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Mammals Of South-East AsiaMammals Of South-East Asia by Francis, Charles M.

This compact, easy-to-use identification guide describes 192 species of mammals found in South-east Asia, covering each major genus. The book features thumbnail silhouettes, a regional distribution map, and up-to-date tips on the best wildlife localities. Illustrated with clear color photography and brief but authoritative descriptions the Pocket Photo Guides highlight the species of animals from each region that the traveler is most likely to see, as well as those that are truly endemic (only to be seen in that country or region) or special rarities. The genuine pocket size allow the books to be carried around on trips and excursions and will take up minimal backpack and suitcase space.

Taking Flight: A Photo Journey Of Birds Across SingaporeTaking Flight: A Photo Journey Of Birds Across Singapore by Yong, James (Photo); Melvin Yong (Text)

Taking Flight is a personal look at some of the diverse species of birds we have in Singapore by 82-year-old James Yong, who only picked up his first digital camera at the age of 78. From dainty kingfishers to soaring eagles, this collection of over 250 photographs leads you on a journey not just through green reserves like Sungei Buloh but also takes a look at those feathered friends with homes closer to our own urban dwellings.

Singapore Chronicles: WaterSingapore Chronicles: Water by Tan Gee Paw

Water is more than a basic human necessity in Singapore. Its supply was a strategic collaboration between two British colonies and, later, formed the core of the two independent nations' strategic relationship. This book traces the story of how Singapore was almost totally dependent on the Malay Peninsula to quench its daily thirst and how it has now become almost self-sufficient. Water is also a catalyst for a nation's economic development, and lies at the heart of a city's living environment. This book details the transformation of the water landscape made possible by judicious long-term planning alongside technology and policy innovation. It ends with a view of the nation's future opportunities, both economic and strategic, that have been created as a result of this transformation.

Singapore Chronicles: EnvironmentSingapore Chronicles: Environment by Er, Kenneth; Leong Chee Chiew; Khoo Teng Chye

This book documents Singapore's journey towards greater environmental sustainability, biodiversity, and public cleanliness. Its draws on the experiences of two government institutions: the National Parks Board and the National Environment Agency. It assesses Singapore's record in achieving for its residents a higher quality of life, greater environmental sustainability, and an aesthetically pleasant place in which to live and to work.

Singapore Chronicles: TransportSingapore Chronicles: Transport by A P Gopinath Menon

This book traces the development of Singapore's land transport system since its modern founding in 1819. Until Independence in 1965, the provision of roads, traffic devices, and private, public and non-motorised transport were permitted to develop without any masterplanning. It was not until a sound and workable transport strategy was formulated in the early 1970s and implemented rigorously, that there was a marked improvement in the provision of transport services. Besides the tested methods of building roads, and implementing better traffic management and improved bus and rail services, Singapore is a pioneer in road congestion pricing. The safe and efficient movement of people and goods will always remain a top priority.

Singapore Chronicles: EnergySingapore Chronicles: Energy by Tilak K Doshi; Lin Fangjun

Starting with a condensed history of the beginnings of Singapore's oil industry since 1870, this book describes how Singapore emerged by the early 1980s as the "East of Suez" hub for oil refining, petrochemicals manufacturing and trading, and an important supplier of offshore vessels, equipment and services for the oil and gas industries in Southeast Asia and beyond. By then, it had also consolidated its position as the oil price discovery centre for the Asia-Pacific time zone, attaining an importance to global oil markets comparable to New York and London. Critical policy issues facing government planners in energy security, energy efficiency and environmental sustainability are also discussed to inform the reader of the key issues related to the story of oil in Singapore.

Asean Environmental Legal Integration: Sustainable Goals?Asean Environmental Legal Integration: Sustainable Goals? by Koh Kheng-Lian; Nicholas Robinson Et Al

While the environmental performance of most ASEAN member states is above the world average, ASEAN nations will continue to face growing environmental challenges due to pressures exerted on them such as population growth, urbanization and industrialization. The authors of this book look at how the member states of ASEAN employ law as a means of regional integration within the context of environmental conservation. While the goal of new laws is to implement sustainable development, it continues to be an ongoing adaptive process, since clear and immediate answers to environmental challenges are rarely available. Readers of this book will gain a clear idea of the evolving cooperation for sustainability within ASEAN at regional and global levels, and the areas of focus for the future. The book will be of interest to policy and decision makers, as well as environmental organizations and academics in the field.

