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  • Himalaya: Exploring the Roof of the World

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    John Keay

     

    Himalaya is one of the world’s most extraordinary geophysical, historical, environmental and social regions.

     

    More rugged and elevated than any other zone on earth, it embraces all of Tibet, six of the world’s eight major mountain ranges and nearly all its highest peaks. It contains around 50,000 glaciers and the most extensive permafrost outside the polar regions. Over an area nearly as big as Europe, the population is scattered, often nomadic and always sparse. Many languages are spoken, some are written and few are related.

     

    Religious and political affiliations are equally diverse. Borders are disputed, while jealous neighbours shy away from a common strategy for protecting an environment in which desert meets rainforest and temperatures can fluctuate between 30 and -30°C in the course of a single day.

     

    For centuries, Himalaya has captivated an illustrious succession of admirers, from explorers, surveyors and sportsmen, to botanists and zoologists, ethnologists and geologists, missionaries and mountaineers. Now historian John Keay introduces us to the myriad mysteries of this vast, confounding and utterly fascinating corner of the planet, and makes the case that it is one of our most essential – and endangered – wonders.

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  • The Earth Transformed: An Untold History

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     Frankopan Peter 

     

    From Sunday Times bestselling author of The Silk Roads, Peter Frankopan

     


    Frankopan is a brilliant guide to terra incognita — Niall Ferguson ― Sunday Times

     

    A MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK OF THE YEAR: A Revolutionary New History that reveals how climate change has dramatically shaped the development—and demise—of civilizations across time

     

    Climate change is real. There is no question that global warming will have a dramatic impact on a significant part of the world’s population. Scientific models predicting famine, large-scale migration, and the failure and collapse of cities are right to do so – because history is filled with cases where this is precisely what happened.

     

    In Climate Change and the Making of History, acclaimed historian Peter Frankopan draws on new scientific archives to reveal how environmental change has shaped our world: from the fall of the Ming dynasty in China to the emergence of Viking society, to the collapse of Angkor. Ranging from the beginning of recorded history to the present today, he explores how religions and language can trace their evolution to climate change, and demonstrates that contemporary concerns about pollution, damage, and altering climatic patterns are nothing new; rather, they follow in a long tradition of humankind’s efforts to make sense of and live within the natural world.

     

    By turns revolutionary and revelatory, invigorating and incisive, Climate Change and the Making of History is a manifesto for human action, rooted in the lessons offered up by our past.

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  • Numbers Don’t Lie

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    Vaclav Smil

     

    Numbers Don’t Lie by Professor Vaclav Smil is a captivating and accessible book that challenges lazy thinking with surprising statistics and illuminating graphs. From global issues like climate change and energy production to curious facts about cows and happiness, Smil presents a compelling and realistic portrait of our world. Recommended by Bill Gates and praised by experts, this book is a must-read for anyone curious about the world and looking for facts that matter. With over forty books to his name, Smil is a renowned expert in topics ranging from energy to public policy, making Numbers Don’t Lie a valuable addition to any bookshelf

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    The Uninhabitable Earth: A Story of the Future

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    David Wallace-Wells

     

    • SUNDAY TIMES AND THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
    • Selected as a Book of the Year 2019 by the Sunday Times, Spectator and New Statesman
    • A Waterstones Paperback of the Year
    • Shortlisted for the Foyles Book of the Year 2019
    • Longlisted for the PEN / E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award
    • Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Science & Technology (2019)

     

    In crystalline prose, Wallace-Wells provides a devastating overview of where we are in terms of climate crisis and ecological destruction, and what the future will hold if we keep on going down the same path. Urgently readable, this is an epoch-defining book. — Matt Haig, ‘The Book that Changed My Mind’ ― The Guardian

     

    The most terrifying book I have ever read . . . a meticulously documented, white-knuckled tour through the cascading catastrophes that will soon engulf our warming planet. ― The New York Times

     

