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GEEK NATION

Angela Saini
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A vivid, geeky travelogue of a journey to meet the inventors, engineers, and young scientists helping to give birth to the world's next scientific superpower—a nation built not on conquest, oil, or minerals, but on the scientific ingenuity of its people

A vivid, geeky travelogue of a journey to meet the inventors, engineers, and young scientists helping to give birth to the world's next scientific superpower—a nation built not on conquest, oil, or minerals, but on the scientific ingenuity of its people One in six employed scientists with science or engineering doctorates in the U.S. is Asian, and by the turn of the millennium, there were claims that a third of all engineers in Silicon Valley were of Indian origin, with Indians running 750 of its tech companies. In this entertaining exploration of India's rise as a center of scientific excellence, Angela Saini delves inside the psyche of the nation's science-hungry citizens, explaining how ancient science is giving way to new, and how the technology of the wealthy are passing on to the poor. She also explores why the government of the most religious country on earth has put its faith in science and technology. Through witty first-hand reportage and penetrative analysis, she explains what this means for the rest of the world, and how a spiritual nation squares its soul with hard rationality. Full of curious, colorful characters and gripping stories, it describes India through its people—a nation of "geeks."


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THE LAND GRABBERS

Fred Pearce
Hardcover

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How Wall Street, Chinese billionaires, oil sheiks, and agribusiness are buying up huge tracts of land in a hungry, c…

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How Wall Street, Chinese billionaires, oil sheiks, and agribusiness are buying up huge tracts of land in a hungry, crowded world.

An unprecedented land grab is taking place around the world. Fearing future food shortages or eager to profit from them, the world’s wealthiest and most acquisitive countries, corporations, and individuals have been buying and leasing vast tracts of land around the world. The scale is astounding: parcels the size of small countries are being gobbled up across the plains of Africa, the paddy fields of Southeast Asia, the jungles of South America, and the prairies of Eastern Europe. Veteran science writer Fred Pearce spent a year circling the globe to find out who was doing the buying, whose land was being taken over, and what the effect of these massive land deals seems to be.

The Land Grabbers is a first-of-its-kind exposé that reveals the scale and the human costs of the land grab, one of the most profound ethical, environmental, and economic issues facing the globalized world in the twenty-first century. The corporations, speculators, and governments scooping up land cheap in the developing world claim that industrial-scale farming will help local economies. But Pearce’s research reveals a far more troubling reality. While some mega-farms are ethically run, all too often poor farmers and cattle herders are evicted from ancestral lands or cut off from water sources. The good jobs promised by foreign capitalists and home governments alike fail to materialize. Hungry nations are being forced to export their food to the wealthy, and corporate potentates run fiefdoms oblivious to the country beyond their fences.

Pearce’s story is populated with larger-than-life characters, from financier George Soros and industry tycoon Richard Branson, to Gulf state sheikhs, Russian oligarchs, British barons, and Burmese generals. We discover why Goldman Sachs is buying up the Chinese poultry industry, what Lord Rothschild and a legendary 1970s asset-stripper are doing in the backwoods of Brazil, and what plans a Saudi oil billionaire has for Ethiopia. Along the way, Pearce introduces us to the people who actually live on, and live off of, the supposedly “empty” land that is being grabbed, from Cambodian peasants, victimized first by the Khmer Rouge and now by crony capitalism, to African pastoralists confined to ever-smaller tracts.

Over the next few decades, land grabbing may matter more, to more of the planet’s people, than even climate change. It will affect who eats and who does not, who gets richer and who gets poorer, and whether agrarian societies can exist outside corporate control. It is the new battle over who owns the planet.


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2052

Jorgen Randers
Hardcover

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How will humans adapt to the physical limitations of planet Earth? The Limits to Growth addressed this grand questio…

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How will humans adapt to the physical limitations of planet Earth? The Limits to Growth addressed this grand question 40 years ago, predicting that during the first half of the 21st century the ongoing growth in the human ecological footprint would stop-either through catastrophic "overshoot and collapse," -or through well-managed "peak and decline."

So, where are we now? And what does our future look like? In the book 2052, Jorgen Randers issues a progress report and makes a forecast for the next 40 years. One of the original co-authors of The Limits to Growth, Randers asks dozens of experts to weigh in with their best predictions on how our economies, energy supplies, natural resources, climate, food, fisheries, militaries, political divisions, cities, psyches, and more will take shape in the coming decades. He then synthesizes these scenarios into a global forecast of life as we will most likely know it in the years ahead.

The good news: We will see impressive advances in resource efficiency and an increasing focus on human well-being (rather than on per capita income growth). But this change might not come as we expect. Future growth in population and gross domestic product, for instance, will be constrained in surprising ways-by rapid fertility decline as a result of increased urbanization, productivity decline as a result of social unrest, and continuing poverty among the poorest 2 billion world citizens. Runaway global warming, too, is likely.