Beyond WildernessBeyond Wilderness by Chua Chye Teck

In Beyond Wilderness, photographer Chua Chye Teck explores the fast disappearing natural wilderness in Singapore through a series of black and white photographs. Using the forest structure to express the idea of emotional layers, his photographs are a reflection on memory and transformation, and present the dualities of isolation and the unknown. Beyond Wilderness charts the artistic and spiritual journeys of the photographer, and is as much one man's personal encounter with nature as it is a social commentary about the fast-changing landscape of a modern society.

Reef Fishes Of South-East Asia Including Marine Invertebrates And CoralsReef Fishes Of South-East Asia Including Marine Invertebrates And Corals by Wood, Elizabeth; Michael Aw

A new and updated edition of this popular title. Visitors to South-East Asia are astonished at the profusion of marine life that exists in this biodiversity hot-spot. This concise, easy-to-follow field guide to 270 species of fish, corals and marine invertebrates is an essential companion for anyone interested in this fascinating underwater world, from the casual snorkeller to the most experienced diver. It includes stunning colour photographs of each species, as well as concise and informative text and at-a-glance symbols summarising habitat, diet and behaviour. A visual key to fish families at the start of the book aids the quick location and identification of species.

Botanical Singapore: An Illustrated Guide To Popular Plants And FlowersBotanical Singapore: An Illustrated Guide To Popular Plants And Flowers by Sim, William

Singapore's resident bird population, together with the many migratory species that visit seasonally, are one of the most picturesque highlights of the island's natural landscape. In this photographic journey, marvel at the diversity of birds that can be sighted in Singapore; the dazzling colours and patterns of their feathers; and their delightful behaviour in their natural habitats, whether feeding their young, building nests, frolicking in the water, or soaring the skies. Organised by location, this book introduces readers to the wealth of wildlife to be found at Sungei Buloh, Bishan Park, Bukit Timah Hill and Gardens by the Bay, among others. Author James Yong relates his experiences searching for the most elusive species and provides basic tips for budding birdwatchers. With his keen eye for capturing birdlife in its most awe-inspiring moments, this book is a superb up-close-and-personal journey through an often overlooked side of Singapore.

50 Years Of Material Science In Singapore50 Years Of Material Science In Singapore by Boey, Freddy; Bvr Chowdari; Ss Venkatraman (Eds.)

This book describes in vivid detail how a newly independent nation like Singapore developed world-class research capabilities in materials science that helped the country make rapid progress in energy, biomedical and electronics sectors. The economy mirrored this rapid trail of progress, utilizing home-grown technology and the contribution of materials science to the various sectors is undeniable in ensuring the economic growth and stability of Singapore.

Singapore Research Story, TheSingapore Research Story, The by Hang Chang Chieh; Low T. S., R. Thampuran (Eds.)

This book describes the challenging journey of Singapore in developing a knowledge-based economy driven by research and innovation and the roles played by research institutes, universities, research manpower and appropriate collaboration between research institutes and industry. It traces the foundations of Singapore's research story. Through interviews with the key players and research into the records, the establishment of the key institutes and the roles of a global cast of researchers, scientists and engineers in setting up the R&D infrastructure are outlined. The impact of the concerted efforts to build up a credible and world-class research capability in Singapore over the last 25 years is discussed, as are the tremendous challenges faced by the key players in the drive to develop a knowledge-based economy and the ultimate goal of an innovation-driven economy.

50 Years Of Environment: Singapore's Journey Towards Environmental Sustainability50 Years Of Environment: Singapore's Journey Towards Environmental Sustainability by Yong Soon Tan (Ed.)

This book takes the reader through Singapore's environmental journey over the past 50 years, to its present day challenges and solutions, and seeks to explore what lies ahead for Singapore's environmental future. This book is divided into three parts. The first will explore the historical developments in Singapore's environmental journey and the development of NEWater. The second part will be a collection of essays that examine the present environmental challenges that Singapore faces and the ways in which it is addressing those issues through community engagement, international engagement, research and technology, and industry solutions in order to develop sustainable strategies and solutions. Part Three will tie the historical and contemporary threads together and discusses the future challenges for Singapore's environment.

