By John Frederick Walker

ISBN-10: 0802194427

ISBN-13: 9780802194428

In a undeniable Curve of Horn, veteran journalist John Frederick Walker tells the tale of 1 of the main respected and endangered of the regal beasts of Africa: the enormous sable antelope of Angola, an impressive, coal-black quadruped with breathtaking curved horns over 5 toes lengthy. it truly is a charming and tragic story of exploration and experience, politics and warfare, the brutal realities of existence in Africa this present day and the sour offerings of conflicting conservation strategies.

A yes Curve of Horn strains the sable's emergence as a hugely sought-after common heritage prize sooner than the 1st global battle, and follows its fight to outlive in a conflict area fought over by way of the troops of part a dozen countries, and its transformation right into a political image and conservation icon. As he follows the path of this mysterious animal, Walker interweaves the tales of the adventurers, scientists, and warriors who've come lower than the thrall of the beast, and the way their activities could form the destiny of the large sable antelope and the background of the war-torn kingdom that's its simply domestic.

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Needless to say, though, this relationship can only function on the basis of an unlimited supply of the Earth’s resources and of energy. Today, we have learned that this foundation for economic growth has its limits, and that we have little time left to change course. If the foundation changes, of course the relationship between technology, citizens and systems built thereon must change as well. The root cause of our problems today, however, is that this relationship has not shifted at all (Fig.

Human desire is characterized by the irreversibility of (perceptions of) quality of life. The nature of our desires is such that once we have gained a certain level of comfort or convenience, we are not readily willing to let go of it. In order to think affirmatively of both a resource-cyclical society and the irreversibility of quality of life, we need technologies that can help bring about new ways of living. This also necessitates the creation of a new set of values, which can effectively counter the common sense of conventional technology, namely that the aim of technological development is to gain convenience and comfort with the smallest possible input of effort and time.

From the viewpoint of manufacturing, our range of choices is extremely limited. 2 The Nature of the Eco-dilemma 17 Environmental constraint Total system optimization Innovation of lifestyles Weeding out of optimized technologies (eco-technologies) Eco-technologies Substitution technologies Eco-tech Partial optimization Weeding out of inefficient technologies (non-eco-technologies) Tech non-eco Pursuit of amenity + convenience Time Fig. 3 Further weeding out, beyond eco-technologies, is required technologies that help realize such lifestyles.

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