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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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Shadows in the Sun

Travels to Landscapes of Spirit and Desire

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Renowned anthropologist Wade Davis shows us how preserving the diversity of the world's cultures and spiritual beliefs is just as important as preserving our endangered plants, insects, and animals.

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The Sprawl Repair Manual

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The Sprawl Repair Manual demonstrates a step-by-step design process for the re-balancing and re-urbanization of suburbia into more sustainable, economical, energy- and resource-efficient patterns, from the region and the community to the block and the individual building.

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Cities for People

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Renowned architect and urban planner Jan Gehl explains the methods and tools he has used to reconfigure unworkable cityscapes into safe and sustainable cities for people – something he has helped do in Copenhagen, Melbourne, and New York City.

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Principles of Brownfield Regeneration

Cleanup, Design, and Reuse of Derelict Land

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The first book to provide an accessible introduction to the design, policy, and technical issues related to redevelopment of "brownfields" – idle property whose development or improvement is impaired by contamination.

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Design with Microclimate

The Secret to Comfortable Outdoor Space

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Arguing that a comfortable microclimate is the foundation of well-used outdoor places, Robert Brown provides useful guidelines for dealing with climate data, site assessment, microclimate modification, communication, design, and evaluation.

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5 Easy Pieces

The Impact of Fisheries on Marine Ecosystems

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5 Easy Pieces features five contributions demonstrating the massive impacts of modern industrial fisheries on marine ecosystems.

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Seven Rules for Sustainable Communities

Design Strategies for the Post Carbon World

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If widely used, these rules would lead to a much more livable world for future generations – a world that is not unlike the better parts of our own.

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Life in a Bottle

The Reality Behind Our Obsession with Bottled Water

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Authored by one of the world's foremost experts on water, this lively critique exposes the corporate misdeeds in the bottled water industry within the context of growing water shortages, and possible crisis.

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Where the Dragon Meets the Angry River

Nature and Power in the People’s Republic of China

Island Press

This book brings big geopolitical issues to life through the narrative of a particular region and its people.

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