So, how do we prepare for the years ahead? With heart, fact and wisdom, Randers guides us along a realistic path into the future and discusses what readers can do to ensure a better life for themselves and their children during the increasing turmoil of the next 40 years.


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THE ANSWER TO HOW IS YES

Peter Block
Paperback

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People keep asking "How?" as a defense against living their life, says best-selling author Peter Block. In this witty, insightful and award-winning book, Block shows that many people remain paralyzed by standard solutions and improvement efforts. He places the "how to" craze in perspective and teaches individuals, workers and managers ways to act on what they know. This allows them to reclaim their freedom and capacity to create the kind of world they want to live in. Block's "elements of choice" - the characteristic of a new workplace and a new world based on more positive values - include self-mentoring, investing in relationships, accepting the unpredictability of life, and realizing that the individual prospers only when the community does.


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COMMUNITY

Peter Block
Hardcover

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Modern society is plagued by fragmentation, with sections of our communities never working together: Businesses, schools, social service organizations, churches and government exist in their own worlds. So do individual citizens, who long for connection but end up marginalized, their gifts overlooked and their potential contributions lost. This disconnection and detachment makes it difficult to envision a common future and work toward it together. We know what healthy communities resemble; many success stories exist and have been described in detail. What author Peter Block provides in this inspiring new book is an exploration of the exact way community can emerge from fragmentation: How is community built? How does the transformation occur? What fundamental shifts are involved? He explores a way of thinking about our places that creates an opening for authentic communities to exist, and he details what each of us can do to make that happen.


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ARCTIC VOICES

Subhankar Banerjee
Hardcover

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A pristine environment of ecological richness and biodiversity, Arctic Alaska contains vast quantities of oil, natural gas and coal. Home to indigenous people for thousands of years but largely uninhabited, it has long remained at the margins of global affairs. Yet it has quickly become the most contested land in recent United States history.

In Arctic Voices, world-renowned photographer, writer, and activist Subhankar Banerjee brings together first-person narratives that address issues of climate change, resource war, and human rights. More than 30 prominent activists, writers, and researchers provide a window on this remarkable region, their words delivered with stunning urgency, their ideas accompanied by groundbreaking research. From Gwich'in activist Sarah James' impassioned appeal, "We Are the Ones Who Have Everything to Lose," to an original piece by acclaimed historian Dan O'Neill about his recent trips to the Yukon Flats fish camps, Arctic Voices offers an illuminating and diverse variety of perspectives on this marvelous world up north.

Other contributors include Seth Kantner, Velma Wallis, Nick Jans, Debbie Miller, Andri Snaer Magnason, George Schaller, George Archibald, Cindy Shogan, and Peter Matthiessen.


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THE REAL POPULATION BOMB

P.H. Liotta & James F Miskel
Hardcover

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Shocking and crammed with detail, this book is about where and how geopolitics plays out in the 21st century.

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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.


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JUST RIDE

Grant Petersen
Paperback

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In the same way that Michael Pollan’s slim best-seller Food Rules brought a gust of common sense to the everyday activity of eating, Just Ride is a revelation. Forget the ultralight, uncomfortable bikes, flashy jerseys, clunky shoes that clip onto tiny pedals, the grinding out of endless miles. Instead, ride like you did when you were a kid—just get on your bike and discover the pure joy of riding it.

A reformed racer who’s commuted by bike every day since 1980, Grant Petersen shares a lifetime of unexpected facts, controversial opinions, expert techniques and his own maverick philosophy. His company, Rivendell Bicycle Works, makes bikes for riders ready to opt out of a culture overrun by racing, and his writings and opinions have appeared in major bicycling and outdoor magazines.


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BIKENOMICS

Elly Blue
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Making the case for adopting more sustainable modes of transportation, this engaging reference explores the economic benefits of bicycling. It starts with an analysis of the real costs incurred by individuals and families in existing transportation systems and goes on to examine the current civic expenses of these systems. With critiques of modern society's deep-rooted attachment to car culture, this book tells the stories of people, businesses, organizations and cities who are investing in two-wheeled transportation. Offering a fresh and compelling perspective on how people get from place to place, this book reveals the multifaceted North American bicycle movement with its contradictions, challenges, successes and visions for the future.


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BI-PAD SOLAR EARTH SHELTER PLAN

Malcolm Wells
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With this plan you'll be able to build an underground home for two. This energy-efficient home is environmentally friendly and made with sustainable materials. Detailed sketches include a plan for the house, as well as additions to the home such a DIY composter, greenhouse and rooftop collector to preheat water.


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