The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope by William Kamkwamba, Bryan Mealer free download

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope by William Kamkwamba, Bryan Mealer free download

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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope by William Kamkwamba, Bryan Mealer free download.

William Kamkwamba was born in Malawi, a country where magic ruled and modern science was mystery. It was also a land withered by drought and hunger. But William had read about windmills, and he dreamed of building one that would bring to his small village a set of luxuries that only 2 percent of Malawians could enjoy: electricity and running water. His neighbors called him misala—crazy—but William refused to let go of his dreams. With a small pile of once-forgotten science textbooks; some scrap metal, tractor parts, and bicycle halves; and an armory of curiosity and determination, he embarked on a daring plan to forge an unlikely contraption and small miracle that would change the lives around him.

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is a remarkable true story about human inventiveness and its power to overcome crippling adversity. It will inspire anyone who doubts the power of one individual’s ability to change his community and better the lives of those around him.

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“William Kamkwamba’s achievements with wind energy should serve as a model of what one person, with an inspired idea, can do to tackle the crisis we face. His book tells a moving and exciting story.” (Al Gore, former Vice President and Nobel Laureate)

“This book is inspirational. What William did took nothing more than initiative and a little learning, yet he changed his village and his life. There’s never been a better time to Do It Yourself, and I love how much we can learn from those who often have no other choice.” (Chris Anderson, editor in chief of Wired and author of Free and The Long Tail)

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National Parks of America by Lonely Planet pdf free download

National Parks of America by Lonely Planet pdf free download

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National Parks of America by Lonely Planet pdf free download.

To celebrate America’s amazing national parks, Lonely Planet, the world’s leading travel publisher, takes you on an informative and gorgeous tour of all 59 parks with our lavishly finished hardcover gift guide packed with detailed itineraries and practical tips on what to do and see in each park to get you started planning your next adventure.

America’s national parks are full of timeless marvels that still rejuvenate the soul: the world’s largest trees in Sequoia; its most spectacular geothermal site in Yellowstone; the grandest canyon. Perhaps the movement’s most eloquent description that is still resonates came from national parks advocate John Muir: ‘Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity…’ Fortunately for the nerve-shaken, over-civilized people of then and now, President Woodrow Wilson created the National Parks Service (NPS) on August 25, 1916, though the drive to protect some of America’s most remarkable wild spaces, to be ‘used and preserved for the benefit of mankind’, began in the 1860s.

From Acadia to Zion, this beautiful introduction to America’s preserved natural treasures is packed with landscape photography, original wildlife illustrations, and practical information. You will surely be inspired to rediscover these incredible spaces and find out why they’re worth celebrating and you’ll have all the tools to plan the first of many exciting trips.

This book is intended to be a practical introduction to each of America’s 59 national parks, distilled by Lonely Planet’s expert authors. We highlight the best activities and trails, explain how to get there and where to stay, show you the wildlife to watch out for, and suggest ideal itineraries. Whether you’re lucky enough to have a park on your doorstep or need to travel further, we hope that the following pages inspire you both the iconic and lesser-known gems that make up the USA’s diversely breathtaking expanses.

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The Lion in the Living Room: How House Cats Tamed Us and Took Over the World by Abigail Tucker pdf free download

The Lion in the Living Room: How House Cats Tamed Us and Took Over the World by Abigail Tucker pdf free download

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The Lion in the Living Room: How House Cats Tamed Us and Took Over the World by Abigail Tucker pdf free download.

“By turns funny and disturbing, The Lion in the Living Room is full of surprises. Like all the best nonfiction, it will make you think twice about the world around you.” —Elizabeth Kolbert, bestselling author of The Sixth Extinction

“Dig deep into the history, biology, and science of house cats in this charming, highly informative read that explains how cats came to rule.” B&N Reads

“Eminently readable and gently funny, Tucker’s blend of pop science and social commentary will appeal to cat lovers as well as a broad general audience with an interest in natural history.” —Library Journal (starred review)

A lively adventure through history, natural science, and pop culture in search of how cats conquered the world, the Internet, and our hearts.

