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Herbaceous first of a new series of books celebrating the very best in contemporary nature writing

Herbaceous first of a new series of books celebrating the very best in contemporary nature writing | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it

Herbaceous is the fist of a new series of books celebrating the very best in contemporary nature writing. A cross between New Naturalist and King Penguin, the series invites a wide range of authors and artists to choose a particular building, plant, animal, person or landscape, and through this object of their fascination tell us wider stories about the British Isles.

http://littletoller.co.uk/products-page/monographs/herbaceous/

 

Herbaceous  

 

Climate change is eroding the familiar pattern of the seasons, so we turn instinctively to the life cycle of herbaceous plants to guide us through the year. The growing, flowering, seeding and dying back to earth of wild flowers, weeds, herbs and garden perennials sustain and enrich our everyday lives with food, metaphor, joy, anxiety, medicine, stories, beauty and enchantment. Above all, by enabling us to read the changing seasons, plants help us navigate our way in the world.

 

Herbaceous is a journey which follows the colour pulse of plants throughout the year, searching for new rhythms in a changing world. It begins with yellow: the pulse of early insects and the symbol of the returning sun. It is followed by spring’s vernal whites and the hedonist, spirited pinks of summer. Gradually, the strange and melancholy blues of early autumn are replaced by the ripple of seed-setting and a return to the browns of our subterranean winter dreams.

 

Herbaceous is gardening with words. It is a book of audacious botany and poetic vision which asks us to look anew at our relationship with plants and celebrates their power to nourish the human spirit.

 

PAUL EVANS spent many years as a gardener working in rose nurseries, graveyards, historic gardens in Wales and a botanical garden in New York. He is a writer, broadcaster and award-winning playwright, best known for his ‘Country Diary’ in The Guardian and various natural history programmes and drama- documentaries for BBC Radio 4. Paul has also been a performance poet, a nature conservationist, holds a PhD in philosophy, and is currently a lecturer at Bath Spa University. He lives in Much Wenlock, Shropshire, with his family.

 

Published by Little Toller Books on May 12th 2014

210 x 156mm, hardback Price: £12 isbn 978-1-908213-16-7

Jacket over foiled boards,112 pages on 90gsm

Munken paper Jacket and internal illustration by Kurt Jackson


 

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The scariest thing about global warming? Giant, super-fast spiders - Telegraph.co.uk

The scariest thing about global warming? Giant, super-fast spiders - Telegraph.co.uk | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
New research suggests that climate change could make spiders not only more numerous but larger and faster on their feet
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We've just had the hottest March since 1880

We've just had the hottest March since 1880 | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
The data, released today by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, revealed that last month the world experienced an average temperature of 56.4°F (13.6°C).
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Why Hong Kong's remarkably diverse marine ecosystem is in peril

Why Hong Kong's remarkably diverse marine ecosystem is in peril | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
People who have lived in Hong Kong for some time know it is full of surprises. For conservationists currently marking the city's inaugural Ocean Appreciation Month, the occasion for a stocktake shows how special our surrounding marine environment...
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Western guts have lower bacterial diversity

Western guts have lower bacterial diversity | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
Our western lifestyle, hygiene and diet may reduce the diversity of important gut bacteria.
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Fracking and earthquakes: Is there a connection?

Fracking and earthquakes: Is there a connection? | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
The link between fracking and earthquakes remains a sensitive topic in energy industry circles. But there is a growing body of science on the subject.
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Scientists Introduce Synthetic Material That Efficiently Pulls CO2 From the Air | Big Think

Scientists Introduce Synthetic Material That Efficiently Pulls CO2 From the Air | Big Think | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
The amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has grown so great that limiting emissions is not enough to curb climate change. That's why scientists are seeking new technologies for pulling carbon dioxide already in the atmosphere out of it.
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Indigenous Africans Struggle With Traditions, Modern Life

Indigenous Africans Struggle With Traditions, Modern Life | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
While indigenous people from central African countries attended a meeting in Cameroon to promote their respective traditions, languages and cultures, Yaounde is taking measures to bring forma...
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The Federal Government Killed Nearly Three Million Animals Last Year - VICE News

An agency within the US Department of Agriculture killed black bears, mountain lions, grey wolves, and even bald eagles in an effort to curb losses in the agricultural sector.
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 This is something you do not hear in main stream news medias and yet it is going on under your nose. The U.S. is under Siege from our own Government !

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One of the world's last female tigers has been killed after she was poisoned

One of the world's last female tigers has been killed after she was poisoned | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
The deliberate killing of the three-year-old tigress has prompted new fears the species could be wiped out
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Pamela Hills's curator insight, April 15, 9:04 AM

 There is a circle of life being destroyed  by man, it has been said when the Orca sings last song in our oceans it will be our last on earth as well. Everything has a purpose on this earth and we man kind are dependent on it for our survival.

