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Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Daniel Simberloff
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA (2013, Aug 1st).
Of the 7,000 estimated non-native species present in North America, approximately 1,000 are invasive. Clearly, invasive species are in the minority, but their small numbers don't keep them from causing billions of dollars in economic and ecological harm each year. Policymakers and ecologists continue to try to figure out which species might be harmful, which invasive species are doing the most damage, and which of these might respond best to eradication efforts. Invasive species reports and case studies are prevalent in political, environmental, and scientific news cycles, and a significant portion of the public is concerned about the issue. In this book, Simberloff will first cover basic topics such as how non-native species are introduced, which areas have incurred the most biological invasions, and how the rates of biological invasions have shifted in recent years. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Simon Tofield
Publisher: Akashic Books; Reprint edition (2013, Oct 1st).
Selected by Publishers Weekly as a Big Indie Book of Fall 2013!"Cat lovers will adore this and will nod in recognition of real-life cat behavior; cartoon fans will delight in Tofield’s graceful skill in capturing the slinkiness, stealth, and self-absorption of our feline masters."--Publishers Weekly"Of all of the Simon's Cat books, I believe that this one is my favorite!"--Cat Chat Blog"A delightfully funny collection, Simon’s Cat vs. the World makes an excellent giftbook for cat lovers everywhere."--The Midwest Book Review"Less cynical than Garfield, and hipper than Heathcliff, Simon's Cat is irresistible."--Shelf-employed"Lots of things happen in the pictures of this book It is a fun book to read and look at."--San Francisco Book Review/Sacramento Book Review (Reviewed by Raif, Age 4)"Simon's Cat vs. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Cleveland Amory
Publisher: Back Bay Books; Reissue edition (2013, Oct 22nd).
'Twas the night before Christmas when a bedraggled white feline enters the heart--and home--of Cleveland Amory. To say it is a friendly takeover is an understatement. For the cat who came for Christmas is clearly of the Independent Type, and Cleveland Amory, curmudgeon or not, is, where animals are concerned, a pushover.Toe to toe they stand--Amory at six feet three, the cat at six inches--and eyeball to eyeball with each other on every issue: whether or not to come when called; to recognize one's name; to take a trip, a pill, a bath, or a walk on a leash; to be civil to New People; or even in an age when Thin Is In, why anyone in his right mind would want to be the Last Fat Cat. We will not spoil The Cat Who Came For Christmas by telling you who blinks first. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Jacob Darwin Hamblin
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA (2013, May 2nd).
When most Americans think of environmentalism, they think of the political left, of vegans dressed in organic-hemp fabric, lofting protest signs. In reality, writes Jacob Darwin Hamblin, the movement--and its dire predictions--owe more to the Pentagon than the counterculture.In Arming Mother Nature, Hamblin argues that military planning for World War III essentially created "catastrophic environmentalism": the idea that human activity might cause global natural disasters. This awareness, Hamblin shows, emerged out of dark ambitions, as governments poured funds into environmental science after World War II, searching for ways to harness natural processes--to kill millions of people. Proposals included the use of nuclear weapons to create artificial tsunamis or melt the ice caps to drown coastal cities; setting fire to vast expanses of vegetation; and changing local climates. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability