The Snail Darter and the Dam: How Pork-Barrel Politics by Zygmunt J. B. Plater

By Zygmunt J. B. Plater

Even this day, thirty years after the felony battles to save lots of the endangered snail darter, the little fish that blocked of entirety of a TVA dam remains to be invoked as an icon of leftist extremism and governmental foolishness. during this eye-opening booklet, the attorney who together with his scholars fought and gained the best court docket case—known formally as Tennessee Valley Authority v. Hill—tells the hidden tale at the back of one of many nation’s most vital environmental legislations battles.

The realities of the darter’s case, Plater asserts, were regularly mischaracterized in politics and the media. This ebook deals an in depth account of the six-year campaign opposed to a pork-barrel undertaking that made no monetary feel and was once unsuitable from the beginning. in fact TVA’s undertaking used to be designed for sport and actual property improvement. And on the middle of the little workforce scuffling with the undertaking within the courts and Congress have been family members farmers attempting to store their houses and farms, so much of that have been to be resold in a company land improvement scheme. Plater’s gripping story of electorate navigating the tangled corridors of nationwide energy stimulates very important questions on our nation’s governance, and eventually units the snail darter’s list straight.

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“The tale of the snail darter and the TVA is the Thermopylae within the historical past of America’s conservation stream, and this e-book by means of Zygmunt Plater merits to be the vintage telling of it.”—Edward O. Wilson, Harvard University
(Edward O. Wilson)

"The Snail Darter and the Dam is an inspiring and informative American tale of standard humans battling robust unique pursuits. It's approximately how the general public curiosity misplaced out to special funds and its political allies--and disasters via the neighborhood and nationwide press to record the tale particularly, effectively, and in right context."—Dan relatively, Anchor and handling Editor of AXS TV
(Dan really 2012-09-19)

"TVA v. Hill is one in every of my favourite instances. This eminently readable account of the complete historical past of the case is much more fascinating than the tale instructed in Warren Burger’s opinion for the court docket (or my reminiscence of the oral argument and the transferring positions of the Justices in my e-book, 5 Chiefs). The author’s account of the way President Carter rejected the “God Committee’s” verdict in regards to the darter is principally so."—Hon. Justice John Paul Stevens, ultimate court docket of the us [retired]
(Hon. Justice John Paul Stevens [retired] 2012-08-27)

"The within tale of an extended and engaging battle—legal, political, environmental, and personal— that turned an icon of its period and is still instructive even this day. It’s a blueprint for group motion, and—sadly—a still-current roadmap of how within which Washington works. The felony maneuverings are laid out with really good lucidity, yet much more the e-book is by way of flip compassionate, indignant, and extremely humane, and worth reading.”—Jonathan Harr, writer of A Civil Action
(Jonathan Harr 2012-06-25)

"A compelling heritage . . . that sheds gentle at the coverage approach and is interesting in its personal correct. urged [for] all readership levels."—Choice
(Choice)

“Plater . . . does a deft task of weaving jointly the felony framework and context for his struggle opposed to TVA, which he ended up successful prior to the ideally suited courtroom within the landmark case TVA v. Hill. He employs a strict first-person, present-tense point of view that offers the e-book an attractive, memoiristic tone. [He] presents a wealth of element that makes for compelling analyzing, and he has a knack for bringing drama to even the main technical court docket proceedings."—Clay Risen, bankruptcy 16
(Clay Risen bankruptcy 16)

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Topics in Geophysical Fluid Dynamics: Atmospheric Dynamics, by M. Ghil, S. Childress

By M. Ghil, S. Childress

The energetic stirring of a cup of tea provides upward thrust, as we know, to fascinating fluid dynamical phenomena, a few of that are very demanding to give an explanation for. during this ebook our "cup of tea" comprises the currents of the Earth's surroundings, oceans, mantle, and fluid center. Our objective is to less than­ stand the fundamental actual methods that are most vital in describing what we discover, without delay or in a roundabout way, in those advanced platforms. whereas in lots of respects our realizing is measured by way of the facility to foretell, the focal point right here could be on quite easy versions that could reduction our actual instinct by means of suggesting worthy mathematical tools of investiga­ tion. those user-friendly types might be considered as a part of a hierarchy of versions of accelerating complexity, relocating towards these that can be use­ totally predictive. The dialogue during this e-book will deal essentially with the Earth. Interplanetary probes of Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn have published many fascinating phenomena which undergo on geophysical fluid dynamics. they've got additionally enabled us to work out the impact of fixing the values of yes parameters, similar to gravity and rotation price, on geophysical flows. however, satellite tv for pc observations of our personal planet on an everyday and hourly foundation have grew to become it right into a exact laboratory for the research of fluid motions on a scale by no means dreamt of earlier than: the movement of cyclones should be saw through satellite tv for pc simply as wing tip vortices are studied in a wind tunnel.

