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Economic Risks of Climate Change

The Age of Sustainable Development

An American Prospectus

Jeffrey D. Sachs

Trevor Houser, Solomon Hsiang, Robert Kopp, and Kate Larsen

Foreword by Ban Ki-moon

Foreword by Michael R. Bloomberg, Henry M. Paulson, and Thomas F. Steyer

“This work points the way toward a new era in climate risk analysis. It not only provides a basis for rational judgments by policy makers but at the same time opens a new avenue toward progressive improvement in our understanding of risk.” — From the opening commentary by Michael Oppenheimer, Princeton University Combining current data with state-of-the-art climate models, econometric research on human responses to climate, and cutting-edge private sector risk assessment tools, this volume provides a gamechanging analysis of the risks of future climate change in specific U.S. regions and sectors. $60.00 / £49.95 cloth 978-0-231-17456-5 2015 384 pages / 120 illus.

Paleoclimates Understanding Climate Change Past and Present Thomas M. Cronin “I strongly recommend this book as essential background material for graduate students, an up-to-date review for researchers in the field and an important resource for anyone with a general interest in climatic change.”—The Holocene $95.00 / £79.95 cloth 978-0-231-14494-0 2009 448 pages

Principles of Paleoclimatology Thomas M. Cronin

Designed to give a fundamental background—including both history and methodology—to the discipline of paleoclimatology, this book advances our understanding of how climate change develops, how those changes are detected, and how the climate of the past can shape the climate of the future. $60.00 / £49.95 paper 978-0-231-10955-0 1999 592 pages / 76 illus.

Choice Oustanding Academic Title “The best, most comprehensive and most articulate exposition of sustainable development ever written.... I would make this book compulsory reading for all politicians and business leaders.”—Nature “My candidate for most important book in current circulation. Inspirational, encyclopedic in coverage, moving smoothly from discipline to discipline as though composed by multiple experts, the book explains why humanity must attain sustainability as its highest priority—and outlines the best ways to do it.”—Edward O. Wilson, Harvard University $39.95 / £32.95 paper 978-0-231-17315-5 $120.00 / £99.95 cloth 978-0-231-17314-8 2015 544 pages / 300 illus.

What Is Relativity? An Intuitive Introduction to Einstein's Ideas, and Why They Matter Jeffrey Bennett

Choice Outstanding Academic Title “An impressively accessible distillation of epoch-making science.”—Booklist (starred review) "A well-written and uniquely readable book that beautifully serves as an introduction to special and general relativity.”—Alberto Nicolis, Columbia University $18.95 / £14.95 paper 978-0-231-16727-7 $25.95 / £20.95 cloth 978-0-231-16726-0 2016 208 pages

Facing Climate Change An Integrated Path to the Future Jeffrey T. Kiehl "There is nothing similar to Facing Climate Change in climate-science literature; it is unique. Jeffrey T. Kiehl calls on scientists to find their voices as humans, as citizens of this planet, to declare their moral and ethical values."—Benjamin Santer, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory $28.00 / £22.95 cloth 978-0-231-17718-4 2016 176 pages

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The Collapse of Western Civilization

Rising Seas

A View from the Future

Vivien Gornitz

Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway

“Highly recommended.” —Midwest Book Review

“Packed with salient science, smart speculation, and flashes of mordant humour.”—Nature “Oreskes and Conway's startling and all-tooplausible history of the century to come is in the spirit of George Orwell and Aldous Huxley and all the writers who have turned to prophecy in the attempt to ward off an oncoming disaster.”—Kim Stanley Robinson, author of Shaman, 2312, and Science in the Capital

Past, Present, Future

“Should be on the desk of anyone involved in coastal planning and resource management and will be extremely effective as a textbook. A great, much-needed book!” —Maureen E. Raymo, Columbia University

Earth, Environment, and Sustainability Science New and Noteworthy


$42.00 / £34.95 paper 978-0-231-14739-2 $120.00 / £99.95 cloth 978-0-231-14738-5 2013 360 pages / 70 illus.

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The Five Horsemen of the Modern World Climate, Food, Water, Disease, and Obesity Daniel Callahan “Callahan, a pioneer in bioethics, has written a thoughtful meditation on our most recalcitrant worldly challenges, from the health of our bodies to the wellbeing of our planet.... The Five Horsemen of the Modern World demonstrates how the complex mix of technology, politics, and media have slowed progress and calls for a more productive partnership with sustainable businesses to chart a path forward.”—Paul Sabin, author of The Bet: Paul Ehrlich, Julian Simon, and Our Gamble Over Earth's Future $35.00 / £27.95 cloth 978-0-231-17002-4 2016 416 pages / 20 illus.

