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Full-Rip 9.0
The Next Big Earthquake in the Pacific Northwest
Written by Sandi Doughton


Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Sasquatch Books
On Sale: June 11, 2013
Price: $23.95
ISBN: 978-1-57061-789-8 (1-57061-789-9)

Scientists have identified Seattle, Portland, and Vancouver as the urban centers of what will be the biggest earthquake, also called a mega-quake, in the continental United States. A quake will happen--in fact it’s actually overdue. The Cascadia subduction zone is 750 miles long, running along the Pacific coast from Northern California... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Biocidal
Confronting the Poisonous Legacy of PCBs
Written by Theodore Michael Dracos


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: March 6, 2012
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0632-0 (0-8070-0632-7)

Whether or not you’ve heard of PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls), it’s likely that this toxic chemical can be found in your cells. PCBs were invented in 1920 for the electronics industry, fueled the WWII military machine, then were put to domestic uses, and finally came to be present in every corner of... Read more >

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The Deep Ecology Movement
An Introductory Anthology
Edited by Alan Drengson and Yuichi Inoue
Contribution by Arne Naess and Gary Snyder


Format: Trade Paperback, 328 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: February 2, 1995
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-1-55643-198-2 (1-55643-198-8)

The Deep Ecology Movement, a name introduced by noted Norwegian philosopher Arne Naess, is a worldwide grassroots environmental movement that seeks to redress the shallow and piecemeal approach of technology-based ecology. Its followers share a profound respect for the Earth's interrelated natural communities and a sense of urgency about the need... Read more >

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The End of the Long Summer
Why We Must Remake Our Civilization to Survive on a Volatile Earth
Written by Dianne Dumanoski


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: July 13, 2010
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-39609-9 (0-307-39609-6)

For the past twelve thousand years, Earth’s stable climate has allowed human civilization to flourish. But this long benign summer is an anomaly in the Earth’s history and one that is rapidly coming to a close. The radical experiment of our modern industrial civilization is now disrupting our planet’s very metabolism... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Ocean
An Illustrated Atlas
Written by Sylvia A. Earle and Linda K. Glover


Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: October 28, 2008
Price: $65.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0319-0 (1-4262-0319-5)

Detailing a mysterious realm that’s as vital to our existence as the air we breathe, this new atlas immerses readers in the wonders of the deep through more than 250 up-to-the-minute maps, photographs, and satellite images. Deep-sea pioneer and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Sylvia A. Earle (known as "Her Deepness") and marine... Read more >

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Why Things Break
Understanding the World By the Way It Comes Apart
Written by Mark Eberhart


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: September 28, 2004
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-4883-0 (1-4000-4883-4)

Why Things Break explores the fascinating question of what holds things together (for a while), what breaks them apart, and why the answers have a direct bearing on our everyday lives.

When Mark Eberhart was growing up in the 1960s, he learned that splitting an atom leads to a terrible explosion—which prompted... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Ten Billion

Written by Stephen Emmott


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 10, 2013
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-80647-5 (0-345-80647-6)

Deforestation. Desertification. Species extinction. Global warming. Growing threats to food and water. The driving issues of our times are the result of one huge problem: Us.

Just over two hundred years ago, there were one billion humans on Earth.

There are now over seven billion of us.

And, sometime this century, the world population... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Toms River
A Story of Science and Salvation
Written by Dan Fagin


Format: Hardcover, 560 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: March 19, 2013
Price: $28.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-80653-3 (0-553-80653-X)

Winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize (General Nonfiction)

The riveting true story of a small town ravaged by industrial pollution, Toms River melds hard-hitting investigative reporting, a fascinating scientific detective story, and an unforgettable cast of characters into a sweeping narrative in the tradition of A Civil Action, The Emperor of All... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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You Can Save the Earth
7 Reasons Why & 7 Simple Ways. A Book to Benefit the Planet
Written by Sean K. Smith
Edited by June Eding and Anna Krusinski
Created by Andrew Flach


Format: Hardcover, 144 pages
Publisher: Hatherleigh Press
On Sale: September 16, 2008
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-1-57826-280-9 (1-57826-280-1)

Finally an inspirational, hopeful book which empowers us to make the choices we need to make...not out of fear but out of love for ourselves, our Earth, and each other.

