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Landscape and literature Literary featuring Paul Evans Guardian Country Diarist Wenlock Edge

In the first of a series of films about landscape and literature produced in association with National Book Tokens, Anna Dreda of Wenlock Books and writers Katherine Swift, Paul Evans and William Cash reflect on the resonance of Shropshire's landscape...
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Herbaceous first of a new series of books celebrating the very best in contemporary nature writing

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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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Ofqual provokes government ire with decision to scrap science practicals - The Guardian

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Exam regulator is scrapping lab work despite protestations from the scientific community and ‘deeply frustrated’ education minister Nicky Morgan
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World Wildlife Day: How 10 National Geographic Explorers Are Making a Difference

World Wildlife Day: How 10 National Geographic Explorers Are Making a Difference | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
Stressed animals find new habitats, baby animals have a better chance for survival, and the world keeps its natural heritage alive thanks in part to the feats these Explorers perform every day.
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We are already seeing the first examples of how climate change will leave us all thirsty

We are already seeing the first examples of how climate change will leave us all thirsty | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
Heat waves, droughts, and saltwater intrusion are already happening around the world.
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DNA documents ancient mass migration

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DNA analysis has revealed evidence for a massive migration into the heartland of Europe 4,500 years ago.

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Climate fixes 'could harm billions'

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Schemes to tackle climate change could prove disastrous for billions of people, but might be required for the good of the planet, scientists say.
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Nature's sculptors have an eye for the beautiful

Nature's sculptors have an eye for the beautiful | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
Whether they're building nests or spinning webs, these critters have mastered the art of marrying practicality with beauty.
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Seychelles set to be first in the world to develop countrywide ocean conservation plan

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The Seychelles minister for Environment, Energy and Climate Change, Didier Dogley, has announced that Seychelles is all set to become the first country in the world that has implemented a comprehensive spatial plan for its entire ocean territory.

The Indian Ocean archipelago of 115 islands, scattered through almost 1.
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Opinion: Plastic bag bans won't save the environment

Opinion: Plastic bag bans won't save the environment | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
The EU has declared war on plastic bags. But it will take more than symbolic gestures to save the environment. DW's Fabian Schmidt calls on emerging economies to bring outdated waste management into the 21st century.
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Incredible photo shows a weasel 'riding' a woodpecker

Incredible photo shows a weasel 'riding' a woodpecker | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
They aren't friends, though.
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First tree seeds for Doomsday vault

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The Svalbard "Doomsday" seed vault, which protects the world's food crops, accepts its first consignment of seeds from forest tree species.
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Study predicts global warming will see Australian deserts grow bigger - ABC Rural (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Study predicts global warming will see Australian deserts grow bigger - ABC Rural (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
Study predicts global warming will see Australian deserts grow bigger http://t.co/h3hXnGYV9w via @abcnews
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Threatened Species Commissioner report to the Minister for the Environment - February 2015 | Department of the Environment

Threatened Species Commissioner report to the Minister for the Environment - February 2015 | Department of the Environment | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
About the report

Australia’s first Threatened Species Commissioner was appointed in July 2014 to bring a new national focus and effort to secure our threatened flora and fauna.
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13 steps towards ending poverty and climate change

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With the sustainable development goals and a climate deal coming up this year our panel say how to make the most of this once-in-a-generation opportunity
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Ultra-cold mirrors could reveal gravity's quantum side - physics-math - 02 March 2015 - New Scientist

Ultra-cold mirrors could reveal gravity's quantum side - physics-math - 02 March 2015 - New Scientist | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
The quantum Casimir effect is a slight attraction between two metal plates. Superconducting versions could finally show us quantum gravity at work

Via Dr. Stefan Gruenwald
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Europe's environment - good news and bad

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An EU report urges more action to protect soils and biodiversity, though there have been big gains from anti-pollution measures, Roger Harrabin reports.
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Queensland's 'beautiful but fragile' environment needs attention - Brisbane Times

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The importance of the environment in the recent Queensland state election is beyond doubt.
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World Wildlife Day, an occasion to denounce wildlife crime

World Wildlife Day, an occasion to denounce wildlife crime | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
While we do and should celebrate the wonder of wildlife on this day, we must face a grim reality.
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Climate change triggered Syrian conflict: Study - The Economic Times

Climate change triggered Syrian conflict: Study - The Economic Times | World Environment Nature News | Scoop.it
Researchers said a recent extreme drought in Syria between 2006 and 2009 was most likely due to climate change, and that the drought was a factor in the violent uprising that began there in 2011.
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DNA tool helping biologists find elusive or invasive species - US News

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BELLEVUE, Wash. (AP) — When salmon, salamanders or other aquatic animals poop or shed skin cells, they leave behind traces of their DNA in the water, like clues left behind at a crime scene.
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World Wildlife Day: taking wildlife crime seriously

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It's World Wildlife Day! Time to ask: What can be done to protect threatened species and combat wildlife crime? Conservation expert Bradnee Chambers gives us his take.
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How lax legislation is killing the wildlife in Europe

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Reports of elephants and rhino being massacred for their tusks or horns due to demand in Asia often make the headlines. But illegal activities are not confined to trade in luxury items destined for markets in Asia – serious infractions of conservation law are happening in Europe too.
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Norwegian mammals and birds have many different methods of surviving long, intense winter nights

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Norwegian mammals and birds have many different methods of surviving long, intense winter nights. A biologist reveals their secrets for survival.
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Study of ancient emperor penguin colonies stokes climate change fears

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The first study of ancient populations of the world's largest penguin raises concerns about its future prospects.
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