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The Sixth Extinction

The Sixth Extinction

Picador
Paperback
336 pages • $16.00
ISBN: 9781250062185
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An Unnatural History

Elizabeth Kolbert

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize

“Arresting . . . Ms. Kolbert shows in these pages that she can write with elegiac poetry about the vanishing creatures of this planet, but the real power of her book resides in the hard science and historical context she delivers here, documenting the mounting losses that human beings are leaving in their wake.”

The New York Times

Over the last half-billion years, there have been five mass extinctions, when the diversity of life on earth suddenly and dramatically contracted. Scientists around the world are currently monitoring the sixth extinction, predicted to be the most devastating extinction event since the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs. This time around, the cataclysm is us. In prose that is at once frank, entertaining, and deeply informed, New Yorker writer Elizabeth Kolbert tells us why and how human beings have altered life on the planet in a way no species has before. Interweaving research in half a dozen disciplines, descriptions of the fascinating species that have already been lost, and the history of extinction as a concept, Kolbert provides a moving and comprehensive account of the disappearances occurring before our very eyes. She shows that the sixth extinction is likely to be mankind’s most lasting legacy, compelling us to rethink the fundamental question of what it means to be human.

© Barry Goldstein

Elizabeth Kolbert is a staff writer at The New Yorker. She is the author of Field Notes from a Catastrophe. She lives in Williamstown, Massachusetts, with her husband and children.

The Sixth Extinction has been adopted for 16 First-Year Experience programs at:

Colgate University (NY); Lafayette College (PA); Linfield College (OR); Occidental College (CA); Feather River College (CA); Millsaps College (MS); Montclair State University’s Presidential Scholars Program (NJ); NYU-Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development; Piedmont Virginia Community College; Rowan University (NJ); Saint Francis High School (CA); Stanford University (CA);  University of Michigan – Flint; University of Vermont; Villanova University (PA); Williams College (MA)

No Impact Man

No Impact Man

Picador
Paperback
288 pages • $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-312-42983-6

The Adventures of a Guilty Liberal Who Attempts to Save the Planet and the Discoveries He Makes About Himself and Our Way of Life in the Process

Colin Beavan

“Entertaining and informative, No Impact Man can offer first-year students a fresh perspective on their roles and responsibilities in the new community.”—The Journal of College Orientation and Transition

What does it really take to live eco-effectively? When the guilt about his high-impact lifestyle finally got to Colin Beavan, he swore off plastic, went organic, became a bicycle fanatic, turned off his electricity, and devoted himself to saving the polar bears and the rest of the planet from environmental catastrophe while dragging his young daughter and his Prada-wearing wife along for the ride. This is the sensational, funny, and consciousness-raising story of how they did it. With No Impact Man, Beavan found that no-impact living is worthwhile—and richer, fuller, and more satisfying in the bargain. “You have to give Colin Beavan credit; the man put his money where his mouth is. A self-proclaimed ‘guilty liberal’ tired of the world’s general ecological decline, he decided to change his life. And in no small way. Even better, he did it with a sense of humor.”—The Boston Globe

Colin Beavan

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Colin Beavan’s writing has appeared in Esquire, The Atlantic, and The New York Times. He lives in New York City. For more information on the book, blog, documentary, and nonprofit project please visit his website at noimpactman.com.

No Impact Man has been adopted for thirty-five First-Year Experience programs:

Atlantic Cape Community College (NJ); Baker University (KS); Bowling Green State University (OH); Cleveland State University; Community College of Baltimore County; Corning Community College (NY); Des Moines Area Community College; Florida State College, Jacksonville; Illinois Wesleyan University; Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis; Johnson & Wales University (RI); Loyola University, Chicago; Missouri University of Science and Technology; Northern Arizona University; Northern Virginia Community College, Extended Learning Institute; Ohio State University; Pennsylvania State University, Altoona; Purdue University (IN); Purdue University, North Central (IN); Rollins College (FL); Texas State University; University of Arkansas; University of Colorado, Colorado Springs; University of Kentucky; University of Massachusetts, Amherst; University of Missouri, Kansas City; University of North Carolina, Wilmington; University of Northern Colorado; University of Rhode Island; University of South Carolina; University of Texas, Austin; University of Toledo (OH); University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse; Young Harris College (GA)

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The Upcycle

The Upcycle

North Point Press
Paperback
256 pages • $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-86547-748-3

Beyond Sustainability—Designing for Abundance

William McDonough and Michael Braungart

The Upcycle is the eagerly awaited follow-up to Cradle to Cradle, the most consequential ecological manifesto of our time.

Drawing on the lessons gained from ten years of putting the cradle-to-cradle concept into practice with businesses, governments, and ordinary people, William McDonough and Michael Braungart envision the next step in the solution to our ecological crisis: We don’t just reuse resources with greater effectiveness, we actually improve them as we use them. For McDonough and Braungart, the questions of resource scarcity and sustainability are questions of design. And they are practical-minded visionaries: They envision beneficial designs of products, buildings, and business practices—and they show us these ideas being put to use around the world as everyday objects like chairs, cars, and factories are being reinvented not just to sustain life on the planet but to grow it. It is an eyeopening, inspiring tour of the next industrial revolution as it unfolds in front of us. McDonough and Braungart want to turn on its head our very understanding of the human role on earth: We should not just protect the plant from ourselves but should redesign our activity to improve the planet. And that goal is well within our reach.

William McDonough and Michael Braungart

William McDonough is an American architect and founding principal of William McDonough + Partners.

Michael Braungart is a German chemist.

Together they cofounded McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry, and they are the coauthors of two books.