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Pearce, Fred

Works: 182 works in 564 publications in 8 languages and 17,609 library holdings
Genres: History  Chronologies  Pictorial works  Maps  Juvenile works  Photographs from space  Scientific atlases 
Roles: Author, Editor
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Most widely held works by Fred Pearce
When the rivers run dry : water, the defining crisis of the twenty-first century by Fred Pearce( Book )

15 editions published between 2006 and 2018 in English and held by 1,825 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It was with the Colorado River that engineers first learned to control great rivers. But now the Colorado"s reservoirs are two-thirds empty. Great rivers like the Indus and the Nile, the Rio Grande and the Yellow River are running on empty. And economists say that by 2025, water scarcity will cut global food production by more than the current U.S. grain harvest. Veteran science correspondent Fred Pearce traveled to more than thirty countries while researching When the Rivers Run Dry; it is our most complete portrait yet of the growing world water crisis. Deftly weaving together the complicated scientific, economic, and historical dimensions of the crisis, he shows us its complex origins, from waste to wrong-headed engineering projects to high-yield crop varieties that have kept developing countries from starvation but are now emptying their water reserves. And Pearce"s vivid reportage reveals the personal stories behind failing rivers, barren fields, desertification, water wars, floods, and even the death of cultures. Finally, Pearce argues that the solution to the growing worldwide water shortage is not more and bigger dams but greater efficiency and a new water ethic based on managing the water cycle for maximum social benefit rather than narrow self-interest
With speed and violence : why scientists fear tipping points in climate change by Fred Pearce( Book )

14 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 1,806 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fred Pearce has been writing about climate change for eighteen years, and the more he learns, the worse things look. Where once scientists were concerned about gradual climate change, now more and more of them fear we will soon be dealing with abrupt change resulting from triggering hidden tipping points. Even President Bush's top climate modeler, Jim Hansen, warned in 2005 that "we are on the precipice of climate system tipping points beyond which there is no redemption." As Pearce began working on this book, normally cautious scientists beat a path to his door to tell him about their fears and their latest findings. This book tells the stories of these scientists and their work--from the implications of melting permafrost in Siberia and the huge river systems of meltwater beneath the icecaps of Greenland and Antarctica to the effects of the "ocean conveyor" and a rare molecule that runs virtually the entire cleanup system for the planet. Above all, the scientists told him what they're now learning about the speed and violence of past natural climate change--and what it portends for our future. This is the most up-to-date and readable book yet about the growing evidence for global warming and the large climatic effects it may unleash
Keepers of the spring : reclaiming our water in an age of globalization by Fred Pearce( )

12 editions published between 2004 and 2012 in English and held by 1,759 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Earth then and now : amazing images of our changing world by Fred Pearce( Book )

13 editions published between 2007 and 2010 in English and held by 1,438 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Three hundred before and after photographs that show how the world has changed. Each paired image is captioned and tells a story. Chapters include environmental change, industrialization, urbanization, natural disasters, war, travel and tourism
The coming population crash and our planet's surprising future by Fred Pearce( Book )

13 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 1,199 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pearce chronicles nearly 200 years of demographic issues, beginning with efforts to contain the demographic explosion, from the early environmental movement's racism and involvement in eugenics to coercive family-planning policies in China and India
The land grabbers : the new fight over who owns the Earth by Fred Pearce( Book )

