A friend told me about racoons and Germany and the love hate relationship and their increasing dominance. I need this book. I also need to upgrade my German.
My latest book in German is officially released today:
Invasion der Waschbären und andere Expeditionen in die wilde Natur
Wiley-VCH 17. Sept. 2014
pp. 255, ISBN: 978-3527-33668-5,
€ 24.90, £ 22.50
Under a broad theme of “understanding what makes living beings tick”, it covers lots of recent developments in ecology and functional biology, including the orientation of ants, the intelligence of corvids, the effectiveness of protected areas, and the ecology of species invasion. The raccoon of the title is an invasive species in Europe, and I love this story in particular as it is a case where a big biological problem can be traced back to a single act of stupidity, the release of a couple of raccoons in Germany, rubber-stamped with the permission of local authorities and meant to “enrich the local fauna”. Plus, of course, we need a cute animal for the cover.
Here comes the German blurb, plus some links where you can order it:
Bald leben mehr als eine Million (!) Waschbären in unseren Wäldern und nicht nur da - sie kommen uns auch in den Städten »besuchen«. Die putzigen Kerlchen können nichts dafür, denn wir sind an ihrer Verbreitung Schuld, da wir das ökologische Gleichgewicht der Natur gestört haben. Doch was genau ist eigentlich Ökologie jenseits von Ökostrom und Ökolabel?
HIGHTECH-AMEISEN, HOCHINTELLIGENTE KRÄHEN UND DER URZEIT-GINKGO Alles hängt mit allem zusammen: Gerät ein ökologisches Teilsystem aus dem Gleichgewicht, löst das oft eine Kettenreaktion aus. In dem Teil >Zusammen leben< fragt Michael Groß u. a., ob Schutzgebiete wirklich die bedrohten Arten schützen, erzählt über die Wanderschaft von Pflanzenschädlingen, die sich durch weltweite Handelsnetze auch global verbreiten, oder stellt einen Überlebenden der Dinosaurierzeit vor: den Ginkgo. Warum überlebte er damals das Massensterben der Arten?
Kohlendioxidschwaden, Vibrationen, Magnetismus, Pedometer und noch vieles mehr: All das besitzt z. B. ein sehr kleines Lebewesen - die Ameise. Sie findet mit dieser »Ausstattung« sogar in der Wüste wieder zu ihrem Nest zurück. Im Teil >Aktiv leben< stellt uns Groß diese kleinen tierischen Wunderwerke vor, berichtet aber auch von den hochintelligenten Krähen oder erzählt, wie das Krokodil seine Zähne bekam. Im Abschnitt >Weiter leben< gibt er einen Ausblick auf die »Verschmelzung von Biologie und Technologie«.
It’s tempting, I know. Reading through this one took every last drop of my willpower to resist clicking. Who is ‘This guy’ they link to? Will it take me to a picture of him? What about the shocking story? Live action of ‘This guy’ almost getting himself killed lulled into a delusion of safety by his closet full of guns?
And really, what if you were wearing a suit made of guns so that anyone who…
This is important. And depressing on the state of the United States.
The whole debate about who’s a terrorist and who’s not stinks. While in the past it was reserved for folks who indiscriminately killed to push an agenda - a PR vehicle of sorts - now companies can just go out and brand indigenous people who are trying to protect their land as terrorists. Canada and their resource hungry mining companies suck.
There’s a whole thriving industry of pre-packaged, single serving Communion wafers and wine/juice, each toting their own (sometimes sectarian) benefits: a unique, ergonomic design; Christian Bread not a cut-down Catholic Wafer! (500 for $70!); free samples! (via JWZ)
Alida Strauss is General Manager of Heiveld Cooperative in South Africa.
Alida left her parent’s remote rooibos farm to attend school in Cape Town, 400 kilometres away. When she returned she got a job at the co-op as a bookkeeper, getting and promoted to General Manager in 2010.
Alida is passionate about her work and her community, and is determined to pass this on to young people.
“At Heiveld, we try to do things to keep people here, to make it exciting for them and give them the self-confidence to believe in themselves….Go get your education, but come back and do something for your community”.
Heiveld uses a portion of the Fairtrade Premium to enable young people to go to university. Alida holds talks at the local school and invites students on excursions to the cooperative.
The job is not without its challenges, but Alida is proud of what she and her colleagues have achieved.
“I’ve learned a lot and I am still learning,” she explains. “But it’s our job to educate people and tell them, ‘you have a right to have your say: it’s your cooperative. Be proud of what’s yours’.”
Alida’s story features on the centre spread of our 2013-14 Annual Report, released this week. Why not download the full report and discover more about Fairtrade farmers and workers worldwide?
I’ve never been one to click on spam links, but this one nearly has me. And it keeps arriving in my inbox nearly everyday…. SSSSSSHHHHIIIITTT…
This guy almost got himself killed…because he thought he was protected by his guns…
Here’s the shocking story that will make you think twice if you are confident that your guns will save you:
» Click Here To View The Short Story
Even though guns can protect you…in reality, when a crisis happens so quickly…guns actually give you a false sense of protection.
Instead, there are simple tricks that ANYONE can use…even seniors, or people with disabilities…to disarm any attacker and take down anyone (no matter how big they are) with only 1 hit.
»>You’ll discover the method here.
P.S. Self defence experts have already sent me numerous hate mails, claiming that I’m destroying their businesses by exposing the truth.
But I believe you and your family deserve to know the real facts about self protection…
»>Click here to watch the video
P.P.S: This Is The Secret Move I’m Talking About::
It’s fine. It’s perfectly acceptable to have a carnival ride called Octopussy. There’s absolutely no problem with a clicking, clacking dervish of a machine clad in Pepto-Bismol pink.
I take no issue with the beach dolphin pink and palm theme going on. I think the real artists in this world are the people who do carnival rides. Their art works harder than most. Appealing, threatening, inviting…
Did you know your coffee may have twigs, stones or even ground up ducklings? It’s true and it’s horrifying. This means that those dodgy, crafty coffee farmers are up to their old tricks again! Trying to cheat you, the hard-working consumer, out of your hard earned cash and get you to drink extra filler swill at the same time – just like the kid wiping boogers…
I’m used to being the dominant culture in the room. Well not me personally, but coming from the US, I’ve become accustomed to seeing our influence peddled everywhere. When I’m in a multi-culti group, the language usually swings to English. When I talk about where I’m from, people instantly ask, ‘Yeah, but which state?’ (while few ask any follow-up questions to my friends from…