    A must-read. It’s not only the grandkids and the kids: it’s you. And it’s not only those in other countries: it’s you. — Margaret Atwood ― Twitter

     

    Riveting . . . Some readers will find Mr Wallace-Wells’s outline of possible futures alarmist. He is indeed alarmed. You should be, too. ― The Economist

     

    There is much to learn from this book. From media and scientific reports of the past decade, Wallace-Wells sifts key predictions and conveys them in vivid prose. — David George Haskell ― The Observer

     

    If there are people around to write history books in the future, they will look back at the @ExtinctionR protestors and think they were the sanest people of our time. Read The Uninhabitable Earth by @dwallacewells if you don’t know why. ― Johann Hari, Twitter

     

    Yes, this book will scare you, but it will also prompt you to take action to ensure the damage we as humans have done to the planet is stopped. ― Stylist, Your Guide to the Best Books of 2019

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    This Is Planet Earth: Your Ultimate Guide To The World We Call Home

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    New Scientist

     

    “This is Planet Earth: Your Ultimate Guide to the World We Call Home” is a book from the “New Scientist Instant Expert” series that provides a comprehensive and engaging guide to our planet. The book covers a wide range of topics, from the geology of the Earth’s crust to the physics of the atmosphere, and from the biology of living organisms to the complex systems that make up our planet’s ecosystem. Written by a team of experts in their respective fields, the book presents complex scientific ideas in an accessible and engaging way, using clear and concise language, stunning photography, and informative graphics. Whether you’re interested in the inner workings of the Earth’s core, the diversity of life in the oceans, or the impact of human activity on the environment, “This is Planet Earth” offers a wealth of information and insights to satisfy your curiosity.

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    Farmageddon: The True Cost Of Cheap Meat

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    Philip Lymbery

     

    Lymbery brings to this essential subject the perspective of a seasoned campaigner – he is informed enough to be appalled, and moderate enough to persuade us to take responsibility for the system that feeds us ― Guardian Book of the Week

     

    This eye-opening book, urging a massive rethink of how we raise livestock and how we feed the world, deserves global recognition ― Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

     

    A devastating indictment of cheap meat and factory farming. Don’t turn away: it demands reading and deserves the widest possible audience ― Joanna Lumley

     

    This incredibly important book should be read by anyone who cares about people, the planet, and particularly, animals ― Jilly Cooper

     

    There’s no end to techno-idiocy in pursuit of profit. But far more concerning is Lymbery’s contention that the wastefulness of feeding human-edible plants and fish to animals is not just absurd but catastrophic. The main reason for hacking down the remaining South American forest is to grow soy to feed the pigs and chickens of China ― Evening Standard

     

    This meaty account makes a distinctive and important contribution, eschewing the narrowly domestic focus of many of its predecessors in favour of a global investigation … An engaging read – and it also gives a full enough picture of the situation in the UK to preclude any smugness on the part of the British reader. Anyone after a realistic account of our global food chain, and the changes necessary for a sustainable future, will find much to get their teeth into here ― Felicity Cloake, New Statesman

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    The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money & Power

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    Daniel Yergin

     

    Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and hailed as “the best history of oil ever written” by Business Week, Daniel Yergin’s “spellbinding…irresistible” (The New York Times) account of the global pursuit of oil, money, and power addresses the ongoing energy crisis.

     

    “Splendid and epic history of oil…. The story is brilliantly told…with its remarkable cast of characters.” — The Wall Street Journal

     

    “Impassioned and riveting…only in the great epics of Homer will readers regularly run into a comparable string of larger-than-life swashbucklers and statesmen, heroes and villains.” — San Francisco Examiner

     

    “A masterly narrative…The Prize portrays the interweaving of national and corporate interests, the conflicts and stratagems, the miscalculations, the follies, and the ironies.” — James Schlesinger, former U.S. Secretary of Defense and U.S. Secretary of Energy

     

    “Spellbinding…irresistible…monumental…must be read to understand the first thing about the role of oil in modern history.” — The New York Times

