Science & Nature (225)

An Illustrated Guide to Common Grasses Sedges and Rushes of New Zealand

ISBN: 9780473216603

Author: Paul Champion    Publisher: NZ Plant Protection Society

For many years those of us who have to identify grasses as part of our jobs or who just want to find out what plants are called have had to make do with tattere...


For many years those of us who have to identify grasses as part of our jobs or who just want to find out what plants are called have had to make do with tattered old copies of Lambrechsten's What grass is that? or imported works on British or Australian grasses, like Hubbard's Grasses of the British Isles. None of these books fully described the grasses now common in New Zealand, whose numbers have been boosted by the dramatic southward spread of sub-tropical grasses like Kikuyu, paspalum and the bristle grasses. This is the book that bridges the gap. Here at last is a full colour identification guide to grasses, sedges and rushes, groups of plants that are often confused and commonly put in the 'too hard' basket . 'Too hard' is no longer a valid excuse! This guide to grasses and grass-like plants is written for a wide audience, and features outstanding pictures of flowering plants as well as of the critical details needed for accurate identification. Features include an easy-to-follow format, with keys for each category (grass, sedge, rush) to aid identification, excellent colour photographs throughout, and a fully illustrated colour glossary. The authors are Paul Champion from NIWA, expert on plants of wet places; Trevor James of AgResearch, weed wizard and photographer; Ian Popay, formerly of both AgResearch and DOC and now of Landcare Research; and Kerry Ford of Landcare Research, professional agrostologist (look it up). An Illustrated Guide to Common Grasses, Sedges and Rushes of New Zealand covers both native and introduced species and therefore appeals to a wide audience from field professionals to keen amateurs.


$59.99
Honeybee Hobbyist 2nd Edition

ISBN: 9781620083154

Author: Norman Gary    Publisher: Companion House

A Practical Guide to an Enjoyable Hobby Bee keeping isn't just for the professional farmer―bees can be kept in any situation from simple backyards and rooftop...


A Practical Guide to an Enjoyable Hobby Bee keeping isn't just for the professional farmer―bees can be kept in any situation from simple backyards and rooftops to large expanses of farmland. Discover whether honey beekeeping is right for you, and find out everything you need to know to keep and acquire bees in this updated guide. Honey Bee Hobbyist, 2nd Edition will help novice beekeepers fully understand this exciting pastime. Dr. Norman Gary, a world-renowned honey bee expert and enthusiast, counsels beginners on all things honeybee related. He takes readers from finding bees and housing them to collecting honey and using their produce for pleasure and possible profit. With more than 100 fascinating colour photographs and tips and tricks acquired over half a century of beekeeping, this practical handbook is your first step toward a wonderful and rewarding lifelong hobby. Honey Bee Hobbyist, 2nd Edition will show you how to: Start your own hive Understand the life and times of honey bees Care for your bees in each season and at every stage of life Expand your apiary Keep your neighbours happy Educate others about bees Get the most out of your new hobby


Bind: paperback


Pages: 224


Dimensions: 178 x 230 mm


Publication Date: 15-11-2018


$39.99
Wanaka: Lake, Mountain, Adventure

ISBN: 9781988531366

Author: Neville Peat    Publisher: Otago University Press

The mountain fastness is close enough to feel powerful but not claustrophobic ... The lake has a gleaming, softening presence ... There is a serene coherence to...


The mountain fastness is close enough to feel powerful but not claustrophobic ... The lake has a gleaming, softening presence ... There is a serene coherence to it all. Neville Peat describes the scenic splendour of Wanaka and the myriad activities and attractions for visitors in this updated edition of a book that serves as both a guide to one of New Zealand’s tourism hotspots, and as a souvenir. The book covers the history of the Wanaka area and its progress into a contemporary centre renowned for an exciting range of outdoor activities and regular events, including the internationally recognized Warbirds Over Wanaka air show. Further material offers a guide to local walking and cycling tracks, local flora and fauna, and Mt Aspiring National Park.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 80


Dimensions: 170 x 210 mm


$19.95
The Invisible Killer : The Rising Global Threat of Air Pollution

ISBN: 9781911545194

Author: Gary Fuller    Publisher: Melville House UK

More than 90% of the world’s population is exposed to air pollutant concentrations exceeding World Health Organisation guideline levels. Having air that is he...


