Lessons for a Better Future

Before COVID-19 hit, the biggest problem in the world of travel was overtourism. Crowds threatened to spoil natural environments and make daily life unbearable for residents of popular travel destinations. Then, seemingly overnight, tourism...

400 pages
6 x 9
32 photos

Uniting Design, Economics, and Policy

Tens of millions of Americans are at risk from sea level rise, increased tidal flooding, and intensifying storms. The design and policy decisions that have shaped coastal areas are in desperate need of updates to help communities better adapt to...

312 pages
6 x 9
35 figures

Getting to the Heart of Science Communication by Faith Kearns | An Island Press book
A Guide to Effective Engagement

At a community fire day in a northern California town several years ago, author Faith Kearns gave a talk on building fire-safe houses able to withstand increasingly common wildfires. Much to her surprise, Kearns was confronted by an audience...

280 pages
6 x 9

Our current food system has decimated rural communities and confined the choices of urban consumers. Even while America continues to ramp up farm production to astounding levels, net farm income is now lower than at the onset of the Great...

304 pages
6 x 9
20 figures

Flames of Extinction by John Pickrell | An Island Press book
The Race to Save Australia's Threatened Wildlife

In the early months of 2020, the world’s attention was riveted on Australia, where the nation’s iconic wildlife fought for survival in the face of unprecedented wildfires. Images of koalas drinking from firefighters’ water...

296 pages
6 x 9

A California Study in Rebalancing the Needs of People and Nature

As the world population grows, so does the demand for food, putting unprecedented pressure on agricultural lands. At the same time, climate change, soil degradation, and water scarcity mean that productivity of many of these lands is...

288 pages
6 x 9
30 figures

New Tools to End Hunger

In the US, there is a wide-ranging network of at least 370 food banks, and more than 60,000 hunger-relief organizations such as food pantries and meal programs. These groups provide billions of meals a year to people in need. And yet hunger still...

280 pages
6 x 9

Deadly Secrets, Corporate Corruption, and One Man’s Search for Justice

Lee Johnson was a man with simple dreams. All he wanted was a steady job and a nice home for his wife and children, something better than the hard life he knew growing up. He never imagined that he would become the face of a David-and-Goliath...

352 pages
6 x 9
2 figures

Gray to Green Communities: A Call to Action on the Housing and Climate Crises by Dana Bourland | An Island Press book
A Call to Action on the Housing and Climate Crises

US cities are faced with the joint challenge of our climate crisis and the lack of housing that is affordable and healthy. Our housing stock contributes significantly to the changing climate, with residential buildings accounting for 20 percent...

200 pages
6 x 9
13 figures