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    Living Planet: A new, fully updated edition of David Attenborough’s seminal portrait of life on Earth

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    David Attenborough

     

    David Attenborough’s “The Living Planet” is a fully updated narrative edition of his seminal biography exploring the intricate lives of plant and animal species thriving or surviving within every extreme climate and habitat on Earth. Attenborough’s curiosity and enthusiasm illuminate the extraordinary adaptations of these species, from fish that walk to flightless birds that graze like deer. The book showcases their interdependence and ingenuity in contriving a living within their habitats. The updated edition includes the most recent discoveries of ecology and biology, a full-color 64-page photography section, and addresses the urgent issues facing our living planet, such as climate change, pollution, and mass extinction of species.

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    Water: A Biography

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    Giulio Boccaletti

     

    “Brimming with ideas and unexpected correlations, Water is far more than a biography of its nominal subject . . . The book stands as a compelling history of civilization itself.”Gerard Helferich, Wall Street Journal Book Review

     

    “This is one of the most ambitious books that I’ve read in a long time. It is both deep and broad.”—Ari Shapiro, NPR, All Things Considered

     

    “[A] wonderfully detailed account of humankind’s relationship with water . . . During this time of accelerated population growth, climate change, and political instability, Water is essential reading.”George Kendall, Booklist

     

    “It was an inspired idea to write a ‘biography’ of water and Giulio Boccaletti has carried it off in style. His book is impressively global in scope. It ranges from the earliest human societies to questions of water security in our own time, combining bold lines of argument with compelling examples. Ambitious, assured and very well written, Water: A Biography is an impressive and very welcome addition to the literature.” David Blackbourn, Cornelius Vanderbilt Distinguished Chair of History, Vanderbilt University.

     

    Spanning millennia and continents, here is a stunningly revealing history of how the distribution of water has shaped human civilization. Boccaletti, of The Nature Conservancy, “tackles the most important story of our time: our relationship with water in a world of looming scarcity” (Kelly McEvers, NPR Host).

     

    Writing with authority and brio, Giulio Boc­caletti—honorary research associate at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, Univer­sity of Oxford—shrewdly combines environmental and social history, beginning with the earliest civ­ilizations of sedentary farmers on the banks of the Nile, the Tigris, and the Euphrates Rivers. Even as he describes how these societies were made possible by sea-level changes from the last glacial melt, he incisively examines how this type of farming led to irrigation and multiple cropping, which, in turn, led to a population explosion and labor specialization.

     

    We see with clarity how irrigation’s structure informed social structure (inventions such as the calendar sprung from agricultural necessity); how in ancient Greece, the communal ownership of wells laid the groundwork for democracy; how the Greek and Roman experiences with water security resulted in systems of taxation; and how the modern world as we know it began with a legal framework for the development of water infrastructure.

     

    Extraordinary for its monumental scope and piercing insightfulness, Water: A Biography richly enlarges our understanding of our relationship to—and fundamental reliance on—the most elemental substance on earth.

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    The Nutmeg’s Curse: Parables for a Planet in Crisis

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    Amitav Ghosh

     

    What do you do when the subject matter of life on this planet seems to lack . . . life? Your read The Nutmeg’s Curse, which eschews the leaden language of climate expertise in favor of the re-animating powers of mythology, etymology, and cosmology. Ghosh challenges readers to reckon with war, empire, and genocide in order to fully grasp the world-devouring logics that underpin ecological collapse. We owe a great debt to his brilliant mind, avenging pen, and huge soul. Do not miss this book-and above all, do not tell yourself that you already know its contents, because you don’t. — Naomi Klein, author of This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate

     

    In this brilliant book, aflame with insight and moral power, Ghosh shows that in the history of the nutmeg lies the path to our planetary crisis, twisting through the horrors of empire and racial capitalismThe Nutmeg’s Curse brings to life alternative visions of human flourishing in consonance with the rest of nature-and reminds us how great are the vested interests that obstruct them. — Sunil Amrith, author of Unruly Waters