More than 90% of the world’s population is exposed to air pollutant concentrations exceeding World Health Organisation guideline levels. Having air that is healthy to breathe is one of the greatest challenges of the 21st Century. Some of this is unfinished business from the last 60 years, but as more and more of us live in cities, more of us are living close to pollution sources. Europe is wrestling with air pollution from diesel transport and in China and India they are facing air pollution problems that they have never met before. The air pollution that we breathe every day is largely invisible to us but it is having a significant impact on our health and that of our children. The Invisible Killer will take you on a journey from London to Los Angeles to Beijing, challenging our ideas of what creates air pollution and how we measure it, and introducing us to incredible individuals whose groundbreaking research paved the way to today’s understanding, often at their own detriment. Dr Fuller argues that to change the future of our planet and collective global health, city and national government action is essential. It is not for lack of evidence that air pollution harm persists. Instead it remains in place due to a lack of political will to make changes to our urban lives, to persuade the public and to make polluters bear the full cost of the harm that they do.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 224


Dimensions: 138 x 216 mm


Publication Date: 28-11-2018


$34.99
77 Things To Know Before Getting a Cat

ISBN: 9781620082911

Author: Susan Ewing    Publisher: Companion House

Get Ready For Your New Best Friend If you’re longing for the pitter-patter of four furry feet, you have some homework to do. When new cat owners aren’t prep...


Get Ready For Your New Best Friend If you’re longing for the pitter-patter of four furry feet, you have some homework to do. When new cat owners aren’t prepared, it’s the cat who suffers, so it’s very important to consider all angles of cat care and ownership before making the commitment. This book starts with the process of selecting a suitable cat for your home and lifestyle and goes on to discuss the present and future requirements of feeding, grooming, training, healthcare, and much more to fully educate prospective new cat owners. Inside 77 Things to Know before Getting a Cat: Advice on selecting a kitten or adult cat based on your family, living space, and lifestyle Buying a purebred from a breeder versus adopting from a shelter or rescue group The equipment and supplies you’ll need before the cat comes home Getting the cat acclimated to his new environment Feeding, grooming, training, and healthcare for all life stages Keeping your cat safe at home and away Illustrations, charts, and checklists, to help you plan and prepare


Bind: paperback


Pages: 192


Dimensions: 178 x 230 mm


Publication Date: 19-10-2018


$39.99
Why Materials Matter

ISBN: 9783791384719

Author: Seetal Solanki    Publisher: Prestel Publishing

What does it mean to live in a material world, and how do materials of the past and present hold the keys to our future? This book tackles these questions by fo...


What does it mean to live in a material world, and how do materials of the past and present hold the keys to our future? This book tackles these questions by focusing on various issues that human beings face and by discussing potential materials-related solutions. Through the lens of intriguing projects by designers, artists, makers, and scientists, it presents a colourful panoply of ideas, technologies, and creative efforts that focus on the earth’s most basic elements, while also showing how these elements can be transformed into entirely new materials. It explores, for example, how ancient practices such as dyeing fabric and making glue may hold the secret to renewable and earth-friendly consumer products, as well as how recycling plastics can tackle food waste, and how a type of light metal being developed may one day make air travel less fuel-reliant. This book also investigates the potential of the digital experience, suggesting how this most ephemeral type of matter can be used to improve our world. Eye-catching and provocative, Why Materials Matter serves as both a stimulating catalogue of possibilities and a timely manifesto on how to consume, manufacture, and design for a better future.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 240


Dimensions: 240 x 300 mm


Publication Date: 19-10-2018


$120.00
Flu Hunter

ISBN: 9781988531311

Author: Robert G. Webster    Publisher: Otago University Press

When a new influenza virus emerges that is able to be transmitted between humans, it spreads globally as a pandemic, often with high mortality. Enormous social ...


