Without realizing how much a contemporary home already contributes to environmental destruction, most of us want bigger and bigger houses and dream of the day when we own not just one dwelling but at least the two our neighbor does. We push our children to "get out on their own" long before they need to, creating a second household where previously one existed. We pave and build, demolishing habitat needed by threatened and endangered species, adding to the mounting burden of global climate change, and sucking away resources much better applied to pressing societal needs. "Reduce, reuse, recycle" is seldom evoked in the housing world, where economists predict financial disasters when "new housing starts" decline and the idea of renovating inner city residences is regarded as merely a good cause.
Presenting irrefutable evidence, this book cries out for America and the world to intervene by making simple changes in our household energy and water usage and by supporting municipal, state, national, and international policies to counter this devastation and overuse of resources. It offers a way out of the mess we are creating and envisions a future where we all live comfortable, nondestructive lives. The "housing bomb" is ticking, and our choice is clear—change our approach or feel the blast.-- Paul R. Ehrlich, Stanford University, author of The Population BombLisa D. Pearce, University of North Carolina
Real-Time Digital Signal Processing introducesfundamental digital signal processing (DSP) principles and will beupdated to include the latest DSP applications, introduce newsoftware development tools and adjust the software design processto reflect the latest advances in the field. In the 3rdedition of the book, the key aspect of hands-on experiments will beenhanced to make the DSP principles more interesting and directlyinteract with the real-world applications. All of the programs willbe carefully updated using the most recent version of softwaredevelopment tools and the new TMS320VC5505 eZdsp USB Stick forreal-time experiments. Due to its lower cost and portability, thenew software and hardware tools are now widely used in universitylabs and in commercial industrial companies to replace the olderand more expensive generation. The new edition will have a renewedfocus on real-time applications and will offer step-by-stephands-on experiments for a complete design cycle starting fromfloating-point C language program to fixed-point C implementation,code optimization using INTRINSICS, and mixed C-and-assemblyprogramming on fixed-point DSP processors. This new methodologyenables readers to concentrate on learning DSP fundamentals andinnovative applications by relaxing the intensive programmingefforts, namely, the traditional DSP assembly coding efforts. Thebook is organized into two parts; Part One introduces thedigital signal processing principles and theories, and PartTwo focuses on practical applications. The topics for theapplications are the extensions of the theories in Part One with anemphasis placed on the hands-on experiments, systematic design andimplementation approaches. The applications provided in the bookare carefully chosen to reflect current advances of DSP that are ofmost relevance for the intended readership.Combines both the DSP principles and real-time implementationsand applications using the new eZdsp USB Stick, which is very lowcost, portable and widely employed at many DSP labs is now used inthe new editionPlaces renewed emphasis on C-code experiments and reduces theexercises using assembly coding; effective use of C programming,fixed-point C code and INTRINSICS will become the main focus of thenew edition.Updates to application areas to reflect latest advances such asspeech coding techniques used for next generation networks (NGN),audio coding with surrounding sound, wideband speech codec (ITUG.722.2 Standard), fingerprint for image processing, and biomedicalsignal processing examples.Contains new addition of several projects that can be used assemester projects; as well as new many new real-time experimentsusing TI’s binary libraries – the experiments areprepared with flexible interface and modular for readers to adaptand modify to create other useful applications from the providedbasic programs.Consists of more MATLAB experiments, such as filter design,algorithm evaluation, proto-typing for C-code architecture, andsimulations to aid readers to learn DSP fundamentals.
Includes supplementary material of program and data files forexamples, applications, and experiments hosted on a companionwebsite.
A valuable resource for Postgraduate students enrolled on DSPcourses focused on DSP implementation & applications as well asSenior undergraduates studying DSP; engineers and programmers whoneed to learn and use DSP principles and development tools fortheir projects.
This growing interest in urban wildlife has inspired many studies on the subject that have yet to be synthesized in a cohesive narrative. Urban Wildlife: Theory and Practice fills this void by synthesizing the latest ecological and social knowledge in the subject area into an interdisciplinary and practical text. This volume provides a foundation for the future growth and understanding of urban wildlife ecology and management by:
• Clearly defining the concepts used to study and describe urban wildlife,
• Offering a cohesive understanding of the coupled natural and social drivers that shape urban wildlife ecology,
• Presenting the patterns and processes of wildlife response to an urbanizing world and explaining the mechanisms behind them and
• Proposing means to create physical and social environments that are mutually beneficial for both humans and wildlife.
As vividly as John Krakauer puts readers on Everest, John Vaillant takes us into the heart of North America's last great forest.