

View: 543

Discover the greatest story ever told: the story of life on our planet, from the big bang to the dinosaurs and beyond. Before humans took their first steps, there were billions of years of vibrant and varied life on earth. Discover the fascinating story of our planet, from the formation of the universe to the first mammals, and all the incredible life that flourished in-between. Covering ice ages and fossils, life in the teeming primeval seas and the first life on land, the time of the dinosaurs and the rise of the mammals, Martin Jenkins navigates through millions of years of prehistory in enthralling and accessible style. With art from illustrator Grahame Baker Smith, this is a captivating journey through the life of our planet before we called it ours.

Breaking Boundaries

This book demonstrates how societies are reaching positive tipping points that make this transition possible: groups such as Extinction Rebellion and the schoolchildren led by Greta Thunberg demand political action; countries are committing ...

Author: Johan Rockström

Publisher:

ISBN: 9780241466759

Category: Climate change mitigation

Page: 240

View: 993

On the brink of a critical moment in human history, this book presents a vision of "planetary stewardship" - a rethinking of our relationship with our planet - and plots a new course for our future. The authors reveal the full scale of the planetary emergency we face - but also how we can stabilize Earth's life support system. The necessary change is within our power, if we act now. In 2009, scientists identified nine planetary boundaries that keep Earth stable, ranging from biodiversity to ozone. Beyond these boundaries lurk tipping points. In order to stop short of these tipping points, the 2020s must see the fastest economic transition in history. This book demonstrates how societies are reaching positive tipping points that make this transition possible- groups such as Extinction Rebellion and the schoolchildren led by Greta Thunberg demand political action; countries are committing to eliminating greenhouse gas emissions; and one tipping point has even already passed - the price of clean energy has dropped below that of fossil fuels. The story is accompanied by unique images of Earth produced by Globaia, the world's leading visualizers of human impact.

What A Waste

This environment book for children has a wealth of ideas for becoming a planet-defending hero: - Discover shocking facts about the waste we produce and where it goes - Learn where about our Earth's limited resources and how to take some ...

Author: Jess French

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1465488588

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 72

View: 481

In this informative book on recycling for children, you will find everything you need to know about our environment. The good, the bad, and the incredibly innovative. From pollution and litter to renewable energy and plastic recycling. This educational book will teach young budding ecologists about how our actions affect planet Earth and the big impact we can make by the little things we do. Did you know that every single plastic toothbrush ever made still exists? Or that there is a floating mass of rubbish larger than the USA drifting around the Pacific Ocean? It is not all bad news though. While this is a knowledge book that explains where we are going wrong, What a Waste also shows what we are getting right! Discover plans to save our seas. How countries are implementing green projects worldwide, and how to turn waste into something useful. The tiniest everyday changes can make all the difference to ensure our beautiful planet stays lush and teeming with life. It is a lively kid's educational book with fabulous illustrations and fun facts about the world broken into easy to digest bite-sized bits. Each page can be looked at in short bursts or longer reads for more detail, making it a great children's book for a range of age groups. Get Involved - Make A Difference! Almost everything we do creates waste, from litter and leftovers to factory gases and old gadgets. Find out where it goes, how it affects our planet and what we can do to reduce the problem. From how to make your home more energy and water efficient, to which items can be recycled and tips for grocery shopping, this book is packed full of ideas on how you can get involved to make our planet a better place to live. This environment book for children has a wealth of ideas for becoming a planet-defending hero: - Discover shocking facts about the waste we produce and where it goes - Learn where about our Earth's limited resources and how to take some pressure off - Your trash is another man's treasure - Small changes to take your home from wasteful to super resource efficient - Dive into saving our oceans and super recycling - And much, much more What a Waste is one of several nature books for kids written by Jess French, a passionate conservationist and veterinarian committed to protecting the beautiful world we live in.

Historical Geology

Covering the metamorphic span of Earth's history as told through its fossils, rocks, and species, this book chronicles the emergence of each successive group of plants and animals.

