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FLOODS, DROUGHTS & CLIMATE CHANGE

FLOODS, DROUGHTS & CLIMATE CHANGE

By: Webb, Robert H
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No one in America would deny that the weather has changed drastically in our lifetime. We read about El Niño and La Niña, but how many of us really understand the big picture beyond our own front windows or even the headlines on the Weather Channel? Hydrologists and climatologists have long been aware of the role of regional climate in predicting floods and understanding droughts. But with our growing sense of a variable climate, it is important to reassess these natural disasters not as isolated events but as related phenomena.

This book shows that floods and droughts don't happen by accident but are the products of patterns of wind, temperature, and precipitation that produce meteorologic extremes. It introduces the mechanics of global weather, puts these processes into the longer-term framework of climate, and then explores the evolution of climatic patterns through time to show that floods and droughts, once considered isolated "acts of God," are often related events driven by the same forces that shape the entire atmosphere.

Michael Collier and Robert Webb offer a fresh, insightful look at what we know about floods, droughts, and climate variability--and their impact on people--in an easy-to-read text, with dramatic photos, that assumes no previous understanding of climate processes. They emphasize natural, long-term mechanisms of climate change, explaining how floods and droughts relate to climate variability over years and decades. They also show the human side of some of the most destructive weather disasters in history.

As Collier and Webb ably demonstrate, "climate" may not be the smooth continuum of meteorologic possibilities we supposed but rather the sum of multiple processes operating both regionally and globally on different time scales. Amid the highly politicized discussion of our changing environment, Floods, Droughts, and Climate Change offers a straightforward scientific account of weather crises that can help students and general readers better understand the causes of climate variability and the consequences for their lives.

FLORAPEDIA: A BRIEF COMPENDIUM OF FLORAL LORE

FLORAPEDIA: A BRIEF COMPENDIUM OF FLORAL LORE

By: Gracie, Carol
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A delightful illustrated treasury of botanical facts and fancy

Florapedia is an eclectic A-Z compendium of botanical lore. With more than 100 enticing entries--on topics ranging from achlorophyllous plants that use a fungus as an intermediary to obtain nutrients from other plants to zygomorphic flowers that admit only the most select pollinators--this collection is a captivating journey into the realm of botany.

Writing in her incomparably engaging style, Carol Gracie discusses remarkable plants from around the globe, botanical art and artists, early botanical explorers, ethnobotanical uses of plants, botanical classification and terminology, the role of plants in history, and more. She shares illuminating facts about van Gogh's sunflowers and reveals how a hallucinogenic weed left its enduring mark on the early history of the Jamestown colony. Gracie describes the travels of John and William Bartram--father and son botanists and explorers who roamed widely in early America in search of plants--and delves into the miniature ecosystems entangled in Spanish moss. The book's convenient size allows for it to be tucked into a pocket or bag, making it the perfect companion on your own travels.

With charming drawings by Amy Jean Porter, Florapedia is the ideal gift book for the plant enthusiast in your life and a rare pleasure for anyone interested in botanical art, history, medicine, or exploration.

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  • FOLLOWING THE WILD BEES: THE CRAFT AND SCIENCE OF BEE HUNTING

    FOLLOWING THE WILD BEES: THE CRAFT AND SCIENCE OF BEE HUNTING

    By: Seeley, Thomas D
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    A how-to book on an exhilarating outdoor activity and a unique meditation on the pleasures of the natural world

    Following the Wild Bees is a delightful foray into the pastime of bee hunting, an exhilarating outdoor activity that used to be practiced widely but which few people know about today. Thomas Seeley, a world authority on honey bees, vividly describes the history and science behind this lost pastime and how anyone can do it. Following the Wild Bees is both a unique meditation on the pleasures of the natural world and a guide to the ingenious methods that compose the craft of the bee hunter.

    Seeley explains how one finds a patch of flowers humming with honey bees, captures and sumptuously feeds the bees, and then releases and follows them, step-by-step in whatever direction they fly, back to their secret residence in a hollow tree, old building, or abandoned hive. The bee hunter's reward is a thrilling encounter with nature that challenges mind and body while also giving new insights into the remarkable behavior of honey bees living in the wild.

