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Green Planet: How Plants Keep the Earth Alive

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Plants are not just a pretty part of the landscape; they keep the entire planet, with all of its human and nonhuman inhabitants, alive. Stanley Rice documents the many ways in which plants do this by making oxygen, regulating the greenhouse effect, controlling floods, and producing all the food in the world. Plants also create natural habitats for all organisms in the world. With illustrations and clear writing for non-specialists, Green Planet helps general readers realize that if we are to rescue the Earth from environmental disaster, we must protect wild plants.

Beginning with an overview of how human civilization has altered the face of the Earth, particularly by the destruction of forests, the book details the startling consequences of these actions. Rice provides compelling reasons for government officials, economic leaders, and the public to support efforts to save threatened and endangered plants. Global campaigns to solve environmental problems with plants, such as the development of green roofs and the Green Belt Movement a women's organization in Kenya that empowers communities worldwide to protect the environment show readers that efforts to save wild plants can be successful and beneficial to the economic well-being of nations.

Through current scientific evidence, readers see that plants are vital to the ecological health of our planet and understand what can be done to lead to a better and greener future.

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Data and Computer Communications
Data and Computer Communications
Awarded the Texty Award by the Textbook and Academic Authors Association for the best computer science and engineering textbook of 1997. Key Benefit: This book provides a clear and comprehensive survey of the whole field of data and computer communications and provides an up-to-date tutorial on leading-edge networking technologies. Since its...
Optimal Device Design
Optimal Device Design

Explore the frontier of device engineering by applying optimization to nanoscience and device design. This cutting-edge work shows how robust, manufacturable designs that meet previously unobtainable system specifications can be created using a combination of modern computer power, adaptive algorithms, and realistic device-physics models....

Porous Silicon for Biomedical Applications (Woodhead Publishing Series in Biomaterials)
Porous Silicon for Biomedical Applications (Woodhead Publishing Series in Biomaterials)

Porous silicon has a range of properties, making it ideal for drug delivery, cancer therapy, and tissue engineering. Porous Silicon for Biomedical Applications provides a comprehensive review of this emerging nanostructured and biodegradable biomaterial.

Chapters in part one focus on the fundamentals and properties of porous...


IIS 6 Administration
IIS 6 Administration

This practical, task-oriented guide explains exactly what you need to know in order to deploy, configure, manage, monitor, and troubleshoot Internet Information Services 6 (IIS 6) on the Microsoft Windows Server 2003 platform. Author Mitch Tulloch skillfully details essential day-to-day administrations tasks and includes dozens of invaluable...

Programming Google Glass
Programming Google Glass

Google Glass is the new wearable computer everyone's talking about. It offers a head-mounted optical display and touch interface, and it's programmable. Kick-start your Glassware development by exploring how users can interface with Glass, developing a Glass application fast by using the Mirror API to manipulate Timeline cards and...

Bayesian Logical Data Analysis for the Physical Sciences: A Comparative Approach with Mathematica® Support
Bayesian Logical Data Analysis for the Physical Sciences: A Comparative Approach with Mathematica® Support
Bayesian inference provides a simple and unified approach to data analysis, allowing experimenters to assign probabilities to competing hypotheses of interest, on the basis of the current state of knowledge. By incorporating relevant prior information, it can sometimes improve model parameter estimates by many orders of magnitude. This book...
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