State of the World 2009
Into a Warming World

It's New Year's Day, 2101. Somehow, humanity survived the worst of global warming—the higher temperatures and sea levels and the more intense droughts and storms—and succeeded in stabilizing the Earth's climate. Greenhouse...

283 pages
7 x 9.25

Short-term Action for Long-term Change

Mike Lydon and Anthony Garcia; Foreword by Andres Duany

In the twenty-first century, cities worldwide must respond to a growing and diverse population, ever-shifting economic conditions, new technologies, and a changing climate. Short-term, community-based projects—from pop-up parks to open...

256 pages
6.5 x 8.375
Full color, 96 illustrations

Brilliant Green by Stefano Mancuso and Alessandra Viola | An Island Press book
The Surprising History and Science of Plant Intelligence

Stefano Mancuso and Alessandra Viola; Translated by Joan Benham; Foreword by Michael Pollan

Are plants intelligent? Can they solve problems, communicate, and navigate their surroundings? Or are they passive, incapable of independent action or social behavior? Philosophers and scientists have pondered these questions since ancient Greece...

192 pages
5 x 8
20 illustrations

Protecting the Wild
Parks and Wilderness, the Foundation for Conservation

Protected natural areas have historically been the primary tool of conservationists to conserve land and wildlife. These parks and reserves are set apart to forever remain in contrast to those places where human activities, technologies, and...

392 pages
6 x 9

Field Notes from a World on the Edge

In one hundred years, or even fifty, the Arctic will look dramatically different than it does today. As polar ice retreats and animals and plants migrate northward, the arctic landscape is morphing into something new and very different from what...

216 pages
6 x 9
15 photos

The Ecological Design and Planning Reader

From Henry David Thoreau to Rachel Carson, writers have long examined the effects of industrialization and its potential to permanently alter the world around them. Today, as we experience rapid global urbanization, pressures on the natural...

632 pages
7 x 10
21 photos, 51 illustrations

Chasing the Red Queen
The Evolutionary Race Between Agricultural Pests and Poisons

In the race to feed the world’s seven billion people, we are at a standstill. Over the past century, we have developed increasingly potent and sophisticated pesticides, yet in 2014, the average percentage of U.S. crops lost to agricultural...

240 pages
6 x 9
1 illustration

A Guide to Public-Private Partnerships

America’s landscape is undergoing a profound transformation as demand grows for a different kind of American Dream--smaller homes on smaller lots, multifamily options, and walkable neighborhoods. This trend presents a tremendous opportunity...

200 pages
6 x 9
30 photos and illustrations

Planning for Community Resilience
A Handbook for Reducing Vulnerability to Disasters

How can we plan and design stronger communities? From New Orleans to Galveston to the Jersey Shore, communities struck by natural disasters struggle to recover long after the first responders have left. Globally, the average annual number of...

256 pages
7 x 10
12 photos, 68 illustrations

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