My Eco-World, Made In ChinaMy Eco-World, Made In China by Loong, Michael

Deng Xiaoping introduced a market economy to China in 1978, and within a generation, China became the world's second-largest economy. Success brought some problems. Today, the country is gripped by rampant corruption, air and water pollution, food shortages, and escalating inflation-not to mention a severe shortage of affordable housing. But it's come up with a creative solution to overcome those challenges with its plan to establish an eco-world with 400 eco-cities. The unprecedented project seeks to incorporate state-of-the-art technology, automation, transportation enhancements, creative housing designs, and other innovations into daily life. Fossil fuels will be banned, vehicles will be battery powered, and there will be an unlimited supply of water, food, and energy. Arid lands will be rejuvenated with trees and vegetation. It won't be cheap, but trillions of dollars will be saved, millions of people will be lifted out of poverty, and the entire world will be changed as China creates a new, eco-world.

Pyschology In Asia: An IntroductionPyschology In Asia: An Introduction by Sun Tien-Lun, Catherine

This is an introductory level textbook on psychology and human behavior with an Asian focus. The main aim of the book is to provide an introduction to the central tenets of psychology. Although its coverage is similar to other books on the market, examples and chapters will be culturally relevant to students in Asia, connected to the region's culture and history. The book covers essential topics of psychology such as personality, human development, psychological disorders, gender and sexuality, emotion, and positive psychology. Readers will learn core topics and classical studies that originate in the West, but do so alongside the important contribution that Asian psychology makes to the field.

Zika: The Emerging EpidemicZika: The Emerging Epidemic by Mcneil Jr., Donald G.

A gripping narrative about the Zika virus outbreak from The New York Times science reporter covering the epidemic. It sets the facts straight in a fascinating exploration of Zika's origins, how it is spreading, the race for a cure and what we can do to protect ourselves now.

Pain-Free Desk Warrior, The: Free Yourself From Aches And PainsPain-Free Desk Warrior, The: Free Yourself From Aches And Pains by Tho, Gary

If you are suffering from body aches and pain, this book is for you. It brings together over a decade's worth of health adjustment experience in helping people to overcome pain permanently to create the 6-step approach outlined. Specifically written for busy business owners, corporate professionals and executives to get out and stay out of pain so you can work hard, play hard and leave fatigue and illness behind.

Footprints On An Island: Rediscovering Pulau UbinFootprints On An Island: Rediscovering Pulau Ubin by Chua Ee Kiam; Chii Mui Eng; Wong Tuan Wah

This book documents the natural and cultural heritage of one of Singapore's best kept secrets, Pulau Ubin. The story of Pulau Ubin's evolution over the years is a fascinating yet often overlooked part of SG's history. The island is now at the crossroads of how much of its rustic charm to retain and to what extent modernity and development should take place. Due to these challenges, there is a greater urgency to protect its perecious heritage. Contained within these pages are untold stories of some of the island's pioneering residents. inhabitants. Through images and oral histories, readers will be taken through time, through forests unexplored, over idyllic shores and to sites long-forgotten. This book attempts to add to the understanding of Pulau Ubin's past, present and future and so enable more Singaporeans to rediscover and better appreciate the island.

Nature's Colony: Empire, Nation And Environment In The Singapore Botanic GardensNature's Colony: Empire, Nation And Environment In The Singapore Botanic Gardens by Barnard, Timothy P.

Established in 1859, the Singapore Botanic Gardens are arguably the most important colonial botanic gardens in the world. Not only have the Gardens been important as a park for Singaporeans and visitors, they have had a significant role as a scientific institution and as a testing ground for tropical plantation agriculture implemented around the world. As Timothy P. Barnard shows in Nature's Colony, underlying each of these uses is a broader story of the Botanic Gardens as an arena where power and the natural world meet and interact.

Traditional Thai Medicine: Buddhism, Animism, Yoga, AyurvedaTraditional Thai Medicine: Buddhism, Animism, Yoga, Ayurveda by Salguero, C. Pierce

This book presents readers with the definitive overview of the history and contemporary practice of TTM. This is an updated, re-organized, and mostly re-written edition of the 2007 book that provided English-language readers with the first comprehensive overview of traditional Thai medicine in print. The culmination of two decades of field study, academic research, and teaching experience, this book approaches TTM from an academic perspective, but it is geared toward practitioners, tourists, and general readers. It provides a broad-brush history of Thai medicine from ancient times to the present day, and describes in detail the unique synthesis of healing practices that is found today across Thailand. The author demonstrates that traditional Thai medicine is not a timeless static tradition, but rather a dynamic and syncretic combination of multiple cultural influences, including Theravada Buddhism, Ayurveda, yoga, Tantra, Chinese medicine, Western tourism, and indigenous spirit religions.