    Drawing on decades of experience as a bee hunter and bee biologist, Seeley weaves informative discussions of the biology of wild honey bees with colorful historical anecdotes, personal insights, and beautiful photos. Whether you're a bee enthusiast or just curious about the natural world, Following the Wild Bees is the ideal companion for newcomers to bee hunting and a rare treat for armchair naturalists.

    GATHERING MOSS: A NATURAL AND CULTURAL HISTORY OF MOSSES

    GATHERING MOSS: A NATURAL AND CULTURAL HISTORY OF MOSSES

    By: Kimmerer, Robin Wall
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    Living at the limits of our ordinary perception, mosses are a common but largely unnoticed element of the natural world. Gathering Moss is a beautifully written mix of science and personal reflection that invites readers to explore and learn from the elegantly simple lives of mosses.

    Robin Wall Kimmerer's book is not an identification guide, nor is it a scientific treatise. Rather, it is a series of linked personal essays that will lead general readers and scientists alike to an understanding of how mosses live and how their lives are intertwined with the lives of countless other beings, from salmon and hummingbirds to redwoods and rednecks. Kimmerer clearly and artfully explains the biology of mosses, while at the same time reflecting on what these fascinating organisms have to teach us.

    Drawing on her diverse experiences as a scientist, mother, teacher, and writer of Native American heritage, Kimmerer explains the stories of mosses in scientific terms as well as in the framework of indigenous ways of knowing. In her book, the natural history and cultural relationships of mosses become a powerful metaphor for ways of living in the world.

    Gathering Moss will appeal to a wide range of readers, from bryologists to those interested in natural history and the environment, Native Americans, and contemporary nature and science writing.

    GEESE OF BEAVER BOGG

    GEESE OF BEAVER BOGG

    By: Heinrich, Bernd
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    When award-winning writer and biologist Bernd Heinrich became the unwitting -- but doting -- foster parent of an adorable gosling named Peep, he was drawn into her world. And so, with a scientist's training and a nature lover's boundless enthusiasm, he set out to understand the travails and triumphs of the Canada geese living in the beaver bog adjacent to his home. In The Geese of Beaver Bog, Heinrich takes his readers through mud, icy waters, and overgrown sedge hummocks to unravel the mysteries behind heated battles, suspicious nest raids, jealous outbursts, and more. With deft insight and infectious good humor, he sheds light on how geese live and why they behave as they do. Far from staid or predictable, the lives of geese are packed with adventure and full of surprises. Illustrated throughout with Heinrich's trademark sketches and featuring beautiful four-color photographs, The Geese of Beaver Bog is part love story, part science experiment, and wholly delightful.

    GEOGRAPHY & HUMAN SPIRIT

    GEOGRAPHY & HUMAN SPIRIT

    By: Buttimer, Anne
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    What does it mean to dwell? Every civilization has a story to tell, according to Anne Buttimer, and exploring those stories brings fresh light to modern ideas about the relationship between humanity and its environment. In Geography and the Human Spirit, Buttimer ranges widely from Plato to Barry Lopez, from the Upanishads to Goethe, taking an interdisciplinary look at the ways in which human beings have turned to natural science, theology, and myth to form visions of the earth as a human habitat.

    GHOSTWAYS: TWO JOURNEYS IN UNQUIET PLACES

    GHOSTWAYS: TWO JOURNEYS IN UNQUIET PLACES

    By: Richards, Dan
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    In Holloway, a perfect miniature prose-poem (William Dalrymple), Macfarlane, artist Stanley Donwood, and writer Dan Richards travel to Dorset, near the south coast of England, to explore a famed hollowed way--a path used by walkers and riders for so many centuries that it has become worn far down into the soft golden bedrock of the region.

    In Ness, a triumphant libretto of mythic modernism for our poisoned age (Max Porter), Macfarlane and Donwood create a modern myth about Orford Ness, the ten-mile-long shingle spit that lies off the coast of East Anglia, which the British government used for decades to conduct secret weapons tests.

