The West without Water

What Past Floods, Droughts, and Other Climatic Clues Tell Us about Tomorrow

Author: B. Lynn Ingram,Frances Malamud-Roam

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520954807

Category: Nature

Page: 280

View: 1906

The West without Water documents the tumultuous climate of the American West over twenty millennia, with tales of past droughts and deluges and predictions about the impacts of future climate change on water resources. Looking at the region’s current water crisis from the perspective of its climate history, the authors ask the central question of what is "normal" climate for the West, and whether the relatively benign climate of the past century will continue into the future. The West without Water merges climate and paleoclimate research from a wide variety of sources as it introduces readers to key discoveries in cracking the secrets of the region’s climatic past. It demonstrates that extended droughts and catastrophic floods have plagued the West with regularity over the past two millennia and recounts the most disastrous flood in the history of California and the West, which occurred in 1861–62. The authors show that, while the West may have temporarily buffered itself from such harsh climatic swings by creating artificial environments and human landscapes, our modern civilization may be ill-prepared for the future climate changes that are predicted to beset the region. They warn that it is time to face the realities of the past and prepare for a future in which fresh water may be less reliable.
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The West Without Water

What Past Floods, Droughts, and Other Climatic Clues Tell Us about Tomorrow

Author: B. Lynn Ingram,Frances Malamud-Roam

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520268555

Category: Nature

Page: 256

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"Documents the tumultuous climate of the American West over twenty thousand years, with tales of past droughts and deluges and predictions about the impacts of future climate change on water resources."--Back cover.
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The West Without Water

What Past Floods, Droughts, and Other Climatic Clues Tell Us about Tomorrow

Author: B. Lynn Ingram,Frances Malamud-Roam

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780520286009

Category: Nature

Page: 280

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The West without Water documents the tumultuous climate of the American West over twenty millennia, with tales of past droughts and deluges and predictions about the impacts of future climate change on water resources. Looking at the region’s current water crisis from the perspective of its climate history, the authors ask the central question of what is "normal” climate for the West, and whether the relatively benign climate of the past century will continue into the future. The West without Water merges climate and paleoclimate research from a wide variety of sources as it introduces readers to key discoveries in cracking the secrets of the region’s climatic past. It demonstrates that extended droughts and catastrophic floods have plagued the West with regularity over the past two millennia and recounts the most disastrous flood in the history of California and the West, which occurred in 1861-62. The authors show that, while the West may have temporarily buffered itself from such harsh climatic swings by creating artificial environments and human landscapes, our modern civilization may be ill-prepared for the future climate changes that are predicted to beset the region. They warn that it is time to face the realities of the past and prepare for a future in which fresh water may be less reliable.
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How Bad Are Bananas?

The Carbon Footprint of Everything

Author: Mike Berners-Lee

Publisher: Greystone Books

ISBN: 1553658329

Category: Science

Page: 256

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Part green-lifestyle guide, part popular science, How Bad Are Bananas? is the first book to provide the information we need to make carbon-savvy purchases and informed lifestyle choices and to build carbon considerations into our everyday thinking. The book puts our decisions into perspective with entries for the big things (the World Cup, volcanic eruptions, the Iraq war) as well as the small (email, ironing, a glass of beer). And it covers the range from birth (the carbon footprint of having a child) to death (the carbon impact of cremation). Packed full of surprises — a plastic bag has the smallest footprint of any item listed, while a block of cheese is bad news — the book continuously informs, delights, and engages the reader. Solidly researched and referenced, the easily digestible figures, statistics, charts, and graphs (including a section on the carbon footprint of various foods) will encourage discussion and help people to make up their own minds about their consumer choices.
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Up and Down California in 1860-1864