Fixing the Sky The Checkered History of Weather and Climate Control James Rodger Fleming

Winner of the Sally Hacker Prize from the Society for the History of Technology The Louis J. Battan Author's Award from the American Meteorological Society “This interesting and original work, building off of Fleming's previous studies of meteorology and climate science history, provides valuable perspective on what may soon become serious policy debates over how to respond to global warming.”—H-Environment $24.95 / £19.95 paper 978-0-231-14413-1 $27.95 / £22.95 cloth 978-0-231-14412-4 2012 344 pages

The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars

The Man Who Built the Sierra Club

Dispatches from the Front Lines

A Life of David Brower

Michael E. Mann

Robert Wyss

“An important and disturbing account of the fossil-fuel industry’s well-funded publicrelations campaign to sow doubt about the validity of the science of climate change....This blistering indictment of corporate-funded chicanery demands a wide audience.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review) $19.95 / £14.95 paper 978-0-231-15255-6 $28.95 / £23.95 cloth 978-0-231-15254-9 2012 448 pages

"Wyss provides a penetrating and readable narrative of the highest–profile American environmentalist in the postwar decades and of the many battles he and the Sierra Club fought. He makes clear the multiple layers of Brower's personality: passion, commitment, aggressiveness, and, at times, recklessness. Readers will come away with a clear and compelling portrait of this cutting–edge environmental activist."—Mark Harvey, author of Wilderness Forever: Howard Zahniser and the Path to the Wilderness Act $35.00 / £27.95 cloth 978-0-231-16446-7 2016 400 pages / 20 illus.

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Silencing the Bomb


One Scientist’s Quest to Halt Nuclear Testing

A New Geology for the Twenty-First Century

Lynn R. Sykes

Michael R. Rampino

“Lynn R. Sykes has a long record of using seismology to study the important question of how to differentiate nuclear explosions from earthquakes. That experience makes him uniquely qualified to present this cautionary tale about the sclerotic process by which well-founded scientific insight filters its way into the politically loaded formulation of national policy—particularly defense policy.”—Daniel Davis, Stony Brook University $35.00 / £27.95 cloth 978-0-231-18248-5

“Cataclysms is the most useful, well-written, and not overly technical summary of neocatastrophism since the Alvarez team published their initial work in the early 1980s. Rampino paints a lively picture of how work in the area of geoscience is actually done—aided and abetted to good purpose by copious illustrations.” —Niles Eldredge, author of Eternal Ephemera “Should be read by everyone with even a casual interest in the history of our planet.”—Astronomy Magazine $30.00 / £24.95 cloth 978-0-231-17780-1 2017 224 pages

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The Traveler's Guide to Space For One-Way Settlers and Round-Trip Tourists Neil F. Comins “There is no other book for the popular reader that addresses the many serious challenges involved in deep space travel. Understanding these issues is essential for anyone with an interest in space exploration. The Traveler's Guide to Space does an excellent job at looking at the whole picture, from space tourists to one-way colonization; from physical to psychological challenges." —Robert Geller, University of California, Santa Barbara $35.00 / £27.95 cloth 978-0-231-17754-2 2017  288 pages

Modern Humans Their African Origin and Global Dispersal John F. Hoffecker Modern Humans is about the most recent—and perhaps the most important—phase of human evolution: the appearance of anatomically modern people (Homo sapiens) in Africa less than a quarter of a million years ago. Most of the features that render living human beings unique among all forms of life evolved or developed with Homo sapiens. John F. Hoffecker argues that humans represent a "major transition" in evolution with respect to the storage, transmission, and translation of information, as well as a quantum leap in living-system complexity. $90.00 / £74.95 cloth 978-0-231-16076-6 2017 544 pages

Coping with the Climate Crisis

Making Sense of Weather and Climate

Mitigation Policies and Global Coordination

The Science Behind the Forecasts

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$35.00 / £27.95 paper 978-0-231-18061-0 $105.00 / £79.35 cloth 978-0-231-18060-3 March 2018 304 pages

