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With Speed and Violence
Why Scientists Fear Tipping Points in Climate Change
Written by Fred Pearce


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: March 1, 2008
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-8577-6 (0-8070-8577-4)

Nature is fragile, environmentalists often tell us. But the lesson of this book is that it is not so. The truth is far more worrying. Nature is strong and packs a serious counterpunch . . . Global warming will very probably unleash unstoppable planetary forces. And they will not be gradual... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Slow Food Nation
Why our Food Should be Good, Clean, and Fair
Written by Carlo Petrini
Translated by Clara Furlan and Jonathan Hunt
Foreword by Alice Waters


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Rizzoli Ex Libris
On Sale: September 3, 2013
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8478-4130-1 (0-8478-4130-8)

By now most of us are aware of the threats looming in the food world. The best-selling Fast Food Nation and other recent books have alerted us to such dangers as genetically modified organisms, food-borne diseases, and industrial farming. Now it is time for answers, and Slow Food Nation steps up... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Slow Food Nation
Why Our Food Should Be Good, Clean, and Fair
Written by Carlo Petrini
Translated by Clara Furlan and Jonathan Hunt
Foreword by Alice Waters


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Rizzoli Ex Libris
On Sale: May 8, 2007
Price: $22.50
ISBN: 978-0-8478-2945-3 (0-8478-2945-6)

By now most of us are aware of the threats looming in the food world. The best-selling Fast Food Nation and other recent books have alerted us to such dangers as genetically modified organisms, food-borne diseases, and industrial farming. Now it is time for answers, and Slow Food Nation steps up... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Archaeology of Global Change
The Impact of Humans on Their Environment
Edited by Charles L. Redman, Steven R. James, Paul Fish and J. Daniel Rogers


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: May 17, 2004
Price: $49.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-172-3 (1-58834-172-0)

Is humankind on a fast track to self-destruction? Can society develop ways to live in concert with the environment? Are our environmental problems as grave as they seem? The included essays address these issues and much more.

International scientists offer empirical case studies of prehistoric human-ecosystem relationships–some of short-term exploitation, others of... Read more >

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Into Great Silence
A Memoir of Discovery and Loss among Vanishing Orcas
Written by Eva Saulitis


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: February 25, 2014
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-1446-2 (0-8070-1446-X)

Science entwines with matters of the human heart as a whale researcher chronicles the lives of an endangered family of orcas.

Ever since Eva Saulitis began her whale research in Alaska in the 1980s, she has been drawn deeply into the lives of a single extended family of endangered orcas struggling to... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Into Great Silence
A Memoir of Discovery and Loss among Vanishing Orcas
Written by Eva Saulitis


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: January 15, 2013
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-1435-6 (0-8070-1435-4)

Science entwines with matters of the human heart as a whale researcher chronicles the lives of an endangered family of orcas.

Ever since Eva Saulitis began her whale research in Alaska in the 1980s, she has been drawn deeply into the lives of a single extended family of endangered orcas struggling... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Arrival City
How the Largest Migration in History Is Reshaping Our World
Written by Doug Saunders


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 3, 2012
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38856-8 (0-307-38856-5)

A powerfully argued work that combines reporting, sociology, economics, and urban studies to show how the migration of workers from villages to urban centers has become one of the most significant forces in the world today.

For the first time in history, there are now more people in the world living... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Taking Charge
The Electric Automobile in America
Written by Michael Schiffer


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: June 22, 2010
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-076-4 (1-58834-076-7)

The tumultuous history of inventors and corporations who have tried to bring the electric car to the market.

Amazingly, in 1900 28 percent of all cars were electric. By 1920 the electric car had all but vanished and gas-powered cars dominated the market. In Taking Charge, Schiffer deftly explores how cultural factors... Read more >

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Wildflower
An Extraordinary Life and Mysterious Death in Africa
Written by Mark Seal


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: July 13, 2010
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7909-1 (0-8129-7909-5)

Wildflower is a compelling work of narrative nonfiction in which the shocking death of a dedicated environmentalist becomes a broader story of a beautiful, breathtaking country in peril.

