Green Phoenix

Restoring the Tropical Forests of Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Author: William Allen

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780195347579

Category: Science

Page: 611

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Can we prevent the destruction of the world's tropical forests? In the fire-scarred hills of Costa Rica, award-winning science writer William Allen found a remarkable answer: we can not only prevent their destruction--we can bring them back to their former glory. In Green Phoenix, Allen tells the gripping story of a large group of Costa Rican and American scientists and volunteers who set out to save the tropical forests in the northwestern section of the country. It was an area badly damaged by the fires of ranchers and small farmers; in many places a few strands of forest strung across a charred landscape. Despite the widely held belief that tropical forests, once lost, are lost forever, the team led by the dynamic Daniel Janzen from the University of Pennsylvania moved relentlessly ahead, taking a broad array of political, ecological, and social steps necessary for restoration. They began with 39 square miles and, by 2000, they had stitched together and revived some 463 square miles of land and another 290 of marine area. Today this region is known as the Guanacaste Conservation Area, a fabulously rich landscape of dry forest, cloud forest, and rain forest that gives life to some 235,000 species of plants and animals. It may be the greatest environmental success of our time, a prime example of how extensive devastation can be halted and reversed. This is an inspiring story, and in recounting it, Allen writes with vivid power. He creates lasting images of pristine beaches and dense forest and captures the heroics and skill of the scientific teams, especially the larger-than-life personality of the maverick ecologist Daniel Janzen. It is a book everyone concerned about the environment will want to own.
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Costa Rican Ecosystems

Author: Maarten Kappelle

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 022627893X

Category: Nature

Page: 797

View: 5025

In 1502, Christopher Columbus named Costa Rica, and while gold and silver never materialized to justify the moniker of rich coast in purely economic terms, scientists and ecotravelers alike have long appreciated its incredible wealth. Wealth in Costa Rica is best measured by its biodiversity--home to a dizzying number of plants and animals, many endemic, it's a country that has long encouraged and welcomed researchers from the world over, and is exemplary in the creation and commitment to indigenous conservation and management programs. Costa Rica is considered to have the best preserved natural resources in Latin America. Approximately nine percent (about 1,000,000 acres) of Costa Rica has been protected in 15 national parks, and a comparable amount of land is protected as wildlife refuges, forest reserves or Indian reservations. This long-awaited synthesis of Costa Rican ecosystems is an authoritative presentation of the paleoecology, biogeography, structure, conservation, and sustainable use of Costa Rica's ecosystems. It systematically covers the entire range of Costa Rica's natural and managed, terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecosystems, including its island systems (Cocos Islands), the Atlantic and Pacific oceans and shores (coasts, coral reefs, mangrove forests), its lowlands (dry, season and wet forests), its highlands (the northern volcanoes and southern Talamanca's), and its estuaries, rivers, lakes, swamps and bogs.
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Lateinamerika

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Latin America

Page: N.A

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Parks

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: National parks and reserves

Page: N.A

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SEJ Journal

The Quarterly Publication of the Society of Environmental Journalists

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Environmental protection

Page: N.A

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Whole Earth

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Appropriate technology

Page: N.A

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Guanacaste National Park

Tropical Ecological and Cultural Restoration

Author: Daniel H. Janzen

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Chaparral ecology

Page: 103

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Author: John Michels

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Science

Page: N.A

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The Life and Death of William Walker, the Most Notorious Filibuster of the Nineteenth Century

Author: Frederic Rosengarten

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Americans

Page: 226

View: 8437

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Liebesnächte in Mexiko

Author: Linda Howard

Publisher: MIRA Taschenbuch

ISBN: 3955766012

Category: Fiction

Page: 220

View: 6612

Durch die grüne Hölle des Urwalds kämpfen sich Jane und der Agent Grant Sullivan, der sie aus der Gewalt des Gangsters Turego befreit hat. Fast scheinen sie gerettet - da wird Grant von Turego gefangen genommen
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Spielball Erde

Machtkämpfe im Klimawandel

Author: Claus Kleber,Cleo Paskal

Publisher: C. Bertelsmann Verlag

ISBN: 3641087775

Category: Nature

Page: 320

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Der beliebteste deutsche Nachrichtenmoderator eröffnet die Debatte über die Neuverteilung der Welt Der Klimawandel verändert bereits jetzt das Antlitz unseres Planeten massiv. Davon ist »heute journal«-Moderator Claus Kleber überzeugt. Auf der Basis langjähriger Recherchen und aktueller Eindrücke an klimapolitisch brisanten Hotspots skizziert er zusammen mit seiner Koautorin Cleo Paskal die Herausforderungen des 21. Jahrhunderts – mit ihren Siegern und Verlierern. Extreme Wetterereignisse konfrontieren die komplexen Gesellschaften und ihre hochsensiblen Infrastrukturen mit dramatischen Einbrüchen. Eine eisfreie Arktis eröffnet dem Kampf um Ressourcen neue Dimensionen. So verschieben sich Machtverhältnisse infolge des Klimawandels tiefgreifend. Dass China im Rennen um eine weltweite Vormachtstellung die Poleposition besetzt, belegt Claus Kleber anhand von Indizien, die er rund um den Globus gefunden hat. Sein Buch beschreibt Entwicklungen, die erschrecken, mit denen wir uns aber jetzt auseinandersetzen müssen.
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Handbuch der Kulturwissenschaften

Band 3: Themen und Tendenzen

Author: Friedrich Jaeger,Burkhard Liebsch,Jörn Rüsen,Jürgen Straub

Publisher: Springer-Verlag

ISBN: 3476050122

Category: Social Science

Page: 551

View: 1590

Als Instanzen der Beschreibung moderner Gesellschaften gewinnen die Kulturwissenschaften immer mehr an Bedeutung. Rund 100 Autoren aus diversen Fachgebieten haben in diesem Handbuch ihre Forschungen zu den Methoden und Themen der Kulturwissenschaft zusammengetragen. Sie stellen damit die junge Disziplin auf ein theoretisches Fundament und geben einen Ausblick auf künftige Entwicklungen. Im dritten Band ,"Themen und Tendenzen", liegt der Schwerpunkt auf den in den Kulturwissenschaften gegenwärtig praktizierten Interpretationen von Kultur, Wirtschaft und Kapitalismus, Gesellschaft, Politik und Recht. In ihm ziehen die Autoren eine Zwischenbilanz aktueller Forschungstrends und präsentieren wichtige Ergebnisse ihrer analytischen Arbeit.
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