House cats rule back alleys, deserted Antarctic islands, and our bedrooms. Clearly, they own the Internet, where a viral cat video can easily be viewed upwards of ten million times. But how did cats accomplish global domination? Unlike dogs, they offer humans no practical benefit. The truth is they are sadly incompetent rat-catchers and pose a threat to many ecosystems. Yet, we love them still.

To better understand these furry strangers in our midst, Abby Tucker travels to meet the breeders, activists, and scientists who’ve dedicated their lives to cats. She visits the labs where people sort through feline bones unearthed from the first human settlements, treks through the Floridian wilderness in search of house cats on the loose, and hangs out with Lil Bub, one of the world’s biggest feline celebrities.

Witty, intelligent, and always curious, Tucker shows how these tiny creatures have used their relationship with humans to become one of the most powerful animals on the planet. The appropriate reaction to a cuddly kitten, it seems, might not be aww but awe.

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Upstream: Selected Essays by Mary Oliver pdf free download

Upstream: Selected Essays by Mary Oliver pdf free download

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Upstream: Selected Essays by Mary Oliver pdf free download.

“In the beginning I was so young and such a stranger to myself I hardly existed. I had to go out into the world and see it and hear it and react to it, before I knew at all who I was, what I was, what I wanted to be.”

So begins Upstream, a collection of essays in which beloved poet Mary Oliver reflects on her willingness, as a young child and as an adult, to lose herself within the beauty and mysteries of both the natural world and the world of literature. Emphasizing the significance of her childhood “friend” Walt Whitman, through whose work she first understood that a poem is a temple, “a place to enter, and in which to feel,” and who encouraged her to vanish into the world of her writing, Oliver meditates on the forces that allowed her to create a life for herself out of work and love. As she writes, “I could not be a poet without the natural world. Someone else could. But not me. For me the door to the woods is the door to the temple.”

Upstream follows Oliver as she contemplates the pleasure of artistic labor, her boundless curiosity for the flora and fauna that surround her, and the responsibility she has inherited from Shelley, Wordsworth, Emerson, Poe, and Frost, the great thinkers and writers of the past, to live thoughtfully, intelligently, and to observe with passion. Throughout this collection, Oliver positions not just herself upstream but us as well as she encourages us all to keep moving, to lose ourselves in the awe of the unknown, and to give power and time to the creative and whimsical urges that live within us.

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Filters and Filtration Handbook by Ken Sutherland pdf free download

Filters and Filtration Handbook by Ken Sutherland pdf free download

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Filters and Filtration Handbook by Ken Sutherland pdf free download.

Filters are used in most industries, especially the water, sewage, oil, gas, food and beverage, and pharmaceutical industries. The new edition of this established title is an all-encompassing practical account of standard filtration equipment and its applications. Completely revised and rewritten, it is an essential book for the engineer working in a plant situation-who requires guidance and information on what’s available and whether it’s suitable for the job. Co-published with the Institution of Chemical Engineers.

Co-published with the Institution of Chemical Engineers.

*The leading practical engineering guide to filtration techniques, systems and their applications
*Meets the needs of all key sectors where filtration is a critical process, including chemical processing and manufacture, food, oil and gas, air-conditioning and water
*A comprehensive sourcebook and reference for plant engineers, process engineers, plant designers, filter media and filtration specialists and equipment specifiers

Following over 3,000 sales of the this edition, the fourth edition of “Filters & Filtration Handbook” is again destined to become the leading reference manual for filtration and separation products.
The handbook is an essential reference tool for engineers, designers technicians, plant operators and consultants as well as staff with responsibility for purchasing, planning, sales and marketing. It is directly relevant to numerous industries including water, fluid power, chemicals, pharmaceutical, food and beverages, processing, general engineering, electronics and manufacturing.

Following over 3,000 sales of the this edition, the fourth edition of “Filters & Filtration Handbook” is again destined to become the leading reference manual for filtration and separation products.
The handbook is an essential reference tool for engineers, designers technicians, plant operators and consultants as well as staff with responsibility for purchasing, planning, sales and marketing. It is directly relevant to numerous industries including water, fluid power, chemicals, pharmaceutical, food and beverages, processing, general engineering, electronics and manufacturing.