“The Earth is what we all have in common. It is what we are made of and what we live from, and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Man Who Walked Through Time
The Story of the First Trip Afoot Through the Grand Canyon
Written by Colin Fletcher


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 14, 1989
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-72306-6 (0-679-72306-4)

The remarkable classic of nature writing by the first man ever to have walked the entire length of the Grand Canyon. Read more >

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Faraday, Maxwell, and the Electromagnetic Field
How Two Men Revolutionized Physics
Written by Nancy Forbes and Basil Mahon


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Prometheus Books
On Sale: March 11, 2014
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-1-61614-942-0 (1-61614-942-6)

Two of the boldest and most creative scientists of all time were Michael Faraday (1791-1867) and James Clerk Maxwell (1831-1879). This is the story of how these two men - separated in age by forty years - discovered the existence of the electromagnetic field and devised a radically new theory which... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Earth
An Intimate History
Written by Richard Fortey


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 8, 2005
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70620-2 (0-375-70620-8)

From the acclaimed author of Life and Trilobite!, a fascinating geological exploration of the earth’s distant history as revealed by its natural wonders.

The face of the earth, crisscrossed by chains of mountains like the scars of old wounds, has changed and changed again over billions of years, and the testament of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Planetwalker
22 Years of Walking. 17 Years of Silence.
Written by John Francis, Ph.D.


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: April 21, 2009
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0405-0 (1-4262-0405-1)

2008 Freshman English Common Reading Selection for University of South Carolina Upstate

When the struggle to save oil-soaked birds and restore blackened beaches left him feeling frustrated and helpless, John Francis decided to take a more fundamental and personal stand—he stopped using all forms of motorized transportation. Soon after embarking on this... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Out of the Blue
A History of Lightning: Science, Superstition, and Amazing Stories of Survival
Written by John Friedman


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Delta
On Sale: May 19, 2009
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-34116-5 (0-385-34116-4)

The odds of being hit by lightning each year are only about 1 in 750,000 in the U.S. And yet this rare phenomenon has inspired both fear and fascination for thousands of years.

Herman Melville called it “God’s burning finger.” The ancient Romans feared it as the wrath of God. Today we... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The One-Straw Revolution
An Introduction to Natural Farming
Written by Masanobu Fukuoka
Preface by Wendell Berry
Afterword by Masanobu Fukuoka
Translated by Larry Korn
Introduction by Frances Moore Lappe


Format: Trade Paperback, 200 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: June 2, 2009
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-313-8 (1-59017-313-9)

Call it “Zen and the Art of Farming” or a “Little Green Book,” Masanobu Fukuoka’s manifesto about farming, eating, and the limits of human knowledge presents a radical challenge to the global systems we rely on for our food. At the same time, it is a spiritual memoir of a man... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Rare Birds
The Extraordinary Tale of the Bermuda Petrel and the Man Who Brought It Back from Extinction
Written by Elizabeth Gehrman


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: October 9, 2012
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-1076-1 (0-8070-1076-6)

The inspiring story of David Wingate, a living legend among birders, who brought the Bermuda petrel back from presumed extinction.

David Wingate is known in Bermuda as the birdman and in the international conservation community as a living legend for single-handedly bringing back the cahow, or Bermuda petrel–a seabird that flies... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Future
Six Drivers of Global Change
Written by Al Gore


Format: Trade Paperback, 592 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: October 8, 2013
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8289-3 (0-8129-8289-4)

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

From the former vice president and #1 New York Times bestselling author comes An Inconvenient Truth for everything—a frank and clear-eyed assessment of six critical drivers of global change in the decades to come.

