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Mulholland & The St. Francis Dam Failure: Anatomy of Catastrophe ...
by Bob Mayer

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English

Pages

35

Publication Date

December 17, 2014

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Quote: During the Los Angeles Coroner's Inquest, William Mulholland said, "this inquest is a very painful for me to have to attend but it is the occasion of that is painful. The only ones I envy about this whole thing are the ones who are dead." In later testimony, after responding to a question, he added, "Whether it is good or bad, don't blame anyone else, you just fasten it on me. If there was an error in human judgment, I was the human, I won't try to fasten it on anyone else." William Mulholland, chief engineer, Water Department Los Angeles <br /><br />Every man-made disaster and catastrophe has at least six Cascade Events leading up to the final event, the catastrophe according to the Rule of Seven.<br /><br />This is a quick read of the Cascade Events of the second greatest loss of life in the history of California: The St. Francis Dam.<br /><br />Bob examines the Rule of Seven, and how human error plays a role in many catastrophes. Nothing happens in isolation or as a result of a single event. Thus, by learning from history, we can gain insight into preventing a similar catastrophe in the future. William Mulholland, a self-taught engineer, brought water to Los Angeles, but he also brought a catastrophe in the form of the St. Francis dam which failed, killing hundreds. From the very land the dam was placed on, to its design, to the failure of Mulholland on the very day the dam would collapse when called by the worried dam-keeper, to see the pending catastrophe.<br /><br />This is one of many catastrophes that Bob Mayer, former Green Beret, West Point Graduate and NY Times Bestselling Author, examines in his series of shorts: The Anatomy of a Catastrophe.
Demystifying Climate Models: A Users Guide to Earth System Models...
by , Richard B. Rood

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English

Pages

274

Publication Date

April 09, 2016

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<p>This book demystifies the models we use to simulate present and future climates, allowing readers to better understand how to use climate model results. In order to predict the future trajectory of the Earth’s climate, climate-system simulation models are necessary. When and how do we trust climate model predictions? The book offers a framework for answering this question. It provides readers with a basic primer on climate and climate change, and offers non-technical explanations for how climate models are constructed, why they are uncertain, and what level of confidence we should place in them. It presents current results and the key uncertainties concerning them. Uncertainty is not a weakness but understanding uncertainty is a strength and a key part of using any model, including climate models. Case studies of how climate model output has been used and how it might be used in the future are provided. The ultimate goal of this book is to promote a better understanding of the structure and uncertainties of climate models among users, including scientists, engineers and policymakers.</p>
The Creation: In The Beginning (The Creation Series Book 0)
by , Clayton Behrg

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English

Pages

132

Publication Date

July 31, 2015

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In the jungles of the Venezuelan rain forest, a frightening power is stirring; an event beginning that only occurred once in the history of the Earth. During its process of Creation. And it will take more than tenacity and ingenuity to survive the coming seven days. <br /> <br />The Creation is about to begin anew, and what mankind will discover is that in order to Create, one must first Destroy.<br /> <br />In The Beginning is a thrilling novella-length chapter which begins The Creation Series. A dark supernatural thriller with a blend of sci-fi, fantasy, and horror, The Creation is a genre-bending series filled with flawed yet unforgettable characters.<br /> <br />**<i>This chapter is also included in the first novel of The Creation Series, titled The Creation: Axis Mundi</i><div> </div><div><i><b>For two additional free ebooks, including the highly acclaimed dark literary story, "The Lines", visit Behrg's website at: thebehrg.com</b> **</i><span> </span></div>
The Compleat Angler
by Izaak Walton

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English

Pages

50

Publication Date

March 30, 2011

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This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.
Animals and the Shaping of Modern Medicine: One Health and its Hi...
by , Rachel Mason Dentinger

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English

Pages

280

Publication Date

December 29, 2017

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<p>This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license.</p><p>This book breaks new ground by situating animals and their diseases at the very heart of modern medicine. In demonstrating their historical significance as subjects and shapers of medicine, it offers important insights into past animal lives, and reveals that what we think of as ‘human’ medicine was in fact deeply zoological.</p><p>Each chapter analyses an important episode in which animals changed and were changed by medicine. Ranging across the animal inhabitants of Britain’s zoos, sick sheep on Scottish farms, unproductive livestock in developing countries, and the tapeworms of California and Beirut, they illuminate the multi-species dimensions of modern medicine and its rich historical connections with biology, zoology, agriculture and veterinary medicine. The modern movement for One Health – whose history is also analyzed – is therefore revealed as just the latest attempt to improve health by working across species and disciplines.</p><p> </p><p>This book will appeal to historians of animals, science and medicine, to those involved in the promotion and practice of One Health today.</p>
Nature Writing
by Richard Herley

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English

Pages

193

Publication Date

December 05, 2010

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Collected observations and essays on the English countryside and its flora and fauna from an award-winning novelist.
Exploring Resilience: A Scientific Journey from Practice to Theor...
by Springer

