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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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How well-intentioned Americans trying to save monarch butterflies may actually be destroying them

How well-intentioned Americans trying to save monarch butterflies may actually be destroying them | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
They mean only the best for the monarch. But the result, in some instances, is the exact opposite.
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Mexican Wolves Finally Get Endangered Species Status | Extinction Countdown, Scientific American Blog Network

Mexican Wolves Finally Get Endangered Species Status | Extinction Countdown, Scientific American Blog Network | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
North America’s smallest and rarest wolves will finally have the full protection of the Endangered Species Act. Well, almost.

Mexican gray wolves (Canis lupus baileyi) nearly went ...
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Top 10 Critically Endangered Animals

Top 10 Critically Endangered Animals | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
Top 10 Critically Endangered Animals

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Teeny, Tiny Relative of Komodo Dragon Discovered in Australia - Scientific American (blog)

Teeny, Tiny Relative of Komodo Dragon Discovered in Australia - Scientific American (blog) | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
Lizards don't get much bigger than the Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis), which can reach three meters in length and may weigh as much as 70 kilograms. ...
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The human victims in the fight over rhino poaching in Africa | Al Jazeera America

The human victims in the fight over rhino poaching in Africa | Al Jazeera America | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
At Kruger National Park in South Africa, the economy drives rangers to hunt poachers and poachers to hunt for horn
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Promising antibiotic discovered in microbial 'dark matter' - Nature.com

Promising antibiotic discovered in microbial 'dark matter' - Nature.com | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
Potential drug kills pathogens such as MRSA — and was discovered by mining 'unculturable' bacteria.
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Climate change study says most of Canada's oil reserves should be left ... - CBC.ca

Climate change study says most of Canada's oil reserves should be left ... - CBC.ca | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
A report in the journal Nature says the world can only afford to extract a fraction of its known reserves of fossil fuels for any realistic chance of keeping global warming to within two degrees.
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Snowy owl increasingly casting its spell over North American skies

Snowy owl increasingly casting its spell over North American skies | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
This could be a bumper season for sightings of the Arctic raptor familiar from Harry Potter, according to preliminary data from the National Audobon Society
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Another Northern White Rhino Dies, Only 5 Remain | Extinction Countdown, Scientific American Blog Network

Another Northern White Rhino Dies, Only 5 Remain | Extinction Countdown, Scientific American Blog Network | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
And then there were five. The death by old age this past weekend of Angalifu, a 44-year-old northern white rhino (Ceratotherium simum cottoni) that lived at ...
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Changing the way we look at herbaceous plants. Herbaceous by Paul Evans - YouTube

HERBACEOUS a Little Toller Monograph written by Paul Evans illustrated by Kurt Jackson."Herbaceous is gardening with words. It is a book of audacious botany ...
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#High #Voltage #Polaroid #Prints by Phillip Stearns. #art #photography #film #electricity

#High #Voltage #Polaroid #Prints by Phillip Stearns. #art #photography #film #electricity | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
What do you do if you find unexpectedly a box of vintage Polaroid film, but have no camera in which to take advantage of this iconic style of photography? Well, if you are Brooklyn photographer Phillip Stearns then you shock the film with roughly 15,000 volts. You can see for yourself sometimes insane experimentation pays off. Artwork...

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Indigenous Women: Earth Defenders Speak Out from the Front Lines of Climate Change

Indigenous Women: Earth Defenders Speak Out from the Front Lines of Climate Change | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
Today is "Gender Day" at the U.N. Climate Change Conference, a day that acknowledges the disproportionate impact of climate change on women, who make up 70 percent of the world’s poor.
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Lust for Gold Is Consuming Precious South American Forests

Lust for Gold Is Consuming Precious South American Forests | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
Satellite images show that while the scale of deforestation is small, it is bleeding into protected areas
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Rate of sea-level rise 'steeper'

Rate of sea-level rise 'steeper' | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
The rate at which the global oceans have risen in the past two decades is more significant than previously recognised, say US-based scientists.
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Brittle chill refreshes mist-cloaked land

Brittle chill refreshes mist-cloaked land | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
Country Diary Wenlock Edge, Shropshire: The new came with the sting of ice, a knock-hard ground, grass and twigs rimed
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Lack of biodiversity: 75% of the world's crop varieties are lost in just the last century

Lack of biodiversity: 75% of the world's crop varieties are lost in just the last century | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
Lack of biodiversity and 75% of the world's crop varieties are lost in just the last century and GMOs threaten the biodiversity and the future of the organic crops
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Mr Steven Newman's curator insight, January 17, 5:24 AM

good for HSC, help to understand the idea to Maintain Genetic Diversity in the importance of protecting and managing ecosystems

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Seal culling 'not a consideration'

Seal culling 'not a consideration' | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
Coastal wardens say there are "no concerns" over the record-breaking growth in a Norfolk seal population and that culling is "not a consideration".
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Universal snake anti-venom developed by scientists

Universal snake anti-venom developed by scientists | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
Scientists are working towards creating a universal anti-venom for all the deadly snakes in sub-Saharan Africa.
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Characterizing baobab, the nutritious African 'Tree of Life'

Characterizing baobab, the nutritious African 'Tree of Life' | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
A new publication, 'Descriptors for Baobab,' opens the way for accelerated and better-standardized research into this iconic tree. This highly nutritious African food tree is called the 'Tree of Life' because of its importance to local communities.
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Old whales - good genes | Sci-Tech | DW.DE | 09.01.2015

Old whales - good genes | Sci-Tech | DW.DE | 09.01.2015 | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
Bowhead whales get old - very old. They can roam the Arctic seas for up to 200 years. Now, researchers have found that the key to the whales' longevity might just lie in their genes.
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Superbug threat to human race 'more certain' than climate change - inquiry chief - Telegraph

Superbug threat to human race 'more certain' than climate change - inquiry chief  - Telegraph | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
Economist investigating threat of return to medical ‘dark ages’ predicts 10 million a year could die within a generation

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13 species we might have to say goodbye to in 2015

13 species we might have to say goodbye to in 2015 | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
We have only ourselves to blame.

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Lawsuit Launched against Ocean Fracking | The Kiteboarder Magazine

Lawsuit Launched against Ocean Fracking | The Kiteboarder Magazine | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
What's happening in the Santa Barbara Channel could happen to a coastline near you
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