Ours is a time of revolutionary change that has no precedent in history. With the... Read more >

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The Smithsonian Atlas of the Amazon

Written by Michael Goulding, Ronaldo Barthem and Efrem Ferreira


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: March 17, 2003
Price: $39.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-135-8 (1-58834-135-6)

The Amazon River flows more than 4,000 miles through the world’s greatest rainforest, into the Amazon delta, and finally into the Atlantic Ocean. This extraordinary atlas is the first comprehensive view of not only the Amazon River but also its thirteen major tributaries. More than 150 color maps and nearly 300... Read more >

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Recovering a Lost River
Removing Dams, Rewilding Salmon, Revitalizing Communities
Written by Steven Hawley


Format: Trade Paperback, 280 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: March 6, 2012
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0473-9 (0-8070-0473-1)

A powerful argument for why dam removal makes good scientific, economic, and environmental sense–and requires our urgent attention

The Snake River, flowing through the Northwest, was once one of the world’s greatest salmon rivers. As recently as a hundred years ago, it retained some of its historic bounty with seven million fish... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Science Matters
Achieving Scientific Literacy
Written by Robert M. Hazen and James Trefil


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: June 2, 2009
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-45458-4 (0-307-45458-4)

Knowledge of the basic ideas and principles of science is fundamental to cultural literacy. But most books on science are often too obscure or too specialized to do the general reader much good.

Science Matters is a rare exception-a science book for the general reader that is informative enough to be a... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Totem Salmon
Life Lessons from Another Species
Written by Freeman House


Format: Trade Paperback, 248 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: May 12, 2000
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-8549-3 (0-8070-8549-9)

Part lyrical natural history, part social and philosophical manifesto, Totem Salmon tells the story of a determined band of locals who’ve worked for over two decades to save one of the last purely native species of salmon in California. The book-call it the zen of salmon restoration-traces the evolution of the... Read more >

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The Northern Lights

Written by Lucy Jago


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 29, 2002
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70882-4 (0-375-70882-0)

Combining popular science, biography, and arctic adventure in a book that reads lika a cross between Longitude, A Beautiful Mind, and Into Thin Air, Lucy Jago presents a riveting acount of the life and work of Norwegian scientist Kristian Birkeland, the visioinary who solved the mysteries of the aurora borealis.

Here is... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Cycads of the World
Ancient Plants in Today's Landscape, Second Edition
Written by David L. Jones


Format: Hardcover, 456 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: September 17, 2002
Price: $70.00
ISBN: 978-1-58834-043-6 (1-58834-043-0)

Cycads superficially resemble palms and are often misidentified as such. However, cycads are actually a unique assemblage of primitive plants that have been around for at least 250 million years. They have become highly sought after for gardens, both private and public, and their present status as endangered plants has engendered... Read more >

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Palms Throughout the World

Written by David L. Jones


Format: Hardcover, 410 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: July 17, 1995
Price: $60.00
ISBN: 978-1-56098-616-4 (1-56098-616-6)

Presenting an up-to-date introduction to this complex group of plants, Palms Throughout the World describes 800 species in 123 genera and discusses the distribution, biology, propagation, cultivation, and economic importance of palms. The individual species descriptions are arranged in alphabetical order and include common synonyms and references to origin and distribution... Read more >

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American Bamboos

Written by Emmet J. Judziewicz, Lynn G. Clark, Ximena Londono and Margaret Stern


Format: Hardcover, 392 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: January 17, 1999
Price: $49.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-569-3 (1-56098-569-0)

Drawing on two decades of fieldwork in the United States and fifteen Latin American countries, the authors bring together current knowledge of the structure, ecology, human uses, conservation value, evolution, and diversity of the forty-one genera of American woody and herbaceous bamboos. They also discuss three genera of basal grasses that... Read more >
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