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The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History
The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History
by Elizabeth Kolbert
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Kolbert considers the rapacious effects of humanity's unmitigated conquest of our planet and its biota — and the harrowing legacy our actions (and inactions) have ultimately wrought. Forgoing an alarmist approach in favor of a measured, well... (read more)

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Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water
Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water
by Marc Reisner
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"Beautifully written and meticulously researched."—St. Louis Post-Dispatch. This updated study of the economics, politics, and ecology of water covers more than a century of public and private desert reclamation in the American West.... (read more)

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The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History
The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History
by Elizabeth Kolbert
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With beautiful, luminous prose and incisive reporting, New Yorker Staff Writer Elizabeth Kolbert explores earth's sixth mass extinction. As biodiversity loss continues to accelerate — at the hands of our own species — Kolbert offers a... (read more)

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Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril
Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril
by Kathleen Dean Moore
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Moral Ground brings together the testimony of over 80 visionaries — theologians and religious leaders, scientists, elected officials, business leaders, naturists, activists, and writers — to present a diverse and compelling call to honor our... (read more)

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Encounters with the Archdruid
Encounters with the Archdruid
by John Mcphee
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The narratives in this book are of journeys made in three wildernesses - on a coastal island, in a Western mountain range, and on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. The four men portrayed here have different relationships to their environment, and... (read more)

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A Sand County Almanac: And Sketches Here and There (Outdoor Essays & Reflections)
A Sand County Almanac: And Sketches Here and There (Outdoor Essays & Reflections)
by Aldo Leopold
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This special edition of the highly acclaimed A Sand County Almanac commemorates the one-hundredth anniversary of the birth of Aldo Leopold, one of the foremost conservationists of our century. First published in 1949 and praised in The New York Times... (read more)

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All the Wild That Remains: Edward Abbey, Wallace Stegner, and the American West
All the Wild That Remains: Edward Abbey, Wallace Stegner, and the American West
by David Gessner
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Archetypal wild man Edward Abbey and proper, dedicated Wallace Stegner left their footprints all over the western landscape. Now, the award-winning nature writer David Gessner follows the ghosts of these two remarkable writer-environmentalists--from... (read more)

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Wilderness & the American Mind 4TH Edition
Wilderness & the American Mind 4TH Edition
by Roderick Frazi Nash
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Long before people were andldquo;going greenandrdquo; and toting reusable bags, the Progressive generation of the early 1900s was calling for the conservation of resources, sustainable foresting practices, and restrictions on hunting. Industrial... (read more)

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Breathing Space: The Natural and Unnatural History of Air
Breathing Space: The Natural and Unnatural History of Air
by Mark Everard
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Air is vital to human existence—it protects us from radiation, maintains climate and weather patterns, disperses seeds and pollen, and serves as an alternative energy source. Despite all of this, air remains neglected in environmental policy, with... (read more)

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Active Hope (12 Edition)
Active Hope (12 Edition)
by Joanna Macy
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The challenges we face can be difficult even to think about. Climate change, the depletion of oil, economic upheaval, and mass extinction together create a planetary emergency of overwhelming proportions. Active Hope shows us how to strengthen our... (read more)

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The World without Us
The World without Us
by Alan Weisman
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"Let us try a creative experiment," Alan Weisman proposes on page three: If humans disappeared from earth, what would happen? To your home, for example. To our cities, farms, and oceans. To the animals that remain. Or to the billion tons of plastic we'd... (read more)

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Planet Dialectics: Explorations in Environment and Development (Zed Books - Critique. Influence. Change)
Planet Dialectics: Explorations in Environment and Development (Zed Books - Critique. Influence. Change)
by Wolfgang Sachs
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Amid the hubbub of daily life and the seemingly endless bounty of capitalism, its easy to forget that all human action must be played out within our planets limitations. Any hope of infinity—of infinite growth, infinite prosperity, and the like—... (read more)

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The Human Age: The World Shaped by Us
The Human Age: The World Shaped by Us
by Diane Ackerman
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In her sweeping survey of the way humans have fundamentally altered the planet, Ackerman once again dazzles with her luminous prose and boundless curiosity. Far from a book weighed down by doom, The Human Age examines both our mistakes and our triumphs... (read more)

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Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things
Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things
by William McDonough and Michael Braungart
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"An eco-sustainable manifesto. The next Industrial Revolution will be Green!"... (read more)

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The New Wild: Why Invasive Species Will Be Nature's Salvation
The New Wild: Why Invasive Species Will Be Nature's Salvation
by Fred Pearce
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A provocative exploration of the “new ecology” and why most of what we think we know about alien species is wrong   For a long time veteran environmental journalist Fred Pearce thought in stark terms about invasive species: they were the... (read more)

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Who Rules the Earth?: How Social Rules Shape Our Planet and Our Lives
Who Rules the Earth?: How Social Rules Shape Our Planet and Our Lives
by Paul F. Steinberg
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Worldwide, half a million people die from air pollution each year — more than perish in all wars combined. One in every five mammal species on the planet is threatened with extinction. Our climate is warming, our forests are in decline, and every... (read more)

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Tropical Nature: Life and Death in the Rain Forest of Central and South America
Tropical Nature: Life and Death in the Rain Forest of Central and South America
by Adrian Forsyth
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Scientific American In 17 chapters, each a brief essay on tropical nature observed, these two young field biologists have made a model of contemporary natural history, cheerfully speculative, concerned as much with large pattern as with diversity... (read more)

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Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth?
Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth?
by Alan Weisman
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From John Muir to David Brower, from the creation of Yellowstone National Park to the Endangered Species Act, environmentalism in America has always had close to its core a preservationist ideal. Generations have been inspired by its ethosandmdash;to... (read more)

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Enough Is Enough: Building a Sustainable Economy in a World of Finite Resources
Enough Is Enough: Building a Sustainable Economy in a World of Finite Resources
by Rob Dietz and Dan O'Neill
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Its time for a new kind of economy Were overusing the earths finite resources, and yet excessive consumption is failing to improve our lives. In Enough Is Enough, Rob Dietz and Dan ONeill lay out a visionary but realistic alternative to the perpetual... (read more)

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Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation
Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation
by Dan Fagin
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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... (read more)

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