How is climate change going to influence our day-to-day life? More alcoholic wines, greener dishes with less protein, creepy crawlies on the menu, more farmed fish in our trolleys, new tourist destinations, revolutionary transport, a changing landscape and a thermometer that goes off the scale, especially in the cities. Our day-to-day life should be very different in 2050! Written in a simple style that everyone can follow, without doom and gloom or denial, this book may well surprise you.
A book to find out everything about chocolate, from growing the cocoa tree through all the cocoa processing stages. Discover the secrets of its smell, the art of chocolate-making, its tasting pleasures and its virtues. A fascinating work written by a scientist specialising in cocoa and a huge lover of chocolate.
Environmental changes have an impact on the distribution and abundance of birds and on the demographic, physiological and behavioural mechanisms. This richly-illustrated, scientifically-based work presents clearly the for and against of new living environments facing birds and some of the mechanisms they can use to adapt to them.
An invitation to journey through the world of marine birds which have colonised all the oceans of the globe, from tropical waters to the polar seas. The restrictions of the marine environment have forced them to adapt in remarkable fashion from a morphological, physiological and behavioural perspective. They hold numerous records within the winged fraternity (never-ending journeys, abyssal dives or spectacular migrations) and bear witness to the disruptions affecting the marine ecosystems.
The author relates unusual stories with tremendous humour, including the one about the little bug that blocked the construction of a motorway for two years or the one about "femmes fatales" or vamps (in fireflies!). Single-parent families also feature (case of parthenogenesis), as are the urban hives. The eighth plague of Egypt may well remind us that, since Antiquity, men have had to combat certain insects that devoured their crops or infected them with dreadful diseases, but entomologists and nature lovers will understand here that consuming insects is a genuine hope for humanity.
Soils are at the heart of major global issues. Nourish the planet implies keeping them fertile without exhausting them. The soils can also contribute to reducing CO2emissions by forming "carbon sinks". In addition, they are currently threatened by several major risks, mainly erosion, salinisation, loss of organic matter and pollution. Far from the current tendency to see everything in black and white, the authors of this book wished to extend elements of knowledge on soil physics, biology and ecology.
The author sketches 57 invasive plants from Western Europe on separate sheets. He describes their past and present uses, mainly their culinary virtues, and proposes recipes for 36 of them. From those you meet every day without paying them attention to those whose fruit you have already tasted without knowing them to be invasive (Morus alba with edible berries, Rosa rugosa with hips chock full of vitamin C or Barbary figs and the "Acacia flowers" from which comes the eponymous honey) via edible species close to species commonly used in our food (sorghum, grape, Jerusalem artichoke), you will discover invasive plants with recipes that are as delicious as they are surprising.
Good or bad, smells give us information constantly on our environment, move us or bring back memories. This little book proposes following what becomes of the olfactory message, from the nose to the brain, to discover how our sense of smell, the olfactory memory, works and how the odorants trigger or modulate our behaviour.
This work traces the complex relations established by the plants with their biotic (all living organisms) and abiotic (climate, for example) environment. It addresses the main aspects of these relations and suggests a few notions of ecology to explain the importance of plants in all the ecosystems.
Without waves and ripples, lakes, seas and oceans would scarcely be more attractive than simple swimming pools. Sometimes their swells become monstrous, ferocious, killer: freakish. How are these ogres of freak waves born, how do they live and die? Do they come out of nowhere? Can ships confront them? Here are a few thoughts on rare events, anecdotes and scientific explanations within everyone's reach, livened up with photos and watercolours.