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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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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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Mountain-sized asteroid is heading towards Earth, says scientist - Telegraph

Mountain-sized asteroid is heading towards Earth, says scientist  - Telegraph | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
A Russian scientist has discovered a huge asteroid '2014 UR116' passes Earth every three years
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Researchers race time and the environment to study Snake Fungal Disease - UW Badger Herald

Researchers race time and the environment to study Snake Fungal Disease - UW Badger Herald | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
Wild snake populations plagued by a deadly skin disease have become an increasingly growing area of research in Wisconsin.
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The best science books of 2014 - The Guardian

The best science books of 2014 - The Guardian | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
Elizabeth Kolbert laid bare the devastating effect we’re having on our fellow species, while the superb Wildlife Photographer of the Year book showed us just what we risk losing, writes Robin McKie
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California's drought is the worst in 1,200 years, evidence suggests

California's drought is the worst in 1,200 years, evidence suggests | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
As California finally experiences the arrival of a rain-bearing Pineapple Express this week, two climate scientists have shown that the drought of 2012-2014 has been the worst in 1,200 years.

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Great horned owl SWIMS across Lake Michigan

Great horned owl SWIMS across Lake Michigan | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
A photographer in Chicago has managed to capture some remarkable footage of a great horned owl swimming, after fleeing an attack by two peregrine falcons.
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10 Important Life Lessons we can Learn From Animals - One Green Planet

10 Important Life Lessons we can Learn From Animals - One Green Planet | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
Animals have inherent worth and value, just like humans that merits our respect and acknowledgement. In an effort to reorder the way we think about animals, here are 10 important things they can teach us.
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Report: Fracking chemicals threaten reproductive health

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*This story was updated Dec. 6 at 10 a.m. with a response from the Western Energy Alliance. FRISCO, Colo. — Public health experts today painted a vivid connect-the-dot picture of the risks associat...

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Men who are exposed to some of the chemicals used in fracking and other oil and gas processes should be concerned about lower semen quality. 

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Map of Endangered Shark's Wanderings Could Aid Conservation - Live Science

Map of Endangered Shark's Wanderings Could Aid Conservation - Live Science | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
A young hammerhead's 10.5-month journey through the Gulf of California reveals that the endangered shark often swam outside of protected areas, according to a new research that suggests key areas where protection could help the species survive.
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Biology trumps chemistry in open ocean

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Single-cell phytoplankton in the ocean are responsible for roughly half of global oxygen production, despite vast tracts of the open ocean that are devoid of life-sustaining nutrients.

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What does genomics mean for the environment? Everything - The Globe and Mail

What does genomics mean for the environment? Everything - The Globe and Mail | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
And there are few countries with as much to gain from this as Canada
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Another Side Effect of Climate Change and El Niño Events? Shorter Kids. - Mother Jones

Another Side Effect of Climate Change and El Niño Events? Shorter Kids. - Mother Jones | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
Kids in coastal Peru showed signs of stunted growth and muscle loss for years after El Niño hit in ’97, a new study finds.
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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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Billionaire's New Science Institute Plans "Google Maps" View of Cells - Scientific American

Billionaire's New Science Institute Plans "Google Maps" View of Cells - Scientific American | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
Big visions for cell biology prompted Paul Allen to launch the Allen Institute for Cell Science, and new director Rick Horwitz explains its new way of seeing cells
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New Study: California's Epic Drought Probably Wasn't Caused by Climate Change - Mother Jones

New Study: California's Epic Drought Probably Wasn't Caused by Climate Change - Mother Jones | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
But rising temperatures might be making it worse.
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Initiative to restore 50M acres of degraded Latin American ecosystems by 2020 - Mongabay.com

Initiative to restore 50M acres of degraded Latin American ecosystems by 2020 - Mongabay.com | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
A coalition of governments and organizations today pledged to restore 20 million hectares (50 million acres) of degraded forests and ecosystems across Latin America by 2020 under an initiative that aims to curb boost rural incomes, fight climate...
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US naturalist Paul Rosolie swallowed alive by anaconda for TV show - The Times of India

US naturalist Paul Rosolie swallowed alive by anaconda for TV show - The Times of India | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
The staunch environmentalist offered himself as dinner to an anaconda, and was swallowed alive, filming every moment.
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Stop building schools near pollution blackspots, say MPs

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A ban on building schools, hospitals and care homes near air pollution blackspots must be introduced to help cut thousands of deaths connected to the “invisible killer” of traffic fumes, MPs say today.
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Experts fear for long-term health of US forests - Washington Post

Experts fear for long-term health of US forests - Washington Post | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
Owners of smaller parcels are less likely to invest in forestry management plans, experts say.
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Human Cyborgs Reveal How We Learn

Human Cyborgs Reveal How We Learn | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
Hooking the brain up to a computer can do more than let the severely disabled move artificial limbs. It is also revealing the secrets of how we learn

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Risk from extreme weather rises

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Royal Society says combination of population growth and climate change will increase danger to cities.
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Biomimicry incubators: the business case for conservation

Biomimicry incubators: the business case for conservation | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
The business opportunities found in biomimicry - the application of characteristics found in species to human innovation - makes a strong case for biodiversity...

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Idée géniale : Inclure dans chaque entreprise un service Biomimétisme qui inspire et infuse dans toute la structure.

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Church of England in 'fracking land-grab' - Telegraph

Church of England in 'fracking land-grab' - Telegraph | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
The Church of England has begun legal action to claim ancient mineral rights beneath thousands of homes and farms, prompting fears the church could seek to cash in on fracking.

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A Study of Biodiversity in the World’s Cities | The Nature of Cities

A Study of Biodiversity in the World’s Cities | The Nature of Cities | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
What are the global patterns of biodiversity the world’s cities?  Are urban spaces biologically homogeneous and depauperate, or do they harbor significant native biodiversity?

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Bee parasite will flourish under global warming, study warns

Bee parasite will flourish under global warming, study warns | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
Gut parasite will increase in prevalence across northern Europe as temperatures rises, leading to honey bee losses
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