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POLITICS OF THE ENVIRONMENT

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THE INCREDIBLE STORY OF HOW ANTIBIOTICS CREATED MODERN AGRICULTURE AND CHANGEDTHE WAY THE WORLD EATS
Written by MARYN MCKENNA

Format: Hardcover, 400 pages

Publisher: National Geographic

On Sale: 09/12/2017

Price: $27.00

ISBN: 978-1-426-21766-1

In this eye-opening exposé, acclaimed health journalist and National Geographic contributer Maryn McKenna documents how antibiotics transformed chicken from local delicacy to industrial commodity—and human health threat—uncovering the ways we can make America's favorite meat safer again.

What you eat matters—for your health, for the environment, and for future generations. In this riveting investigative narrative, McKenna dives deep into the world of modern agriculture by way of chicken:...

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A STORY OF CONSPIRACY, GREED, AND THE BATTLE TO SAVE A MAGNIFICENT SPECIES
Written by J. A. MILLS

Format: Hardcover, 296 pages

Publisher: Beacon Press

On Sale: 01/06/2015

Price: $27.95

ISBN: 978-0-807-07496-1

There may be only three thousand wild tigers left in the entire world. More shocking is the fact that twice that many—some six thousand—have been bred on farms, not for traditional medicine but to supply a luxury-goods industry that secretly sells tiger-bone wine, tiger-skin décor, and exotic cuisine enjoyed by China’s elite.
 
Two decades ago, international wildlife investigator J. A. Mills went undercover to expose bear farming in China and discovered the plot to turn tigers into nothing...

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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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ENDING THE WAR WITH WOLVES, BEARS, COUGARS, AND COYOTES
Written by JOHN SHIVIK

Format: Hardcover, 208 pages

Publisher: Beacon Press

On Sale: 05/13/2014

Price: $26.95

ISBN: 978-0-807-08496-0

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 protecting these key species as fundamental components of healthy ecosystems. By reducing almost sole reliance on broad scale “death from above” tactics and by...

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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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ECOLOGY AND BEHAVIOR OF WILD GIANT PANDAS

Format: Hardcover, 367 pages

Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press

On Sale: 03/04/2014

Price: $39.95

ISBN: 978-1-935-62317-5

From 1984 through 1995 a small band of ecologists led by Pan Wenshi from Peking University conducted a study of wild giant pandas in the Qinling Mountains of Shaanxi Province. This project was the first Chinese-led conservation project in China and was conducted during a significant transition period in Chinese history, as the country opened its society and science to the world.
 
The project focused on behavioral observation of wild giant pandas, but evolved to include physiology, nutrition,...

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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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SIX DRIVERS OF GLOBAL CHANGE
Written by AL GORE

Format: Trade Paperback, 592 pages

Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks

On Sale: 10/08/2013

Price: $20.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-98289-3

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

From the former vice president and #1 New York Times bestselling author comes An Inconvenient Truth for everything—a frank and clear-eyed assessment of six critical drivers of global change in the decades to come.

Ours is a time of revolutionary change that has no precedent in history. With the same passion he brought to the challenge of climate change, and with his decades of experience on the front lines of global policy, Al Gore surveys our planet’s beclouded...

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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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Written by STEPHEN EMMOTT

Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 09/10/2013

Price: $14.00

ISBN: 978-0-345-80647-5

Deforestation. Desertification. Species extinction. Global warming. Growing threats to food and water. The driving issues of our times are the result of one huge problem: Us.

Just over two hundred years ago, there were one billion humans on Earth.

There are now over seven billion of us.

And, sometime this century, the world population will reach at least ten billion.

As the population continues to grow, our problems will increase. And this means that every way we look at it, a planet of 10...

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