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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.

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Lichens

Written by William Purvis


Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: September 17, 2000
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-879-3 (1-56098-879-7)

From the rain forests of Costa Rica to the frozen deserts of Antarctica, lichens are a familiar part of the landscape. Widespread and long-lived, yet vulnerable to environmental disturbance, lichens are useful to scientists in assessing the effects of air pollution, ozone depletion, and metal contamination. Illustrated with more than 150... Read more >

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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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The Beautiful and the Good
Reasons for Sustainable Fashion
Written by Marco Ricchetti and Maria Luisa Frisa


Format: Trade Paperback, 236 pages
Publisher: Marsilio
On Sale: February 12, 2013
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-88-317-1260-6 (88-317-1260-8)

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Shift Your Habit
Easy Ways to Save Money, Simplify Your Life, and Save the Planet
Written by Elizabeth Rogers


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Harmony
On Sale: March 9, 2010
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-46530-6 (0-307-46530-6)

Going green doesn’t mean spending big bucks on organic food, solar panels, and hybrid cars. At its core, green living is simply about moderation, efficiency, and—believe it or not—living less expensively. Shift Your Habit shows readers how to make easy changes to his or her lifestyle that will do the most... Read more >

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Staying Put
Making a Home in a Restless World
Written by Scott Russell Sanders


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 1, 1994
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-6341-5 (0-8070-6341-X)

In the tradition of Wendell Berry, Sanders champions fidelity to place, informed by ecological awareness, arguing that intimacy with one’s home region is the grounding for global knowledge.

“Reflective, rhapsodic, luminous essays. . . . A wise and beautifully written book.” -Publishers Weekly, starred review Read more >

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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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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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The Necessary Revolution
Working Together to Create a Sustainable World
Written by Peter M. Senge, Bryan Smith, Nina Kruschwitz, Joe Laur and Sara Schley


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Crown Business
On Sale: April 6, 2010
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-51904-5 (0-385-51904-4)

Imagine a world in which the excess energy from one business would be used to heat another. Where buildings need less and less energy around the world, and where “regenerative” commercial buildings – ones that create more energy than they use – are being designed. A world in which environmentally sound... 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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The Predator Paradox
Ending the War with Wolves, Bears, Cougars, and Coyotes
Written by John Shivik


Format: Hardcover, 208 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: May 13, 2014
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-8496-0 (0-8070-8496-4)

As carnivore populations increase, their proximity to people, pets, and livestock leads to more conflict, and we are once again left to negotiate the uneasy terrain between elimination and conservation. In The Predator Paradox, veteran wildlife management expert John Shivik argues that we can end the war while still preserving and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America

Written by David Allen Sibley


Format: Hardcover, 432 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: April 29, 2003
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-45120-4 (0-679-45120-X)

The Sibley Guide to Birds has quickly become the new standard of excellence in bird identification guides, covering more than 810 North American birds in amazing detail. Now comes a new portable guide from David Sibley that every birder will want to carry into the field. Compact and comprehensive, this new... Read more >

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The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Western North America

Written by David Allen Sibley


Format: Hardcover, 472 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: April 29, 2003
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-45121-1 (0-679-45121-8)

The Sibley Guide to Birds has quickly become the new standard of excellence in bird identification guides, covering more than 810 North American birds in amazing detail. Now comes a new portable guide from David Sibley that every birder will want to carry into the field. Compact and comprehensive, this new... Read more >

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The Sibley Guide to Birds, Second Edition

Written by David Allen Sibley


Format: Hardcover, 624 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: March 11, 2014
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-95790-0 (0-307-95790-X)

“Undoubtedly the finest guide to North American birds.”—Guy McCaskie, Birding

The publication of The Sibley Guide to Birds in 2000 quickly established David Allen Sibley as the author and illustrator of the nation’s supreme and most comprehensive guide to birds. Used by millions of birders from novices to the most expert, The... Read more >

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The Sibley Guide to Trees

Written by David Allen Sibley


Format: Hardcover, 464 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: September 15, 2009
Price: $39.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-41519-7 (0-375-41519-X)

David Allen Sibley, the preeminent bird-guide author and illustrator, now applies his formidable skills of identification and illustration to the trees of North America.

Monumental in scope but small enough to take into the field, The Sibley Guide to Trees is an astonishingly elegant guide to a complex subject. It condenses a... Read more >

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On a Farther Shore
The Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson, Author of Silent Spring
Written by William Souder


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: September 3, 2013
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-46221-3 (0-307-46221-8)

Rachel Carson loved the ocean and wrote three books about its mysteries. But it was with her fourth book, Silent Spring, that this unassuming biologist transformed our relationship with the natural world. Silent Spring was a chilling indictment of DDT and other pesticides that until then had been hailed as safe... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Mycelium Running
How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World
Written by Paul Stamets


Format: Trade Paperback, 356 pages
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
On Sale: October 1, 2005
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-58008-579-3 (1-58008-579-2)

More mushrooms, less pollution! Yes, you heard right: growing more mushrooms may be the best thing we can do to save the environment and mushroom expert Paul Stamets explains how in MYCELIUM RUNNING, a groundbreaking manual for saving the world through mushroom cultivation.

The science goes like this: fine filaments of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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North American Tree Squirrels

Written by Michael A. Steele and John L. Koprowski


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: October 17, 2003
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-100-6 (1-58834-100-3)

Written with clarity and wit by two top scientists, North American Tree Squirrels illuminates the everyday lives of gray and fox squirrels, the two most dominant types of tree squirrels of the eastern United States.

Drawing on more than twenty years of research, Michael A. Steele and John L. Koprowski detail the... Read more >

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Nature Wars
The Incredible Story of How Wildlife Comebacks Turned Backyards into Battlegrounds
Written by Jim Sterba


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: November 12, 2013
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-34197-6 (0-307-34197-6)

Nature Wars offers an eye-opening look at how Americans lost touch with the natural landscape, spending 90 percent of their time indoors where nature arrives via television, films and digital screens in which wild creatures often behave like people or cuddly pets. All the while our well-meaning efforts to protect animals... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.
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