26 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 1,052 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book reveals the land grab taking place around the world and how corporate and governmental promises about the benefits of development are masking environmental and social destruction and the transfer of wealth out of host countries. Wall Street, Chinese billionaires, oil sheikhs, and agribusiness are buying up huge tracts of land in a hungry, crowded world. Fearing future food shortages or eager to profit from them, the world's wealthiest and most acquisitive countries, corporations, and individuals have been buying and leasing vast tracts of land around the world. The scale is astounding: parcels the size of small countries are being gobbled up across the plains of Africa, the paddy fields of Southeast Asia, the jungles of South America, and the prairies of Eastern Europe. The author, a science writer spent a year circling the globe to find out who was doing the buying, whose land was being taken over, and what the effect of these massive land deals seems to be. This book is an expose that reveals the scale and the human costs of the land grab, one of the most profound ethical, environmental, and economic issues facing the globalized world in the twenty-first century. The corporations, speculators, and governments scooping up land cheap in the developing world claim that industrial-scale farming will help local economies. But the author's research reveals a far more troubling reality. While some mega-farms are ethically run, all too often poor farmers and cattle herders are evicted from ancestral lands or cut off from water sources. The good jobs promised by foreign capitalists and home governments alike fail to materialize. Hungry nations are being forced to export their food to the wealthy, and corporate potentates run fiefdoms oblivious to the country beyond their fences. The story is populated with larger-than-life characters, from financier George Soros and industry tycoon Richard Branson, to Gulf state sheikhs, Russian oligarchs, British barons, and Burmese generals. We discover why Goldman Sachs is buying up the Chinese poultry industry, what Lord Rothschild and a legendary 1970s asset-stripper are doing in the backwoods of Brazil, and what plans a Saudi oil billionaire has for Ethiopia. Along the way, the author introduces us to the people who actually live on, and live off of, the supposedly "empty" land that is being grabbed, from Cambodian peasants, victimized first by the Khmer Rouge and now by crony capitalism, to African pastoralists confined to ever-smaller tracts. Over the next few decades, land grabbing may matter more, to more of the planet's people, than even climate change. It will affect who eats and who does not, who gets richer and who gets poorer, and whether agrarian societies can exist outside corporate control. It is the new battle over who owns the planet
Confessions of an eco-sinner : tracking down the sources of my stuff by Fred Pearce( Book )

10 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in English and Japanese and held by 1,041 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the Publisher: A global journey to find the sources of all the stuff in one man's life-and its social and environmental footprint. Where does everything in our daily lives come from? The clothes on our backs, the computers on our desks, the cabinets in our kitchens, and the spices behind their doors? Under what conditions-environmental and social-are they harvested or manufactured? In Confessions of an Eco-Sinner, Fred Pearce shows us the hidden worlds that sustain a Western lifestyle, and he does it by examining the sources of everything in his own life; as an ordinary citizen of the Western world, he, like all of us, is an "eco-sinner." In conversational and convivial prose, Pearce surveys his home and then starts out on a global tour to track down, among other things, the Kenyans who grow and harvest his fair trade coffee (which isn't as fair as one might hope), the women in the Bangladeshi sweat shops who sew his jeans, and the Chinese factory cities where the world's computers are made. It's a fascinating portrait, by turns sobering and hopeful, of the effects the world's more than 6 billion inhabitants-all eating, consuming, making-have on our planet, and of the working and living conditions of the people who produce most of these goods
AAAS atlas of population & environment by Paul Harrison( Book )

18 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 959 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume discusses and illustrates the effects of the world's population on natural resources, land use, atmosphere, chemicals, wastes, ecosystems, and biodiversity. It is filled with high-quality maps, charts, and informative illustrations."--"Outstanding Reference Sources," American Libraries, May 2002
The new wild : why invasive species will be nature's salvation by Fred Pearce( Book )

25 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 836 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In an era of climate change and widespread ecological damage, it is absolutely crucial that we find ways to help nature regenerate. Embracing the new ecology, Pearce shows us, is our best chance. To be an environmentalist in the twenty-first century means celebrating nature's wildness and capacity for change
Deep jungle by Fred Pearce( Book )

14 editions published between 2005 and 2010 in English and held by 662 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Investigates the rain forests and jungles of the world by following past and present explorers and scientists in their travels, and relates the promise these areas hold and the threats they face
The best American science and nature writing 2014( Book )