Parkash Chander

$70.00 / £52.95 cloth 978-0-231-18464-9 March 2018 336 pages

“Dunnivant shows how advances in environmental science and regulation have helped to solve some of humanity’s biggest problems.” —Walter Dodds, author of Humanity’s Footprint In addition to presenting the basic chemical and environmental science underlying problems like providing clean drinking water, removing DDT and lead from agriculture and our homes, and curtailing industrial pollution, this book also discusses the political actors, agency regulators, and community leaders who have collaborated to enact effective legislation. $30.00 / £24.95 paper 978-0-231-17919-5 $90.00 / £74.95 cloth 978-0-231-17918-8 2017 256 pages

Earth at Risk

Confronting the Climate Challenge

Natural Capital and the Quest for Sustainability

U.S. Policy Options

Claude Henry and Laurence Tubiana

Parkash Chander shows that a gametheoretic approach, which offers insight into the nature of interactions between sovereign countries behaving strategically and the kinds of outcomes such interactions produce, can illuminate how best to achieve international agreements in support of climate-change mitigation strategies. Chander offers economic and game-theoretic interpretations of both the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement and discusses the policy recommendations his framework generates, including a global agreement to support development of cleaner technologies on a global scale

Environmental Success Stories

Afterword by Kari Norgaard

Second edition

2017 312 pages

Donald R. Prothero

Frank M. Dunnivant

David P. Turner

$60.00 / £42.95 cloth 978-0-231-18756-5 May 2018 208 pages

Second edition

Solving Major Ecological Problems and Confronting Climate Change

The Science of Global Warming and Our Energy Future

Reducing carbon emissions is the most complex political and economic problem humanity has ever confronted. Coping with the Climate Crisis brings together leading experts from academia and policy circles to explore issues related to the implementation of the goals of the COP21 Paris Agreement and the challenges of accelerating the transition toward sustainable development.

What the Fossils Say and Why It Matters

$35.00 / £27.95 cloth 978-0-231-18064-1 2017 456 pages

Mark Denny

Lawrence Goulder and Marc Hafstead

“An in-depth, detailed account of the challenge our world faces, coupled with provocative suggestions of a path forward. Chapter after chapter provides essential context of the threats, grist for the debate over how to confront them, and required reading for policy makers wrestling with reality.” —John F. Kerry, former U.S. Secretary of State

Yale University

Earth at Risk maps out the necessary transition to sustainability, detailing the innovations in science and technology–along with law, institutional design, and economics–that can and must be put to use to avert environmental catastrophe.

Confronting the Climate Challenge presents a unique framework for evaluating the impacts of a range of U.S. climate-policy options, both for the economy overall and for particular household groups, industries, and regions.

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$65.00 / £54.95 cloth 978-0-231-17902-7 2017 376 pages

2017 376 pages

“This book shows brilliantly how the United States can tackle the climate challenge effectively, using the fiscal system to slow climate change while protecting those who are vulnerable to the costs of a rapid transformation of the energy system.”—William Nordhaus,

The Sustainable City

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The Story of Life in 25 Fossils The Madhouse Effect Tales of Intrepid Fossil Hunters and the Wonders of Evolution Donald R. Prothero $26.00 / £20.95 paper 978-0-231-17191-5 February 2018 408 pages / 150 illus.

A Survival Guide to the Misinformation Age Scientific Habits of Mind David J. Helfand $22.95 / £18.95 paper 978-0-231-16873-1 2017 344 pages / 53 illus.

How Climate Change Denial Is Threatening Our Planet, Destroying Our Politics, and Driving Us Crazy

Steven Cohen

Building the New American Economy Jeffrey D. Sachs Foreword by Bernie Sanders

$18.95 / £14.95 cloth 978-0-231-17787-0 June 2018 208 pages / 53 illus.

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Retreat from a Rising Sea Hard Choices in an Age of Climate Change Orrin H. Pilkey, Linda Pilkey-Jarvis, and Keith C. Pilkey $19.95 / £14.95 paper 978-0-231-16845-8 2017 240 pages / 32 illus.

Edmond A. Mathez and Jason E. Smerdon “A superb textbook, easily one of the best currently available. Very few texts are written as thoughtfully as this one. Mathez and Smerdon hit a home run!”—Scott Mandia, cofounder and chairman, Climate Science Legal Defense Fund

This second edition of Climate Change is an accessible and comprehensive guide to the science behind global warming. Exquisitely illustrated, the text is geared toward students at a variety of levels. Edmond A. Mathez and Jason E. Smerdon provide a broad, informative introduction to the science that underlies our understanding of the climate system and the effects of human activity on the warming of our planet. $50.00 / £41.95 paper 978-0-231-17283-7 $150.00 / £124.95 cloth 978-0-231-17282-0 September 2018 384 pages / 235 illus.