The Journal of William H. Brewer

Author: William H. Brewer

Publisher: Ravenio Books

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: N.A

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The letters brought together in this volume have value in that they throw light on the character and early work of a man who was destined to lead an eventful life in the service of science in this country, while at the same time they present a vivid picture of the conditions in California at a time when the first scientific survey of the resources of the state was attempted. To those who had the privilege of association with William H. Brewer during the period of his long connection with Yale University as professor of agriculture in the Sheffield Scientific School, whether as colleagues on the faculty, as students in his classes, or as members of that large body of New England farmers and others who looked to him for guidance on many matters connected with the public welfare, these letters will appeal strongly. The day has passed when men of the Brewer type are met with; men who had broad and encyclopedic minds covering a wide range of thought and action. The rapid growth of science during the past fifty years has brought about a complete change in mental outlook and the successful man of today is the specialist, a master mind in some one field of science. But Brewer was a man whose efforts were extended over a wide range for which he had prepared himself by years of arduous study, and according to the standards of his generation, his preparation was unusually broad and sound. Not only was Brewer thoroughly equipped for the several lines of work he pursued throughout his long life, but in addition he possessed a personality which gave added strength and vigor to all his efforts. A close observer, a careful and sagacious thinker, slow to arrive at a conclusion until all the facts were available, he embodied all those attributes that contribute to success in the conduct of any investigation that calls for wise judgment and logical reasoning. As these letters show, even in his younger days, at the time when he became the “principal assistant” in this survey of California, he it was who had the knowledge and the power to take charge of and carry through a scientific enterprise, under conditions often far from favorable, and without doubt such success as the survey attained was due in no small measure to his resourceful leadership in the field. The record of events contained in these letters, written primarily for the benefit of friends at home, but to be preserved for the possible future needs of the writer, affords the best possible illustration of the character of the man who wrote them. There stand revealed many things that the thoughtful reader will observe, self-sacrifice, devotion to duty, determination to overcome difficulties no matter how great, and above all a serene confidence in his ability to carry through, these and many other characteristics testify to the strength and courage of this man, at a time when he was on the threshold of his scientific career. His later years bear witness to his devotion to scientific truth and its application in various directions for the benefit of mankind.
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River of Renewal

Myth and History in the Klamath Basin

Author: Stephen Most

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780295986227

Category: History

Page: 292

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The succession of wars and resource conflicts that shaped the Klamath Basin are examined in a history of the region along the Oregon and California borders, looking at such issues as ecological restoration, the overallocation of the area's water resources, and more. Original.
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Gold Fame Citrus

A Novel

Author: Claire Vaye Watkins

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0698195949

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

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Named a Best Book of the Year by The Washington Post, NPR, Vanity Fair, LA Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Huffington Post, The Atlantic, Refinery 29, Men's Journal, Ploughshares, Lit Hub, Book Riot, Los Angeles Magazine, Powells, BookPage and Kirkus Reviews The much-anticipated first novel from a Story Prize-winning “5 Under 35” fiction writer. In 2012, Claire Vaye Watkins’s story collection, Battleborn, swept nearly every award for short fiction. Now this young writer, widely heralded as a once-in-a-generation talent, returns with a first novel that harnesses the sweeping vision and deep heart that made her debut so arresting to a love story set in a devastatingly imagined near future: Unrelenting drought has transfigured Southern California into a surreal, phantasmagoric landscape. With the Central Valley barren, underground aquifer drained, and Sierra snowpack entirely depleted, most “Mojavs,” prevented by both armed vigilantes and an indifferent bureaucracy from freely crossing borders to lusher regions, have allowed themselves to be evacuated to internment camps. In Los Angeles’ Laurel Canyon, two young Mojavs—Luz, once a poster child for the Bureau of Conservation and its enemies, and Ray, a veteran of the “forever war” turned surfer—squat in a starlet’s abandoned mansion. Holdouts, they subsist on rationed cola and whatever they can loot, scavenge, and improvise. The couple’s fragile love somehow blooms in this arid place, and for the moment, it seems enough. But when they cross paths with a mysterious child, the thirst for a better future begins. They head east, a route strewn with danger: sinkholes and patrolling authorities, bandits and the brutal, omnipresent sun. Ghosting after them are rumors of a visionary dowser—a diviner for water—and his followers, who whispers say have formed a colony at the edge of a mysterious sea of dunes. Immensely moving, profoundly disquieting, and mind-blowingly original, Watkins’s novel explores the myths we believe about others and tell about ourselves, the double-edged power of our most cherished relationships, and the shape of hope in a precarious future that may be our own. From the Hardcover edition.
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Extreme Weather and Climate

Author: C. Donald Ahrens,Perry Samson

Publisher: Cengage Learning

ISBN: 0495118575

Category: Science

Page: 528

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EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATE is a unique textbook solution for the fast-growing market of non-majors science courses focused on extreme weather. With strong foundational coverage of the science of meteorology, EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATE introduces the causes and impacts of extreme weather events and conditions. Students learn the science of meteorology in context of important and often familiar weather events such as Hurricane Katrina and they’ll explore how forecast changes in climate may influence frequency and/or intensity of future extreme weather events. An exciting array of photos and illustrations brings the intensity of weather and its sometimes devastating impact to every chapter. Written by a respected and unique author team, this book blends coverage found in Don Ahrens market-leading texts with insights and technology support contributed by co-author Perry Samson. Professor Samson has developed an Extreme Weather course at the University of Michigan that is the fastest-growing science course at the university. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.
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Aqua Shock

Water in Crisis

Author: Susan J. Marks

Publisher: LibreDigital

ISBN: 9780470883440

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 226

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"Aqua Shock takes a realistic look at the water crisis in America, explaining where our water comes from, what's happening to it, and why. It examines complicated water laws, discusses who does and who doesn't own rights to water, and describes how our groundwater becomes polluted. It concludes with what can be done to ease the crisis"--Provided by publisher.
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Drought and El Nino

