The Spirit of Dialogue by Aaron T. Wolf | An Island Press book
Lessons from Faith Traditions in Transforming Conflict

We tend to approach conflict from the perspective of competing interests. A farmer’s interest lies in preserving water for crops, while an environmentalist’s interest is in using that same water for instream habitats. It’s hard to see how these...

248 pages
6 x 9
40 illustrations

No cover image available

Streets make up more than 80 percent of all public space in cities, yet street space is often underutilized or disproportionately allocated to the movement of private motor vehicles. Excess impervious surface contributes to stormwater runoff,...

220 pages
8.25 x 10.75
Full color

Natural Defense
Enlisting Bugs and Germs to Protect Our Food and Health

For more than a century, we have relied on chemical cures to keep our bodies free from disease and our farms free from bugs and weeds. We rarely consider human and agricultural health together, but both are based on the same ecology, and both are...

208 pages
6 x 9

No cover image available
Balancing Global Development and Conservation

Over the next several decades, as human populations grow and developing countries become more affluent, the demand for energy will soar. Parts of the energy sector are preparing to meet this demand by increasing renewable energy production, which...

250 pages
6 x 9
24 photos and illustrations

Resilient Cities, Second Edition
Overcoming Fossil-Fuel Dependence

What does it mean to be a resilient city in the age of a changing climate and growing inequity? As urban populations grow, how do we create efficient transportation systems, access to healthy green space, and lower-carbon buildings for all...

220 pages
6 x 9
50 photos

EarthEd (State of the World)
Rethinking Education on a Changing Planet

Earth education is traditionally confined to specific topics: ecoliteracy, outdoor education, environmental science. But in the coming century, on track to be the warmest in human history, every aspect of human life will be affected by our...

376 pages
6.5 x 8.38
30 photos, 30 illustrations

Creating Livable Communities for All

For five thousand years, human settlements were nearly always compact places. Everything a person needed on a regular basis lay within walking distance. But then the great project of the twentieth century—sorting people, businesses, and...

280 pages
6 x 9
60 photos, 10 illustrations

Bike Boom
The Unexpected Resurgence of Cycling

Bicycling advocates envision a future in which bikes are a widespread daily form of transportation. While many global cities are seeing the number of bike commuters increase, this future is still far away; at times, urban cycling seems to be...

296 pages
6 x 9
one 16-page color insert, 95 photos

People, Forests, and Change
Lessons from the Pacific Northwest

We owe much of our economic prosperity to the vast forested landscapes that cover the earth. The timber we use to build our homes, the water we drink, and the oxygen in the air we breathe come from the complex forested ecosystem that many of us...

350 pages
6 x 9
one 8-page color insert, 1 photo, 28 illustrations