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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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Naturalist

A Graphic Adaptation

By Edward O. Wilson; Illustrated by Chris Butzer; Adapted by Jim Ottaviani
Island Press

E.O. Wilson’s bestselling memoir comes to life in a beautifully illustrated graphic adaptation.

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Designing Streets for Kids

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Building on the success of their Global Street Design Guide, the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO)-Global Designing Cities Initiative (GDCI) Streets for Kids program has developed child-focused design guidance to inspire leaders, inform practitioners, and empower communities around the world to consider their city from the eyes of a child.

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Rainforest

Dispatches from Earth's Most Vital Frontlines

Island Press

A comprehensive view of the crucial roles rainforests serve, the state of the world’s rainforests today, and the inspirational efforts underway to save them.

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Better Buses, Better Cities

How to Plan, Run, and Win the Fight for Effective Transit

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A transit expert calls citizens and city decision makers to action, inspiring them to fight for a better bus system.

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Food Town, USA

Seven Unlikely Cities that are Changing the Way We Eat

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Through interviews and storytelling, Food Town, USA showcases innovative approaches to sustainable food that can be applied in any city.

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Green Growth That Works

Natural Capital Policy and Finance Mechanisms Around the World

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Rapid economic development has been a boon to human well-being, but comes at a significant cost to the fertile soils, forests, coastal marshes, and farmland that support all life on earth. If ecosystems collapse, so eventually will human civilization. One solution is inclusive green growth—the efficient use of natural resources. Its genius lies in working with nature rather than against it.

Green Growth That Works is the first practical guide to bring together pragmatic finance and policy tools that can make investment in natural capital both attractive and commonplace. Pioneered by leading scholars from the Natural Capital Project, this valuable compendium of proven techniques can guide agencies and organizations eager to make green growth work anywhere in the world.
 

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Climate Action Planning

A Guide to Creating Low Carbon, Resilient Communities

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The most comprehensive book available about planning for climate change on the local level.

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True Roots

What Quitting Hair Dye Taught Me about Health and Beauty

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A journalist concerned with the risks of hair dye learns to embrace gray hair and better health.

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Soft City

Building Density for Everyday

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A visual and clear guide to building better density to create happier, more livable cities.

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Protecting Pollinators

How to Save the Creatures that Feed Our World

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Corridor Ecology, Second Edition

Linking Landscapes for Biodiversity Conservation and Climate Adaptation

Island Press

An essential resource for practitioners and academics of corridor ecology, updated with new science.

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Plastic Soup

An Atlas of Ocean Pollution

Island Press

A visually stunning survey of the plastics clogging our seas, and inspirational initiatives designed to tackle the problem.

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Holistic Management Handbook, Third Edition

Regenerating Your Land and Growing Your Profits

Island Press

This handbook is the key to developing a comprehensive holistic land plan based on Savory’s principles that will help you to restore health to your land and ensure a stable, sustainable livelihood from its bounty.

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The Grand Food Bargain

and the Mindless Drive for More

Island Press

A look at the true costs of America's seemingly cheap and convenient food system.

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Naturalist 25th Anniversary Edition

By Island Press
Island Press

The 25th Anniversary Edition of the classic memoir celebrates the human side of science.

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Grain by Grain

A Quest to Revive Ancient Wheat, Rural Jobs, and Healthy Food

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The Food Sharing Revolution

How Start Ups, Pop Ups, and Co Ops are Changing the Way We Eat

Island Press

This is a hopeful look at the ways the sharing economy can transform our food system and challenge corporate agriculture.

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Ecology and Recovery of Eastern Old-Growth Forests

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North American landscapes have been shaped by humans for millennia through fire, agriculture, and hunting. But the arrival of Europeans several centuries ago ushered in an era of rapid conversion of eastern forests to cities, farms, transportation networks, and second-growth woodlands. Recently, numerous remnants of old growth have been discovered, and scientists are developing strategies for their restoration that will foster biological diversity and reduce impacts of climate change. Forest ecologists William Keeton and Andrew Barton bring together an edited volume that breaks new ground in our understanding of eastern old-growth forest ecosystems and their importance for resilience in an age of rapid environmental change. Leading experts examine topics of contemporary forest ecology across a broad geographic canvas in the eastern United States.
 

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The Intergalactic Design Guide

Harnessing the Creative Potential of Social Design

Island Press

Design has built global brands, disrupted industries, and transformed our lives with technology. It has also contributed to the complex challenges we face today. In The Intergalactic Design Guide, business strategist and designer Cheryl Heller shows how social design offers a new approach to navigate uncertainty, increase creativity, strengthen relationships, and develop our capacity to collaborate.

