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Swiftlets Of Borneo: Builders Of Edible Nests by Lim Chan Koon & Earl Of Cranbrook

Since the close of the 16th century AD, the edible nests of swiftlets have aroused the perplexed curiosity of European travellers to South-east Asia, while at the same time providing one of the most important constituents of traditional Chinese medicine. For both cultures — western and eastern — this book clarifies the nature of these nests, the troglodytic lives of the birds that build them, and the exploitation of this highly valuable natural resource. Successively, and together, the two authors have studied these matters for 55 years, from Sarawak through the length and breadth of Borneo and beyond. Borneo is now the world’s most important source of wild edible nests. These are built by four species of swiftlets, three of which echolocate while the fourth does not. This significant difference is reflected in details of the birds’ breeding cycles, elucidated in full for the first time in these pages. With this clear understanding, it is at last possible to recommend procedures, now proven by the lead author’s work to be effective, for the sustainable management of this unique wildlife resource. There is, at last, real hope for successful programmes of sustainable management. The advice is contained within these pages!

Insider's View Of Emotional Traumas, An: How To Help Or Seek HelpInsider's View Of Emotional Traumas, An: How To Help Or Seek Help by Kumar, Dinesh

Contrary to popular belief, many mental health issues are transient. They can be healed with the help of a trained counsellor. This book deals with subjects such as anxiety, depression, marriage, suicide, child sexual abuse, adolescences and stress. Based on actual case studies, the text is written in simple, lucid language, devoid of technical jargon. It is primarily for lay people; for them to obtain a better understanding about themselves; and to provide insights to caregivers.

Of Green Leaf, Bird And Flower: Artists' Books And The Natural WorldOf Green Leaf, Bird And Flower: Artists' Books And The Natural World by Fairman, Elisabeth

Highlighting an enduring interest in natural history from the 16th century to the present, this gorgeous book explores depictions of the natural world, from centuries-old manuscripts to contemporary artists' books. It examines the scientific pursuits in the 18th and 19th centuries that resulted in the collecting and cataloguing of the natural world. Featuring dazzling illustrations, the book itself is designed to evoke a fieldwork notebook, and features a collection pocket and ribbon markers.

Agriculture In The Malaysian RegionAgriculture In The Malaysian Region by Hill, R. D.

Malaysia's transition from a country dependent on agriculture and mining to an industrialized society is readily apparent, but the process of change remains poorly understood. When R.D. Hill began studying agriculture in Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei in the 1960s, he found swiddening, market-gardening, semi-commercial wet-rice cultivation and large scale plantations. Today, Malaysian agriculture has become highly capital-intensive and increasingly specialized, and many forms of production have all but disappeared. Once dependent on the export of primary products such as tin, rubber and palm oil, Malaysia is now an industrialized, middle income country. Singapore has nearly abandoned its primary sector. This completely revised edition of Hill's 1982 study, with two lengthy new chapters, explains the evolution of agriculture in Malaysia, Brunei and Singapore over the last forty years, with particular attention to the agro-ecosystems of the major crops.

Guide To The Common Epiphytes And Mistletoes Of Singapore, AGuide To The Common Epiphytes And Mistletoes Of Singapore, A by Yong, Jean W,H.; James Wang Wei Et Al

This book is the first to profile the unique epiphytic plant communities found in Singapore. The canopies of tropical trees are often festooned with luxuriant masses of delicate ferns, orchids and mistletoes; these veritable aerial gardens are one of the most biodiverse habitats on the planet. Yet, despite their prevalence in tropical urban landscapes, many of these fascinating aerial plants remain unappreciated and misunderstood. The first section of this book provides a concise scientific introduction to the biology of epiphytes and mistletoes, including their taxonomy, life-cycles, adaptive strategies and interactions with their hosts and arboreal fauna. The second section serves as a field guide for identifying all of the common epiphytes and mistletoes found in Singapore. Copious illustrations of both vegetative and fertile characters are provided to enable nature lovers and plant hobbyists to confidently identify all the common species, including epiphytic ferns, orchids, hoyas, dischidias, rubiaceous ant-plants and mistletoes.

