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The Contamination of the Earth: A History of Pollutions in the Industrial Age

Francois Jarrige

Through the centuries, the march of economic progress has been accompanied by the spread of industrial pollution. As our capacities for production and our aptitude for consumption have increased, so have their byproducts - chemical contamination from fertilizers and pesticides,

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A Dominant Character: The Radical Science and Restless Politics of J. B. S. Haldane

Samanth Subramanian · W. W. Norton & Company
Pages: 400
Format: Hardcover

A biography of J. B. S. Haldane, the brilliant and eccentric British scientist whose innovative predictions inspired Aldous Huxley's Brave New World.J. B. S. Haldane's life was rich and strange, never short on genius or drama -- from his boyhood apprenticeship to his scientist father,...
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Survival of the Friendliest: Understanding Our Origins and Rediscovering Our Common Humanity

Brian Hare · Random House
Pages: 304
Format: Hardcover

A powerful new theory of human nature suggests that our unique friendliness is the secret to our success as a species. For most of the approximately 300,000 years that Homo sapiens have existed, we have shared the planet with at least four other types of humans. All of these were smart,...
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Once Upon a Time I Lived on Mars: Space, Exploration, and Life on Earth

Kate Greene · St. Martin's Press
Pages: 240
Format: Hardcover

When it comes to Mars, the focus is often on how to get there: the rockets, the engines, the fuel. But upon arrival, what will it actually be like?In 2013, Kate Greene moved to Mars. That is, along with five fellow crew members, she embarked on NASA's first HI-SEAS mission, a simulated...
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Perception: How Our Bodies Shape Our Minds

Dennis Proffitt · St. Martin's Press
Pages: 320
Format: Hardcover

A groundbreaking popular psychology book that explores the deep connection between our body and our brain.Over decades of study, University of Virginia psychologist Dennis Proffitt has shown that we are each living our own personal version of Gulliver's Travels, where the size and shape...
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False Alarm: How Climate Change Panic Costs Us Trillions, Hurts the Poor, and Fails to Fix the Planet

Bjorn Lomborg · Basic Books
Pages: 336
Format: Hardcover

The New York Times-bestselling "skeptical environmentalist" argues that panic over climate change is causing more harm than goodHurricanes batter our coasts. Wildfires rage across the American West. Glaciers collapse in the Artic. Politicians, activists, and the media espouse...
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Desert Notebooks: A Road Map for the End of Time

Ben Ehrenreich · Counterpoint
Pages: 336
Format: Hardcover

For fans of Robert Macfarlane or Elizabeth Rush, National Magazine Award winner and The Nation columnist Ben Ehrenreich layers climate science, mythologies, nature writing, and personal experiences into a stunning reckoning of our current moment and our all-too-human urge to grapple with...
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The Big Book of Mars: From Ancient Egypt to The Martian, A Deep-Space Dive into Our Obsession with the Red Planet

Marc Hartzman · Quirk Books
Pages: 256
Format: Paperback

Mars has been a source of fascination and speculation ever since the Ancient Sumerians observed its blood-red hue and named it for their god of war and plague. But it wasn't until 1877, when "canals" were observed on the surface of the Red Planet, suggesting the presence of water,...
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Earth A.D.: The Poisoning of the American Landscape

Michael Lee Nirenberg · Process
Pages: 256
Format: Paperback

Earth A.D is film documentarian Michael Nirenberg’s, sweeping oral history of two American Superfund sites. Comprised of hundreds of interviews with political, environmental, corporate leaders as well as the citizens affected by living in these toxic zones, Nirenberg tells the stories...
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Fathoms: The World in the Whale

Rebecca Giggs · Simon & Schuster
Pages: 336
Format: Hardcover

Fathoms is a gorgeous meditation on the awe-inspiring lives of whales, revealing what they can teach us about ourselves, our planet, and our relationship to other species.What can whales reveal about our world today? When writer Rebecca Giggs encountered a humpback whale stranded on her local...
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