Author: Jon Erickson

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 1438109644

Category: Historical geology

Page: 321

View: 967

Provides up-to-date and expanded coverage of the metamorphic span of Earth's history as told through fossils, rocks and species, from the very origins of the planet to the current Holocene interglacial period Annotation. Covering the metamorphic span of Earth's history as told through its fossils, rocks, and species, this book chronicles the emergence of each successive group of plants and animals. Chapters are organized according to the different geologic time periods, from the origins of the planet to the current Holocene interglacial period. An introduction details basic geological concepts, and black and white illustrations are featured throughout. Erickson is a geologist.

Half Earth Our Planet s Fight for Life

in this hellish stratum live on energy and materials drawn from rocks around them. The biosphere, compared with the immense bulk of the planet as a whole, ...

Author: Edward O. Wilson

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 1631490834

Category: Science

Page: 256

View: 306

"An audacious and concrete proposal…Half-Earth completes the 86-year-old Wilson’s valedictory trilogy on the human animal and our place on the planet." —Jedediah Purdy, New Republic In his most urgent book to date, Pulitzer Prize–winning author and world-renowned biologist Edward O. Wilson states that in order to stave off the mass extinction of species, including our own, we must move swiftly to preserve the biodiversity of our planet. In this "visionary blueprint for saving the planet" (Stephen Greenblatt), Half-Earth argues that the situation facing us is too large to be solved piecemeal and proposes a solution commensurate with the magnitude of the problem: dedicate fully half the surface of the Earth to nature. Identifying actual regions of the planet that can still be reclaimed—such as the California redwood forest, the Amazon River basin, and grasslands of the Serengeti, among others—Wilson puts aside the prevailing pessimism of our times and "speaks with a humane eloquence which calls to us all" (Oliver Sacks).

The Life of Super Earths

Sasselov tells the gripping story of a moment of unprecedented potential -- a convergence of pioneering efforts in astronomy and biology to peer into the unknown.

Author: Dimitar Sasselov

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0465023401

Category: Science

Page: 240

View: 983

In 1543, Nicolaus Copernicus fomented a revolution when he debunked the geocentric view of the universe, proving instead that our planet wasn't central to the universe. Almost five hundred years later, the revolution he set in motion is nearly complete. Just as earth is not the center of things, the life on it, it appears, is not unique to the planet. Or is it?The Life of Super-Earths is a breathtaking tour of current efforts to answer the age-old question: Are we alone in the universe? Astronomer Dimitar Sasselov, the founding director of Harvard University's Origins of Life Initiative, takes us on a fast-paced hunt for habitable planets and alien life forms. He shows how the search for "super-Earths" -- rocky planets like our own that orbit other stars -- may provide the key to answering essential questions about the origins of life here and elsewhere. That is, if we don't find the answers to those questions here first. As Sasselov and other astronomers have uncovered planets with mixes of elements different from our own, chemists have begun working out the heretofore unseen biochemistries that those planets could support. That knowledge is feeding directly into synthetic biology -- the effort to build wholly novel forms of life -- making it likely that we will first discover truly "alien" life forms in an earthly lab, rather than on a remote planet thousands of light years away. Sasselov tells the gripping story of a moment of unprecedented potential -- a convergence of pioneering efforts in astronomy and biology to peer into the unknown. The Life of Super-Earths offers nothing short of a transformation in our understanding of life and its place in the cosmos.

Life in the 21st Century

This is the moment for wheatgrass, now is the time to begin to help all people and create an oasis of the earth. This is a magical open time for humanity to ...

Author: Viktoras P. Kulvinskas

Publisher: 21st Century Bookstore

ISBN:

Category: Medical

Page: 395

View: 982



Our Planet Earth

Answers questions about the Earth as a planet and how it changes, water, land, natural resources, and life as it has developed in various types of environment

Author: Steve Parker

Publisher: Checkmark Books

ISBN: 9780816032167

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 48

View: 203

Answers questions about the Earth as a planet and how it changes, water, land, natural resources, and life as it has developed in various types of environment