Thursday, July 23, 2009

Now or never

Tim Flannery
"Now or never is an essential book about the most urgent issue of our time: climate change. In it, Tim Flannery begins by discussing the idea of sustainability and asks whether humanity can rise to the challenge. He brings to life the latest climate science and its implications. He discusses three potential climate-change solutions with particular reference to Australia."
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Blueprint for a safer planet

Nicholas Stern
"Focusing on the economic management of investment and growth from the perspective of both adaptation and mitigation, Stern confronts the most urgent questions facing us now: What is the problem? What are the dangers? What can be done to reduce emissions, at what cost? How can the world adapt?, and what does all this mean for corporations, governments and individuals."
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Ecological intelligence

Daniel Goldman
"In this new book Daniel Goldman shows that everything about what we buy and why is set to change. Ecological intelligence shows how the phenomenon of radical transparency - the availability of complete information about all aspects of a product's history - is about to transform the power of consumers and the fate of business."
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Thursday, July 9, 2009

Island in a storm

Abby Sallenger

"Ultimately, Island in a storm is a cautionary environmental tale. Global warming is spreading the unique hazards of river deltas to coasts around the world, and the signs of what happened to Isle Derniere may soon be appearing on other islands. The account of this 19th century disaster and its aftermath offers a vital historical lesson as we continue to develop precarious coastal locations whose vulnerability will only grow as sea levels rise across the globe."

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Monday, June 29, 2009

The Coast of Australia

Andrew D Short & Colin D Woodroffe

"The Coasts of Australia provides the first comprehensive overview of the coastal systems that operate around the Australian coast, including beaches, dunes, estuaries, deltas, rocky coast and coral reefs. It provides insight into the operation of these systems and their distribution around the coast, including a representative range of examples. It also examines the impact of humans on the coast through a number of case studies. This book is fully illustrated with colour diagrams and numerous photographs. Written by two of Australias leading coastal scientists, Andrew Short and Colin Woodroffe, The Coasts of Australia is essential reading for anyone interested in learning more about this massive, largely undeveloped and highly variable coastline."--Provided by publisher.
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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Field Guide to the Frogs of Australia

Michael J. Tyler and Frank Knight

Throughout much of the world, frog populations are declining and some species are disappearing totally. In Australia, several species have become extinct in the past 25 years.

This fully illustrated guide to all the known frogs of Australia provides concise accounts of 227 species within the five main frog families: Hylidae, Limnodynastidae, Microhylidae, Myobatrachidae and Ranidae. it also includes the introduced Cane Toad and provides notes on other 'stowaway' species that have arrived in Australia.

The text for each species includes details of size, status, distribution, habitat, behaviour and advertisement call. Each species is accompanied by a map of Australia showing its known distribution, and a full-colour painted illustration. Closely related frogs are shown in identical poses so that comparisions can be made readily. The introductory section of the book covers frog biology and habitats and includes notes on families and genera -- book cover

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Australian Bats

Sue Churchill

2nd edition

An identification guide to all 75 known species of Australian bats. Species are illustrated with colour photographs, and each species account includes a detailed description of the bat, measurements, a distribution map and notes on where they live, what they eat, and how they find food and reproduce.

Australian bats also provides general information on these fascinating animals: their evolution, why they hang upside down, roosting and reproduction, echolocation, and how to catch, survey and care for bats, including health hazards for carers. An identification key to the bat families is included, with important features illustrated by line drawings and photographs, as well as illustrated keys to all species -- book cover.
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