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THE RISE OF STEAM POWER AND THE ROOTS OF GLOBAL WARMING
Written by ANDREAS MALM

Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 01/12/2016

Price: $29.95

ISBN: 978-1-784-78129-3

How capitalism first promoted fossil fuels with the rise of steam power

The more we know about the catastrophic implications of climate change, the more fossil fuels we burn. How did we end up in this mess? In this masterful new history, Andreas Malm claims it all began in Britain with the rise of steam power. But why did manufacturers turn from traditional sources of power, notably water mills, to an engine fired by coal? Contrary to established views, steam offered neither cheaper nor more...

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ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE IN AN AGE OF CLIMATE CRISIS
Written by VANDANA SHIVA

Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages

Publisher: North Atlantic Books

On Sale: 10/06/2015

Price: $14.95

ISBN: 978-1-623-17043-1

In Soil Not Oil, Vandana Shiva explains that a world beyond dependence on fossil fuels and globalization is both possible and necessary. Condemning industrial agriculture as a recipe for ecological and economic disaster, Shiva champions the small, independent farm: their greater productivity, their greater potential for social justice as they put more resources into the hands of the poor, and the biodiversity that is inherent to the traditional farming practiced in small-scale agriculture....

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ECOLOGY AND THE ACCUMULATION OF CAPITAL
Written by JASON W. MOORE

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 08/18/2015

Price: $29.95

ISBN: 978-1-781-68902-8

Finance. Climate. Food. Work. How are the crises of the twenty-first century connected? In Capitalism in the Web of Life, Jason W. Moore argues that the sources of today’s global turbulence have a common cause: capitalism as a way of organizing nature, including human nature. Drawing on environmentalist, feminist, and Marxist thought, Moore offers a groundbreaking new synthesis: capitalism as a “world-ecology” of wealth, power, and nature. Capitalism’s greatest strength—and the source of its...

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Written by KEN SILVERSTEIN

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 05/05/2015

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-1-781-68867-0

The oil industry provides the lifeblood of modern civilization, and bestselling books have been written about the industry and even individual companies in it, like ExxonMobil. But the modern oil industry is an amazingly shady meeting ground of fixers, gangsters, dictators, competing governments, and multinational corporations, and until now, no book has set out to tell the story of this largely hidden world.

The global fleet of some 11,000 tankers—that's tripled during the past decade—moves...

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HOW AMERICA'S SHALE GAS BOOM IS THREATENING OUR FAMILIES, PETS, AND FOOD

Format: Hardcover, 256 pages

Publisher: Beacon Press

On Sale: 08/05/2014

Price: $26.95

ISBN: 978-0-807-08493-9

Across the country, fracking—the extraction of natural gas by hydraulic fracturing—is being touted as the nation’s answer to energy independence and a fix for a flagging economy. Drilling companies assure us that the process is safe, politicians push through drilling legislation without a serious public-health debate, and those who speak out are marginalized, their silence purchased by gas companies and their warnings about the dangers of fracking stifled.
 
The Real Cost of Fracking pulls...

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BIG COPPER, BAD WATER, AND THE BURIAL OF AN AMERICAN LANDSCAPE
Written by BRAD TYER

Format: Trade Paperback, 248 pages

Publisher: Beacon Press

On Sale: 03/25/2014

Price: $18.00

ISBN: 978-0-807-03325-8

In 2002, Texas journalist Brad Tyer strapped a canoe on his truck and moved to Montana, a state that has long exerted a mythic pull on America’s imagination as an unspoiled landscape. The son of an engineer who reclaimed wastewater, Tyer was looking for a pristine river to call his own. What he found instead was a century’s worth of industrial poison clotting the Clark Fork River, a decades-long engineering project to clean it up, and a forgotten town named Opportunity.
 
At the turn of the...

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A MEMOIR OF DISCOVERY AND LOSS AMONG VANISHING ORCAS
Written by EVA SAULITIS

Format: Trade Paperback, 268 pages

Publisher: Beacon Press

On Sale: 02/25/2014

Price: $18.00

ISBN: 978-0-807-01446-2

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 to survive in Prince William Sound. Over the course of a decades-long career spent observing and studying these whales, and eventually coming to know them as individuals, she has, sadly, witnessed...

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JOURNEYS IN THE NEW COLONIALISM
Written by STEFANO LIBERTI
Translator ENDA FLANNELLY

Format: Hardcover, 224 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 11/19/2013

Price: $24.95

ISBN: 978-1-781-68117-6

To the governments and corporations buying up vast tracts of the Third World, it is ‘land leasing’; to its critics, it is nothing better than ‘land grabbing’ — the engine powering a new era of colonialism. In this arresting account of how millions of hectares of fertile soil are stolen to feed wealthy westerners thousands of miles away, journalist Stefano Liberti takes readers on a tour of contemporary exploitation.

It is a journey encompassing a Dutch-owned model farm in Ethiopia; a...

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RESISTANCE AT THE TIPPING POINT
Edited by SUBHANKAR BANERJEE

Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages

Publisher: Seven Stories Press

On Sale: 10/22/2013

Price: $23.95

ISBN: 978-1-609-80496-1

A pristine environment of ecological richness and biodiversity. Home to generations of indigenous people for thousands of years. The location of vast quantities of oil, natural gas and coal. Largely uninhabited and long at the margins of global affairs, in the last decade Arctic Alaska has quickly become the most contested land in recent US history.

World-renowned photographer, writer, and activist Subhankar Banerjee brings together first-person narratives from more than thirty prominent...

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RESISTANCE TO ECOCIDE
Written by STEPHANIE MCMILLAN

Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages

Publisher: Seven Stories Press

On Sale: 10/08/2013

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-1-609-80511-1

Stephanie McMillan is the winner of the 2012 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award

In The Minimum Security Chronicles, the latest long-form narrative from Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award—winning cartoonist Stephanie McMillan, lifelong friends Kranti and Bananabelle are rounded up during a protest and locked in a pen by a faraway railroad track. After their escape, when trying to gain proof of their capture, Kranti discovers the future site of a nuclear power plant. After attempting to shut it...

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WHAT THE MAP TELLS US ABOUT COMING CONFLICTS AND THE BATTLE AGAINST FATE
Written by ROBERT D. KAPLAN

Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages

Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks

On Sale: 09/10/2013

Price: $18.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-98222-0

In this provocative, startling book, Robert D. Kaplan, the bestselling author of Monsoon and Balkan Ghosts, offers a revelatory new prism through which to view global upheavals and to understand what lies ahead for continents and countries around the world.

In The Revenge of Geography, Kaplan builds on the insights, discoveries, and theories of great geographers and geopolitical thinkers of the near and distant past to look back at critical pivots in history and then to look forward at the...

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WHY OUR FOOD SHOULD BE GOOD, CLEAN, AND FAIR
Written by CARLO PETRINI
Foreword by ALICE WATERS
Translator CLARA FURLAN, JONATHAN HUNT

Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages

Publisher: Rizzoli Ex Libris

On Sale: 09/03/2013

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-847-84130-1

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 to the challenge. Here the charismatic leader of the Slow Food movement, Carlo Petrini, outlines many different routes by which we may take back control of our food.

The three central principles of...

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