In January 2006, Joan Root, a sixty-nine-year-old naturalist, Oscar-nominated wildlife filmmaker, and staunch conservationist, was murdered by two masked men armed with an AK-47... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Early Spring
An Ecologist and Her Children Wake to a Warming World
Written by Amy Seidl
Introduction by Bill McKibben


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: March 1, 2010
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-8597-4 (0-8070-8597-9)

With an engaging mix of memoir and science, Amy Seidl brings the reality of global warming to a personal level. As a mother, Seidl demonstrates how climate change has altered her daughters’ experiences of their woods and garden, and the seasonal community events of her small New England town. As an... Read more >

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Finding Higher Ground
Adaptation in the Age of Warming
Written by Amy Seidl


Format: Trade Paperback, 216 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: May 1, 2012
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-8499-1 (0-8070-8499-9)

While much of the global warming conversation rightly focuses on reducing our carbon footprint, the reality is that even if we were to immediately cease emissions, we would still face climate change into the next millennium. In Finding Higher Ground, Amy Seidl takes the uniquely positive–yet realistic–position that humans and animals... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Finding Higher Ground
Adaptation in the Age of Warming
Written by Amy Seidl


Format: Hardcover, 208 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: June 7, 2011
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-8598-1 (0-8070-8598-7)

An ecologist takes the uniquely positive--yet realistic--position that we can adapt and persist despite the inevitable effects of climate change.

While much of the global warming conversation rightly focuses on reducing our carbon footprint, the reality is that even if we were to immediately cease emissions, we would still face climate change... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Amphibian Conservation

Written by Raymond D. Semlitsch
Foreword by David B. Wake


Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: June 17, 2003
Price: $45.00
ISBN: 978-1-58834-119-8 (1-58834-119-4)

From deep in the rain forests of Central America to the backyard ponds of Minnesota, alarming accounts of disappearing and deformed populations of amphibians keep surfacing in the media. The amphibian crisis has been headline news from New York to Europe to Australia, featuring pictures of grotesque frogs and reports from... Read more >

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Deep Ecology for the Twenty-First Century

Written by George Sessions


Format: Trade Paperback, 520 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: January 24, 1995
Price: $45.00
ISBN: 978-1-57062-049-2 (1-57062-049-0)

Deep Ecology offers a solution to the environmental crisis through a radical shift in human consciousness, a fundamental change in the way people think about their relationship with the environment. Instead of thinking of nature as a resource to be used for human needs, Deep Ecology argues that the true value... Read more >

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Crude
The Story of Oil
Written by Sonia Shah


Format: Trade Paperback, 246 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: May 2, 2006
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-723-7 (1-58322-723-7)

Crude is the unexpurgated story of oil, from the circumstances of its birth millions of years ago to the spectacle of its rise as the indispensable ingredient of modern life. In addition to fueling our SUVs and illuminating our cities, crude oil and its byproducts fertilize our produce, pave our roads... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Confluence
A River, the Environment, Politics and the Fate of All Humanity
Written by Nathaniel Tripp
Foreword by Howard Dean


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Steerforth
On Sale: April 18, 2006
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-1-58642-106-9 (1-58642-106-9)

We are the river, and the river is us. We carry the same chemicals; pesticides and heavy metals, antibiotics and estrogen in our bloodstreams. From the Mekong River in Vietnam, where he served as platoon leader during the Vietnam War, to the Connecticut River near his farm in St. Johnsbury, Vermont... Read more >

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Saving the White Lions
One Woman's Battle for Africa's Most Sacred Animal
Written by Linda Tucker
Foreword by Andrew Harvey


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: May 7, 2013
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-58394-605-3 (1-58394-605-5)

In this memoir, white lion conservationist Linda Tucker describes her perilous struggle to protect the sacred white lion from the trophy-hunting industry, armed only with her indomitable spirit and total devotion.

