Author: David A. Bainbridge
Publisher: Storey Publishing
Release Date: 2015-12-29
2016 Silver Nautilus Book Award Winner for Green Living & Sustainability Are you facing drought or water shortages? Gardening with Less Water offers simple, inexpensive, low-tech techniques for watering your garden much more efficiently — using up to 90 percent less water for the same results. With illustrated step-by-step instructions, David Bainbridge shows you how to install buried clay pots and pipes, wicking systems, and other porous containers that deliver water directly to a plant’s roots with little to no evaporation. These systems are available at hardware stores and garden centers; are easy to set up and use; and work for garden beds, container gardens, and trees.
Author: J. William Thompson
Publisher: Island Press
Release Date: 2007-11-13
Published at the beginning of the twenty-first century, Sustainable Landscape Construction took a new approach to what was then a nearly new subject: how to construct outdoor environments based on principles of sustainability. This enormously influential book helped to spur a movement that has taken root around the U.S. and throughout the world. The second edition has been thoroughly updated to include the most important developments in this landscape revolution, along with the latest scientific research in the field. It has been expanded to provide even more ideas for designing, building, and maintaining environmentally sensitive landscapes. It is essential reading for everyone with an interest in “green” landscape design. Like its predecessor, the new edition of Sustainable Landscape Construction is organized around principles that reflect the authors’ desire to put environmental ethics into practice. Each chapter focuses on one over-arching idea. These principles of sustainability are clearly articulated and are developed through specific examples. More than 100 projects from around the globe are described and illustrated. A new chapter details ways in which landscape architectural practice must respond to the dangers posed by fire, floods, drought, extreme storms, and climate change. Sustainable Landscape Construction is a crucial complement to basic landscape construction texts, and is a one-of-a-kind reference for professionals, students, and concerned citizens.
Author: J.A.A. Jones
Release Date: 2014-04-08
Genre: Social Science
Using the latest mapping techniques, J.A.A. Jones, Chair of the IGU Commission for Water Sustainability, examines water availability, the impact of climate change and the problems created for water management worldwide as well as possible solutions. Water Sustainability: A Global Perspective is one of the first textbook to meld the physical and human aspects affecting the world's water resources. Part One outlines the challenges and investigates the human factors: population growth; urbanization and pollution; the commercialization of water, including globalization and privatization; and the impacts of war, terrorism and the credit crunch. Part Two examines the physical aspects: the restless water cycle, the impact of past and future climate change and the problems change and unreliability create for water management. Part Three discusses current and future solutions including improved efficiency and water treatment systems, desalination, weather modification and rainwater harvesting, and improved legal and administrative frameworks. Jones concludes by asking how far technical and financial innovations can overcome the limitations of climatic resources and examining the human and environmental costs involved in such developments. This book is the ideal text for any student of water sustainability whether approaching the subject from the point of view of international relations, geography or environmental management.
Read Diane McEachern's posts on the Penguin Blog. Protecting our environment is one of the biggest issues facing our planet today. But how do we solve a problem that can seem overwhelming-even hopeless? As Diane MacEachern argues in Big Green Purse, the best way to fight the industries that pollute the planet, thereby changing the marketplace forever, is to mobilize the most powerful consumer force in the world-women. MacEachern's message is simple but revolutionary. If women harness the "power of their purse" and intentionally shift their spending money to commodities that have the greatest environmental benefit, they can create a cleaner, greener world. Spirited and informative, this book: - targets twenty commodities-cars, cosmetics, coffee, food, paper products, appliances, cleansers, and more-where women's dollars can make a dramatic difference; - provides easy-to-follow guidelines and lists so women can choose the greenest option regardless of what they're buying, along with recommended companies they should support; - encourages women to spend wisely by explaining what's worth the premium price some green products cost, what's not, and when they shouldn't spend money at all; and - differentiates between products that are actually "green" and those that are simply marketed as "ecofriendly." Whether readers want to start with small changes or are ready to devote the majority of their budget to green products, MacEachern offers concrete and immediate ways that women can take action and make a difference. Empowering and enlightening, Big Green Purse will become the "green shopping bible" for women everywhere who are asking, "What can I do?"
Author: Mel Bartholomew
Publisher: New Society Publishers
Release Date: 2010-01-01
The breakdown of our global food system due to peak oil, climate change, and a collapsing economy has triggered an unprecedented surge in backyard gardening and small-scale local agriculture. Square Foot Gardening to the rescue! Using Mel Bartholomewrs"s groundbreaking techniques, households the world over can enhance their food security, reduce their food costs, earn extra money, and enjoy the satisfaction of a healthy and productive harvest.Square Foot Gardening is simply a better way to garden. It uses 80 percent less space and 90 percent less water, and it takes a fraction of the time and effort of traditional gardening methods while dramatically increasing yields. Uniquely suited for children, the elderly, or those with physical limitations, Square Food Gardens are "bite-sized landscapes" that are: Scaleable Organic Beautiful Efficient Easy to maintainPublished in 1981, the original Square Foot Gardening became the most popular gardening book ever, selling over one million copies in the United States. Packed with plans, illustrations, tips, recipes, and many new improvements, All New Square Foot Gardening to the Rescue brings this innovative method to a new generation, and is a must-read for gardeners, homeowners, apartment dwellers, and anyone who wants to become more self-sufficient and food secure.Mel Bartholomew is a civil engineer, inventor, and the founder of the Square Foot Gardening Foundation. He has written numerous books, including the original Square Foot Gardening , and his Square Foot Gardening TV shows ran on PBS, the Discovery Channel, and the Learning Channel for eight straight years.