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New source of methane gas found in Arctic

New source of methane gas found in Arctic | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
Scientists at the Center for Arctic Gas Hydrate, Climate and Environment in Norway have found vast reservoirs of abiotic methane, formed by chemical reactions in the crust beneath the seafloor.
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Scientists Drilling Asteroid Crater - Will Dinosaur Extinction Mystery Finally ... - The Inquisitr

Scientists Drilling Asteroid Crater - Will Dinosaur Extinction Mystery Finally ... - The Inquisitr | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
The extinction of the dinosaurs is one of Earth’s most enduring mysteries; now, that mystery may soon be unraveled. About 65 million years ago, an asteroid
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172 drought maps reveal just how thirsty California has become

172 drought maps reveal just how thirsty California has become | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
Just how dry is California? Here is every map of the state released by the U.S. Drought Monitor since 2011.
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The week in wildlife – in pictures

The week in wildlife – in pictures | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
A playful sea lion, a rare black flamingo and a huge jellyfish are among this week’s pick of images from the natural world
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Bluebirds, Bluebird Pictures, Bluebird Facts - National Geographic

Bluebirds, Bluebird Pictures, Bluebird Facts - National Geographic | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
Learn all you wanted to know about bluebirds with pictures, videos, photos, facts, and news from National Geographic.
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Scientists find key to 'turbo-charging' immune system to kill all cancers - Telegraph.co.uk

Scientists find key to 'turbo-charging' immune system to kill all cancers - Telegraph.co.uk | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
Imperial College scientists are developing a gene therapy designed to boost immune cells
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Warning over aerosol climate fix

Warning over aerosol climate fix | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
Any attempts to engineer the climate are likely to result in "different" climate change, rather than its elimination, new results suggest.
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Rural Women in Latin America Define Their Own Kind of Feminism | Inter Press Service

Rural Women in Latin America Define Their Own Kind of Feminism | Inter Press Service | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
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Norway approves mine's controversial plan to dump waste into fjord

Norway approves mine's controversial plan to dump waste into fjord | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
Activists promise protests after government green lights plan for mineral mine to dump millions of tonnes of tailings at spawning grounds for cod and salmon
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Cornel West warns of 'Planetary Selma' at Harvard fossil fuel divestment protest

Cornel West warns of 'Planetary Selma' at Harvard fossil fuel divestment protest | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
Activist joins ‘heat week’ calling for full fossil fuel divestment and says ‘Ecological catastrophe is as evil as white supremacist catastrophe’
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The Chernobyl Disaster Is Still Creating Radioactive Animals

The Chernobyl Disaster Is Still Creating Radioactive Animals | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
The disaster of Chernobyl is known worldwide and has created acres of uninhabitable land. Some choose to ignore than bad and continue to live in the ...
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Our wake up call and just how dangerous Nuclear power is
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Almond backlash tied to California drought

Almond backlash tied to California drought | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
Environmentalists are asking consumers to stop buying almonds, a crop being blamed for guzzling water amid California's unprecedented drought.
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Air pollution hits crops more than climate change

Air pollution hits crops more than climate change | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
Atmospheric pollutants may reduce India’s rice and wheat yields more than temperature rise, says study.
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Global Warming Is Already Clobbering the Amazon - Wired

Global Warming Is Already Clobbering the Amazon - Wired | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
Studying global warming in the Amazon will fill a critical gap in the research, but it isn't easy.
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Warmer seas 'will change British diet'

Warmer seas 'will change British diet' | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
Warming seas will push traditional fish and chips off the British menu, a study suggests.
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The Extinction of Fruits & Vegetables in 80 Years

The Extinction of Fruits & Vegetables in 80 Years | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
It's not only fruits and vegetables that are disappearing -- 60,000 to 100,000 plant species are also in danger of extinction.

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Russell Roberts's curator insight, April 5, 12:23 PM

Thanks to reporter Wes Thomas for this sobering report on the gradual disappearance of plant species in our ecosystem.  When our food crops begin to lose ground to climate change and human expansion, we as a species will be in deep trouble.  Aloha, Russ.

Kayleb Forsythe's curator insight, April 13, 2:54 PM

It wasn’t long ago when seeds were mostly the concern of farmers were the seed producers and the guardians of societies’ crop heritage.  But this is no longer the case. Once considered to be the property of all, like water or even air, seeds have become largely privatized, such that only a handful of companies now control the global food supply.

Agriculture has been around for 10,000 years, but the privatization of seeds has only occurred very recently. In that short time, seed diversity has been decimated, farmers have been put out of business due to rising seed costs and the pesticide companies that control most seeds today have flourished.

In a comparison of seeds offered in commercial seed houses in the early 1900s to the seeds found in the National Seed Storage Laboratory in 1983, researchers found 93 percent of seeds were lost over eight decades.