    GOOD NEWS FOR A CHANGE

    GOOD NEWS FOR A CHANGE

    By: Dressel, Holly
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    Scientist and award-winning host of the public television series "The Nature of Things, offers inspiring stories about the people who are making positive environmental and social contributions to our world. The good news, Suzuki and Dressel tell us, is that thousands of individuals, groups and businesses are already changing their ways. A growing number of American companies are still making money while benefiting their local communities.
    GRAND ARRAY

    GRAND ARRAY

    By: Rogers, Pattiann
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    The Grand Array is a stunning collection of 18 essays by widely acclaimed poet Pattiann Rogers. Written over a span of 25 years, in these essays Rogers daringly lays out the essential unity of science, spirituality, the arts, and our sensual experience of the physical world. With an anecdotal and lyrical style, Rogers celebrates human existence and questions many of our basic concepts about nature, God, and the importance of faith. Praised by everyone from Barry Lopez to Terry Tempest Williams, Rogers has an incredible perspective and finesse with which she weaves a magnificent tapestry of themes.
    GRAND CANYON EXPEDITION: THE EXPLORATION OF THE COLORADO RIVER AND ITS CANYONS

    GRAND CANYON EXPEDITION: THE EXPLORATION OF THE COLORADO RIVER AND ITS CANYONS

    By: Powell, John Wesley
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    Explore one of the nation's greatest natural wonders and celebrate the 100th birthday of Grand Canyon National Park with this grand voyage.

    Join John Wesley Powell's expedition to explore one of the 7 Wonders of the Natural World, and one of the last unmapped portions of the continental United States. Powell's detailed descriptions of the rocks, plants, and animals seen in the canyon, the geography of the area, and his team's interactions with native groups of the area and mishaps along the trail allow readers to feel the thrill, the awe, and the humility of standing on the canyon's edge.

    Powell's account of his groundbreaking expedition on the Colorado and Green rivers joins Gibbs Smith's best-selling Wilderness series, standing beside the works of Henry David Thoreau, John Muir, Mark Twain, and Jack London.

    GREEN METROPOLIS: Why Living Smaller, Living Closer, and Driving Less Are the Keys to Sustainability

    GREEN METROPOLIS: Why Living Smaller, Living Closer, and Driving Less Are the Keys to Sustainability

    By: Owen, David
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    Look out for David Owen's next book, Where the Water Goes.

    A challenging, controversial, and highly readable look at our lives, our world, and our future.

    Most Americans think of crowded cities as ecological nightmares, as wastelands of concrete and garbage and diesel fumes and traffic jams. Yet residents of compact urban centers, Owen shows, individually consume less oil, electricity, and water than other Americans. They live in smaller spaces, discard less trash, and, most important of all, spend far less time in automobiles. Residents of Manhattan--the most densely populated place in North America--rank first in public-transit use and last in percapita greenhouse-gas production, and they consume gasoline at a rate that the country as a whole hasn't matched since the mid-1920s, when the most widely owned car in the United States was the Ford Model T. They are also among the only people in the United States for whom walking is still an important means of daily transportation.

    These achievements are not accidents. Spreading people thinly across the countryside may make them feel green, but it doesn't reduce the damage they do to the environment. In fact, it increases the damage, while also making the problems they cause harder to see and to address. Owen contends that the environmental problem we face, at the current stage of our assault on the world's nonrenewable resources, is not how to make teeming cities more like the pristine countryside. The problem is how to make other settled places more like Manhattan, whose residents presently come closer than any other Americans to meeting environmental goals that all of us, eventually, will have to come to terms with.

