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ONE MAN'S LONG VIEW OF NATURE
Written by RICHARD FORTEY

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 11/14/2017

Price: $18.00

ISBN: 978-1-101-91156-3

Award-winning scientist Richard Fortey, upon his retirement, purchased four acres of ancient woodland in the Chiltern Hills of Oxfordshire, England. The Wood for the Trees is the joyful, lyrical portrait of what he found there. Fortey leads us through the seasons over the course of a year, as he fells trees in winter, admires bluebells in spring, and hunts moths in June and mushrooms in September. Along the way he reconstructs the geology and history of the area, tracing the rich variety of...

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ALEXANDER VON HUMBOLDT'S NEW WORLD
Written by ANDREA WULF

Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 10/04/2016

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-0-345-80629-1

Finalist for the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction
Finalist for the Kirkus Prize 
New York Times Best Book of 2015
Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2015
Winner of The Royal Geographical Society Ness Award 
Winner of Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize
Winner of the James Wright Award for Nature Writing
Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Award for Science & Technology

The acclaimed author of Founding Gardeners reveals the forgotten life of Alexander von Humboldt, the...

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WEATHER PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE
Written by LAUREN REDNISS

Format: Hardcover, 272 pages

Publisher: Random House

On Sale: 10/27/2015

Price: $35.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-99317-2

From the National Book Award finalist Lauren Redniss, author ofRadioactive, comes a dazzling fusion of storytelling, visual art, and reportage that grapples with weather in all its dimensions: its danger and its beauty, why it happens and what it means.
 
Weather is the very air we breathe—it shapes our daily lives and alters the course of history. In Thunder & Lightning, Lauren Redniss tells the story of weather and humankind through the ages.
 
This wide-ranging work roams from the driest...

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ALEXANDER VON HUMBOLDT'S NEW WORLD
Written by ANDREA WULF

Format: Hardcover, 496 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 09/15/2015

Price: $35.00

ISBN: 978-0-385-35066-2

Finalist for the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction
Finalist for the Kirkus Prize 
A New York Times Best Book of 2015
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2015

The acclaimed author of Founding Gardeners reveals the forgotten life of Alexander von Humboldt, the visionary German naturalist whose ideas changed the way we see the natural world—and in the process created modern environmentalism.

Alexander von Humboldt (1769–1859) was an intrepid explorer and the most famous scientist of his age....

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THE HIGH-STAKES RACE TO SATISFY OUR NEED FOR THE SCARCEST METALS ON EARTH
Written by KEITH VERONESE

Format: Hardcover, 270 pages

Publisher: Prometheus Books

On Sale: 01/06/2015

Price: $25.00

ISBN: 978-1-616-14972-7

How will your life change when the supply of tantalum dries up? You may have never heard of this unusual metal, but without it smartphones would be instantly less omniscient, video game systems would falter, and laptops fail.  Tantalum is not alone.  Rhodium. Osmium. Niobium. Such refugees from the bottom of the periodic table are key components of many consumer products like cell phones, hybrid car batteries, and flat screen televisions, as well as sophisticated medical devices and even...

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THE NEXT BIG EARTHQUAKE IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST
Written by SANDI DOUGHTON

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages

Publisher: Sasquatch Books

On Sale: 09/09/2014

Price: $18.95

ISBN: 978-1-570-61942-7

Scientists have identified Seattle, Portland, and Vancouver as the urban centers of what will be the biggest earthquake, also called a mega-quake, in the continental United States. A quake will happen—in fact it's actually overdue. The Cascadia subduction zone is 750 miles long, running along the Pacific coast from Northern California up to southern British Columbia.

In this fascinating book, The Seattle Times science reporter Sandi Doughton introduces readers to the scientists who are...

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EXPLORING THE MARITIME FAR NORTHEAST

Format: Hardcover, 272 pages

Publisher: Smithsonian Books

On Sale: 08/05/2014

Price: $40.00

ISBN: 978-1-588-34377-2

Maine to Greenland is a testament to one of the world's great geographic regions: the Maritime Far Northeast. For more than three decades, William W. Fitzhugh and Wilfred E. Richard have explored the Northeast’s Atlantic corridor and its fascinating history, habitat, and culture. The authors’ powerful personal essays and Richard’s stunning photography transport readers to this vibrant region, joining Smithsonian archaeological expeditions and trekking in vast and amazing terrain.

Fully...

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VITAL QUESTIONS ABOUT SCIENCE
Written by KEITH PARSONS

Format: Trade Paperback, 429 pages

Publisher: Prometheus Books

On Sale: 08/05/2014

Price: $19.95

ISBN: 978-1-616-14929-1

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 review of the entire field, but makes a selection of the most vibrant debates and issues.

The author tackles such stimulating questions as: Can...

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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: 06/17/2014

Price: $27.95

ISBN: 978-0-807-08490-8

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 was past time to discover the extent to which chimpanzees are at risk across Africa and what can be done. Merrick had begun working with primates in 1972 as a young field...

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A CLIMATE CHANGE HANDBOOK FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
Written by ELLEN GUNTER, TED CARTER
Foreword by CAROLINE MYSS

Format: Trade Paperback, 408 pages

Publisher: North Atlantic Books

On Sale: 04/22/2014

Price: $19.95

ISBN: 978-1-583-94767-8

Our earliest mythologies tell us we all start as a little bit of dirt. These stories carry a profound message: each of us is born with a deep and abiding connection to the earth, one that many of us have lost touch with. The Silent Spring for today's environmental activists, this book offers an invitation to reestablish our relationship with nature to repair our damaged environment.

Praise for Earth Calling:
 

“If I could, I would make Earth Calling required reading for every single person...

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HOW HUMANS WILL SURVIVE A MASS EXTINCTION
Written by ANNALEE NEWITZ

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 04/08/2014

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-94942-4

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 disaster is eventually headed our way. Can we survive it? How? In this brilliantly speculative work of popular science, Annalee Newitz, editor of io9.com, explains that although...

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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: $19.00

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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