Her story begins in 1991 with a heart-stopping misadventure in the Timbavati Reserve of South Africa. Tucker–then a successful... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Opportunity, Montana
Big Copper, Bad Water, and the Burial of an American Landscape
Written by Brad Tyer


Format: Trade Paperback, 248 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: March 25, 2014
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-3325-8 (0-8070-3325-1)

In 2002, Texas journalist Brad Tyer strapped a canoe on his truck and moved to Montana, a state that has long exerted a mythic pull on America’s imagination as an unspoiled landscape. The son of an engineer who reclaimed wastewater, Tyer was looking for a pristine river to call his own... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Opportunity, Montana
Big Copper, Bad Water, and the Burial of an American Landscape
Written by Brad Tyer


Format: Hardcover, 248 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: March 26, 2013
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0329-9 (0-8070-0329-8)

In 2002, Texas journalist Brad Tyer strapped a canoe on his truck and moved to Montana, a state that has long exerted a mythic pull on America’s imagination as an unspoiled landscape. The son of an engineer who reclaimed wastewater, Tyer was looking for a pristine river to call his own... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Harvest the Wind
America's Journey to Jobs, Energy Independence, and Climate Stability
Written by Philip Warburg


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 23, 2013
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0049-6 (0-8070-0049-3)

Winds sweeping through the Great Plains once robbed the Farm Belt of its future, stripping away overworked topsoil and creating the dreaded Dust Bowl of the 1930s. Today, those winds are bringing new hope to the declining rural communities of the central United States. Nowhere is wind’s promise more palpable than... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Harvest the Wind
America's Journey to Jobs, Energy Independence, and Climate Stability
Written by Philip Warburg


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 17, 2012
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0107-3 (0-8070-0107-4)

Winds sweeping across the Great Plains once robbed the Farm Belt of its future, stripping away overworked topsoil and creating the dreaded Dust Bowl of the 1930s. Today, those winds are bringing new hope to the declining rural communities of the central United States. Nowhere is wind’s promise more palpable than... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Red
Passion and Patience in the Desert
Written by Terry Tempest Williams


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 8, 2002
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72518-0 (0-375-72518-0)

The beloved author of Refuge, Terry Tempest Williams is one of the country’s most eloquent and imaginative writers. The desert is her blood. In this potent collage of stories, essays, and testimony, Red makes a stirring case for the preservation of America’s Redrock Wilderness in the canyon country of southern Utah.

As... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Closing the Food Gap
Resetting the Table in the Land of Plenty
Written by Mark Winne


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: January 1, 2009
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4731-6 (0-8070-4731-7)

In Closing the Food Gap, food activist and journalist Mark Winne poses questions too often overlooked in our current conversations around food: What about those people who are not financially able to make conscientious choices about where and how to get food? And in a time of rising rates of both... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Food Rebels, Guerrilla Gardeners, and Smart-Cookin' Mamas
Fighting Back in an Age of Industrial Agriculture
Written by Mark Winne


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: October 11, 2011
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4737-8 (0-8070-4737-6)

Selected as a 2011 University Press Book for Public and Secondary School Libraries
Rated G — General Audience

A look at the growing power of local efforts across America to say no to the industrial food system and yes to self-reliance, better health, and community.

In Food Rebels, Guerrilla Gardeners, and Smart-Cookin’ Mamas, Mark... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Invisible Nature
Healing the Destructive Divide Between People and the Environment
Written by Kenneth Worthy


Format: Trade Paperback, 396 pages
Publisher: Prometheus Books
On Sale: August 6, 2013
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-1-61614-763-1 (1-61614-763-6)

Amidst all the wondrous luxuries of the modern world–smartphones, fast intercontinental travel, Internet movies, fully stocked refrigerators–lies an unnerving fact that may be even more disturbing than all the environmental and social costs of our lifestyles. The fragmentations of our modern lives, our disconnections from nature and from the consequences of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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