    HARVEST THE RAIN: How to Enrich Your Life by Seeing Every Storm as a Resource

    HARVEST THE RAIN: How to Enrich Your Life by Seeing Every Storm as a Resource

    By: Downey, Nate
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    Our planet's water shortage is a reality for one in five people worldwide, but enough precipitation falls annually to provide ample water for everybody. We simply have to collect, store, distribute, and reuse a small percentage of that which falls from the sky. Fortunately, this way of saving the world comes with perks such as increasing your property's value, lowering your utility bills, or simply creating a comfortable oasis for conversation just outside the kitchen door. "Harvest the Rain" presents a wealth of opportunities for enriching your life. Now that you've found this book, you can reap the benefits and ensure that future generations inherit a better world. A frequent guest on public radio, a perennial presenter at green events, Nate Downey is a seasoned teacher, speaker, writer, and businessman. Soon after he started Santa Fe Permaculture in 1992, Nate's wife, Melissa McDonald, joined his forward-thinking landscape-design firm. Since then, their beautiful, functional, and ecological projects have appeared regularly in prominent publications from "Su Casa" to "Sunset." Nate Downey also writes a popular monthly column called "Permaculture in Practice" for "The Santa Fe New Mexican's" award-winning Real Estate Guide. Visit his website at www.harvesttherain.com.

    HAWKS FROM EVERY ANGLE

    HAWKS FROM EVERY ANGLE

    By: Liguori, Jerry
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    Identifying hawks in flight is a tricky business. Across North America, tens of thousands of people gather every spring and fall at more than one thousand known hawk migration sites--from New Jersey's Cape May to California's Golden Gate. Yet, as many discover, a standard field guide, with its emphasis on plumage, is often of little help in identifying those raptors soaring, gliding, or flapping far, far away.

    Hawks from Every Angle takes hawk identification to new heights. It offers a fresh approach that literally looks at the birds from every angle, compares and contrasts deceptively similar species, and provides the pictures (and words) needed for identification in the field. Jerry Liguori pinpoints innovative, field-tested identification traits for each species from the various angles that they are seen.

    Featuring 339 striking color photos on 68 color plates and 32 black & white photos, Hawks from Every Angle is unique in presenting a host of meticulously crafted pictures for each of the 19 species it covers in detail--the species most common to migration sites throughout the United States and Canada. All aspects of raptor identification are discussed, including plumage, shape, and flight style traits.

    For all birders who follow hawk migration and have found themselves wondering if the raptor in the sky matches the one in the guide, Hawks from Every Angle--distilling an expert's years of experience for the first time into a comprehensive array of truly useful photos and other pointers for each species--is quite simply a must.

    Key Features?

  • The essential new approach to identifying hawks in flight
  • Innovative, accurate, and field-tested identification traits for each species
  • 339 color photos on 68 color plates, 32 black & white photos
  • Compares and contrasts species easily confused with one another, and provides the pictures (and words) needed for identification in the field
  • Covers in detail 19 species common to migration sites throughout the North America
  • Discusses light conditions, how molt can alter the shape of a bird, aberrant plumages, and migration seasons and sites
  • User-friendly format
  • HIDDEN COMPANY THAT TREES KEEP

    HIDDEN COMPANY THAT TREES KEEP

    By: Nardi, James B
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    A spectacularly illustrated journey into the intimate communities that native trees share with animals, insects, fungi, and microbes

    You can tell a lot about a tree from the company it keeps. James Nardi guides you through the innermost unseen world that trees share with a wondrous array of creatures. With their elaborate immune responses, trees recruit a host of allies as predators and parasites to defend against uninvited advances from organisms that chew on leaves, drain sap, and bore into wood. Microbial life thrives in the hidden spaces of leaf scales, twigs, and bark, while birds, mammals, and insects benefit from the more visible resources trees provide. In return, animals help with pollination, seed dispersal, and recycling of nutrients. The Hidden Company That Trees Keep blends marvelous storytelling with beautiful illustrations and the latest science to reveal how the lives of trees are intertwined with those of their diverse companions.

  • Features a wealth of richly detailed drawings accompanied by breathtaking images of microscopic landscapes on leaf, bark, and root surfaces
  • Includes informative fact boxes
  • Draws on new discoveries in biology and natural history
  • Written by one of the world's leading naturalists
  • HIDDEN UNIVERSE

    HIDDEN UNIVERSE

    By: Antonelli, Alexandre
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    An unforgettable exploration of the natural world and the concept of biodiversity--what it is, why it matters, and how we as individuals can work to preserve it.

