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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 Whole Brilliant Enterprise: NASA’s First 50 Years In One Interactive Graphic

The Whole Brilliant Enterprise: NASA’s First 50 Years In One Interactive Graphic | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
NASA’s history, in its own words (RT @JenLucPiquant: The Whole Brilliant Enterprise: NASA’s First 50 Years In One Interactive Graphic http://t.co/5wKYAVfp8W)...
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Bee research tainted by corporate funding, MPs say - The Guardian

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The Guardian Bee research tainted by corporate funding, MPs say The Guardian UK environment ministers failed in their attempt in 2013 to block an EU-wide ban on some insecticides linked to serious harm in bees and the environmental audit select...
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Fracking: oil exploration already occurs in national parks, says energy minister - The Guardian

Fracking: oil exploration already occurs in national parks, says energy minister - The Guardian | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
The Guardian Fracking: oil exploration already occurs in national parks, says energy minister The Guardian And where it's being done in a reasonable way without an impact on the local environment, then we don't want to put a stop to something...
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Urban trees could save more than 850 American lives per year

Urban trees could save more than 850 American lives per year | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
A national study conducted by the USDA Forest Service found that trees collectively save more than 850 lives on an annual basis. Video provided by Newsy

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Drought hits China food production - Xinhua

Drought hits China food production - Xinhua | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
Severe drought has damaged over a million hectares of farmland in Henan and Inner Mongolia provinces
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Thirty new marine protected areas declared in Scotland

Thirty new marine protected areas declared in Scotland | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
This morning, Fauna & Flora International (FFI) received the welcome news that the Scottish Government has announced the designation of 30 new marine protected areas (MPAs) in its waters.
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The Science Behind the World's Greatest Athletes - Mother Jones

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At the 1964 Winter Olympics, Eero Mäntyranta won the 15 kilometer cross-country skiing competition by a whopping 40 seconds—a margin of victory that has never been equaled.
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Brazil could meet all its food demand by 2040 without cutting down another tree

Brazil could meet all its food demand by 2040 without cutting down another tree | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
Better utilization of its vast areas of pasturelands could enable Brazil to dramatically boost agricultural production without the need to clear another hectare of Amazon rainforest, cerrado, or Atlantic forest, argues a new study published in the journal Global Environmental Change.

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Elephants possess 'superior' sense of smell

Elephants possess 'superior' sense of smell | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
Elephants possess a sense of smell that is likely the strongest ever identified in a single species, according to a study by Japanese scientists.
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The Archaeology News Network: North American Swallows facing extinction

The Archaeology News Network: North American Swallows facing extinction | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
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The biodiversity of species and their rates of extinction, distribution, and protection

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'A high price to pay': new Indonesian peatland regulation may do more harm than good

'A high price to pay': new Indonesian peatland regulation may do more harm than good | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
The Government Regulation on Peatland Ecosystem Protection and Management, initially drafted by the Ministry of Forestry in 2013, is getting mixed acceptance from civil society. On one hand, the regulation would offer more protection to the country’s vast peatland areas. However, on the other, some NGOs have slammed the draft as a potential source of new conflicts for local people.
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Study of starling flight reveals message from turning bird sweeps through flock at constant speed

Study of starling flight reveals message from turning bird sweeps through flock at constant speed | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it

A team of researchers with members from several countries working together in Rome, Italy, has come up with a new explanation of how it is that starlings are able to fly in a flock in a way that makes them appear as a single organism. In their paper published in the journal Nature Physics, the team describes how they used high-speed cameras to capture and study flight movement by individual bird members and what they found as a result.

Starling flight is as mesmerizing as it is mystifying—flocks of hundreds or thousands of birds sweep across the sky as if a single organism. The birds flying over Rome in particular have captured the imagination of bird enthusiasts, tourists, film makers and scientists alike. How do individual birds know when to turn and which way? Some have suggested it's a random thing, each bird simply flies making sure not to run into a neighbor. Others have suggested that some birds initiate a turn and others follow, creating a diffusion effect. In this new study, the researchers suggest that none of the earlier theories is correct—they've come up with something brand new.


To get a better look at the birds in flight, the researchers recorded flocks flying over Rome with high speed cameras and then took the results into their lab for examination. They found that turns are almost always initiated by just a few birds, but rather than other birds trying to figure out where to turn too, they instead simply copy how sharply their neighbor turns. This allows for the turn message to propagate through the flock at a very fast constant speed—approximately 20 to 40 meters per second, the team calculated. That constant message transfer speed means that each bird in a flock can respond in as little as half a second, without causing the flock to break apart.


Perhaps even more interesting is that when the researchers applied a spin factor for the turns by the birds, they found that applying it to the flock as a whole allowed for use of the same mathematical equations as physicists use to describe superfluid helium. The researchers believe that's not a coincidence, as there are many examples of physics and math principles that apply to the natural world.


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Largest coal mine in Australia: federal government gives Carmichael go-ahead - The Guardian

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The Guardian Largest coal mine in Australia: federal government gives Carmichael go-ahead The Guardian The Australian environment minister, Greg Hunt, has approved a $16.5bn resources project that will lead to the creation of the largest coal mine...
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Simbirskiasaurus, Pervushovisaurus and their very, very strange nostrils: the ... - Scientific American (blog)

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Montenegro revives 40 year old plan to drown wild beauty

Montenegro revives 40 year old plan to drown wild beauty | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
 The government of Montenegro has revived a plan to erect four dams on the Moraca river abandoned after an international outcry and a lack of investors less than three years ago.

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Beauty spots still at fracking 'risk'

Beauty spots still at fracking 'risk' | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
Government guidance that fracking licences can only be issued for beauty spots in "exceptional circumstances" receives a mixed response from campaigners.
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Nigeria: 'Only 100 Gorillas Left in Nigeria'

Nigeria: 'Only 100 Gorillas Left in Nigeria' | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
The Country Director of Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Mr. Andrew Dunn, has made a shocking revelation that there are only 100 gorillas left in the whole of Nigeria.
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New species of mayfly discovered in India - The Times of India

New species of mayfly discovered in India - The Times of India | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
Scientists have discovered a new species of mayfly in the southern Western Ghats, a mountain range along the west coast of India.
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New mega-map details all the ways climate change will affect our everyday lives | Carbon Brief

New mega-map details all the ways climate change will affect our everyday lives | Carbon Brief | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
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Hundreds of animals disappear as humans multiply

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As the number of humans on Earth has nearly doubled over the past four decades, the number of bugs, slugs, worms and crustaceans has declined by 45 per cent, say researchers.
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Put a price on nature? We must stop this neoliberal road to ruin

Put a price on nature? We must stop this neoliberal road to ruin | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
George Monbiot: The failure of the markets hasn't stopped the rise of the gobbledygook-filled Nature Capital Agenda. We can
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India: Conserving medicinal plants, sustaining livelihoods | UNDP

India: Conserving medicinal plants, sustaining livelihoods | UNDP | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
Traditional healers started documenting their knowledge of medicinal plants' harvesting and processing, as part of a project promoting livelihoods and protection of endangered species. (#India is the #2 exporter of medicinal plants.
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How Those Stunning Sandstone Arches Form in Nature (It's Probably Not What ... - TheBlaze.com

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Land rights in Latin America: where are the voices of indigenous women?

Land rights in Latin America: where are the voices of indigenous women? | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
The lives of indigenous women in Latin America are intertwined with the forests, they are best people to involve in climate change talks
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