A Forest Journey The Story of Wood and Civilization

A Forest Journey  The Story of Wood and Civilization
Author: John Perlin
Publsiher: The Countryman Press
Total Pages: 467
Release: 2005-09-20
Genre: Nature
ISBN: 9781581579154

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A contemporary view of the effects of wood, as used for building and fuel, and of deforestation on the development of civilization. Until the ascendancy of fossil fuels, wood has been the principal fuel and building material from the dawn of civilization. Its abundance or scarcity greatly shaped, as A Forest Journey ably relates, the culture, demographics, economy, internal and external politics, and technology of successive societies over the millennia. The book's comprehensive coverage of the major role forests have played in human life--told with grace, fluency, imagination, and humor—gained it recognition as a Harvard Classic in Science and World History and as one of Harvard's "One-Hundred Great Books." Others receiving the honor include such luminaries as Stephen Jay Gould and E. O. Wilson. This new paperback edition will add a prologue and an epilogue to reflect the current situation in which forests have become imperative for humanity's survival.

A Forest Journey

A Forest Journey
Author: John Perlin
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 463
Release: 2005
Genre: Electronic Book
ISBN: OCLC:61901570

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A Forest Journey

A Forest Journey
Author: John Perlin
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 0
Release: 1989
Genre: Electronic Book
ISBN: OCLC:1391944134

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A Forest Journey

A Forest Journey
Author: John Perlin
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 452
Release: 1991
Genre: Deforestation
ISBN: UOM:39076001988620

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Chronicles the destruction of the world's forests as a result of overdependency on wood as a building and energy source, and points out the resultant declining soil productivity, flooding, and depletion of firewood supplies.

To Speak for the Trees

To Speak for the Trees
Author: Diana Beresford-Kroeger
Publsiher: Random House Canada
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2019-09-24
Genre: Nature
ISBN: 9780735275089

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Canadian botanist, biochemist and visionary Diana Beresford-Kroeger's startling insights into the hidden life of trees have already sparked a quiet revolution in how we understand our relationship to forests. Now, in a captivating account of how her life led her to these illuminating and crucial ideas, she shows us how forests can not only heal us but save the planet. When Diana Beresford-Kroeger--whose father was a member of the Anglo-Irish aristocracy and whose mother was an O'Donoghue, one of the stronghold families who carried on the ancient Celtic traditions--was orphaned as a child, she could have been sent to the Magdalene Laundries. Instead, the O'Donoghue elders, most of them scholars and freehold farmers in the Lisheens valley in County Cork, took her under their wing. Diana became the last ward under the Brehon Law. Over the course of three summers, she was taught the ways of the Celtic triad of mind, body and soul. This included the philosophy of healing, the laws of the trees, Brehon wisdom and the Ogham alphabet, all of it rooted in a vision of nature that saw trees and forests as fundamental to human survival and spirituality. Already a precociously gifted scholar, Diana found that her grounding in the ancient ways led her to fresh scientific concepts. Out of that huge and holistic vision have come the observations that put her at the forefront of her field: the discovery of mother trees at the heart of a forest; the fact that trees are a living library, have a chemical language and communicate in a quantum world; the major idea that trees heal living creatures through the aerosols they release and that they carry a great wealth of natural antibiotics and other healing substances; and, perhaps most significantly, that planting trees can actively regulate the atmosphere and the oceans, and even stabilize our climate. This book is not only the story of a remarkable scientist and her ideas, it harvests all of her powerful knowledge about why trees matter, and why trees are a viable, achievable solution to climate change. Diana eloquently shows us that if we can understand the intricate ways in which the health and welfare of every living creature is connected to the global forest, and strengthen those connections, we will still have time to mend the self-destructive ways that are leading to drastic fires, droughts and floods.

Two Trees Make a Forest

Two Trees Make a Forest
Author: Jessica J. Lee
Publsiher: Catapult
Total Pages: 305
Release: 2020-08-04
Genre: Travel
ISBN: 9781646220007

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This "stunning journey through a country that is home to exhilarating natural wonders, and a scarring colonial past . . . makes breathtakingly clear the connection between nature and humanity, and offers a singular portrait of the complexities inherent to our ideas of identity, family, and love" (Refinery29). A chance discovery of letters written by her immigrant grandfather leads Jessica J. Lee to her ancestral homeland, Taiwan. There, she seeks his story while growing closer to the land he knew. Lee hikes mountains home to Formosan flamecrests, birds found nowhere else on earth, and swims in a lake of drowned cedars. She bikes flatlands where spoonbills alight by fish farms, and learns about a tree whose fruit can float in the ocean for years, awaiting landfall. Throughout, Lee unearths surprising parallels between the natural and human stories that have shaped her family and their beloved island. Joyously attentive to the natural world, Lee also turns a critical gaze upon colonialist explorers who mapped the land and named plants, relying on and often effacing the labor and knowledge of local communities. Two Trees Make a Forest is a genre–shattering book encompassing history, travel, nature, and memoir, an extraordinary narrative showing how geographical forces are interlaced with our family stories.

Journey Through the Black Forest

Journey Through the Black Forest
Author: Martin Schulte-Kellinghaus,Annette Meisen,Erich Spiegelhalter
Publsiher: Verlagshaus Wurzburg Gmbh & Company Kg
Total Pages: 136
Release: 2011-10-10
Genre: Photography
ISBN: 380034078X

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Showcases Germany's Black Forest region through color photographs of its geography, people, traditions, social life, historic buildings, and cuisine, along with commentaries on some of its special features.

Forest Journey

Forest Journey
Author: Eliza Gardiner
Publsiher: Charasee Press
Total Pages: 78
Release: 2009
Genre: Electronic Book
ISBN: 9780919862425

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