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The Source: How Rivers Made America and America Remade Its Rivers
by Martin Doyle

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English

Pages

335

Publication Date

February 06, 2018

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<p><strong>鈥淎n original and thought-provoking exploration of the sinuous course that water has carved through our economic and political landscape.鈥?鈥擥erard Helferich, <em>Wall Street Journal</em></strong></p><br /><p>In a powerful work of environmental history, Martin Doyle tells the epic story of America and its rivers, from the U.S. Constitution鈥檚 roots in interstate river navigation, to the failure of the levees in Hurricane Katrina and the water wars in the west. Through his own travels and his encounters with experts all over the country鈥攁 Mississippi River tugboat captain, an Erie Canal lock operator, a project manager buying water rights for farms along the Colorado River鈥擠oyle reveals the central role rivers have played in American history and how vital they are to its future.</p>
The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History
by Elizabeth Kolbert

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English

Pages

336

Publication Date

February 11, 2014

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<p><b>ONE OF THE <i>NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW'S</i> 10 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR</b></p><p><b>A major book about the future of the world, blending intellectual and natural history and field reporting into a powerful account of the mass extinction unfolding before our eyes</b> <br />Over the last half a billion years, there have been five mass extinctions, when the diversity of life on earth suddenly and dramatically contracted. Scientists around the world are currently monitoring the sixth extinction, predicted to be the most devastating extinction event since the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs. This time around, the cataclysm is us. In <i>The Sixth Extinction</i>, two-time winner of the National Magazine Award and <i>New Yorker</i> writer Elizabeth Kolbert draws on the work of scores of researchers in half a dozen disciplines, accompanying many of them into the field: geologists who study deep ocean cores, botanists who follow the tree line as it climbs up the Andes, marine biologists who dive off the Great Barrier Reef. She introduces us to a dozen species, some already gone, others facing extinction, including the Panamian golden frog, staghorn coral, the great auk, and the Sumatran rhino. Through these stories, Kolbert provides a moving account of the disappearances occurring all around us and traces the evolution of extinction as concept, from its first articulation by Georges Cuvier in revolutionary Paris up through the present day. The sixth extinction is likely to be mankind's most lasting legacy; as Kolbert observes, it compels us to rethink the fundamental question of what it means to be human.</p>
Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Gl...
by Paul Hawken

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English

Pages

253

Publication Date

April 18, 2017

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<b><b><b><i><b><b><b><i><b><b><b><b><b>鈥⒙?lt;/b></b></b></b></b></i></b></b></b>New York Times</i>聽bestseller聽<b><b><b><i><b><b><b><b><b>鈥?lt;/b></b></b></b></b></i></b></b></b></b></b><br /><br />The 100 most substantive solutions to reverse global warming, based on meticulous research by leading scientists and policymakers around the world<br /><br />鈥淎t this point in time, the聽<i>Drawdown</i>聽book is exactly what is needed; a credible, conservative solution-by-solution narrative that we can do it. Reading it is an effective inoculation against the widespread perception of doom that humanity cannot and will not solve the climate crisis. Reported by-effects include increased determination and a sense of grounded hope.鈥澛犫€擯er Espen Stoknes, Author,聽<i>What We Think About When We Try Not To Think About Global Warming</i>聽</b><br /><b><br />鈥淭here鈥檚 been no real way for ordinary people to get an understanding of what they can do and what impact it can have. There remains no single, comprehensive, reliable compendium of carbon-reduction solutions across sectors. At least until now. . . . The public is hungry for this kind of practical wisdom.鈥澛犫€擠avid Roberts,聽<i>Vox</i></b><br /><b><br />鈥淭his is the ideal environmental sciences textbook鈥攐nly it is too interesting and inspiring to be called a textbook.鈥澛犫€擯eter Kareiva, Director of the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, UCLA</b><br /><br />In the face of widespread fear and apathy, an international coalition of researchers, professionals, and scientists have come together to offer a set of realistic and bold solutions to climate change. One hundred techniques and practices are described here鈥攕ome are well known; some you may have never heard of. They range from clean energy to educating girls in lower-income countries to land use practices that pull carbon out of the air. The solutions exist, are economically viable, and communities throughout the world are currently enacting them with skill and determination. If deployed collectively on a global scale over the next thirty years, they represent a credible path forward, not just to slow the earth鈥檚 warming but to reach drawdown, that point in time when greenhouse gases in the atmosphere peak and begin to decline. These measures promise cascading benefits to human health, security, prosperity, and well-being鈥攇iving us every reason to see this planetary crisis as an opportunity to create a just and livable world.
A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Tra...
by Bill Bryson