The Fracking Debate The Risks, Benefits, and Uncertainties of the Shale Revolution Daniel Raimi “A deft, fair analysis that clarifies the issues for both the general public and concerned policymakers.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review) “The most balanced, honest, and comprehensive account of fracking available, telling the story from all sides. Readers will appreciate the personal accounts from Raimi’s travels to far-flung oil fields coupled with in-depth yet accessible analysis of the science, regulations, and politics of the U.S. oil and gas boom.” —Hannah Wiseman, Florida State University College of Law $30.00 / £24.95 cloth 978-0-231-18486-1 2017  280 pages

“Steven Cohen draws on his extensive teachCenter on Global Energy Policy Series ing and public management experience in documenting the kinds of sustainability measures that have been successful in major cities around the world, and he points to what other cities realistically can do in the future.”—Michael E. Kraft, coeditor of The Oxford Handbook of U.S. Environmental Policy

Smart, Fair, and Sustainable

Michael E. Mann and Tom Toles

Climate Change

Earth System Science and Global Sustainability

“The book is perfect for any individual who wants “textbook” science delivered in a format that is easily digested and exciting to read. Making Sense of Weather and Climate fills a niche not only between popular and collegelevel science, but also between the too-often separated topics of weather and climate change. Frequently presented as separate issues, Denny makes clear that the two are in fact very linked.”—Scott Mandia, Suffolk County Community College

Game Theory and Climate Change

“By concentrating the diverse scientific literature into numerous lucid examples, Donald R. Prothero does the fields of geology, biology, and science education a major service. He provides a unique source that will be invaluable to college professors and high school teachers alike, and because his book provides abundant, clearly described examples of evolution in the fossil record, and also synthesizes important information about the Bible, it will make a valuable addition to any scientist’s library.”—Bruce Lieberman, University of Kansas

The Green Marble

Growing out of the author’s popular course on global environmental change, The Green Marble describes a range of scenarios for our planetary home, exploring the effects of anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions and factors such as economic globalization. David P. Turner juxtaposes cutting-edge ideas from both the geosciences and the social sciences to illustrate how humanity has arrived upon its current dangerous trajectory, and how we might pull back from the brink of civilization-challenging environmental change.

Edited by Rabah Arezki, Patrick Bolton, Karim El Aynaoui, and Maurice Obstfeld


Illustrations by Carl Buell

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Steven Cohen discusses the sustainable city from an organizational-management and public-policy perspective that emphasizes the local level, looking at case studies of existing legislation, programs, and public-private partnerships that strive to align modern urban life and sustainability. $26.00 / £20.95 paper 978-0-231-18205-8 $85.00 / £70.95 cloth 978-0-231-18204-1 2017 264 pages

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The Story of the Earth in 25 Rocks Tales of Important Geological Puzzles and the People Who Solved Them Donald R. Prothero “In 25 short and enjoyable chapters, [Prothero] explores issues that have been at the center of geology since long before geology was a science... Prothero provides thought-provoking historical context for each subject and presents information about the individuals responsible for advancing geological knowledge—including James Hutton, Charles Lyell, and Alfred Wegener—while explaining the underlying science in an accessible manner.”—Publishers Weekly $35.00 / £27.95 cloth 978-0-231-18260-7 January 2018  368 pages

The Universe as It Really Is Earth, Space, Matter, and Time Thomas R. Scott with the assistance of James Lawrence Powell

The Universe as It Really Is begins with physics and the building blocks of the universe: time, gravity, light, and elementary particles and chemistry’s ability to explain the interactions among them. Thomas R. Scott tours the earth and atmospheric sciences to explain the forces that shape our planet and then takes off for the stars to describe our place in the cosmos. He gives vivid introductions to our collective scientific inheritance, narrating discoveries such as the shape of the atom and the nature of the nucleus or how we use GPS to measure time and what that has to do with relativity. $35.00 / £27.95 cloth 978-0-231-18494-6 May 2018 352 pages / 33 illus.