    We are now living in an environmental emergency. As climate change, habitat loss, and other threats have placed almost one-fifth of all species on Earth at risk of extinction in the coming decades, a deeper understanding of biodiversity has never been more important. Biodiversity encompasses the rich variety of all life on Earth--the building blocks of life that provide invaluable sources of food, medicine, clothing, building materials, and more.

    Marking the arrival of a bold new voice in popular science, The Hidden Universe shows readers what's at stake in the fight to protect and restore biodiversity, but also what can and should be done now to protect our planet and ourselves for the future. As director of science at one of the world's largest research organizations in plant and fungal sciences, Brazilian-born scientist Alexandre Antonelli is ideally suited to reveal the wonders of biodiversity at a genetic, species, and ecosystem level--what biodiversity is, how it works, and why it is the most important tool in our battle against climate change. Antonelli offers recommendations for large-scale political changes, as well as smaller, practical steps that readers can implement in their own lives and homes. With Antonelli as our guide, The Hidden Universe helps us imagine a future where biodiversity is not just preserved but cherished.

    HIHPOINTS OF THE U.S.

    HIHPOINTS OF THE U.S.

    By: Holmes, Don
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    The highpoints of the fifty states range from Alaska's 20,320 foot high Mount McKinley to 345 feet at Lakewood Park in Florida. Some highpoints, such as Mount Mitchell in North Carolina and New Hampshire's Mount Washington can be reached by automobile on a sightseeing drive. Others such as Colorado's Mount Elbert or Mount Marcy in New York are accessible as wilderness day hikes. Still others, such as Mount Rainier in Washington or Gannett Peak in Wyoming, are strenuous and risky mountaineering challenges that should be attempted only by experienced climbers. Whatever your level of skill and interest, Highpoints of the United States offers a diverse range of experiences.

    Arranged alphabetically by state, each listing has a map, photographs, and information on trailhead, main and alternative routes, elevation gain, and conditions. Historical and natural history notes are also included, as are suggestions for specific guidebooks to a region or climb. Appendices include a list of highpoints by region, by elevation, and a personal log for the unashamed "peak-bagger."

    Whether you're an armchair hiker or a seasoned climber, interested only in your state's highest point or all fifty, this book will be an invaluable companion and reference.

    HOLY EARTH: THE BIRTH OF A NEW LAND ETHIC

    HOLY EARTH: THE BIRTH OF A NEW LAND ETHIC

    By: Hyde Bailey, Liberty
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    The agrarian tradition runs as an undercurrent through the entire history of literature, carrying the age-old wisdom that the necessary access of independent farmers to their own land both requires the responsibility of good stewardship and provides the foundation for a thriving civilization. At the turn of the last century, when farming first began to face the most rapid and extensive series of changes that industrialization would bring, the most compelling and humane voice representing the agrarian tradition came from the botanist, farmer, philosopher, and public intellectual Liberty Hyde Bailey. In 1915, Bailey's environmental manifesto, The Holy Earth, addressed the industrialization of society by utilizing the full range of human vocabulary to assert that the earth's processes and products, because they form the governing conditions of human life, should therefore be understood not first as economic, but as divine. To grasp the extent of human responsibility for the earth, Bailey called for "a new hold" that society must take to develop a "morals of land management," which would later inspire Aldo Leopold's "land ethic" and several generations of agrarian voices. This message of responsible land stewardship has never been as timely as now.
    HOPE BENEATH OUR FEET: Restoring Our Place in the Natural World

    HOPE BENEATH OUR FEET: Restoring Our Place in the Natural World

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    An inspiring anthology for anyone seeking guidance, hope, and strength in the midst of our current environmental crisis--featuring writings from Barbara Kingsolver and Barry Lopez

    The environmental "tipping point" we approach is more palpable each day, and people are seeing it in ways they can no longer ignore--we need only turn on the news to hear the litany of what is wrong around us. Serious reflection, inspiration, and direction on how to approach the future are now critical.