The most innovative leaders in the world have instinctively practiced social design for decades. Heller has worked with many of these pioneers, observing patterns in their methods and translating them into an approach that can bring new creative energy to any organization. The Intergalactic Design Guide explains 11 common principles, a step-by-step process, and the essential skills for successful social design. Nine in-depth examples—from the CEO of the largest carpet manufacturer in the world to an entrepreneur with a passion for reducing food waste—illustrate the social design process in action.
 
Whether you are launching a start-up or managing a global NGO, The Intergalactic Design Guide provides both inspiration and practical steps for designing a more resilient and fulfilling future.
 

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Vaquita

Science, Politics, and Crime in the Sea of Cortez

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Brilliant Green

The Surprising History and Science of Plant Intelligence

Island Press

A leading plant scientist offers a new understanding of the botanical world and a passionate argument for intelligent plant life.

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Building the Cycling City

The Dutch Blueprint for Urban Vitality

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Nourished Planet

Sustainability in the Global Food System

Edited by Danielle Nierenberg; By Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition
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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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Urban Raptors

Ecology and Conservation of Birds of Prey in Cities

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Urban Raptors is the first book to offer a complete overview of urban ecosystems in the context of bird-of-prey ecology and conservation. This comprehensive volume examines the urban environment, explains why some species adapt to urban areas but others do not, and introduces modern research tools to help in the study of urban raptors. It delves into climate change adaptation, human-wildlife conflict, and the unique risks birds of prey face in urban areas before concluding with real-world wildlife management case studies and suggestions for future research and conservation efforts.
  
Among researchers, urban green space planners, wildlife management agencies, birders, and informed citizens alike, Urban Raptors will foster a greater understanding of birds of prey and an increased willingness to accommodate them as important members, not intruders, of our cities.

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Resilience for All

Striving for Equity Through Community-Driven Design

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The Curious Life of Krill

A Conservation Story from the Bottom of the World

Island Press

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

Island Press

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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Twenty Years of Life

Why the Poor Die Earlier and How to Challenge Inequity

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Lyme

The First Epidemic of Climate Change

Island Press

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
Island Press

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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Three Revolutions

Three Revolutions Steering Automated, Shared, and Electric Vehicles to a Better Future

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Suburban Remix

Creating the Next Generation of Urban Places

Edited by Jason Beske and Dixon David
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Beyond Mobility

Planning Cities for People and Places

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Whitewash

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

Island Press

Rachel Carson Environment Book Award, First Place (2017)
"Reads like a mystery novel as Gillam skillfully uncovers Monsanto's secretive strategies."—Erin Brockovich
"A damning picture...Gillam expertly covers a contentious front." —Publishers Weekly
"A must-read." —Booklist
"Hard-hitting, eye-opening narrative." —Kirkus

In Whitewash, veteran journalist Carey Gillam uncovers one of the most controversial stories in the history of food and agriculture. Gillam explores the global debate over the safety of a herbicide so pervasive that it is found in our cereals, snacks, and even in our urine. Known as Monsanto’s Roundup by consumers and as glyphosate by scientists, the world’s most popular weed killer is sold as safe enough to drink, but Gillam’s research shows that message has been carefully crafted to conceal a host of dangers. Whitewash is more than an exposé about the hazards of one chemical. It’s a story of power, politics, and the deadly consequences of putting corporate interests ahead of public safety.

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Replenish

The Virtuous Cycle of Water and Prosperity

Island Press

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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The Community Resilience Reader

Essential Resources for an Era of Unheaval

Edited by Daniel Lerch
Island Press
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Design for Good

A New Era of Architecture for Everyone

Island Press

"I can't recommend John Cary's book, Design for Good, highly enough. His argument...is clear and revolutionary." —Melinda Gates

In Design for Good, John Cary offers character-driven, real-world stories about projects across the globe that are designed and created with and for the people who will use them. The book reveals a new understanding of the ways that design shapes our lives and gives professionals and interested citizens the tools necessary to seek out and demand designs that dignify. 
 
From Rwanda’s Butaro Hospital to Kalamazoo College’s Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership, the examples in the book show what is possible when design is a collaborative, dignified, empathic process. Cary draws from his own experience as well as dozens of interviews to show not only that everyone deserves good design, but how it can be achieved.

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