Carboniferous Giants and Mass Extinction The Late Paleozoic Ice Age World George R. McGhee Jr. “A superb and unique synthesis of the current knowledge of processes and conditions during the Late Paleozoic, incorporating the results from all subdisciplines of the earth and life sciences. McGhee demonstrates his expertise and knowledge in all the subdisciplines in a magnificent way.” —Hermann Pfefferkorn, University of Pennsylvania

George R. McGhee examines the climatic conditions that allowed for the evolution of gigantic animals and the formation of the largest tropical rainforests ever to exist, which in time turned into the coal that made the industrial revolution possible—and that fuels the engine of contemporary anthropogenic climate change. $50.00 / £41.95 paper 978-0-231-18097-9 $150.00 / £124.95 cloth 978-0-231-18096-2 August 2018 368 pages

Weird Dinosaurs The Strange New Fossils Challenging Everything We Thought We Knew John Pickrell Foreword by Philip Currie

“Fascinating.... Readers learn of beautiful opalized dinosaur bones from Australia and a crested dinosaur found approximately 13,000 feet up Antarctica’s Mount Kirkpatrick.” —Publishers Weekly “A tour de force through the latest digs across the planet. It features the amazing people unearthing new fossils and highlights the odd reptiles that roamed all corners of the earth millions of years ago.”—Sydney Morning Herald $29.95 / £24.95 cloth 978-0-231-18098-6 2017 280 pages

A Year Without a Winter Edited by Dehlia Hannah The 1815 eruption of Mount Tambora on the Indonesian island of Sumbawa enveloped the globe in a cloud of ash, causing a climate crisis. By 1816, remembered as the “year without a summer,” the northern hemisphere was plunged into cold and darkness. Amidst unseasonal frosts, violent thunderstorms, and a general atmosphere of horror, Mary Shelley began a work of science fiction that continues to shape attitudes to emerging science, technology, and environmental futures. Two hundred years later, in 2016, the hottest year on historical record, four renowned science fiction authors were invited to the experimental town of Arcosanti, Paolo Soleri’s prototype for arcology, to respond to our present crisis. A Year Without a Winter presents their stories alongside critical essays, extracts from Shelley’s masterpiece, and dispatches from expeditions to extreme geographies. $23.00 / £18.95 paper 978-1-941332-38-2 March 2018 284 pages

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Smart, Green, Resilient

Places of Nature in Ecologies of Urbanism

Wilfred Lau, Christoforos Romanos, and Bruce Chong Smart Green Resilient (SGR) is a new planning approach developed by Arup, a design and planning firm with over a decade of observations and multifaceted participation in East Asia’s urban growth. The book details how the SGR concept has evolved against the background of growing environmental awareness and explores the different ways cities and planners have responded to these escalating challenges in recent years. Using a number of high–profile projects across Asia, from the Ninh Thuan Integrated Planning Strategy in Vietnam to planning studies for Hong Kong’s Lok Ma Chau Loop and Taiwan’s Taoyuan Aerotropolis, the book outlines the main elements of the SGR approach, implementation in projects, and sources of inspiration from global geographies. $35.00 / £27.95 paper 978-988-14923-0-2 2016 256 pages

Edited by Anne M. Rademacher and K. Sivaramakrishnan

Eschewing a rigid, single ecology, the contributors identify multiple forms of nature—in biophysical, cultural, and political terms—that have discernable impact on power relations and human social action. The case studies in this book—including leopards in Mumbai, a network of tubewells in northern India, an island that grows through reclamation in Hong Kong, and a railway continuum linking Khon Kaen and Bangkok—all attest to the versatility of ecologies of urbanism. Guided by urban processes rather than geopolitical boundaries, Places of Nature in Ecologies of Urbanism offers a picture of urban Asia composed of varied ecologies of urbanism.

Hong Kong University Press

$35.00 / £27.95 paper 978-988-83906-0-1 $85.00 / £70.95 cloth 978-988-83905-9-5 2017 256 pages

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Hong Kong University Press

Environment and Development Challenges

Quarks to Culture

The Imperative to Act

Tyler Volk

Edited by Robert Watson

“There are many books that attempt to build grand theories of everything. This is among the best. Volk has the breadth of intellect, the insatiable curiosity, the scientific rigor, and the philosophical depth.... Yielding a provocative thesis— combogenesis—that is boldly innovative and metaphorically evocative."

The Blue Planet Prize, awarded by the Asahi Glass Foundation, is one of the world's oldest and most prestigious international honors for scientists and researchers in environmental studies. This book features contributions from recent award winners eager to add their voices to the global debate over contemporary environmental and sustainable-development issues. Contributors also discuss the correlations among environmental degradation, poverty, and violence. $40.00 / £32.95 cloth 978-4-13-067120-0 2016 284 pages University of Tokyo Press

How We Came to Be

—Mitchell Thomashow, author of Ecological Identity: Becoming a Reflective Environmentalist $35.00 / £27.95 cloth 978-0-231-17960-7 2017 280 pages

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