Sustaining Life

How Human Health Depends on Biodiversity

Author: Eric Chivian

Publisher: Oxford University Press


Category: Medical

Page: 542

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Examines the relationship between the animals, plants, and insects on land and in the water and how they have provided health benefits to society.

Sustaining Life on Planet Earth: Metalloenzymes Mastering Dioxygen and Other Chewy Gases

Author: Peter M. H Kroneck

Publisher: Springer


Category: Medical

Page: 329

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MILS-15 provides an up-to-date review of the metalloenzymes involved in the activation, production, and conversion of molecular oxygen as well as the functionalization of the chemically inert gases methane and ammonia. Found either in aerobes (humans, animals, plants, microorganisms) or in anaerobes (so-called “impossible bacteria”) these enzymes employ preferentially iron and copper at their active sites, in order to conserve energy by redox-driven proton pumps, to convert methane to methanol, or ammonia to hydroxylamine or other compounds. When it comes to the light-driven production of molecular oxygen, the tetranuclear manganese cluster of photosystem II must be regarded as the key player. However, dioxygen can also be produced in the dark, by heme iron-dependent dismutation of oxyanions. Metalloenzymes Mastering Dioxygen and Other Chewy Gases is a vibrant research area based mainly on structural and microbial biology, inorganic biological chemistry, and environmental biochemistry. All this is covered in an authoritative manner in 7 stimulating chapters, written by 21 internationally recognized experts, and supported by nearly 1100 references, informative tables, and over 140 illustrations (many in color). MILS-15 provides excellent information for teaching; it is also closely related to MILS-14, The Metal-Driven Biogeochemistry of Gaseous Compounds in the Environment. Peter M. H. Kroneck is a bioinorganic chemist who is exploring the role of transition metals in biology, with a focus on functional and structural aspects of microbial iron, copper, and molybdenum enzymes and their impact on the biogeochemical cyles of nitrogen and sulfur. Martha E. Sosa Torres is an inorganic chemist, with special interests in magnetic properties of newly synthesized transition metal complexes and their reactivity towards molecular oxygen, applying kinetic, electrochemical, and spectroscopic techniques.

Twisted Oak: A Journey to Create a Self-Sustaining Life and Home

Author: Kristina Munroe PE



Category: Architecture

Page: 242

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Twisted Oak is the inspiring, true story of a family seeking a more sustainable life in a complex, technology-driven world. Their journey leads them to build a self-sustaining home and lifestyle in the sunny mountains of southwestern Colorado as they pursue their goal to maintain a balance of respecting the natural world and continuing to remain engaged in the modern world. Follow Kristina and her sons, Austin and Andy, from their initial vision and dream of a more simple life, through their triumphs and their tears as they research, design, and build a home with the support of their family and the skills of newfound friends. Rejoice with them as they learn and find unexpected healing and new strength on the road to an abundant and fulfilling future. Along with the heartwarming story, Twisted Oak is full of technical inserts and plenty of practical tips from an engineer who not only designed her home, but helped build it, and has comfortably lived in it with her family for over six years. "Kristina Munroe's whimsical, brave tale begins 'on a dark and stormy night' as she welcomes readers to join her on a humble journey to build Twisted Oak, her solar-powered, rain-harvesting, organically-inspired home – replete with an indoor tropical garden and loft – near Durango, Colorado. An engineer by trade, Munroe's words are crafted as intentionally as the tires and timber that piece together Twisted Oak, making this vibrant book ideal for both curious architects and those seeking an energizing story about one determined mother's leap of faith. Twisted Oak empowers our pioneer hearts to keep seeking ways to imagine a more sustainable way of life and, above all, realize that pipe dreams are in fact possibilities waiting to happen. Pairs best with either a cup of tea at sunrise or glass of wine at sunset. Happy daydreaming!" ~ Joy Martin, Associate Publisher MTN Town Magazine "More than a DIY home-building story, Twisted Oak offers the reader an intimate account of crafting a home and a life from the inside out. With nature and its forces and humans and their follies as collaborators, author Kristina Munroe 's optimistic voice leads the reader through a journey grounded in simplicity, beauty and ecology." ~ Jules Masterjohn, Editor of Stanton Englehart: A Life on Canvas

Sustaining life on earth

how the Convention on Biological Diversity promotes nature and humal well-being

Author: Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity



Category: Business & Economics

Page: 20

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The Uses and Abuses of Air

Showing Its Influence in Sustaining Life, and Producing Disease: with Remarks on the Ventilation of Houses, and the Best Methods of Securing a Pure and Wholesome Atmosphere Inside of Dwellings, Churches, Court-rooms, Workshops, and Buildings of All Kinds

Author: John Hoskins Griscom



Category: Respiration

Page: 252

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The Uses And Abuses Of Air

Showing Its Influence In Sustaining Life, And Producing Disease: With Remarks On The Ventilation Of Houses, And The Best Methods Of Securing A Pure And Wholesome Atmosphere Inside Of Dwellings, Churches, Courtrooms,

Author: John Hoskins Griscom

Publisher: Wentworth Press



Page: 294

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