A powerful investigation into the chances for humanity's future from the author of the bestseller The World Without Us. In his bestselling book The World Without Us, Alan Weisman considered how the Earth could heal and even refill empty niches if relieved of humanity's constant pressures. Behind that groundbreaking thought experiment was his hope that we would be inspired to find a way to add humans back to this vision of a restored, healthy planet-only in harmony, not mortal combat, with the rest of nature. But with a million more of us every 4 1/2 days on a planet that's not getting any bigger, and with our exhaust overheating the atmosphere and altering the chemistry of the oceans, prospects for a sustainable human future seem ever more in doubt. For this long awaited follow-up book, Weisman traveled to more than 20 countries to ask what experts agreed were probably the most important questions on Earth--and also the hardest: How many humans can the planet hold without capsizing? How robust must the Earth's ecosystem be to assure our continued existence? Can we know which other species are essential to our survival? And, how might we actually arrive at a stable, optimum population, and design an economy to allow genuine prosperity without endless growth? Weisman visits an extraordinary range of the world's cultures, religions, nationalities, tribes, and political systems to learn what in their beliefs, histories, liturgies, or current circumstances might suggest that sometimes it's in their own best interest to limit their growth. The result is a landmark work of reporting: devastating, urgent, and, ultimately, deeply hopeful. By vividly detailing the burgeoning effects of our cumulative presence, Countdown reveals what may be the fastest, most acceptable, practical, and affordable way of returning our planet and our presence on it to balance. Weisman again shows that he is one of the most provocative journalists at work today, with a book whose message is so compelling that it will change how we see our lives and our destiny.
The fearful events of the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis are witnessed by 11-year-old Franny, who finds her life and perspectives changing throughout the course of a week that is also marked by difficult family issues. By the National Book Award finalist author of Each Little Bird That Sings.
Surviving the murder of her family and months on the streets of a plague-devastated world, Kira Jordan, a low-level psi user, wakes up one morning chained to the notorious Rogan Ellis in a room where their every move is controlled and televised to a vicious audience. Original.
Jane MacGuire has survived an encounter with a serial killer to pursue her interest in archaeology, but when her friend Mike is shot during a kidnapping attempt, she discovers that the past could have a deadly influence on her future.
The year is 2014, the year everything changed. We cured cancer. We cured the common cold. We died. This is the story of how we rose. When will you rise? Countdown is a novella set in the world of Feed. Word count: ~19,500 Newsflesh Short FictionApocalypse Scenario #683: The BoxCountdownSan Diego 2014: The Last Stand of the California BrowncoatsHow Green This Land, How Blue This SeaThe Day the Dead Came to Show and TellPlease Do Not Taunt the Octopus For more from Mira Grant, check out: Newsflesh FeedDeadlineBlackout ParasitologyParasiteSymbiont Chimera
Countdown to bedtime has begun, but every astronaut has to prepare. Moon boots, space costume, co-pilot... This gentle story introduces the numbers from one to ten. Children will adore the bright and fun illustrations and will be engrossed in the preparations for this exciting trip to outer space.
Powerful free verse and stunning illustrations tell the true story of the American effort to land the first man on the Moon. In 1961, President John F. Kennedy announced that the United States would try to land a man on the Moon within ten years. During the two thousand nine hundred and seventy-nine days that followed his speech, eighteen astronauts climbed into spaceships; three of them died before even leaving the ground. Eight rockets soared into space. And four hundred thousand people--engineers, technicians, scientists, mathematicians, and machinists--joined Project Apollo in hopes of making the dream a reality. Award-winning author and former mechanical engineer Suzanne Slade joins up with New York Times best-selling illustrator Thomas Gonzalez to tell the powerful story of every success, failure, triumph, tragedy, and lesson learned from Apollos 1 through 10 that led to an American Moon landing.