When a new influenza virus emerges that is able to be transmitted between humans, it spreads globally as a pandemic, often with high mortality. Enormous social disruption and substantial economic cost can result. The 1918 Spanish influenza pandemic was undoubtedly the most devastating influenza pandemic to date, and it has been Dr Robert Webster’s life’s work to figure out how and why. In so doing he has made a remarkable contribution to our understanding of the evolution of influenza viruses and how to control them. A century on, Flu Hunter is a gripping account of the tenacious scientific detective work involved in revealing the secrets of this killer virus. Dubbed ‘Flu Hunter’ by Smithsonian Magazine in 2006, Dr Webster began his research in the early 1960s with the insight that the natural ecology of most influenza viruses is among wild aquatic birds. Painstaking tracking and testing of thousands of birds eventually led him and the other scientists involved to establish a link between these bird virus ‘reservoirs’ and human influenza pandemics. Some of this fascinating scientific work involved exhuming bodies of Spanish flu victims from the Arctic permafrost in a search for tissue samples containing genetic material from the virus. Could a global influenza pandemic occur again? Webster’s warning is clear: ‘... it is not only possible, it is just a matter of when.’


Bind: paperback


Pages: 220


Dimensions: 150 x 230 mm


$35.00
Ravaged Beauty: An Environmental History of The Manawatu

ISBN: 9781927212134

Author: Catherine Knight    Publisher: Totara Press

While "Ravaged Beauty" is about the environmental history of one North Island region, the impact of human settlement and accompanying development for improving ...


While "Ravaged Beauty" is about the environmental history of one North Island region, the impact of human settlement and accompanying development for improving human settlement conditions is typical of many New Zealand regions. This impact, graphically illustrated in this well researched and entertainingly told history, gained great pace with the arrival of European settlers in the mid 1800s. Only a century and a half ago, the Manawatu was a heavily forested hinterland: the floodplains were a sea of swamps and lagoons, teeming with birdlife, eels and other fish; the hills and terraces were covered with thick impenetrable forest, refuge perhaps to a few lingering moa. But within a few decades, the forest had been reduced to ashes, and the swamps and lagoons were being drained away. Progress marched across the landscape in the form of farms and settlements. However, it wasn't long before nature "exacted its revenge": erosion scarred the hillsides, floods ravaged farms and towns. Pollution of the rivers saw fish dying en masse. How would the people of the region meet these environmental challenges, and what lessons would there be for the future? By "peeling away the layers", this book tells the intriguing story of the Manawatu's environmental history, drawn from a rich array of sources, maps and historical images.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 314


Dimensions: 157 x 235 mm


$49.99
Miniature Schnauzer

ISBN: 9781593787745

Publisher: Companion House

Dedicated to the Miniature Schnauzer, the world’s most popular terrier breed hailed for its spunky but easygoing temperament, this Smart Owner’s Guide, crea...


Dedicated to the Miniature Schnauzer, the world’s most popular terrier breed hailed for its spunky but easygoing temperament, this Smart Owner’s Guide, created by the editors at Dog Fancy magazine, offers the most up-to-date and accurate information every dog owner needs to become a well-informed caregiver for his dog. Illustrated with color photographs of adorable puppies and handsome adults, this easy-to-read primer is designed in a modern, lively manner that readers will find user-friendly and entertaining.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 176


Dimensions: 185 x 235 mm


$29.99
The Allergic Pet

ISBN: 9781621871828

Author: Deva Khalsa    Publisher: Companion House

Dr. Deva Khalsa, a pioneer in holistic veterinary medicine, shares her effective, integrative approach to permanently eliminating pet allergies in this invaluab...


Dr. Deva Khalsa, a pioneer in holistic veterinary medicine, shares her effective, integrative approach to permanently eliminating pet allergies in this invaluable book. Dr. Khalsa shows how to strengthen the immune systems of dogs and cats without invasive techniques or pharmaceutical drugs, and she presents holistic health therapies for keeping pets as healthy as they can be. Developed over decades of practice and study, Dr. Khalsa’s methods combine holistic approaches to healthcare, such as wholesome nutrition, alternative therapies, herbal remedies, and botanical medicine. The Allergic Pet features a detailed explanation of the author’s "allergy-elimination technique,” a new approach for dealing with allergies in pets. This inspired book offers useful advice for dog and cat owners on food sensitivity, asthma, ear infections, skin and coat problems, gastrointestinal issues, vaccinations, and more.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 224


Dimensions: 178 x 230 mm


Publication Date: 11-09-2018


$44.99
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