    Hope Beneath Our Feet creates a space for change with stories, meditations, and essays that address the question, "If our world is facing an imminent environmental catastrophe, how do I live my life right now?" This collection provides tools, both practical and spiritual, to those who care about our world and to those who are just now realizing they need to care. Featuring prominent environmentalists, artists, CEOs, grassroots activists, religious figures, scientists, policy makers, and indigenous leaders, Hope Beneath Our Feet shows readers how to find constructive ways to channel their energies and fight despair with engagement and participation. Presenting diverse strategies for change as well as grounds for hope, the contributors to this anthology celebrate the ways in which we can all engage in beneficial action for ourselves, our communities, and the world.

    Contributors include:
    Diane Ackerman
    Paul Hawken
    Derrick Jensen
    Barbara Kingsolver
    Francis Moore Lappé
    Barry Lopez
    Bill McKibben
    Michael Pollan
    Alice Walker
    Howard Zinn

    HOPE IS THE THING WITH FEATHERS

    HOPE IS THE THING WITH FEATHERS

    By: Cokinos, Christopher
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    A prizewinning poet and nature writer weaves together natural history, biology, sociology, and personal narrative to tell the story of the lives, habitats, and deaths of six extinct bird species.
    HOUR OF LAND: A PERSONAL TOPOGRAPHY OF AMERICA'S NATIONAL PARKS

    HOUR OF LAND: A PERSONAL TOPOGRAPHY OF AMERICA'S NATIONAL PARKS

    By: Williams, Terry Tempest
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    Longlisted for an Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence
    A Washington Post Notable Book of the Year

    America's national parks are breathing spaces in a world in which such spaces are steadily disappearing, which is why more than 300 million people visit the parks each year. Now Terry Tempest Williams, the New York Times bestselling author of the environmental classic Refuge and the beloved memoir When Women Were Birds, returns with The Hour of Land, a literary celebration of our national parks and an exploration of what they mean to us and what we mean to them.

    From the Grand Tetons in Wyoming to Acadia in Maine to Big Bend in Texas, Williams creates a series of lyrical portraits that illuminate the unique grandeur of each place while delving into what it means to shape a landscape with its own evolutionary history into something of our own making. Part memoir, part natural history, and part social critique, The Hour of Land is a meditation and a manifesto on why wild lands matter to the soul of America.

    HOW THE EARTHQUAKE BIRD GOT ITS NA

    HOW THE EARTHQUAKE BIRD GOT ITS NA

    By: Shugart, H H
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    In the tradition of Stephen Jay Gould, H. H. Shugart entertains and enlightens with parables from the amazing world of birds and mammals

    Although people have been altering earth's landscapes to some extent for tens of thousands of years, humankind today is causing massive changes to the planet. Such widespread environmental change is accompanied by accelerating rates of species extinction. In this book, noted ecologist H. H. Shugart presents important ecological concepts through entertaining animal parables. He tells the stories of particular birds and mammals--the packrat, ivory-billed woodpecker, penguin, dingo, European rabbit, and others--and what their fates reveal about the interactions between environmental change and the extinctions or explosions of species populations. Change is the root of many planetary problems, but it is also an intrinsic feature of our living planet. Shugart explores past environmental change, discusses the non-existence of a "balance of Nature," and documents how human alterations have affected plants, soils, and animals. He looks with hope toward a future in which thoughtful people learn--and use--ecological science to protect the landscapes upon which terrestrial creatures depend.

    HOW TO CHANGE YOUR MIND: WHAT THE NEW SCIENCE OF PSYCHEDELICS TEACHES US ABOUT CONSCIOUSNESS, DYING, ADDICTION, DEPRESSION, AND TRANSCENDENCE

    HOW TO CHANGE YOUR MIND: WHAT THE NEW SCIENCE OF PSYCHEDELICS TEACHES US ABOUT CONSCIOUSNESS, DYING, ADDICTION, DEPRESSION, AND TRANSCENDENCE

    By: Pollan, Michael
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    Now on Netflix as a 4-part documentary series!