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Water Operator Certification Study Guide: A Guide to Preparing for Water Treatment and Distribution Operator Certification Exams by John Giorgi pdf free download

Water Operator Certification Study Guide: A Guide to Preparing for Water Treatment and Distribution Operator Certification Exams by John Giorgi pdf free download

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This updated study guide follows the new requirements established by the American Board of Certification. It is organized by certification levels I, II, III, and IV. Questions are ranked for comprehension, application and analysis. With over 1000 vetted questions, twice as many as in the previous edition, operators get practice with questions similar to the exam. Answers are provided. Math and chemistry answers include the steps to solve the problems.

I downloaded this book and the previous version to help me prepare for the Water Treatment B and A exam in the state of FL. The purpose of this book is definitely meet but the content and information. the book helps operators prepare for the type of questions that can appear on their state exam (not the exact questions on the exams). This group includes all the critical topics that are covered on the exam from math, to process troubleshooting, safety and many other common topics water operators are asked on exams and must know to do their job. Since this book is done in conjunction with the Board of Association of Certification, this book is very helpful for operators whose state follows ABC Standards and Need to Know Criteria on their exams.
My experience, overall, is doing the practice questions for each section and level, helped me understand which topics I mastered and which areas I needed to study more.
I passed my Water A exam in FL in August 2011 the first time and this book helped a lot. This book does not; however, replace studying for the exam and you will need the required books from Sacramento but is helpful to test how much the test taker has mastered.
I am taking my Water A through ABC next month and I plan on using this book to refresh on the kind of questions on the exam. I would recommend this guide to anyone preparing to take a Water Certification Exam regardless of level. Once you own the book, it can be used to study for all levels of Water Operator certification.
Overall this book is probably one of the best certification guides out there for Water plant operators.

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Walden and Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau free download

Walden and Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau free download

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Henry David Thoreau’s masterwork Walden is a collection of his reflections on life and society.

In 1845, Thoreau moved to a cabin that he built with his own hands along the shores of Walden Pond in Massachusetts. Shedding the trivial ties that he felt bound much of humanity, Thoreau reaped from the land both physically and mentally, and pursued truth in the quiet of nature. In Walden, he explains how separating oneself from the world of men can truly awaken the sleeping self. Thoreau holds fast to the notion that you have not truly existed until you adopt such a lifestyle—and only then can you reenter society, as an enlightened being.

These simple but profound musings—as well as “Civil Disobedience,” his protest against the government’s interference with civil liberty—have inspired many to embrace his philosophy of individualism and love of nature. More than a century and a half later, his message is more timely than ever.

With an Introduction by W.S. Merwin
and an Afterword by Will Howarth

If you loved Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer you will love the book that inspired Christopher Johnson McCandless to give up a life of comfort to find himself in the american wilderness. Walden is about what really matters by on of America’s most important and most loved Authors and Philosophers. And this book comes with his equally beautiful book Walking. An amazing download.
Very good read of your getting fed up with things today. This will help reinforce your thinking about becoming self sustaining and what is really important, even tho this was written so long ago.
A great book recommended for those who seek adventure. Classic Thoreau.
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The Prepper’s Water Survival Guide: Harvest, Treat, and Store Your Most Vital Resource by Daisy Luther pdf free download

The Prepper's Water Survival Guide: Harvest, Treat, and Store Your Most Vital Resource by Daisy Luther pdf free download

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NO SOURCE IS LEFT UNTAPPED IN THIS ALL-ENCOMPASSING GUIDE TO SUPPLYING LIFE-SAVING WATER AFTER A DISASTER

You can survive up to three weeks without food, but only three days without water! When catastrophe strikes, having enough water can spell the difference between life and death. The Prepper’s Water Survival Guide offers a step-by-step plan with straightforward information you can easily follow. Thanks to this book’s laser-focus on water, you’ll quickly learn how to:

•Store fresh water
•Collect rainwater
•Purify water from lakes & rivers
•Dig a well for groundwater

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In addition to harvesting water, you’ll gain the tools to keep large stores untainted for long periods of time, test the water you collect for dangerous toxins, and treat water-related illnesses that are commonly contracted during a disaster.

