The Happiness Tree
by Danny English
The Happiness Tree is a beautifully told and stunningly illustrated story of a little girl who, with the help of a special creature, breaks a wicked witch’s spell and brings happiness back to the world.
It is easy to envision a world overrun with waste and litter, oceans teaming with plastic, skies filled with smog and smoke and putrid rivers permeated with pollution. In this story a terrible witch uses the detritus and pollution as ingredients and mixes them together, casting a hideous spell to create a potion so poisonous she destroys all the happiness in the world.
But do not fear, all is not lost! The spell is broken when an adventurous young girl meets a new friend who leads her to a magical tree. Together they rediscover happiness and set it free once again, breaking the evil spell and bringing smiles to the faces of people all across the world.
This timely story particularly resonates with the children of today, who are more aware of the impact we are having on our planet than any previous generation. Sadly, this story is not far from reality as it echoes the real-life impact of pollution for many people around the world and the effects on their declining wellbeing.
The story encourages children and adults to explore the natural world, to venture into the outdoors in search of those special trees and mesmeric places that fill our hearts and souls with joy and experience the pleasure and happiness that comes from being immersed in the wonder of nature.
The Toss of a Coin: Voices from a Modern Crisis
by Rory O’Keeffe
Ghaddafi’s Libya was home to a huge number of refugees. People who had escaped war, terror, repression, starvation and disease in their homelands flocked to the state to set up home (as Ghaddafi had invited them to do) or to use Libya as a stopping point on the way to refuge in the EU.
When Civil War broke out in Libya, those people were once again forced to flee.
In the Toss of a Coin members of this diaspora, tell their own stories, in their own words: what they suffered at home; what they risked to reach Libya; their struggle to survive in the Green Book state, and their second escape when war and terror broke out around them again.
Their voices are joined by those of Libyans, around whom war raged: those who fought as well as those forced from their homes, their wartime experiences, and their attempts to rebuild their lives, their homes and their nation. It also details what came next – the collapse of a state attempting to rise towards a brighter future, despite the efforts of its people to support it, and the contrast between its experience and that of Tunisia, the starting point of the Arab Spring and, to date, its sole success.
It is a story of victimisation, fear, murder and crime against humanity which is still taking place. It is also a story of hope, of talent, of triumph and of humanity.
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Stabilisation/Solidification of Contaminated Soil and Waste
by Colin Hills, Peter Gunning and Edward Bates
Stabilisation/Solidification of Contaminated Soil and Waste comprises 2 handbooks designed to provide students, practitioners, site owners, and regulators with authoritative guidance to the science underpinning this versatile remedial technology, and how it is applied in real-world situations.
Stabilisation/Solidification (S/S) uses readily available cementitious binders to turn contaminated soil and waste into a rock-like product that reduces the risk to public health and the environment. S/S has been employed at hundreds of sites in the USA, Canada, and Europe to improve the physical and/or chemical properties of contaminated soil and waste to enable development to take place or to safely manage a source of pollution.
Science: examines soil properties and the soil-binder system along with the scientific basis for immobilizing inorganic and organic contaminants. The long term viability of S/S treatment is discussed with reference to the maintenance of design performance and groundwater quality.
Practice: describes how S/S is designed and implemented, including discussions on risk reduction, the development of performance specifications, available binders, treatability studies, in-situ and ex-situ equipment/operations, quality assurance, capping, site closure including long term monitoring strategies. The extensive appendices include a list of over 200 completed S/S remedial actions and over 40 case studies.
Together these two volumes contain over 500 pages, 60 tables, 150 illustrations, 50 international case studies and contributions from more than 20 expert practitioners in the world-wide application of S/S.
The Stabilisation/Solidification of Contaminated Soil and Waste provides an invaluable reference source for anyone interested in S/S for the remediation of soil and treatment of waste.
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