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Environmental City: People, Place, Politics, and the Meaning of Modern Austin

by William Scott Jr. Swearingen

As Austin grew from a college and government town of the 1950s into the sprawling city of 2010, two ideas of Austin as a place came into conflict. Many who promoted the ideology of growth believed Austin would...


Mother Earth and Uncle Sam: How Pollution and Hollow Government Hurt Our Kids

by Rena I. Steinzor

In this compelling study, Rena Steinzor highlights the ways in which the government, over the past twenty years, has failed to protect children from harm caused by toxic chemicals. She believes these failures-under-funding,...


The Impact of Global Warming on Texas: Second edition

by Jurgen Schmandt, Gerald R. North & Judith Clarkson

When The Impact of Global Warming on Texas was first published in 1995, it discussed climate change as a likely future phenomenon, predicted by scientific studies. This entirely rewritten second edition presents...


Nesting Birds of the Coastal Islands: A Naturalist's Year on Galveston Bay

by John C. Dyes

Every year, more than twenty species of terns, gulls, and colonial wading birds raise their young on rookery islands all along the Gulf Coast. Their breeding and nesting activities go on in the wake of passing...


Private Property and the Endangered Species Act: Saving Habitats, Protecting Homes

by Jason F. Shogren & William D. Ruckelshaus

Our whole nation benefits from the preservation of natural habitats and their diversity of animal and plant species-yet small groups of private landowners often bear most of the costs of setting land aside for...


Living with Oil: Promises, Peaks, and Declines on Mexico's Gulf Coast

by Lisa Breglia

For decades, Mexico has been one of the world's top non-OPEC oil exporters, but since the 2004 peak and subsequent decline of the massive offshore oilfield-Cantarell-the prospects for the country have worsened....


The Ecology of the Barí: Rainforest Horticulturalists of Latin America

by Stephen Beckerman & Roberto Lizarralde

Inhabiting the rainforest of the southwest Maracaibo Basin, split by the border between Colombia and Venezuela, the Barí have survived centuries of incursions. Anthropologist Roberto Lizarralde began studying...


Playas of the Great Plains

by Loren M. Smith

Shallow wetlands that occur primarily in semi-arid to arid environments, playas are keystone ecosystems in the western Great Plains of North America. Providing irreplaceable habitat for native plants and animals,...


Enforcement at the EPA: High Stakes and Hard Choices, Revised Edition

by Joel A. Mintz

The only published work that treats the historical evolution of EPA enforcement, this book provides a candid inside glimpse of a crucial aspect of the work of an important federal agency. Based on 190 personal...


Red Desert: History of a Place

by Annie Proulx & Martin Stupich

A vast expanse of rock formations, sand dunes, and sagebrush in central and southwest Wyoming, the little-known Red Desert is one of the last undeveloped landscapes in the United States, as well as one of the...


The Albatross and the Fish: Linked Lives in the Open Seas

by Robin W. Doughty & Virginia Carmichael

Breeding on remote ocean islands and spending much of its life foraging for food across vast stretches of seemingly empty seas, the albatross remains a legend for most people. And yet, humans are threatening...


A Natural History of Belize: Inside the Maya Forest

by Samuel Bridgewater

Belize's Chiquibul Forest is one of the largest remaining expanses of tropical moist forest in Central America. It forms part of what is popularly known as the Maya Forest. Battered by hurricanes over millions...


Nature, Culture, and Big Old Trees: Live Oaks and Ceibas in the Landscapes of Louisiana and Guatemala

by Kit Anderson

Big old trees inspire our respect and even affection. The poet Walt Whitman celebrated a Louisiana live oak that was solitary "in a wide flat space, / Uttering joyous leaves all its life without a friend a lover...


Karánkaway Country

by Roy Bedichek

Roy Bedichek spent most of his life working in the educational field in Texas, but his main interest was always the great outdoors. His first book, Adventures with a Texas Naturalist, was published when he was...


A Place in the Rain Forest: Settling the Costa Rican Frontier

by Darryl Cole Christensen

In the 1950s, Darryl Cole-Christensen and his family were among the first settlers of the Coto Brus, an almost impenetrable, mountainous rain forest region of southeastern Costa Rica. In this evocative book,...


The Road to Love Canal: Managing Industrial Waste before EPA

by Peter N. Skinner, Craig E. Colten & Bruce Piasecki

The toxic legacy of Love Canal vividly brought the crisis in industrial waste disposal to public awareness across the United States and led to the passage of the Superfund legislation in 1980. To discover why...


The Green Republic: A Conservation History of Costa Rica

by Sterling Evans

With over 25 percent of its land set aside in national parks and other protected areas, Costa Rica is renowned worldwide as "the green republic." In this very readable history of conservation in Costa Rica,...


Simple Things Won't Save the Earth

by J. Robert Hunter

We drive cars with "Save the Whales" bumper stickers, buy aerosol sprays that advertise "no chlorofluorocarbons," and wear T-shirts made from organically grown cotton. All of these "earth friendly" choices and...


The Earth Remains Forever: Generations at a Crossroads

by Rob Jackson & John Graves

Writing especially for people who've tuned out the environmental debate, Rob Jackson persuasively argues that we're at a crucial turning point in environmental history, where choices we make now will determine...


The Story of Big Bend National Park

by John Jameson

A breathtaking country of rugged mountain peaks, uninhabited desert, and spectacular river canyons, Big Bend is one of the United States' most remote national parks and among Texas' most popular tourist attractions....