A high-tension espionage thriller as gripping as Frederick Forsyth's The Day of the Jackal, or Tom Clancy's The Hunt for Red October. A Soviet Agent is found dead inside an Israeli nuclear weapons stockpile so secret the United States doesn't know it exists. A Pershing missile that is guarded around the clock is hijacked from a maximum-security installation at a West German Air Force Base. The U.S.S. Indianapolis, a submarine on training maneuvers off the coast of Italy, suddenly ceases transmitting -- then vanishes without a trace. Two men are behind this deadly wave of terror. Colonel Valentin Baranov, the new head of the KGB, a man intent on destroying glasnost and rekindling the Cold War. And Arkady Kurshin, the ruthless assassin who is Baranov's finest weapon. To stop them, the CIA must turn to maverick agent Kirk McGarvey, a trained killer as deadly as Kurshin. Driven by a vendetta against Baranov, McGarvey stalks Kurshin across the face of Europe, determined to find him before the clock runs out on an act of terrorism so devastating it could alter the balance of world power forever. But a mole inside the Agency is monitoring McGarvery's every move. And the KGB has captured the woman McGavery has come to love... At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
On 11 May 1998 the Indian government tested five nuclear devices some forty kilometres from Pokaran. Seventeen days later Pakistan tested nuclear devices of its own. About three months after the tests, Amitav Ghosh went to the Pokaran area, after which he visited Kashmir as part of the defence minister s entourage. He also went to the Siachen glacier in the Karakoram mountains where Indian and Pakistani soldiers have been exchanging fire since 1983. Ghosh then travelled through Pakistan and Nepal. Countdown is partly a result of these journeys and conversations with many hundreds of people of the subcontinent.
Field trip today—to the apple farm! Count 20 name tags, 19 kids on the bus, 18 miles to the farm. There are 14 cows and 13 ducks (10 white and 3 black), and 12 rows of apple trees. Count the apples in your sack, count 3 pies to eat (divided into 20 pieces), and all too soon it’s 2 o’clock, time to go! But wait—Lee has a number-1 surprise. Joan Holub’s creative countdown, from 20 to 1, includes grouping and simple addition. Her multicultural students enjoy all that the apple farm has to offer, from counting the cows and ducks to picking different varieties of apples. The endpapers of this cheerful book are filled with apple facts.
As civil war rages in the Commonwealth of Independent States and the threat of nuclear aggression looms, Captain Matthew "Tombstone" Magruder and his men must launch marine assaults and aerial strikes on the Russians. Original.
The Bible code-the ancient code encrypted in the Bible that may reveal our future-was made known to the world by investigative reporter Michael Drosnin. Now he reveals startling new predictions warning that we may have only three years to stop the countdown to Armageddon. This dramatic account opens on the morning of September 11, 2001, when Drosnin witnessed the attack on the World Trade Center-and then found the terrible event predicted in detail in the 3,000-year-old Bible code. But according to the code, September 11 was only the beginning. The Bible code says we are already in the "End of Days," the Apocalypse foretold by all three major religions of the West. Drosnin has traveled the globe to meet with world leaders to prevent the impending danger-and to search for the "Code Key," a long-buried ancient object that may completely unlock the Bible code, just in time to save our world.
Journey on a science fiction adventure that spans three worlds, an adventure full of action, mystery, intrigue, thrills, and suspense. A deadly missile has been stolen. A growing terrorist organization has laid down its demands. Millions will die if their deadline isn't met, and a vital economic agreement, created to unite the three habitable worlds of the Ziara system, will never come to pass. Having already mysteriously lost four of its top agents trying to track down the terrorist leader, the Bureau-the most known and feared organization in the charted galaxy-sends out its best agent to stop the terrorist threat before it is too late. Can Agent Jake Keeler put an end to the plans of the terrorists before the lives of millions are lost, or will the countdown begin toward the destruction that will change the face of the Ziara system forever?
Countdown puts forward the view that the total direction of our development, and the values on which it based, is wrong and leading towards a human and environmental catastrophe. The author identifies economics and economic growth as the main cause of this situation and suggests a new framework for wealth creation and distribution guided by a new science which he has named philonomics.