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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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Mindfully Green
A Personal and Spiritual Guide to Whole Earth Thinking
Written by Stephanie Kaza

Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: November 11, 2008
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-583-6 (1-59030-583-3)

There has been a flood of attention given to the small actions we can take to live in a more environmentally friendly way–from reducing water use to conserving electricity. Building an eco-responsible lifestyle is a great first step, but to affect real change in the world we must learn how to... Read more >

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Fossil Plants

Written by Paul Kenrick and Paul Davies

Format: Trade Paperback, 232 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: October 17, 2004
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-156-3 (1-58834-156-9)

Long before there were animals on the earth, many kinds of plants covered the prehistoric planet. The soft remains rarely fossilized, but sometimes leaves, flowers, and branches would fall into soft mud or be encased by the ash of exploding volcanoes. These plants were preserved and now offer a sampling of... Read more >

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Birds of Paradise
Revealing the World's Most Extraordinary Birds
Written by Tim Laman and Edwin Scholes

Format: Hardcover, 228 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: October 23, 2012
Price: $50.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0958-1 (1-4262-0958-4)

Eight years. Eighteen expeditions. Fifty-one field sites. Thirty-nine unique species of birds-of-paradise, all photographed in the wild for the first time in history.

“We turned our passion for science, photography, and media documentation into a comprehensive vision to share an unparalleled treasure of Earth’s biodiversity with the world,” write biologists and explorers... Read more >

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Isaac's Storm
A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History
Written by Erik Larson

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 11, 2000
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70827-5 (0-375-70827-8)

At the dawn of the twentieth century, a great confidence suffused America. Isaac Cline was one of the era's new men, a scientist who believed he knew all there was to know about the motion of clouds and the behavior of storms. The idea that a hurricane could damage the city... Read more >

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Braving the Elements

Edited by David Laskin

Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: June 16, 1997
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-46956-2 (0-385-46956-X)

Nowhere in the world is weather as volatile and powerful as it is in North America.  Scorching heat in the Southwest, hurricanes on the Atlantic coast, tornadoes in the Plains, blizzards in the mountains:  Every area of the country has vastly different weather, and vastly different cultures as a result. Braving the Elements... Read more >

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The Golden Ratio
The Story of PHI, the World's Most Astonishing Number
Written by Mario Livio

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: September 23, 2003
Price: $15.99
ISBN: 978-0-7679-0816-0 (0-7679-0816-3)

Winner, 2004 Outstanding Academic Title, Choice Magazine

"An enlightening, fascinating, well-illustrated, literate and (usefully) opinionated discussion. Covers historical, mathematical, and real-world appearances of the famous number. Of special interest are debunkings of some hoary myths (e.g., about the Parthenon) and connections to crystals, fractals, and music." —The American Mathematical Monthly

Throughout history, thinkers... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Cool IT (Movie Tie-in Edition)
The Skeptical Environmentalist's Guide to Global Warming
Written by Bjorn Lomborg

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 26, 2010
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-74110-3 (0-307-74110-9)

Bjorn Lomborg argues that many of the elaborate and staggeringly expensive actions now being considered to meet the challenges of global warming ultimately will have little impact on the world’s temperature. He suggests that rather than focusing on ineffective solutions that will cost us trillions of dollars over the coming decades... Read more >

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National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Weather

Written by David Ludlum

Format: Hardcover, 640 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 15, 1991
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-40851-2 (0-679-40851-7)

This guide includes 378 photographs which capture cloud types, precipitation, storms, and optical phenomena. A special section includes images of historic weather occurrences. This guide is organized with a visual key. The unique visual arrangement and thumb-tab reference system make the guide quick and simple to access. Read more >

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The God Species
Saving the Planet in the Age of Humans
Written by Mark Lynas

Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: October 4, 2011
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0891-1 (1-4262-0891-X)

We humans are the God species, both the creators and destroyers of life on this planet. As we enter a new geological era - the Anthropocene - our collective power now overwhelms and dominates the major forces of nature.

But from the water cycle to the circulation of nitrogen and carbon through... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Six Degrees
Our Future on a Hotter Planet
Written by Mark Lynas

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: October 7, 2008
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0385-5 (1-4262-0385-3)

Possibly the most graphic treatment of global warming that has yet been published, Six Degrees is what readers of Al Gore's best-selling An Inconvenient Truth or Ross Gelbspan's Boiling Point will turn to next. Written by the acclaimed author of High Tide, this highly relevant and compelling book uses accessible journalistic... Read more >
Also available as a hardcover.

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Jacques Cousteau
The Sea King
Written by Brad Matsen

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 5, 2010
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27542-4 (0-307-27542-6)

An unprecedented and masterfully told biography of Jacques Cousteau that reveals for the first time the fascinating and compelling individual behind this famous television personality.

Inventor of the aqualung and fearless scuba diver, Jacques Cousteau opened up the ocean to a mass audience for the first time. Here, with the cooperation of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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True Green
100 Everyday Ways you Can Contribute to a Healthier Planet
Written by Kim Mckay and Jenny Bonnin

Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: April 10, 2007
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0113-4 (1-4262-0113-3)

Global warming, climate change, toxic waste, and more: it sometimes seems the environmental challenges we face are just too huge for individual actions to matter, but they're not–and here's the proof. True Green is based on the practical experience of Clean Up the World, a grassroots environmental movement that has inspired... Read more >

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The Anthropology of Turquoise
Reflections on Desert, Sea, Stone, and Sky
Written by Ellen Meloy

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 8, 2003
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70813-8 (0-375-70813-8)

Pulitzer Prize Finalist

In this invigorating mix of natural history and adventure, artist-naturalist Ellen Meloy uses turquoise—the color and the gem—to probe deeper into our profound human attachment to landscape.