    "Pollan keeps you turning the pages . . . cleareyed and assured." --New York Times

    A #1 New York Times Bestseller, New York Times Book Review 10 Best Books of 2018, and

    New York Times Notable Book

    A brilliant and brave investigation into the medical and scientific revolution taking place around psychedelic drugs--and the spellbinding story of his own life-changing psychedelic experiences

    When Michael Pollan set out to research how LSD and psilocybin (the active ingredient in magic mushrooms) are being used to provide relief to people suffering from difficult-to-treat conditions such as depression, addiction and anxiety, he did not intend to write what is undoubtedly his most personal book. But upon discovering how these remarkable substances are improving the lives not only of the mentally ill but also of healthy people coming to grips with the challenges of everyday life, he decided to explore the landscape of the mind in the first person as well as the third. Thus began a singular adventure into various altered states of consciousness, along with a dive deep into both the latest brain science and the thriving underground community of psychedelic therapists. Pollan sifts the historical record to separate the truth about these mysterious drugs from the myths that have surrounded them since the 1960s, when a handful of psychedelic evangelists inadvertently catalyzed a powerful backlash against what was then a promising field of research.

    A unique and elegant blend of science, memoir, travel writing, history, and medicine, How to Change Your Mind is a triumph of participatory journalism. By turns dazzling and edifying, it is the gripping account of a journey to an exciting and unexpected new frontier in our understanding of the mind, the self, and our place in the world. The true subject of Pollan's "mental travelogue" is not just psychedelic drugs but also the eternal puzzle of human consciousness and how, in a world that offers us both suffering and joy, we can do our best to be fully present and find meaning in our lives.

    HOW TO GIVE UP PLASTIC: A GUIDE TO CHANGING THE WORLD, ONE PLASTIC BOTTLE AT A TIME

    HOW TO GIVE UP PLASTIC: A GUIDE TO CHANGING THE WORLD, ONE PLASTIC BOTTLE AT A TIME

    By: McCallum, Will
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    An accessible guide to the changes we can all make--small and large--to rid our lives of disposable plastic and clean up the world's oceans

    How to Give Up Plastic is a straightforward guide to eliminating plastic from your life. Going room by room through your home and workplace, Greenpeace activist Will McCallum teaches you how to spot disposable plastic items and find plastic-free, sustainable alternatives to each one. From carrying a reusable straw, to catching microfibers when you wash your clothes, to throwing plastic-free parties, you'll learn new and intuitive ways to reduce plastic waste. And by arming you with a wealth of facts about global plastic consumption and anecdotes from activists fighting plastic around the world, you'll also learn how to advocate to businesses and leaders in your community and across the country to commit to eliminating disposable plastics for good.

    It takes 450 years for a plastic bottle to fully biodegrade, and there are around 12.7 million tons of plastic entering the ocean each year. At our current pace, in the year 2050 there could be more plastic in the oceans than fish, by weight. These are alarming figures, but plastic pollution is an environmental crisis with a solution we can all contribute to.

    HUMAN AGE: THE WORLD SHAPED BY US

    HUMAN AGE: THE WORLD SHAPED BY US

    By: Ackerman, Diane
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    With her celebrated blend of scientific insight, clarity, and curiosity, Diane Ackerman explores our human capacity both for destruction and for invention as we shape the future of the planet Earth. Ackerman takes us to the mind-expanding frontiers of science, exploring the fact that the natural and the human now inescapably depend on one another, drawing from fields as diverse as evolutionary robotics...nanotechnology, 3-D printing and biomimicry (New York Times Book Review), with probing intelligence, a clear eye, and an ever-hopeful heart.