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English

Pages

305

Publication Date

September 08, 2010

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</b><br />Back in America after twenty years in Britain, Bill Bryson decided to reacquaint himself with his native country by walking the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail, which stretches from Georgia to Maine. The AT offers an astonishing landscape of silent forests and sparkling lakes<b>鈥?lt;/b>and to a writer with the comic genius of Bill Bryson, it also provides endless opportunities to witness the majestic silliness of his fellow human beings.<br /><br />For a start there's the gloriously out-of-shape Stephen Katz, a buddy from Iowa along for the walk. Despite Katz's overwhelming desire to find cozy restaurants, he and Bryson eventually settle into their stride, and while on the trail they meet a bizarre assortment of hilarious characters. But <i>A Walk in the Woods</i> is more than just a laugh-out-loud hike. Bryson's acute eye is a wise witness to this beautiful but fragile trail, and as he tells its fascinating history, he makes a moving plea for the conservation of America's last great wilderness. An adventure, a comedy, and a celebration, <i>A Walk in the Woods</i> has become聽a modern classic of travel literature.<br /><br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>
Cry of the Kalahari
by , Delia Owens

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English

Pages

384

Publication Date

April 22, 2014

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<p><b>鈥淎 remarkable story beautifully told鈥mong such classics as Goodall鈥檚 <i>In the Shadow of Man </i>and Fossey鈥檚 <i>Gorillas in the Mist</i>.鈥濃€?lt;i>Chicago Tribune</i></b><br /><br /> Carrying little more than a change of clothes and a pair of binoculars, two young Americans, Mark and Delia Owens, caught a plane to Africa, bought a thirdhand Land Rover, and drove deep into the Kalahari Desert. There they lived for seven years, in an unexplored area with no roads, no people, and no source of water for thousands of square miles. In this vast wilderness the Owenses began their zoology research, working along animals that had never before been exposed to humans.<br /><br /> An international bestseller, Cry of the Kalahari is the story of the Owenses鈥檚 life with lions, brown hyenas, jackals, giraffes, and the many other creatures they came to know. It is also a gripping account of how they survived the dangers of living in one of the last and largest pristine areas on Earth.</p>
Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America
by Eliza Griswold

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English

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322

Publication Date

June 12, 2018

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<p><b>Winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction</b><br /><b></b><br /><b>In<i> Amity and Prosperity</i>, the prizewinning poet and journalist Eliza Griswold tells the story of the energy boom鈥檚 impact on a small town at the edge of Appalachia and one woman鈥檚 transformation from a struggling single parent to an unlikely activist.</b></p><p>Stacey Haney is a local nurse working hard to raise two kids and keep up her small farm when the fracking boom comes to her hometown of Amity, Pennsylvania. Intrigued by reports of lucrative natural gas leases in her neighbors鈥?mailboxes, she strikes a deal with a Texas-based energy company. Soon trucks begin rumbling past her small farm, a fenced-off drill site rises on an adjacent hilltop, and domestic animals and pets start to die. When mysterious sicknesses begin to afflict her children, she appeals to the company for help. Its representatives insist that nothing is wrong.</p><p>Alarmed by her children鈥檚 illnesses, Haney joins with neighbors and a committed husband-and-wife legal team to investigate what鈥檚 really in the water and air. Against local opposition, Haney and her allies doggedly pursue their case in court and begin to expose the damage that鈥檚 being done to the land her family has lived on for centuries. Soon a community that has long been suspicious of outsiders faces wrenching new questions about who is responsible for their fate, and for redressing it: The faceless corporations that are poisoning the land? The environmentalists who fail to see their economic distress? A federal government that is mandated to protect but fails on the job? Drawing on seven years of immersive reporting, Griswold reveals what happens when an imperiled town faces a crisis of values, and a family wagers everything on an improbable quest for justice.</p>
Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness (Edward Abbey Collec...
by Edward Abbey

