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Two Percent Solutions for the Planet: 50 Low-Cost, Low-Tech, Nature-Based Practices for Combatting Hunger, Drought, and Climate Change, Courtney White
1 Two Percent Solutions for the Planet: 50 Low-Cost, Low-Tech, Nature-Based Practices for Combatting Hunger, Drought, and Climate Change
Courtney White USA Chelsea Green Publishing 2015 1603586172 / 9781603586177 Soft cover New Book 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.9 cm 
Two Percent Solutions for the Planet profiles fifty innovative practices that soak up carbon dioxide in soils, reduce energy use, sustainably intensify food production, and increase water quality. The two percent refers to: the amount of new carbon in the soil needed to reap a wide variety of ecological and economic benefits; the percentage of the nation s population who are farmers and ranchers; and the low financial cost (in terms of GDP) needed to get this work done. As White explained in Grass, Soil, Hope, a highly efficient carbon cycle captures, stores, releases, and recaptures biochemical energy, mitigating climate change, increasing water storage capacities in soil, and making green plants grow. Best of all, we don t have to invent anything new a wide variety of innovative ideas and methods that put carbon back into the soil have been field-tested and proven to be practical and profitable. They re mostly low-tech, too, relying on natural resources such as sunlight, green plants, animals, compost, beavers, creeks, and more. In Two Percent Solutions for the Planet, White expands what he calls the regenerative toolbox, to include holistic grazing, edible forests, biochar, weed-eating livestock, food co-ops, keyline plowing, restoration agriculture, bioenergy, aquaponics, animal power, Farm Hack, bees, bears, wildlife corridors, rainwater harvesting, native seeds, and various other projects from across the United States, as well as in Canada, Europe, and Australia. These short, engaging success stories will help readers connect the dots between diverse, exciting, and pragmatic practices, and inspire them to dig deeper into each individual story and concept, energized by the news that solutions abound." 
Price: 39.95 AUD
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The Sacred Balance: Rediscovering Our Place in Nature [used book], David Suzuki and Amanda McConnell
2 The Sacred Balance: Rediscovering Our Place in Nature [used book]
David Suzuki and Amanda McConnell Australia Allen & Unwin 1997 1864484144 / 9781864484144 Soft cover Good Book Trade Paperback 
This text is environmentalist David Suzuki's "bottom line" for a sustainable future. It begins by exploring the inventiveness that has enabled humans to adapt so successfully to life on Earth. This has led to explosive changes in population, phenomenal scientific and technological power, greatly increased consumption of resources, a massive movement to the cities and the new global economics. As we prepare for the arrival of the next millennium, the need to find a truly sustainable way of living is urgent. But before a new way of living can be defined, the non-negotiable needs all humans have in order to achieve a full and healthy life have to be established. This book discusses what humans really need, arguing that not only do they have biological needs, but they also have social and spiritual needs as well. 
Price: 9.00 AUD
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Heaven and Earth: Global Warming, The Missing Science, Ian Plimer
3 Heaven and Earth: Global Warming, The Missing Science
Ian Plimer Australia Connor Court Publishing 2009 1921421142 / 9781921421143 Soft cover New Book 21.0 x 14.8 x 3.0 cm 
The Earth is an evolving dynamic system. Current changes in climate, sea level and ice are within variability. Atmospheric CO2 is the lowest for 500 million years. Climate has always been driven by the Sun, the Earth's orbit and plate tectonics and the oceans, atmosphere and life respond. Humans have made their mark on the planet, thrived in warm times and struggled in cool times. The hypothesis that humans can actually change climate is unsupported by evidence from geology, archaeology, history and astronomy. The hypothesis is rejected. A new ignorance fills the yawning spiritual gap in Western society. Climate change politics is religious fundamentalism masquerading as science. Its triumph is computer models unrelated to observations in nature. There has been no critical due diligence of the science of climate change, dogma dominates, sceptics are pilloried and 17th Century thinking promotes prophets of doom, guilt and penance. When plate tectonics ceases and the world runs out of new rocks, there will be a tipping point and irreversible climate change. Don't wait up. 
Price: 39.95 AUD
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The Water-Wise Home: How to conserve and reuse Water in your home and landscape, Laura Allen
4 The Water-Wise Home: How to conserve and reuse Water in your home and landscape
Laura Allen USA Storey Publishing 2015 1612121691 / 9781612121697 Soft cover New Book 27.6 x 21.6 x 2.1 cm 
Are you looking for ways to save water -- or money? This accessible guide by Laura Allen, founder of Greywater Action, explains how to use water smartly and efficiently, increasing supply, saving money, reducing wear on your septic system, and filling your home and garden needs. She describes proven conservation techniques, explains how to create a water-wise landscape, and provides illustrated, step-by-step instructions for setting up a waterless composting toilet as well as systems to reuse greywater, harvest rainwater, and more. 
Price: 34.95 AUD
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More Than Honey: The Survival of Bees and the Future of Our World, Markus Imhoof and Claus-Peter Lieckfeld
5 More Than Honey: The Survival of Bees and the Future of Our World
Markus Imhoof and Claus-Peter Lieckfeld Canada Greystone Books 2015 1771640995 / 9781771640992 Soft cover New Book 21.6 x 14.0 x 1.5 cm 
"If 70 percent of all cattle or 30 percent of all chickens were to die annually, states of emergency would be declared everywhere. The death of bees is at least that dramatic and with even more far-reaching consequences." More Than Honey, the book based on the award-winning documentary of the same name, takes us on a global tour of the world of bees, introducing us along the way to "killer bees," Frankenbees, beekeepers, and human pollinators. Markus Imhoof and Claus-Peter Lieckfeld examine both the history and current status of our relationship to and reliance on bees, and expose the human behaviors that are contributing to the decline of the bee population--a decline that could ultimately contribute directly to a world food problem. The authors intersperse information about the intricate social structure of the bee world and the problems faced by bees--ranging from the ubiquitous Varroa destructor to overuse of pesticides and an ever-shrinking natural landscape--with conversations and interviews with beekeepers and bee experts from across the world, balancing the views of those who see bees as simply a valuable source of income with the views of those who see bees as undervalued, misunderstood creatures that need our help to survive. The end result is a fascinating, accessible overview of a species that is crucial to our survival. 152 pages. About the Authors: Markus Imhoof is an Oscar-nominated Swiss filmmaker and director of the international award-winning documentary More Than Honey. He is descended from a long line of beekeepers. Claus-Peter Lieckfeld co-founded and edited the German ecological magazine Natur. He currently works as a freelance writer, and in addition to co-authoring several books, has written numerous articles on nature. Both live in Berlin. 
Price: 24.95 AUD
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