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Reading the River: A Voyage Down the Yukon by John Hildebrand

By John Hildebrand

“John Hildebrand units out in a canoe . . . to discover the good riverway of northwestern Canada and Alaska. . . . The geography is heavily rendered and the characters particularly sharply drawn. the rustic is full of mad dropouts at river fish camps, good-hearted women within the cities, sullen natives in tumbledown villages, cranky old-timers, bad drunks and worse moralizers who reside off the wild panorama and its plentiful assets. . . . it is a nice paintings, and Hildebrand is a tremendous writer.”—Charles E. Little, Wilderness

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Water vapor measurement by Pieter R. Wiederhold

By Pieter R. Wiederhold

Supplying all points of humidity size and instrumentation, this paintings contains rudiments and conception, universal functions, merits and obstacles of frequently-used sensors and strategies, and guidance for install, upkeep and calibration. The disk is meant for simple conversions of humidity parameters and devices.

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Mechanics of Wind-blown Sand Movements by Xiaojing Zheng

By Xiaojing Zheng

Mechanics performs a basic position in aeolian procedures and different environmental reports. This proposed ebook systematically provides the hot development within the study of aeolian approaches, particularly within the examine on mechanism, theoretical modelling and computational simulation of aeolian methods from the point of view of mechanics. these days, environmental and aeolian technique comparable difficulties are attracting an increasing number of awareness. we are hoping this proposed e-book will supply scientists and graduate scholars in aeolian examine and different environmental study a few mechanical tools and rules and introduce aeolian comparable difficulties of setting to mathematical and mechanical scientists.

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Rivers of History: Life on the Coosa, Tallapoosa, Cahaba, by Harvey H. Jackson

By Harvey H. Jackson

Four streams make up the Alabama River procedure, the Coosa, Tallapoosa, Cahaba, and Alabama. jointly they stream for greater than 900 miles, via one of the most old areas of the kingdom. This publication appears to be like on the method those streams have formed the lives of the folk who lived alongside them, and the way, in flip, humans have used the rivers to their very own ends. This is the tale of the folk of the Alabama River procedure: the Indians, investors, steamboatmen, passengers, slaves, loggers, "deadheaders", divers, river rats, fishermen, commercial giants, manufacturing unit employees, company boosters, environmentalists, and those that easily love the rivers as a result of whatever that turns out to were part of them from the 1st time they observed the water flowing. it is a publication for and approximately those humans. They, and the rivers, are the most characters within the story.

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The Flood of 2013: A Summer of Angry Rivers in Southern by Herald, Naheed Nenshi

By Herald, Naheed Nenshi

The Flood of 2013 chronicles an unforgettable summer time of indignant rivers, exceptional flooding, and indisputable human spirit. This booklet seems at how the catastrophe irrevocably replaced southern Alberta and its humans. within the face of catastrophe, Albertans confirmed their precise grit and rose above adversity — similar to their ancestors did for generations earlier than them. The flood started in southern Alberta on June 20 and resulted in 4 deaths, billions of greenbacks in harm, and greater than 100,000 humans fleeing their houses to flee raging waters. greater than eighty usher in newshounds — photographers, writers, editors, videographers, researchers, and electronic manufacturers — helped to relate the story of the flood. utilizing their phrases and photographs, this lovely quantity captures not just the devastation and destruction of the flood but in addition the emergence of heroes and heartfelt moments. associates helped pals. Strangers helped strangers. And Albertans vowed to get better, come hell or excessive water.

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Tropical Deltas and Coastal Zones: Food Production, by Chu T. Hoanh, Brian W. Szuster, Kam Suan-Pheng, Andrew D.

By Chu T. Hoanh, Brian W. Szuster, Kam Suan-Pheng, Andrew D. Noble, Abdelbagi M. Ismail

Tropical coastal deltas symbolize essentially the most different and quickly altering biophysical areas within the constructing global. those deltas are domestic to massive populated components, are major facilities of agricultural creation and commercial improvement, and include fragile ecosystems which are now dealing with new threats because of anticipated sea-level rises linked to international warming. concentrating on the constructing international locations of Asia, Africa and South the United States, chapters discover the various livelihoods of individuals in those parts and the effect of land-water administration at the atmosphere. New strategies and methodologies are explored in land and water administration to aim and clear up the conflicts among rice-based agriculture, aquaculture, fisheries and the surroundings in tropical delta areas, illustrating find out how to guard tropical deltaic structures within the face of significant destiny demanding situations.

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Mountain Rivers Revisited by Ellen Wohl

By Ellen Wohl

Published by way of the yankee Geophysical Union as a part of the Water assets Monograph sequence, quantity 19.

What are the kinds and strategies attribute of mountain rivers and the way can we be aware of them? Mountain Rivers Revisited, an increased and up-to-date model of the sooner quantity Mountain Rivers, solutions those questions and extra. here's the one entire synthesis of present wisdom approximately mountain rivers on hand. whereas carrying on with to target actual strategy and shape in mountain rivers, the textual content additionally addresses the impacts of tectonics, weather, and land use on rivers, in addition to water chemistry, hyporheic alternate, and riparian and aquatic ecology. With its a variety of illustrations and references, hydrologists, geomorphologists, civil and environmental engineers, ecologists, source planners, and their scholars will locate this ebook a necessary resource.

Ellen Wohl bought her Ph.D. in geology in 1988 from the college of Arizona. when you consider that then, she has labored totally on mountain and bedrock rivers in diversified environments.

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