Sand County Revisited

Author: Estella B. Leopold
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0190463228
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Published in 1948, Aldo Leopold's A Sand County Almanac has become an enduring and beloved American classic. More than that, it is rightly seen as one of the foundational texts of the conservation movement. Starting in 1934 and continuing over the course of a dozen or so years, Leopold and his family-including his five children-restored a farm and surrounding lands in south-central Wisconsin. Working together, they put into practice Leopold's "land ethic" involving ecological restoration and sustainability. In the process, they built more than a habitable family shelter or pleasant weekend getaway; they established a new way of relating to nature. In this reflection on the Shack and its inhabitants, Estella B. Leopold, the youngest of Aldo's children, recalls with clear-eyed fondness the part the Shack played in their burgeoning awareness of nature's miracles, season by season. Life at the Shack is recalled vividly and unforgettably: the taste of fresh honey (with honey comb) on sourdough pancakes; the trumpeting arrival of migrating Canada geese; the awesome power of river ice driven by currents. Each improvement to the Shack, whether a new fireplace or a privy, constituted a triumph. As they worked to restore degraded farmland into its original prairie and woods, the Leopolds noted and celebrated all of the flora and fauna that came to share the Shack lands. As first evoked in A Sand County Almanac, and now in Tales from the Leopold Shack, the Leopold family's efforts were among the earliest in ecological restoration in the United States, and their work, collectively and individually, continues to have a profound impact on land management and conservationism. All of Aldo Leopold's children went on to become distinguished scientists and to devote themselves to a life of conservation; their work continues through the Aldo Leopold Foundation. Estella Leopold's intimate and endearing book offers a trip back to the place where it all began.

Saving Tarboo Creek

Author: Scott Freeman
Publisher: Timber Press
ISBN: 1604698381
Format: PDF, Kindle
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“A moving account of a beautiful project. We need stories of healing in this tough moment; this is a particularly fine one.” —Bill McKibben, author of Radio Free Vermont When the Freeman family decided to restore a damaged creek in Washington’s Olympic Peninsula—to transform it from a drainage ditch into a stream that could again nurture salmon— they knew the task would be formidable and the rewards plentiful. In Saving Tarboo Creek, Scott Freeman artfully blends his family’s story with powerful universal lessons about how we can all live more constructive, fulfilling, and natural lives by engaging with the land rather than exploiting it. Equal parts heartfelt and empowering, this book explores how we can all make a difference one choice at a time. In the proud tradition of Aldo Leopold’s A Sand County Almanac, Saving Tarboo Creek is both a timely tribute to our land and a bold challenge to protect it.

Growing a Revolution Bringing Our Soil Back to Life

Author: David R. Montgomery
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393608336
Format: PDF, Kindle
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A MacArthur Fellow’s impassioned call to make agriculture sustainable by ditching the plow, covering the soil, and diversifying crop rotations. The problem of agriculture is as old as civilization. Throughout history, great societies that abused their land withered into poverty or disappeared entirely. Now we risk repeating this ancient story on a global scale due to ongoing soil degradation, a changing climate, and a rising population. But there is reason for hope. David R. Montgomery introduces us to farmers around the world at the heart of a brewing soil health revolution that could bring humanity’s ailing soil back to life remarkably fast. Growing a Revolution draws on visits to farms in the industrialized world and developing world to show that a new combination of farming practices can deliver innovative, cost-effective solutions to problems farmers face today. Cutting through standard debates about conventional and organic farming, Montgomery explores why practices based on the principles of conservation agriculture help restore soil health and fertility. Farmers he visited found it both possible and profitable to stop plowing up the soil and blanketing fields with chemicals. Montgomery finds that the combination of no-till planting, cover crops, and diverse crop rotations provides the essential recipe to rebuild soil organic matter. Farmers using these unconventional practices cultivate beneficial soil life, smother weeds, and suppress pests while relying on far less, if any, fertilizer and pesticides. These practices are good for farmers and the environment. Using less fossil fuel and agrochemicals while maintaining crop yields helps farmers with their bottom line. Regenerative practices also translate into farms that use less water, generate less pollution, lower carbon emissions—and stash an impressive amount of carbon underground. Combining ancient wisdom with modern science, Growing a Revolution lays out a solid case for an inspiring vision where agriculture becomes the solution to environmental problems, helping feed us all, cool the planet, and restore life to the land.

l auf Wasser

Author: Helon Habila
Publisher:
ISBN: 3884234528
Format: PDF, ePub
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Port Harcourt, Nigeria, im Delta des Niger. Eine Frau verschwindet. Dies wäre keine Nachricht in den Medien wert, würde es sich nicht um eine Britin, die Ehefrau eines hochrangigen Mitarbeiters einer ausländischen Ölgesellschaft, die im Delta und vor der Küste Öl bohren, handeln. Die Entführung ist offensichtlich das Werk einer Rebellengruppe, die gegen die Ölgesellschaften kämpft, die das Land ausbeuten und zerstören. Als eine Lösegeldforderung eingeht, wittert der junge Journalist Rufus die Chance zu einer großen Story und macht sich mit dem gealterten Starreporter Zaq auf die Suche nach der Entführten.

Herzenslieder

Author: Annie Proulx
Publisher: btb Verlag
ISBN: 3641015197
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Eine der ganz großen Autorinnen in der amerikanischen Gegenwartsliteratur In elf Erzählungen erkundet Annie Proulx das fiktive Chopping County, eine abgelegene Gegend in Neuengland. Hier gehen die Bauern fischen und jagen, weil sie von ihrem Land nicht mehr leben können, oder sie geben das anekdotensprühende Original für Wochenendausflügler und Sommerfrischler aus der Stadt. Rache, Bosheit, Gier, Leidenschaft – was die Menschen hier antreibt, ist so elementar wie die Landschaft. Die große Chronistin des amerikanischen Provinzlebens zeigt sich schon in ihrem Debüt, Jahre vor den großen Publikumserfolgen „Schiffsmeldungen“ und „Postkarten“, auf der Höhe ihrer Meisterschaft.

Schwarzer Winter

Author: Cecilia Ekbäck
Publisher: Droemer eBook
ISBN: 3426425483
Format: PDF, ePub
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In der Nähe des lappländischen Dorfes Blackåsen finden die beiden Mädchen Frederika und Dorotea im Winter des Jahres 1717 ihren Nachbarn Eriksson tot im Wald. War es wirklich ein Bär, der den Mann angegriffen hat? Der unendliche skandinavische Winter mit seinen kurzen Tagen und stürmischen Nächten bricht über das Dorf herein und die Menschen kämpfen mit Hunger und Kälte, während sich Argwohn in ihre Herzen schleicht. Denn Eriksson wusste viel über die dunklen Geheimnisse der Einwohner. Vollkommen von der Außenwelt abgeschottet, dreht sich die Spirale aus Misstrauen, Hass und Angst immer weiter.

Biologie

Author: Gottfried Reinhold Treviranus
Publisher:
ISBN:
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