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  • A Life In The Wild: George Schaller's Struggle to Save the Last Great Beasts

    For more than 50 years, George Schaller has been on a mission to save the world's great wild beasts and their environments. In this biography, Turner examines the life and groundbreaking work of the man International Wildlife calls "the world's foremost field biologist." Schaller's landmark research demonstrated it is possible to study dangerous animals in their own habitats: mountain gorillas in Central Africa, predatory tigers in India, mysterious snow leopards in the Himalayas, and many others.

    Author: Pamela S. Turner
    Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
    Category: Environment

  • Rene Dubos, Friend of the Good Earth

    Moberg, a faculty member of Rockefeller University, assisted Dubos in the last decades of his career while he wrote his major works on the environment. She has written a biography of his life from his birth in 1901 to his death in 1982. She presents his science in the context of 20th century biology, medicine, and ecology. She describes the ecological approach that led to his discovery of the first antibiotic and was the foundation for his career as a medical scientist and environmentalist.

    Author: Carol Moberg
    Publisher: ASM Press
    Category: Environment

  • Tomorrow's Table: Organic Farming, Genetics, and the Future of Food

    Revealing common principles and "leveling the playing field," this book roughly chronicles one year in the lives of the Ronald-Adamchack family. Through dialogue with friends and family, the authors explore the use of genetically engineered (GE) agriculture and the concerns expressed by consumers. They discuss the contents of their own largely organic pantry, what they choose to feed their children, and how over the last 10 years of their marriage, they have developed a specific criteria for the use of GE in agriculture.

    Author: Pamela C. Ronald and Raoul W. Adamchak
    Publisher: Oxford University Press
    Category: Environment

  • Life on Earth — and Beyond

    NASA astrobiologist Christopher McKay has searched the earth's most extreme environments in his quest to understand what factors are necessary to sustain life. Author Pamela Turner offers readers an inside look at McKay's research, explaining his findings and his hopes for future exploration both on Earth and beyond. Behind-the-scenes photos capture McKay, his expeditions, and the amazing microbes that survive against all odds.

    Author: Pamela S. Turner
    Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing
    Category: Environment

  • Humans and the Natural Environment: The Future of Our Planet

    An Arizona freelance, Desonie writes "I have been an NASW member for over a decade and finally now have something to report. I have a set of eight reference books on environmental issues aimed at grades 6 to 13 coming out. They are being published by Chelsea House/Facts on File. The first are already out and I just found out this morning that Booklist has named Oceans: How We Use the Seas one of the top 10 environmental books for youth!"

    Author: Dana Desonie, Ph.D.
    Publisher: Chelsea House
    Category: Environment

  • Science 101: Ecology

    A general interest introduction to the field of ecology, the book's topics range from carbon basics to environmental ethics. "My aim is to help readers understand how ecology — unraveling the mysteries of the Earth's intricate and interconnected processes — can help chart a sustainable course for humans and other life on Earth," Freeman says.

    Author: Jennifer Freeman
    Publisher: HarperCollins
    Category: Environment

  • Across the Wide Ocean: The Why, How, and Where of Navigation for Humans and Animals at Sea

    When Karen Romano Young was growing up, she and her sisters and brother spent most of their time exploring the wetlands down the road. The mill there was home to a woman who taught her about the wetlands and only once yelled at her for destroying frog eggs by stepping on them. These days the author lives near a marsh full of frogs in Bethel, Conn., with her husband, three children, two guinea pigs, a dog, and a cat.

    Author: Karen Romano Young
    Publisher: Green Willow
    Category: Environment

  • Science 101: Ecology

    An engaging, illustrated guide for non-specialists of all ages. Science 101: Ecology invites readers to explore ecology and environmental topics from nutrient cycles to disease ecology, from carbon basics to environmental ethics. Freeman helps readers understand how Ecology — unravelling the mysteries of the Earth's intricate and interconnected processes — can help chart a sustainable course for humans and other life on Earth.

    Author: Jennifer Freeman
    Publisher: HarperCollins
    Category: Environment

  • A Place for Butterflies

    Stewart has written more than 70 science books for young people. A Massachusetts freelance, she says this book, aimed at 5 to 8 year olds, was definitely a labor of love: "It is my hope that the book's stunning illustrations and clear, simple language will inform young readers and inspire them to take action. Butterflies have lived on Earth for more than 140 million years."

    Author: Melissa Stewart
    Publisher: Peachtree
    Category: Environment

  • Return of the Condor

    The book tells the story of the race to save our largest bird from extinction. The storyline transports readers deep into the world of the California condor and describes how the condor symbolizes the extinction crisis facing our planet. Moir says he had been writing articles about the condor recovery program for newspapers and magazines for several years. "In 2004, I was asked to do a feature story on the recovery effort for Birding magazine.

    Author: John Moir
    Publisher: The Lyons Press
    Category: Environment