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    • The Uninhabitable Earth

    • Life After Warming
    • By: David Wallace-Wells
    • Narrated by: David Wallace-Wells
    • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
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    It is worse, much worse, than you think. If your anxiety about global warming is dominated by fears of sea-level rise, you are barely scratching the surface of what terrors are possible. Like An Inconvenient Truth and Silent Spring before it, The Uninhabitable Earth is both a meditation on the devastation we have brought upon ourselves and an impassioned call to action. For just as the world was brought to the brink of catastrophe within the span of a lifetime, the responsibility to avoid it now belongs to a single generation. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Don’t read if you have depressive tendencies.

    • By Ricky on 03-17-19

    Regular price: $28.00

    • The Ends of the World

    • Volcanic Apocalypses, Lethal Oceans, and Our Quest to Understand Earth's Past Mass Extinctions
    • By: Peter Brannen
    • Narrated by: Adam Verner
    • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Our world has ended five times: It has been broiled, frozen, poison gassed, smothered, and pelted by asteroids. In The Ends of the World, Peter Brannen dives into deep time, exploring Earth's past dead ends, and in the process offers us a glimpse of our possible future. Many scientists now believe that the climate shifts of the 21st century have analogs in these five extinctions.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Kid's Science Book FOR ADULTS!!

    • By aaron on 06-15-17
    • Volcanic Apocalypses, Lethal Oceans, and Our Quest to Understand Earth's Past Mass Extinctions
    • By: Peter Brannen
    • Narrated by: Adam Verner
    • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
    • Release date: 06-13-17
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 713 ratings

    Regular price: $28.51

    • 1491

    • New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus
    • By: Charles C. Mann
    • Narrated by: Darrell Dennis
    • Length: 16 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Traditionally, Americans learned in school that the ancestors of the people who inhabited the Western Hemisphere at the time of Columbus' landing had crossed the Bering Strait 12,000 years ago; existed mainly in small nomadic bands; and lived so lightly on the land that the Americas were, for all practical purposes, still a vast wilderness. But as Charles C. Mann now makes clear, archaeologists and anthropologists have spent the last 30 years proving these and many other long-held assumptions wrong.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Awesome Historic Accounting Well Told

    • By Calvin Guthrie on 09-29-16
    • New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus
    • By: Charles C. Mann
    • Narrated by: Darrell Dennis
    • Length: 16 hrs and 17 mins
    • Release date: 08-29-16
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 1,280 ratings

    Regular price: $34.95

    • Midnight in Chernobyl

    • By: Adam Higginbotham
    • Narrated by: Jacques Roy
    • Length: 13 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
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    April 25, 1986 in Chernobyl was a turning point in world history. The disaster not only changed the world’s perception of nuclear power and the science that spawned it, but also our understanding of the planet’s delicate ecology. With the images of the abandoned homes and playgrounds beyond the barbed wire of the 30-kilometer Exclusion Zone, the rusting graveyards of contaminated trucks and helicopters, the farmland lashed with black rain, the event fixed for all time the notion of radiation as an invisible killer. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A detailed account of the Chernobyl accident

    • By Stuart Woodward on 02-21-19

    Regular price: $29.95

    • The Science of Energy

    • Resources and Power Explained
    • By: Michael E. Wysession, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Michael E. Wysession
    • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
    • Original Recording
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    To better put into perspective the various issues surrounding energy in the 21st century, you need to understand the essential science behind how energy works. And you need a reliable source whose focus is on giving you the facts you need to form your own educated opinions.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great Overview

    • By Amanda Gannon on 04-07-16

    Regular price: $34.95

    • Gathering Moss

    • A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses
    • By: Robin Wall Kimmerer
    • Narrated by: Robin Wall Kimmerer
    • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Living at the limits of our ordinary perception, mosses are a common but largely unnoticed element of the natural world. Gathering Moss is a beautifully written mix of science and personal reflection that invites listeners to explore and learn from the elegantly simple lives of mosses.   

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Pure lovely, insightful and inspired

    • By J Dowling on 03-16-19

    Regular price: $17.49

    • The Omnivore's Dilemma

    • A Natural History of Four Meals
    • By: Michael Pollan
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 15 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
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    "What should we have for dinner?" To one degree or another, this simple question assails any creature faced with a wide choice of things to eat. Anthropologists call it the omnivore's dilemma. Choosing from among the countless potential foods nature offers, humans have had to learn what is safe, and what isn't. Today, as America confronts what can only be described as a national eating disorder, the omnivore's dilemma has returned with an atavistic vengeance.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great presentation of a moral dilemma

    • By MCRedding on 02-07-09

    Regular price: $35.00

    • Braiding Sweetgrass

    • Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants
    • By: Robin Wall Kimmerer
    • Narrated by: Robin Wall Kimmerer
    • Length: 16 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,689
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    As a botanist and professor of plant ecology, Robin Wall Kimmerer has spent a career learning how to ask questions of nature using the tools of science. As a Potawatomi woman, she learned from elders, family, and history that the Potawatomi, as well as a majority of other cultures indigenous to this land, consider plants and animals to be our oldest teachers.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Many thanks for this gift