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English

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354

Publication Date

August 21, 2011

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<p>First published in 1968, <i>Desert Solitaire</i> is one of Edward Abbey鈥檚 most critically acclaimed works and marks his first foray into the world of nonfiction writing. Written while Abbey was working as a ranger at Arches National Park outside of Moab, Utah, <i>Desert Solitaire</i> is a rare view of one man鈥檚 quest to experience nature in its purest form.</p><p>Through prose that is by turns passionate and poetic, Abbey reflects on the condition of our remaining wilderness and the future of a civilization that cannot reconcile itself to living in the natural world as well as his own internal struggle with morality. As the world continues its rapid development, Abbey鈥檚 cry to maintain the natural beauty of the West remains just as relevant today as when this book was written.</p>
No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference
by Greta Thunberg

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English

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112

Publication Date

November 12, 2019

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<b><b>The #1聽<i>New York Times </i>bestseller by聽<i>Time</i>'s 2019 Person of the Year<br /><br />The groundbreaking speeches of Greta Thunberg, the young climate activist who has become the voice of a generation, including her historic address to the United Nations聽<br /></b></b><br />In August 2018 a fifteen-year-old Swedish girl, Greta Thunberg, decided not to go to school one day in order to protest the climate crisis. Her actions sparked a global movement, inspiring millions of students to go on strike for our planet, forcing governments to listen, and earning her a Nobel Peace Prize nomination.<br /><br /><i>No One Is Too Small to Make A Difference</i> brings you Greta in her own words, for the first time. Collecting her speeches that have made history across the globe, from the United Nations to Capitol Hill and mass street protests, her book is a rallying cry for why we must all wake up and fight to protect the living planet, no matter how powerless we feel. Our future depends upon it.
A Sand County Almanac: And Sketches Here and There
by Aldo Leopold

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English

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232

Publication Date

December 31, 1968

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First published in 1949 and praised in <em>The New York Times Book Review</em> as "a trenchant book, full of vigor and bite," <em>A Sand County Almanac</em> combines some of the finest nature writing since Thoreau with an outspoken and highly ethical regard for America's relationship to the land.<br /><br />Written with an unparalleled understanding of the ways of nature, the book includes a section on the monthly changes of the Wisconsin countryside; another part that gathers informal pieces written by Leopold over a forty-year period as he traveled through the woodlands of Wisconsin, Iowa, Arizona, Sonora, Oregon, Manitoba, and elsewhere; and a final section in which Leopold addresses the philosophical issues involved in wildlife conservation. As the forerunner of such important books as Annie Dillard's <em>Pilgrim at Tinker Creek</em>, Edward Abbey's <em>Desert Solitaire</em>, and Robert Finch's <em>The Primal Place</em>, this classic work remains as relevant today as it was forty years ago.
Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World
by Paul Stamets

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English

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356

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March 09, 2011

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<i>Mycelium Running</i> is a manual for the mycological rescue of the planet. That鈥檚 right: growing more <i>mushrooms</i> may be the best thing we can do to save the environment, and in this groundbreaking text from mushroom expert Paul Stamets, you鈥檒l find out how.<br />聽<br />The basic science goes like this: Microscopic cells called 鈥渕ycelium鈥?-the fruit of which are mushrooms--recycle carbon, nitrogen, and other essential elements as they break down plant and animal debris in the creation of rich new soil. What Stamets has discovered is that we can capitalize on mycelium鈥檚 digestive power and target it to decompose toxic wastes and pollutants (mycoremediation), catch and reduce silt from streambeds and pathogens from agricultural watersheds (mycofiltration), control insect populations (mycopesticides), and generally enhance the health of our forests and gardens (mycoforestry and myco-gardening). <br />聽<br />In this comprehensive guide, you鈥檒l find chapters detailing each of these four exciting branches of what Stamets has coined 鈥渕ycorestoration,鈥?as well as chapters on the medicinal and nutritional properties of mushrooms, inoculation methods, log and stump culture, and species selection for various environmental purposes. Heavily referenced and beautifully illustrated, this book is destined to be a classic reference for bemushroomed generations to come.

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