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Taras Grescoe rides the rails all over the world and makes an elegant and impassioned case for the imminent end of car culture and the coming transportation revolution.
"I am proud to call myself a straphanger," writes Taras Grescoe. The perception of public transportation in America is often unflattering—a squalid last resort for those with one too many drunk-driving charges, too poor to afford insurance, or too decrepit to get behind the wheel of a car. Indeed, a century of auto-centric culture and city planning has left most of the country with public transportation that is underfunded, ill maintained, and ill conceived. But as the demand for petroleum is fast outpacing the world's supply, a revolution in transportation is under way.
Grescoe explores the ascendance of the straphangers—the growing number of people who rely on public transportation to go about the business of their daily lives. On a journey that takes him around the world—from New York to Moscow, Paris, Copenhagen, Tokyo, Bogotá, Phoenix, Portland, Vancouver, and Philadelphia—Grescoe profiles public transportation here and abroad, highlighting the people and ideas that may help undo the damage that car-centric planning has done to our cities and create convenient, affordable, and sustainable urban transportation—and better city living—for all.
Author: Tara Grescoe
For anyone working with young people in grades 6-8 -- whether inside or outside schools -- Teaching Green contains more than 50 of the best activities and teaching strategies contributed to Green Teacher magazine over the last 10 years by educators from across North America. Organized into 'green teaching' categories, the book offers a host of ideas for hands-on learning about biodiversity, ecology, resource consumption, green technology and the world around us. This collection will inspire educators who are seeking innovative strategies for incorporating 'green' themes into their programs.
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In an age when physical books matter less and less, here is a thrilling story about a book that meant everything. This true-life detective story unveils the journey of a sacred text—the tenth-century annotated bible known as the Aleppo Codex—from its hiding place in a Syrian synagogue to the newly founded state of Israel. Based on Matti Friedman’s independent research, documents kept secret for fifty years, and personal interviews with key players, the book proposes a new theory of what happened when the codex left Aleppo, Syria, in the late 1940s and eventually surfaced in Jerusalem, mysteriously incomplete.
The codex provides vital keys to reading biblical texts. By recounting its history, Friedman explores the once vibrant Jewish communities in Islamic lands and follows the thread into the present, uncovering difficult truths about how the manuscript was taken to Israel and how its most important pages went missing. Along the way, he raises critical questions about who owns historical treasures and the role of myth and legend in the creation of a nation.
Author: Matti Friedman
Shocking and crammed with detail, this book is about where and how geopolitics plays out in the 21st century.
Drawing on the authors’ three decades of international fieldwork and seasoned policy analysis, The Real Population Bomb hits like a pile driver. Its essential truths can no longer be ignored: We have never been here before in human history. The choices we make in this next decade will determine the fate of human societies.
By 2025, 27 cities will have populations greater than 10 million and more than 600 cities will have populations greater than one million. Specific megacities, intimately connected to globalization, are posing huge security challenges—now. Authors P.H. Liotta and James F. Miskel focus intensely on effects these massive, underserved, and undergoverned cities have on international stability, human security, and environmental degradation. The Real Population Bomb offers strategies and solutions for mitigating those effects. With its stark, often stunning, portraits of major urban centers in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and South America, the book illuminates how megacity leviathans are redrawing the map of the future, in ways that affect us all.
You may not agree with this book’s message. But it will prove difficult to forget.
Author: P.H. Liotta & James F Miskel
Thousands of years of poor farming and ranching practices-and, especially, modern industrial agriculture-have led to the loss of up to 80 percent of carbon from the world's soils. That carbon is now floating in the atmosphere, and even if we stopped using fossil fuels today, it would continue warming the planet. In The Soil Will Save Us, journalist and best-selling author Kristin Ohlson makes an elegantly argued, passionate case for "our great green hope"-a way in which we can not only heal the land but also turn atmospheric carbon into beneficial soil carbon-and potentially reverse global warming.
As the granddaughter of farmers and the daughter of avid gardeners, Ohlson has long had an appreciation for the soil. A chance conversation with a local chef led her to the crossroads of science, farming, food and environmentalism, and the discovery of the only significant way to remove carbon dioxide from the air-an ecological approach that tends not only to plants and animals but also to the vast population of underground microorganisms that fix carbon in the soil. Ohlson introduces the visionaries-scientists, farmers, ranchers and landscapers-who are figuring out in the lab and on the ground how to build healthy soil, which solves myriad problems: drought, erosion, air and water pollution, and food quality, as well as climate change. Her discoveries and vivid storytelling will revolutionize the way we think about our food, our landscapes, our plants and our relationship to Earth.
Author: Kristin Ohlson
In Webs of Power, author Starhawk provides an overview of the complex political and economic powers opposed by the anti-globalization movement, explores the debate between violent and nonviolent tactics, defines an economy of true abundance and shows how we can transform our rage and despair and renew our spirits while acting to change the world.
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