From the Sierra Nevada, the Mojave Desert, the Yucatan Peninsula, and the Bahamas to her home ground on the high plateaus and deep... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Among Chimpanzees
Field Notes from the Race to Save Our Endangered Relatives
Written by Nancy J. Merrick
Foreword by Jane Goodall

Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: June 17, 2014
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-8490-8 (0-8070-8490-5)

Unbeknownst to much of the public, chimps are in trouble: censuses show them to be extinct in four African countries and nearly so in ten others. A large percentage of the remaining populations live in unprotected, increasingly fragmented forests.
When Nancy Merrick learned these startling facts in 2009, she decided it... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Written by Neale Monks and Philip Palmer

Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: May 17, 2002
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-047-4 (1-58834-047-3)

The beautiful spiral shells of these long-extinct marine invertebrates are among the most sought after and recognizable of fossils, yet little has been published about ammonites outside of geological journals. Neale Monks and Philip Palmer look at the latest ideas on ammonite biology and ecology to present this detailed picture of... Read more >

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Animal Wise
The Thoughts and Emotions of Our Fellow Creatures
Written by Virginia Morell

Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: February 26, 2013
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-46144-5 (0-307-46144-0)

Noted science writer Virginia Morell provides an engaging and surprisingly moving overview of the latest research on animal cognition and emotion, which confirms that the inner lives of animals are far richer than previously understood. As recent studies convincingly show, insects, birds, and mammals carry out actions such as planning and... Read more >

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Wondrous Cold
An Antartic Journey
Written by Joan Myers

Format: Hardcover, 160 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: June 1, 2006
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-58834-238-6 (1-58834-238-7)

For centuries Antarctica has captured the imagination of explorers, scientists, and armchair travelers. Its starkly beautiful landscape, extraordinary wildlife, and harsh climate only begin to suggest the wonders of the world’s least understood continent.

Intrigued by a part of the planet vividly described in the journals of explorers Robert Falcon Scott and... Read more >

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National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Rocks and Minerals


Format: Hardcover, 856 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: May 12, 1979
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-0-394-50269-4 (0-394-50269-8)

This valuable reference covers more rocks and minerals in North America than any other available guide. 794 full-color photographs depict all the important rocks, gems, and minerals — in many variations of color and crystal form — and the natural environments in which they occur; written descriptions provide information on field... Read more >

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National Audubon Society Pocket Guide to Clouds and Storms


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: April 25, 1995
Price: $10.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-77999-5 (0-679-77999-X)

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Scatter, Adapt, and Remember
How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction
Written by Annalee Newitz

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 8, 2014
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-94942-4 (0-307-94942-7)

A Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist in Science & Technology

In its 4.5 billion-year history, life on Earth has been almost erased at least half a dozen times: shattered by asteroid impacts, entombed in ice, smothered by methane, and torn apart by unfathomably powerful megavolcanoes. And we know that another global... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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From the Ground Up
A Food Grower's Education in Life, Love, and the Movement That's Changing the Nation
Written by Jeanne Nolan
Foreword by Alice Waters

Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: July 16, 2013
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-9299-1 (0-8129-9299-7)

When Jeanne Nolan, a teenager in search of a less materialistic, more authentic existence, left Chicago in 1987 to join a communal farm, she had no idea that her decades-long journey would lead her to the heart of a movement that is currently changing our nation’s relationship to food. Now a... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Taking on Water
How One Water Expert Challenged Her Inner Hypocrite, Reduced Her Water Footprint (Without Sacrificing a Toasty Shower), and Found Nirvana
Written by Wendy J. Pabich

Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Sasquatch Books
On Sale: September 18, 2012
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-1-57061-831-4 (1-57061-831-3)

When Wendy Pabich received a monthly water bill for 30,000 gallons (for a household of two people and one dog), she was chagrined. After all, she is an expert on sustainable water use. So she set out to make a change. Taking on Water is the story of the author’s personal... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Water Book
A Users Guide to Understanding, Protecting, and Preserving Earth's Most Precious Resource
Written by Elizabeth Pacheco and June Eding
Preface by Alexandra Cousteau
Edited by Anna Krusinski

Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Hatherleigh Press
On Sale: May 24, 2011
Price: $11.00
ISBN: 978-1-57826-345-5 (1-57826-345-X)

A simple, straightforward approach to one of Earth's most precious resources--water. The Water Book offers a fresh perspective and approach to motivate readers into action without guilt or scare tactics and encourages the development of a personal philosophy of sustainability. The complex issues are presented in a relatable and straightforward manner... Read more >

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It Started with Copernicus
Vital Questions about Science
Written by Keith Parsons

Format: Trade Paperback, 429 pages
Publisher: Prometheus Books
On Sale: August 5, 2014
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-61614-929-1 (1-61614-929-9)

Is science more rational or objective than any other intellectual endeavor? Are scientific theories accurate depictions of reality or just useful devices for manipulating the environment? These core questions are the focus of this unique approach to the philosophy of science. Unlike standard textbooks, this book does not attempt a comprehensive... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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