Very comprehensive. Makes you realize how important it is to have a clean and reliable water source.

I’ve learned so much from this book. I thought that I knew how to store water, but there is a BIG difference in just storing and storing it SAFELY. I didn’t realize how many illnesses are a direct result of bacteria and viruses in the water. How water is stored, the container, how long it can be stored, where to store it and where it is sourced will determine how safe the water is to consume. I highly recommend this book.

About the Author

Daisy Luther is the author of The Pantry Primer: How to Build a One Year Food Supply in Three Months and The Organic Canner: A Guide to Preserving Real Food. On her website, The Organic Prepper, Daisy writes about healthy prepping, homesteading adventures, frugal living, and the pursuit of liberty and food freedom. She is also the co-founder of the website Nutritional Anarchy, which focuses on resistance through food self-sufficiency.

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The Corfu Trilogy by Gerald Durrell free download

The Corfu Trilogy by Gerald Durrell free download

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The trilogy that inspired ITV’s six part television series The Durrells. Three classic tales of childhood on an island paradise – My Family and Other Animals, Birds, Beasts and Relatives and The Garden of the Gods by Gerald Durrell – are available in a single edition for the first time in The Corfu Trilogy. Just before the Second World War the Durrell family decamped to the glorious, sun-soaked island of Corfu where the youngest of the four children, ten-year-old Gerald, discovered his passion for animals: toads and tortoises, bats and butterflies, scorpions and octopuses. Through glorious silver-green olive groves and across brilliant-white beaches Gerry pursued his obsession . . . causing hilarity and mayhem in his ever-tolerant family. Durrell’s memories of those enchanted days gave rise to these three classic tales, loved by generations of adults and children alike, which are now available in one volume for the first time. ‘He has an uncanny knack of discovering human as well as animal eccentrics’ Sunday Telegraph ‘A delightful book full of simple, well-known things: cicadas in the olive groves, lamp fishing at night, the complexities of fish and animals – but, above all, childhood moulded by these things’ New York Times

After finishing the entire James Herriot series with my son I was at a loss for suitable bedtime reading. Somehow I found this and while it is quite different, the stories about Gerry’s adventures, the people he meets, the foibles of his family — it is a wonderful series of books that anyone would enjoy, young or old.
The book came on time and it is one of the best books I have read in a long time! I love English authors and this book does not disappoint. It has me laughing out loud at some of the events. An amazing book.
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My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell free download

My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell free download

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The inspiration for The Durrells in Corfu, a Masterpiece production on public television: A naturalist’s account of his childhood on the exotic Greek island.

When the Durrells could no longer endure the gray English climate, they did what any sensible family would do: sold their house and relocated to the sun-soaked island of Corfu.

As they settled into their new home, hilarious mishaps ensued as a ten-year-old Gerald Durrell pursued his interest in natural history and explored the island’s fauna. Soon, toads and tortoises, bats and butterflies—as well as scorpions, geckos, ladybugs, praying mantises, octopuses, pigeons, and gulls—became a common sight in the Durrell villa.

Uproarious tales of the island’s animals and Durrell’s fond reflections on his family bring this delightful memoir to life. Capturing the joyous chaos of growing up in an unconventional household, My Family and Other Animals will transport you to a place you won’t want to leave.

I usually only have time to read at night. I keep a book by my bedside and if I awaken in the middle of the night, instead of worrying, I read. This isn’t the best book to use in this fashion. I have, on several occasions, awakened and thought, “I’ll just read a few pages” only to find myself engulfed in oxygenated laughter that has kept me up for the duration of the night. I don’t know when I’ve laughed out loud so often at a book. The mother is the mother we’ve all always wanted…and she was no doubt the perfect mother for this child. Who else could take in stride the unleashing from a matchbox of a small cache of scorpions during dinner. I will reread this book again and again. Such light hearted appreciation of nature is a rare find. This would be a great gift for any child or adult who loves the outdoors. Very special and very rare.

well, i loved it too much. recommend to anyone at all. terrific travel writing and awesome family life.

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