     

    The Nutmeg’s Curse elegantly and audaciously reconceives modernity as a centuries-long campaign of omnicide, against the spirits of the earth, the rivers, the trees, and even the humble nutmeg, then makes an impassioned argument for the keen necessity of vitalist thought and non-human narrative. With sweeping historical perspective and startling insight, Ghosh has written a groundbreaking, visionary call to new forms of human life in the Anthropocene. An urgent and powerful book. Roy Scranton, author of Learning to Die in the Anthropocene: Reflections on the End of a Civilization

     

    It’s widely recognized that the climate crisis is multi-dimensional, yet American cultural conversations about it are mostly stuck in its scientific, technological, and economic dimensions. In this tour de force, Amitav Ghosh defiantly moves the conversation into the realms of history, politics, and culture, insisting that we will never resolve our planetary crisis until we acknowledge that the “great acceleration” of the past fifty years is part of a larger historical pattern of omnicide. For centuries, the dominant global powers have seen Earth–its plants, its animals, and its non-white peoples–as brute objects: mute, without agency, and available for the taking and killing. The solution to the climate crisis, Ghosh insists, is not injecting particles into the stratosphere to block the sun, or even to build a bevy of solar farms (as important as the latter is). Rather, the solution lies in re-engaging with the vital aspects of life, in all its capaciousness, and in doing so move past our long history of destruction and into true sustainability. — Naomi Oreskes

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    The Elephant Whisperer: Learning About Life, Loyalty and Freedom From a Remarkable Herd of Elephants

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    Lawrence Anthony and Graham Spence

     

    “Anthony has made a difference in the lives of many magnificent animals who otherwise would have been lost to the world. When you’re feeling down and out and defeated and ready to give up, read this inspiring book and share it widely with others.” ―Marc Bekoff, author of The Emotional Lives of Animals

     

    “An engaging and vividly personal account, The Elephant Whisperer invites you in, as confidant and confederate, from the first page and holds you rapt to the very last. A compelling reminder of the power and mysteries of the natural world, Thula Thula’s elephants are lucky to have a friend like Lawrence Anthony.” ―Amelia Thomas, author of The Zoo on the Road to Nablus

     

    Lawrence Anthony devoted his life to animal conservation, protecting the world’s endangered species. Then he was asked to accept a herd of “rogue” wild elephants on his Thula Thula game reserve in Zululand. His common sense told him to refuse, but he was the herd’s last chance of survival: they would be killed if he wouldn’t take them.

     

    In order to save their lives, Anthony took them in. In the years that followed he became a part of their family. And as he battled to create a bond with the elephants, he came to realize that they had a great deal to teach him about life, loyalty, and freedom.

     

    The Elephant Whisperer is a heartwarming, exciting, funny, and sometimes sad memoir of Anthony’s experiences with these huge yet sympathetic creatures. Set against the background of life on an African game reserve, with unforgettable characters and exotic wildlife, Anthony’s unrelenting efforts at animal protection and his remarkable connection with nature will inspire animal lovers and adventurous souls everywhere.

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    A Life on Our Planet: My Witness Statement and a Vision for the Future

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    David Attenborough

     

    • Goodreads Choice Award for Science & Technology (2020)

     

    ‘Read this book to learn, but also to honour the man. We shall never see his like again.’ – Sunday Times

     

    “The eminent traveler and naturalist delivers a combination of memoir and manifesto, the first leisurely, the second earnest….Recognizing that we are at a tipping point, Attenborough is refreshingly optimistic, noting that one thing humans do well is solve problems. Anyone concerned with the planet’s ecological future will want to spend time with this excellent book.“―Kirkus Reviews, starred review

     

    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.

