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Island Press began with a simple idea: knowledge is power—the power to imagine a better future and find ways for getting us there. Founded in 1984, Island Press’ mission is to provide the best ideas and information to those seeking to understand and protect the environment and create solutions to its complex problems.

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Nourished Planet

Sustainability in the Global Food System

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Mangos from India, pasta from Italy, coffee from Columbia:every day, we are nourished by a global food system that relies on our planet remaining verdant and productive. In Nourished Planet, the Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition offers a global plan for feeding ourselves sustainably.

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The Curious Life of Krill

A Conservation Story from the Bottom of the World

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Eminent krill scientist Stephen Nicol wants us to know more about this enigmatic creature of the sea, a species that is so much more than whale food.

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Copenhagenize

The Definitive Guide to Global Bicycle Urbanism

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A fun and engaging guide to bringing cycling back in cities, written by one of the world’s best-known urban designers.

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Lyme

The First Epidemic of Climate Change

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Lyme disease is spreading rapidly around the globe as ticks move into areas where it was once too cold for them to live. Lyme shows how we have contributed to this growing menace, and how modern medicine has underestimated its danger.

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How to Feed the World

Edited by Jessica Eise and Ken Foster
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By 2050, we will have ten billion mouths to feed in a world profoundly altered by environmental change. How can we meet this challenge? In How to Feed the World, a diverse group of experts break down this crucial question by tackling big issues one-by-one.

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Whitewash

The Story of a Weed Killer, Cancer, and the Corruption of Science

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A journalist exposes the dangers of one pervasive pesticide and the corporate influences behind it.

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Replenish

The Virtuous Cycle of Water and Prosperity

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A renowned water expert looks at repairing our broken water cycle using nature’s rhythms.

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Firestorm

How Wildfire Will Shape Our Future

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Design for Good

A New Era of Architecture for Everyone

By John Cary; Foreword by Melinda Gates
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Bike Boom

The Unexpected Resurgence of Cycling

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Resilient Cities, Second Edition

Overcoming Fossil Fuel Dependence

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People, Forests, and Change

Lessons from the Pacific Northwest

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EarthEd (State of the World)

Rethinking Education on a Changing Planet

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Nature’s Allies

Eight Conservationists Who Changed Our World

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Global Atlas of Marine Fisheries

A Critical Appraisal of Catches and Ecosystem Impact

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Biting the Hands that Feed Us

How Fewer, Smarter Laws Would Make Our Food System More Sustainable

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Modern Poisons

A Brief Introduction to Contemporary Toxicology

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Human Ecology

How Nature and Culture Shape Our World

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In Human Ecology, noted landscape planner Frederick Steiner presents a historical and analytical examination of how humans interact with each other as well as with other organisms and their surroundings.

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What Should a Clever Moose Eat?

Natural History, Ecology, and the North Woods

By John Pastor; Foreword by Bernd Heinrich
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Unnatural Selection

How We Are Changing Life, Gene by Gene

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In a narrative style, Emily Monosson explains how humans are driving rapid contemporary evolution through the use of toxic chemicals – and what we can do about it.

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Vital Signs Volume 22

The Trends That Are Shaping Our Future

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Satellites in the High Country

Searching for the Wild in the Age of Man

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Brilliant Green

Sense and Intelligence in the Plant World

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An engaging introduction to the surprising intelligence of plants.

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Quantified

Redefining Conservation for the Next Economy

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Roads Were Not Built for Cars

How Cyclists Were the First to Push for Good Roads and Became the Pioneers of Motoring

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State of the World 2016

Can a City be Sustainable?

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State of the World 2015

Confronting Hidden Threats to Sustainability

By The Worldwatch Institute
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Tactical Urbanism

Short-term Action for Long-term Change

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Future Arctic

Field Notes from a World on the Edge

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Through interviews and first-hand accounts, a veteran Canadian journalist explores climate change in the Arctic and what it means for the rest of the world.

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Unnatural Selection

How We Are Changing Life, Gene by Gene

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In a narrative style, Emily Monosson explains how humans are driving rapid contemporary evolution, using examples such as the resurgence of bedbugs and the growing immunity to antibiotics.

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Toms River

A Story of Science and Salvation

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Public Produce

Cultivating Our Parks, Plazas, and Streets for Healthier Cities, Revised Edition

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An updated look at the advantages and possibilities of urban agriculture in public spaces.

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Smart Power

Climate Change, the Smart Grid, and the Future of Electric Utilities, Anniversary Edition

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This pivotal work offers a clear and accessible vision of how we can transform the electric power industry to adapt to twenty-first century challenges.

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Urban Acupuncture

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Celebrated architect and urbanist Jaime Lerner's pioneering classic on creating livable and sustainable public space.

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Connecting to Change the World

Harnessing the Power of Networks for Social Impact

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Nuts-and-bolts advice for organizations on how to build relationships and create networks to enhance their reach and effectiveness, written by experts in the non-profit world.

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An Indomitable Beast

The Remarkable Journey of the Jaguar

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Forests in Our Changing World

New Principles for Conservation and Management

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