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Tipping Point for Planet Earth: How Close Are We to the Edge?

Where is the earth's ecological "tipping point"? Every day we diminish or corrupt habitats that other species depend upon to survive. Few would dispute that a mass extinction is currently underway. As dire as these results already are, we may…
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826 Valencia Presents: The Environment and Us: Teenage Authors on Ecosystems and Their World

Ninth and tenth grade authors from 826 Valencia, a nonprofit writing and tutoring center for Bay Area youth, discuss their new book, Walk the Earth in Our Shoes & Plant Some Seeds Behind You. The essays in this collection reflect on how…
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Campfires! Camping, Hiking, and Eating in the Great Outdoors

The maestro of all things outdoors in California, the San Francisco Chronicle's Tom Stienstra joins parks and outdoors expert Jenny Mulholland-Beahrs, outdoor food maven Robin Donovan and connoisseur of American camping (and grizzlies) Susan…
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Memory, History, Race, and the American Landscape

Three provocative writers of color explore how our country’s still unfolding history, and ideas of “race,” have marked us and the land. From twisted terrain within the San Andreas Fault zone to a South Carolina plantation, from national…
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Into the Wild: Foraging Sustainably in Today's World

Hear from foragers of all kinds — urban, sea, Bay Area and Native — about how to forage sustainably, harvesting wild plants in ways that enhance rather than degrade our environment. These four experts will reveal ways in which gathering…
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Sun, Soil, Water, Food: How Climate Change Impacts What We Grow and Eat

Farmers conjure food out of three ingredients—sun, soil, and water—all three of which are being altered profoundly by climate change. Scientists say conditions are shifting so dramatically that we can no longer look to the past as a reliable…
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Ecosystems of California: 1,008 Pages on Ecology in the Golden State

A senior statesman of scientific research today, Stanford's Hal Mooney has partnered with UC Santa Cruz's Erika Zavaletta to conceive, edit, and produce a monumental achievement—a 1,008-page volume of cutting-edge research on all of California's…
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Sustainability & the Soul

In order to address climate change, we need to understand ourselves as part of nature, deeply connected to one another. How do the events in Ferguson relate to the Western-states drought? What does the experience of extreme weather events reveal…
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Kim Stanley Robinson on John Muir

Kim Stanley Robinson writes award-winning science fiction that deals with ecology, politics, and sustainability on earth and on earth colonies. Here the science fiction icon turns to an examination of John Muir in an oral biography, with visuals,…
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Rapture, Grief, Beauty: Terry Tempest Williams introducing Erosion

“Terry Tempest Williams is our great activist laureate. Working out of the lineage of Dickinson, O’Keeffe, D. H. Lawrence, and, later, Abbey and Peacock, she is nonetheless singular and extraordinarily original. She is rooted as juniper…