    HUMANS, NATURE, AND BIRDS: Science Art from Cave Walls to Computer Screens

    HUMANS, NATURE, AND BIRDS: Science Art from Cave Walls to Computer Screens

    By: Kennedy, Donald
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    A sweeping look at 30,000 years of art depicting birds--from Paleolithic images to those of the Information Age--viewed through a science lens

    This book invites readers to enter a two-floor virtual "gallery" where 60-plus images of birds reflecting the accomplishments of human pictorial history are on display. These are works in a genre the authors term Science Art--that is, art that says something about the natural world and how it works. Darryl Wheye and Donald Kennedy show how these works of art can advance our understanding of the ways nature has been perceived over time, its current vulnerability, and our responsibility to preserve its wealth.

    Each room in the gallery is dedicated to a single topic. The rooms on the first floor show birds as icons, birds as resources, birds as teaching tools, and more. On the second floor, the images and their captions clarify what Science Art is and how the intertwining of art and science can change the way we look at each. The authors also provide a timeline linking scientific innovations with the production of images of birds, and they offer a checklist of steps to promote the creation and accessibility of Science Art. Readers who tour this unique and fascinating gallery will never look at art depicting nature in the same way again.

    Published with assistance from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation's Public Understanding of Science and Technology Program.

    HUMMINGBIRDS: SUN CATCHERS

    HUMMINGBIRDS: SUN CATCHERS

    By: Pulley Sayre, April
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    This text aims to explore the wonders of six species of North American hummingbirds. It provides a descriptive portrait of the birds and covers every aspect of hummingbird behaviour and daily life, and offers tips on attracting hummingbirds to your garden.
    HUT OF ONE'S OWN

    HUT OF ONE'S OWN

    By: Cline, Ann
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    The ostensible subject of this inquiry is the primitive hut, a one-room structure built of common or rustic materials. Ann Cline gracefully weaves together two stories: one of primitive huts in times of cultural transition, and another of diminutive structures in our own time of architectural transition. From these narrative strands emerges a deeper inquiry: What are the limits of architecture? What ghosts inhabit its edges? What does it mean to dwell outside it?
    HYENAS LAUGHED AT ME

    HYENAS LAUGHED AT ME

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    Everyone knows that stories improve with the telling, and nothing helps a travel story more than something going wrong. As soon as things stop going your way you know you're in trouble, but the frustration, embarrassment, danger, and inconvenience provide great material for stories once the anguish has faded. What we remember are the absurd, surreal, and wacky moments when travel becomes slapstick and grand plans dissolve into comedy. The adventurers here encounter just about everything you'd never expect, from a monster dildo that won't go away to becoming the prey of religious zealots at the world's largest human gathering to the proverbial "hair in my soup" at a French restaurant and the proprietor's remarkable solution to the "problem." In a case of life imitating art, nothing is too ridiculous on the road, as these travelers discover and so generously share without shame or undue embarrassment.
    IMMENSE JOURNEY: AN IMAGINATIVE NATURALIST EXPLORES THE MYSTERIES OF MAN AND NATURE

    IMMENSE JOURNEY: AN IMAGINATIVE NATURALIST EXPLORES THE MYSTERIES OF MAN AND NATURE

    By: Eiseley, Loren
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    Anthropologist and naturalist Loren Eiseley blends scientific knowledge and imaginative vision in this story of man.
    IN DEFENSE OF FOOD

    IN DEFENSE OF FOOD

    By: Pollan, Michael
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    #1 New York Times Bestseller from the author of This is Your Mind on Plants, How to Change Your Mind, The Omnivore's Dilemma, and Food Rules

    Food. There's plenty of it around, and we all love to eat it. So why should anyone need to defend it?

    Because in the so-called Western diet, food has been replaced by nutrients, and common sense by confusion--most of what we're consuming today is longer the product of nature but of food science. The result is what Michael Pollan calls the American Paradox: The more we worry about nutrition, the less healthy we see to become. With In Defense of Food, Pollan proposes a new (and very old) answer to the question of what we should eat that comes down to seven simple but liberating words: "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." Pollan's bracing and eloquent manifesto shows us how we can start making thoughtful food choices that will enrich our lives, enlarge our sense of what it means to be healthy, and bring pleasure back to eating.