3 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in English and held by 389 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a collection of nature and science essays published in American periodicals in 2013, including works by such authors as Katherine Bagley, Barbara Kingsolver, Fred Pearce, and Carl Zimmer
Blue Planet Run : the race to provide safe drinking water to the world by Rick Smolan( Book )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 364 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Blue Planet Run volume represents two extraordinary projects. The first is the result of a worldwide search for images and stories to capture the human face of the global water crisis. For one month, 40 talented photojournalists crossed the globe taking photographs to show the extent of the problem. At the same time, a team of researchers contacted photographers on every continent to identify existing bodies of work focused on this crucial issue. Simultaneously, 20 runners representing 13 nationalities embarked on a 95-day nonstop relay race around the globe, serving as messengers to raise awareness of the severity of the water crisis." "The book also features original essays from an extraordinary range of noted writers, environmentalists, inventors and journalists including Diane Ackerman, Fred Pearce, Dean Kamen, Michael Malone, Bill McKibben Jeffrey Rothfeder, Michael Specter, Paul Hawken and Mike Cerre."--Jacket
Turning up the heat by Fred Pearce( Book )

18 editions published between 1989 and 1991 in 3 languages and held by 343 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Global warming by Fred Pearce( Book )

21 editions published between 2002 and 2008 in 5 languages and held by 297 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Greenhouse effect - Climate change - Rising sea levels - Storms - Ecosystems - Eco-friendly energy resources - Carbon sinks - Transport and carbon dioxide emissions - Ways of capturing carbon dioxide emissions
The last generation : how nature will take her revenge for climate change by Fred Pearce( Book )

23 editions published between 2006 and 2010 in English and Japanese and held by 287 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In The Last Generation Fred Pearce lays bare the terrifying prognosis for our plant now being sketched out in learned scientific journals. We are at a tipping point. Climate change from now on will not be gradual, maintains Pearce - nature doesn't do gradual change. In the past, Europe's climate has switched from Arctic to tropical in three to five years. It can happen again. So forget what environmentalists have told you about nature being fragile, a helpless victim of human excess. The truth is the opposite. She is a wild and resourceful beast given to fits of rage. And now that we are provoking her beyond endurance, she is starting to seek her revenge."--BOOK JACKET
Green warriors : the people and the politics behind the environmental revolution by Fred Pearce( Book )

11 editions published between 1990 and 1992 in 3 languages and held by 251 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When the rivers run dry : what happens when our water runs out? by Fred Pearce( Book )

10 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 242 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The South East of Britain has less water per capita than the Sudan or Ethiopia and while there is less and less rain our demand grows. Pearce gives a clear and terrifying picture of the consequences if no action is taken, and he also explains the steps we must take to ensure we deal with the water crisis
The big green book by Fred Pearce( Book )

6 editions published between 1991 and 2010 in English and held by 229 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explains a range of environmental concerns, including global warming, acid rain, destruction of the rainforests, overpopulation, and recycling, and discusses how they affect the earth's ecological balance
Earth then and now : potent visual evidence of our changing world by Fred Pearce( Book )

12 editions published between 2007 and 2010 in English and Polish and held by 222 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of 250 images showing locations around the world as they were and as they are now, with captions explaining the changes that have occurred in just a short amount of time. This title records the way in which our planet has changed in just the past one hundred years
The dammed : rivers, dams, and the coming world water crisis by Fred Pearce( Book )

5 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 220 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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When the rivers run dry : water, the defining crisis of the twenty-first century
With speed and violence : why scientists fear tipping points in climate changeKeepers of the spring : reclaiming our water in an age of globalizationEarth then and now : amazing images of our changing worldThe coming population crash and our planet's surprising futureConfessions of an eco-sinner : tracking down the sources of my stuffAAAS atlas of population & environmentDeep jungleBlue Planet Run : the race to provide safe drinking water to the world
Alternative Names
Fred Pearce britischer Autor und Journalist

Fred Pearce Brits journalist

Fred Pearce journaliste britannique

Fred Pearce periodista británico

Pearce , F.

Pearce, Fred

Pearce Laurence Frederick

Pearce, Laurence Frederick 1951-

피어스, 프레드 1951-

ピアース, フレッド

ピアス, フレッド 1951-