Lotus: Photographs And Chinese Poems by Teoh Eng Soon

An auspicious flower in Asia, the lotus symbolizes purity, beauty and nobility. At the rustic level, it stands for abundance, fertility and continuity. It has been a favourite art motif for three millennia in China and India. The different faces and phases of the lotus are explored in over 200 photographs within this book. Chinese poems that mention the lotus and calligraphic rendition of some poems are included to enrich the presentation. The book features a Foreword written by eminent scholar Professor Wang Gungwu.

Dynamic Environments Of SingaporeDynamic Environments Of Singapore by Friess, Daniel; Grahame Oliver

Singapore, the "little red dot" is often considered a highly urbanised city-state with little or no natural environment. However, Singapore is underpinned by a complex, varied and dynamic biophysical environment that is often hidden from view. This book provides a comprehensive overview of the varied biophysical environments that make up modern Singapore. It is interdisciplinary, and considers the links between long-term geological processes, alongside more dynamic environments on Singapore's surface, including coastal, terrestrial and aquatic environments. Readers are introduced to key concepts and case studies in Earth Sciences, Geography, Biology and Ecology, within a Singapore context. The understanding of Singapore's biophysical environment is crucial in a dynamic world of urbanisation, future land use change decisions and the threat of global climate change. Written in an engaging and easy-to-understand style, with the full use of colour maps and diagrams, it is suitable for use in introductory undergraduate and junior college courses.

Gerontological Counselling: An Introductory HandbookGerontological Counselling: An Introductory Handbook by Mehta, Kalyani K.; Helen Ko

Social workers and counsellors face a myriad of complex issues and problems related to ageing when working with older clients and their families. Yet, many social workers and counsellors do not have specialized training in gerontological counselling. This is a trainer's guide to counselling elders and their family members from Asian backgrounds, with emphasis on: ageing processes and issues, counselling older persons and their families, and culture-specific factors which affect the experiences of older persons.

Annotated Malay Archipelago By Alfred Wallace, TheAnnotated Malay Archipelago By Alfred Wallace, The by Van Wyhe, John

Wallace's Malay Archipelago is a classic account of the travels of a Victorian naturalist through island Southeast Asia. It has been loved by readers ever since its publication in 1869. This edition explains, updates and corrects the original text with an historical introduction and hundreds of explanatory notes.

Malesian Orchid Journal: Vol. 13 (2014)Malesian Orchid Journal: Vol. 13 (2014) by

The more we know, the more we know how little we know. This observation is entirely applicable to our knowledge of Malesian orchids. Numerous Malesian orchids are only recorded from a handful of specimens, often collected decades ago. Of most species we don't know the pollinators. In quite a few cases all we have is a sketchy description in Latin, the type material being lost.

Malesian Orchid Journal: Vol. 12 (2013)Malesian Orchid Journal: Vol. 12 (2013) by

The more we know, the more we know how little we know. This observation is entirely applicable to our knowledge of Malesian orchids. Numerous Malesian orchids are only recorded from a handful of specimens, often collected decades ago. Of most species we don't know the pollinators. In quite a few cases all we have is a sketchy description in Latin, the type material being lost.

Malesian Orchid Journal: Vol. 11 (2013)Malesian Orchid Journal: Vol. 11 (2013) by

The more we know, the more we know how little we know. This observation is entirely applicable to our knowledge of Malesian orchids. Numerous Malesian orchids are only recorded from a handful of specimens, often collected decades ago. Of most species we don't know the pollinators. In quite a few cases all we have is a sketchy description in Latin, the type material being lost.

Plants In Tropical CitiesPlants In Tropical Cities by Boo Chih Min, Sharon Y.J. Chew, Jean W.H. Yong

This is a pictorial reference to the vast selection of plants found in tropical cities. It is written for the horticulturist, landscaper and researcher in plant identification. The main section of the book provides botanical information of the plant species using photos that illustrate their various morphological features. The plant species are arranged in alphabetical order according to their scientific name. Information pertaining to the individual species includes scientific name, family, common name, and possibly synonym. Other useful botanical information and plant cultivation needs are provided using pictorial icons. The second section features horticultural palettes for 19 different plant characteristics (cyads, drought-tolerant plants, plants that attract birds etc.) and various landscaping situations or applications.