Author: Melanie Guile

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781740703963

Category: Droughts

Page: 48

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Drought and El Niño provides a global overview of these two phenomena, their interrelationship and their environmental, social and economic impacts. Starting with historical and current definitions of drought and the beginnings of meteorology, the book provides detailed explanations and illustrations of the causes and effects of drought and El Niño. Australian and international examples are featured.
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Black Faces, White Spaces

Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors

Author: Carolyn Finney

Publisher: UNC Press Books

ISBN: 1469614480

Category: Nature

Page: 194

View: 9415

Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors
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Introduction to Modern Climate Change

Author: Andrew Dessler

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1316419126

Category: Science

Page: N.A

View: 611

This is an invaluable textbook for any introductory survey course on the science and policy of climate change, for both non-science majors and introductory science students. The second edition has been thoroughly updated to reflect the most recent science from the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports, and many illustrations include new data. The new edition also reflects advances in the political debate over climate change. Unique amongst textbooks on climate change, it combines an introduction to the science with an introduction to economic and policy issues, and is tightly focused on anthropogenic climate change. It contains the necessary quantitative depth for students to properly understand the science of climate change. It supports students in using algebra to understand simple equations and to solve end-of-chapter problems. Supplementary online resources include a complete set of PowerPoint figures for instructors, solutions to exercises, videos of the author's lectures, and additional computer exercises.
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Caring for Creation

The Evangelical's Guide to Climate Change and a Healthy Environment

Author: Paul Douglas,Mitch Hescox

Publisher: Baker Books

ISBN: 1441230726

Category: Religion

Page: 192

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Faith-Based Solutions to Caring for the Earth Climate change is a confusing and polarizing issue. It may also prove to be the most daunting challenge of this century because children, the elderly, and the poor will be the first to feel its effects. The issue is all over the news, but what is seldom heard is a conservative, evangelical perspective. Connecting the dots between science and faith, this book explores the climate debate and how Christians can take the lead in caring for God's creation. The authors answer top questions such as "What's really happening?" and "Who can we trust?" and discuss stewarding the earth in light of evangelical values. "Acting on climate change is not about political agendas," they say. "It's about our kids. It's about being a disciple of Jesus Christ." Capping off this empowering book are practical, simple ideas for improving our environment and helping our families and those around us.
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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Author: Sherman Alexie

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

ISBN: 0316219304

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 272

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Bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot. Heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which is based on the author's own experiences, coupled with poignant drawings by Ellen Forney that reflect the character's art, chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he was destined to live. With a forward by Markus Zusak, interviews with Sherman Alexie and Ellen Forney, and four-color interior art throughout, this edition is perfect for fans and collectors alike.
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Trees

Their Natural History

Author: Peter A. Thomas

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521133580

Category: Nature

Page: 408

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An updated and revised edition providing an introduction to all aspects of tree biology and ecology.
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Field Manual of Michigan Flora

Author: Edward G Voss,Anton A Reznicek

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

ISBN: 0472118110

Category: Nature

Page: 990

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A comprehensive guide to Michigan’s wild-growing seed plants
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Thermodynamics, Kinetics and Microphysics of Clouds

Author: Vitaly I. Khvorostyanov,Judith A. Curry

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107016037

Category: Science

Page: 800

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This book advances understanding of cloud microphysics and provides a unified theoretical foundation for modeling cloud processes, for researchers and advanced students.
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Policy Implications of Greenhouse Warming

Author: Institute of Medicine,Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy,Policy Implications of Greenhouse Warming--Synthesis Panel,National Academy of Engineering,National Academy of Sciences,Policy and Global Affairs

Publisher: National Academies Press

ISBN: 0309044405

Category: Political Science

Page: 144

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Readily accessible to any interested reader, this volume offers an analysis of the major issues surrounding greenhouse warming and presents the authoring panel's recommendations for U.S. policy. Recommendations address a wide range of issues, including energy policy; deforestation; human population growth; the appropriate role of the United States in an international strategy; and needed research on scientific, economic, and social questions. Policy Implications of Greenhouse Warming analyzes scientific understanding of greenhouse gas accumulation and its effect on climate; prospects for human, animal, and plant adaptation to rising global temperatures; and options for mitigating the effects of greenhouse gas emissions.
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The Peril Finders

Author: George Manville Fenn

Publisher: Krill Press via PublishDrive

ISBN: 1531231748

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 621

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George Manville Fenn was an English novelist and journalist who wrote across a variety of genres, both fiction and nonfiction. His works are still widely read today.
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