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    Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds and Shape Our Futures

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    Merlin Sheldrake

     

    Astonishing… It seems somehow to tip the natural world upside down ― Observer

     

    Riveting and surprising at every turn… A sensory as well as an intellectual pleasure ― New Statesman

     

    A true masterpiece, a thrilling and fascinating insight into the living world, beautifully written, entertaining, funny, and inspiring, while representing science carefully and responsibly. I hope and trust that it will become an instant classic — GEORGE MONBIOT

     

    A revelation… Sheldrake engages us in a miraculous web of connections, interactions and communication that changes the way we need to look at life, the planet and ourselves –– ISABELLA TREE, author of Wilding

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    How the World Really Works: A Scientist’s Guide to Our Past, Present and Future

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    Vaclav Smil

     

    • INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

     

    “A new masterpiece from one of my favorite authors… [How The World Really Works] is a compelling and highly readable book that leaves readers with the fundamental grounding needed to help solve the world’s toughest challenges.”Bill Gates

     

    “You can agree or disagree with Smil—accept or doubt his ‘just the facts’ posture—but you probably shouldn’t ignore him. . . In Smil’s provocative but perceptive view, unrealistic notions about carbon reduction are partly, and ironically, attributable to the very productivity that societies achieved by substituting machine work, powered by fossil fuels, for draft animals and human laborers.”The Washington Post

     

    “A scientific panorama of our well-being and how it can be sustained in our current tumultuous times and beyond. [Smil] aims to combat the widespread “comprehension deficit” about basic scientific facts, and he seeks to “explain some of the most fundamental ruling realities governing our survival and our prosperity.” That aim is marvelously achieved…[this is] an exceptionally lucid, evenhanded study of the scientific basis of our current and future lives.”Kirkus, STARRED review

     

    “How the World Really Works represents the highly readable distillation of this lifetime of scholarship… Mr. Smil looks over the horizon of the future with humility and calmness, foreseeing ‘a mixture of progress and setbacks, of seemingly insurmountable difficulties and near-miraculous advances.’”Wall Street Journal

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    An Immense World: How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us

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    Ed Yong

     

    The Sunday Times Bestseller

     

    Wonderful, mind-broadening… a journey to alternative realities as extraordinary as any you’ll find in science fiction’ The Times, Book of the Week

     

    ‘Magnificent – an unbelievably immersive and mind-blowing account of how other animals experience our world— Peter Wohlleben, author of The Hidden Life of Trees and The Inner Life of Animals

     

    ‘A delightful sensory experience: to see the world through the touch-vision of a scallop, to taste through the feet of a mosquito and hear through the feet of an elephant’ Gaia Vince, author of Transcendence

     

    ‘A stunning achievement – steeped in science but suffused with magic’ Siddhartha Mukherjee, author The Emperor of All Maladies

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    The Origin of Species

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    Charles Darwin

     

    The theory of natural selection constructed by Charles Darwin is comprised in his revolutionary work of scientific literature called the Origin of Species. This piece of work recounts his ideas on the process of evolution of living beings based on the process of natural selection and it laid down the foundation for evolutionary biology. Initially published for literary reasons, Charles Darwin’s standing in the scientific circles drew attention to its contents. Inviting criticism from religious circles for its controversial conclusion, the Origin of Species was later accepted by the experts and several theories have been built upon it as an addition to the field of evolutionary biology.

     

    The contents of the book were severely backed by Darwinian evidence, which gave it its authenticity and is now considered a pioneering work in effect for the study of modern evolution theory. The survival of the fittest is a theory every person is familiar with, as it is often used as an expression in generic situations. Charles Darwin proposed a theory that contains his views on population size and the species in general. Some of the key features of this book are the building blocks of society. Some of these are as follows: each population size remains almost the same over time, species have to struggle in order to survive and individuals belonging to the same species differ significantly. Darwin’s theory of evolution is still considered to be the best account ever given pertaining to the living being as an evolved species. Despite several modifications and rebukes, the hold of his book has not diminished.

     

    The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin was published by Fingerprint Publishing in 2013. It is available in paperback. Key Features: The Origin of Species includes several examples and accounts that led to this Darwinian school of thought besides the theory itself.

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