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English

Pages

136

Publication Date

December 07, 2018

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Resilience has become an important topic on the safety research agenda and in organizational practice. Most empirical work on resilience has been descriptive, identifying characteristics of work and organizing activity which allow organizations to cope with unexpected situations. Fewer studies have developed testable models and theories that can be used to support interventions aiming to increase resilience and improve safety. In addition, the absent integration of different system levels from individuals, teams, organizations, regulatory bodies, and policy level in theory and practice imply that mechanisms through which resilience is linked across complex systems are not yet well understood. Scientific efforts have been made to develop constructs and models that present relationships; however, these cannot be characterized as sufficient for theory building. There is a need for taking a broader look at resilience practices as a foundation for developing a theoretical framework that can help improve safety in complex systems.<p></p> <p>This book does not advocate for one definition or one field of research when talking about resilience; it does not assume that the use of resilience concepts is necessarily positive for safety. We encourage a broad approach, seeking inspiration across different scientific and practical domains for the purpose of further developing resilience at a theoretical and an operational level of relevance for different high-risk industries. The aim of the book is twofold:</p> <p>1. To explore different approaches for operationalization of resilience across scientific disciplines and system levels.</p> <p>2. To create a theoretical foundation for a resilience framework across scientific disciplines and system levels.</p> By presenting chapters from leading international authors representing different research disciplines and practical fields we develop suggestions and inspiration for the research community and practitioners in high-risk industries.<p></p><div><br /></div><div>This book is Open Access under a CC-BY licence. <br /></div>
Water Resource Systems Planning and Management: An Introduction t...
by , Eelco van Beek

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English

Pages

624

Publication Date

March 02, 2017

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<div>This book is open access under a CC BY-NC 4.0 license.<br /></div><div><br /></div>This revised, updated textbook presents a systems approach to the planning, management, and operation of water resources infrastructure in the environment.  Previously published in 2005 by UNESCO and Deltares (Delft Hydraulics at the time), this new edition, written again with contributions from <b>Jery R. Stedinger, Jozef P. M. Dijkman, and Monique T. Villars</b>, is aimed equally at students and professionals.  It introduces readers to the concept of viewing issues involving water resources as a system of multiple interacting components and scales. It offers guidelines for initiating and carrying out water resource system planning and management projects. <div><br /></div><div>It introduces alternative optimization, simulation, and statistical methods useful for project identification, design, siting, operation and evaluation and for studying post-planning issues. The authors cover both basin-wide and urban water issues and present ways of identifying and evaluating alternatives for addressing multiple-purpose and multi-objective water quantity and quality management challenges. Reinforced with cases studies, exercises, and media supplements throughout, the text is ideal for upper-level undergraduate and graduate courses in water resource planning and management as well as for practicing planners and engineers in the field. </div>
The Great Mindshift: How a New Economic Paradigm and Sustainabili...
by Maja Göpel

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English

Pages

208

Publication Date

September 12, 2016

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<div>This book describes the path ahead. It combines system transformation research</div><div>with political economy and change leadership insights when discussing the need</div><div>for a great mindshift in how human wellbeing, economic prosperity and healthy</div><div>ecosystems are understood if the Great Transformations ahead are to lead to more</div><div>sustainability. It shows that history is made by purposefully acting humans and</div><div>introduces transformative literacy as a key skill in leading the  radical incremental change </div>
Multifunctional Land Uses in Africa (Open Access): Sustainable Fo...
by Routledge

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English

Pages

192

Publication Date

July 09, 2019

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<P>This book presents contemporary case studies of land use, management practices, and innovation in Africa with a view to exploring how multifunctional land uses can alleviate food insecurity and poverty.</P><br /><P>Food security and livelihoods in Africa face multiple challenges in the form of feeding a growing population on declining land areas under the impacts of climate change. The overall question is what kind of farming systems can provide resilient livelihoods? This volume presents a selection of existing farming systems that demonstrate how more efficient use of land and natural resources, labour and other inputs can have positive effects on household food security and livelihoods. It examines how aquaculture, integrated water management, peri-urban farming systems, climate-smart agriculture practices and parkland agroforestry contribute multiple benefits. Drawing on case studies from Kenya, Ethiopia, Nigeria and Burkina Faso, contributed by young African scientists, this book provides a unique perspective on multifunctional land use in Africa and illustrates how non-conventional uses can be profitable while promoting social and environmental sustainability. Tapping into the global discussion on land scarcity and linking food security to existing land use change processes, this volume will stimulate readers looking for diversified land uses that are compatible with both household and national food security ambitions. </P><br /><P>This book will be of great interest to students and scholars of African development, agriculture, food security, land use and environmental management, as well as sustainable development more generally, in addition to policymakers and practitioners working in these areas.</P>

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