Tall Tales: Singapore Botanic Gardens Heritage Trees Trail GuideTall Tales: Singapore Botanic Gardens Heritage Trees Trail Guide by Shee Zhi Qiang, Ang Xin Qi Et Al

If trees could speak, what stories would they tell? For the first time ever the Singapore Botanic Gardens has chronicled the life histories of its heritage trees in a book. The 29 stories in the book feature some of the oldest, tallest and most remarkable trees in the Gardens. Beautifully illustrated with photographs and painting from both historical and contemporary sources, this book will serve as an invaluable resource for both the intrepid Gardens explorer and the armchair arborist.

Naturalist's Guide To The Butterflies Of Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore And Thailand, ANaturalist's Guide To The Butterflies Of Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore And Thailand, A by Kirton, Laurence

This easy-to-use identification guide to the 280 butterfly species most commonly seen in Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand is perfect for resident and visitor alike. High quality photographs from the area's top nature photographers are accompanied by detailed species descriptions which include nomenclature, size, distribution, habits and habitat. The user-friendly introduction covers geography and climate, vegetation, opportunities for naturalists and the main sites for viewing the listed species. Also included is an all-important checklist of all of the butterflies of the region encompassing, for each species, its common and scientific name, IUCN status as at 2011 and its status in each country.

Seizures In The City: A Collection Of Writings On EpilepsySeizures In The City: A Collection Of Writings On Epilepsy by Epilepsy Care Group

The Epilepsy Care Group of Singapore is a non-profit organisation set up to address the needs of sufferers and their carers. Within the pages of this book, sufferers, their carers, volunteers and medical practitioners share some of their stories.

Biofuels, Land Grabbing And Food Security In AfricaBiofuels, Land Grabbing And Food Security In Africa by Prosper B. Matondi; Kjell Havnevik Et Al

The issue of biofuels has already been much debated, but the focus to date has largely been on Latin America and deforestation - this highly original work breaks fresh ground in looking at the African perspective. Using cutting-edge empirical case studies, this knowledge gap is addressed in a variety of chapters examining the effects of large-scale biofuels production on African agriculture. In particular, 'land grabbing' and food security issues are scrutinized, both of which have become vital topics in regard to the environmental and developmental governance of African countries. A revealing book for anyone wishing to understand the startling impact of biofuels and land grabbing on Africa.

Societies Beyond Oil: Oil Dregs And Social FuturesSocieties Beyond Oil: Oil Dregs And Social Futures by John Urry

What would a de-carbonised society be like? What are the implications of a general de-globalisation for our social futures? How will our high-carbon patterns of life be restructured in a de-energized world? As global society gradually wakes up to the new reality of peak oil, these questions remain unanswered. For the last hundred years oil made the world go round, and as we move into the century of 'tough oil' this book examines some profound consequences. It considers what societies would be like that are powering down; what lessons can be learned from the past about de-energized societies; will there be rationing systems or just the market to allocate scarce energy? Can virtual worlds solve energy problems? What levels of income and wellbeing would be likely? In this groundbreaking book, John Urry analyzes how the twentieth century created a kind of mirage of the future that is unsustainable into even the medium term and envisions the future of an oil-dependent world facing energy descent. Without a large-scale plan B, how can the energizing of society possibly be going into reverse?

Advancing The Understanding Of Biosafety: Gmo Risk Assesment, Independent Biosafety Research Holistic AnalysisAdvancing The Understanding Of Biosafety: Gmo Risk Assesment, Independent Biosafety Research Holistic Analysis by Bonn News

The foremost aim of the Scientific Conference is to advance the current understanding of biosafety in terms of the ecological, human health and socio-economic implications of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). To that end, the event works towards: Sharing the most recent scientific findings of biosafety research with a wide range of Japanese stakeholders and, during the 5th Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP-MOP 5) in Nagoya, also with negotiators and observers from other countries; Providing opportunities for exchange of experiences and views related to biosafety policy and regulation; and Promoting public participation in framing risk research, technology assessment and decision-making related to biosafety.

Bonn News: Updates And Climate Briefing (June 2013)Bonn News: Updates And Climate Briefing (June 2013) by Bonn News

This a collection of 30 News Updates and Briefings Paper prepared by the Third World Network for and during the recent United Nations Climate Change Talks - the thirty sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 38), as well as the second part of the second session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP 2-2) - in Bonn, Germany, from 3 to 14 June 2013.