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Extreme Cities: The Peril and Promise of Urban Life in the Age of Climate Change

Ashley Dawson · Verso
Pages: 384
Format: Hardcover

A cutting exploration of how cities drive climate change while being on the frontlines of the coming climate crisisHow will climate change affect our lives? Where will its impacts be most deeply felt? Are we doing enough to protect ourselves from the coming chaos? In Extreme Cities, Ashley...
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A Beginner's Guide to Recognizing Trees of the Northeast

Mark Mikolas · Countryman Press
Pages: 208
Format: Paperback

Identify maple, ash, oak, and more with easy-to-learn visual techniques.In this friendly and approachable field guide, writer and avid hiker Mark Mikolas shares a unique approach for year-round tree identification. His method, which centers on the northeastern United States where 20 species...
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Apocalypse 1692: Empire, Slavery, and the Great Port Royal Earthquake

Ben Hughes · Westholme Publishing
Format: Hardcover

Built on sugar, slaves, and piracy, Jamaica's Port Royal was the jewel in England's quest for empire until a devastating earthquake sank the city beneath the sea A haven for pirates and the center of the New World's frenzied trade in slaves and sugar, Port Royal, Jamaica, was a notorious...
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Resurrecting the Shark: A Scientific Obsession and the Mavericks Who Solved the Mystery of a 270 Million Year Old Fossil

Susan Ewing · Pegasus Books
Pages: 312
Format: Print book

A prehistoric mystery. A fossil so mesmerizing that it boggled the minds of scientists for more than a century -- until a motley crew of modern day shark fanatics decided to try to bring the monster-predator back to life.In 1993, Alaskan artist and paleo-shark enthusiast Ray Troll stumbled...
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The Everglades: River of Grass

Marjory Stoneman Douglas · Pineapple Press
Format: Print book

Before 1947, when Marjory Stoneman Douglas named The Everglades a "river of grass," most people considered the area worthless. She brought the world's attention to the need to preserve The Everglades. In the new and updated Afterword, Michael Grunwald again tells us what has happened...
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Animals Strike Curious Poses

Elena Passarello · Sarabande Books
Pages: 200
Format: Print book

Beginning with Yuka, a 39,000 year old mummified woolly mammoth recently found in the Siberian permafrost, each of the 16 essays in Animals Strike Curious Poses investigates a different famous animal named and immortalized by humans. Modeled loosely after a medieval bestiary, these witty,...
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My European Family: The First 54,000 Years

Karin Bojs · Bloomsbury Sigma
Pages: 400
Format: Hardcover

Karin Bojs grew up in a small, broken family, and at her mother's funeral she felt this more keenly than ever. As part of the healing process, she decided to use DNA research to learn more about herself, her family, and the interconnectedness of society. She went deep in search of her genealogy,...
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Weather: A Very Short Introduction

Storm Dunlop · Oxford University Press
Pages: 144
Format: Paperback

From deciding the best day for a picnic, to the devastating effects of hurricanes and typhoons, the weather impacts our lives on a daily basis. Although new techniques allow us to forecast the weather with increasing accuracy, most people do not realize the vast global movements and forces...
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The Dogs of Avalon: The Race to Save Animals in Peril

Laura Schenone · W. W. Norton & Company
Pages: 336
Format: Hardcover

After adopting an Irish sight hound, Laura Schenone discovers a remarkable and little-known fight to gain justice for dogs and for all animals.Greyhounds, bred to be the fastest racing dogs on earth, are streaks of lightning. Beautiful, astonishing creatures, tens of thousands of them have...
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Quakeland: On the Road to America's Next Devastating Earthquake

KATHRYN MILES · Dutton
Pages: 368
Format: Hardcover

A journey around the United States in search of the truth about the threat of earthquakes leads to spine-tingling discoveries, unnerving experts, and ultimately the kind of preparations that will actually help guide us through disasters. It's a road trip full of surprises. Earthquakes....
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Asteroid Hunters

Carrie Nugent · Simon & Schuster/ TED
Pages: 128
Format: Hardcover

For the first time, scientists could have the knowledge to prevent a natural disaster epic in scale - an asteroid hitting the earth and in this exciting, adventuresome book, Carrie Nugent explains how.What are asteroids, and where do they come from? And, most urgently: Are they going to hit the Earth?...
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Raised by Animals: How Dolphins Bond, Why Meerkats Babysit, and Other Lessons from Families in the Wild

Jennifer Verdolin · The Experiment
Pages: 304
Format: Paperback

From a leading animal behaviorist, an often humorous look at the many surprising parallels between human and animal parents In Raised by Animals, evolutionary biologist Jennifer L. Verdolin, PhD, invites parents, animal lovers, and science buffs to explore the wild world of parenting...
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Island of the Blue Foxes: Disaster and Triumph on the World's Greatest Scientific Expedition

Stephen R. Bown · Da Capo Press
Pages: 352
Format: Hardcover

The story of the world's largest, longest, and best financed scientific expedition of all time, triumphantly successful, gruesomely tragic, and never before fully told The immense 18th-century scientific journey, variously known as the Second Kamchatka Expedition or the Great Northern Expedition,...
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Island Home: A Landscape Memoir

Tim Winton · Milkweed Editions
Pages: 256
Format: Print book

"I grew up on the world's largest island. " This apparently simple fact is the starting point for Tim Winton's beautiful, evocative, and sometimes provocative memoir of Australia's unique landscape, and how that singular place has shaped him and his writing. For over...
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The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World

Jeff Goodell · Little, Brown and Company
Pages: 320
Format: Hardcover

An eye-opening and essential tour of the vanishing world What if Atlantis wasn't a myth, but an early precursor to a new age of great flooding? Across the globe, scientists and civilians alike are noticing rapidly rising sea levels, and higher and higher tides pushing more water directly...
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