    • By Jessica Mayer on 01-04-17

    Regular price: $34.99

    • The Coming Storm

    • By: Michael Lewis
    • Narrated by: Michael Lewis
    • Length: 2 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Tornadoes, cyclones, tsunamis… Weather can be deadly – especially when it strikes without warning. Millions of Americans could soon find themselves at the mercy of violent weather if the public data behind lifesaving storm alerts gets privatized for personal gain. In his first Audible Original feature, New York Times best-selling author and journalist Michael Lewis delivers hard-hitting research on not-so-random weather data – and how Washington plans to release it. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Why you shouldn't ignore the weather forecast

    • By Elisabeth Carey on 09-10-18

    Regular price: $5.95

    • Falter

    • Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?
    • By: Bill McKibben
    • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman, Bill McKibben - foreword
    • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
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    Thirty years ago, Bill McKibben offered one of the earliest warnings about climate change. Now, he broadens the warning: The entire human game, he suggests, has begun to play itself out. 

    Regular price: $32.19

    • Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter

    • By: Ben Goldfarb
    • Narrated by: Will Damron
    • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In Eager, environmental journalist Ben Goldfarb reveals that our modern idea of what a healthy landscape looks like and how it functions is wrong, distorted by the fur trade that once trapped out millions of beavers from North America's lakes and rivers. The consequences of losing beavers were profound: streams eroded, wetlands dried up, and species from salmon to swans lost vital habitat. Today, a growing coalition of "Beaver Believers" recognizes that ecosystems with beavers are far healthier, for humans and non-humans alike, than those without them.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A fine natural history and great listen

    • By Theo Smith on 12-30-18

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Food of the Gods

    • The Search for the Original Tree of Knowledge : A Radical History of Plants, Drugs, and Human Evolution
    • By: Terence McKenna
    • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
    • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Terence McKenna hypothesizes that as the North African jungles receded, giving way to savannas and grasslands near the end of the most recent ice age, a branch of our arboreal primate ancestors left the forest canopy and began living in the open areas beyond. There they experimented with new varieties of foods as they adapted, physically and mentally, to the environment. Among the new foods found in this environment were psilocybin-containing mushrooms.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Very informative.

    • By Steven Honey on 09-17-15
    • The Search for the Original Tree of Knowledge : A Radical History of Plants, Drugs, and Human Evolution
    • By: Terence McKenna
    • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
    • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
    • Release date: 09-28-12
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 1,674 ratings

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Losing Earth

    • A Recent History
    • By: Nathaniel Rich
    • Narrated by: Matt Godfrey
    • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
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    By 1979, we knew nearly everything we understand today about climate change - including how to stop it. Over the next decade, a handful of scientists, politicians, and strategists, led by two unlikely heroes, risked their careers in a desperate, escalating campaign to convince the world to act before it was too late. Losing Earth is their story and ours.   

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Outstanding Overview

    • By Volz865 on 04-09-19

    Regular price: $18.89

    • Plant Science: An Introduction to Botany

    • By: Catherine Kleier, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Catherine Kleier
    • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
    • Original Recording
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 73
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    Dr. Catherine Kleier invites us to open our eyes to the phenomenal world of plant life and to the process she calls “Natura Revelata”, the joy of celebrating and learning from the secrets of nature. As Dr. Kleier shares her knowledge with contagious excitement for her subject, she emphasizes the middle ground: Instead of focusing on cell microbiology or the study of ecosystems and habitats, she stresses the basic biology, function, and the amazing adaptations of the plants we see all around us. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • plants with passion

    • By D. Squires on 01-16-19

    Regular price: $34.95

    • Origin Story

    • A Big History of Everything
    • By: David Christian
    • Narrated by: Jamie Jackson
    • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Most historians study the smallest slivers of time, emphasizing specific dates, individuals, and documents. But what would it look like to study the whole of history, from the big bang through the present day - and even into the remote future? How would looking at the full span of time change the way we perceive the universe, the earth, and our very existence? These were the questions David Christian set out to answer when he created the field of "Big History", the most exciting new approach to understanding where we have been, where we are, and where we are going.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A great introduction into big history

    • By Diana on 08-15-18

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Stuff Matters

    • Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World
    • By: Mark Miodownik
    • Narrated by: Michael Page
    • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Why is glass see-through? What makes elastic stretchy? Why does a paper clip bend? These are the sorts of questions that Mark Miodownik is constantly asking himself. A globally renowned materials scientist, Miodownik has spent his life exploring objects as ordinary as an envelope and as unexpected as concrete cloth, uncovering the fascinating secrets that hold together our physical world.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Surprisingly good

    • By D. MacLeod on 01-29-15
    • Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World
    • By: Mark Miodownik
    • Narrated by: Michael Page
    • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
    • Release date: 07-29-14
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 3,926 ratings

    Regular price: $26.59

    • How the Earth Works

    • By: The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Professor Michael E. Wysession
    • Length: 24 hrs and 31 mins
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     How the Earth Works takes you on an astonishing journey through time and space. In 48 lectures, you will look at what went into making our planet - from the big bang, to the formation of the solar system, to the subsequent evolution of Earth.  

    Regular price: $52.95

    • The Tangled Tree

    • A Radical New History of Life
    • By: David Quammen
    • Narrated by: Jacques Roy
    • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In the mid-1970s, scientists began using DNA sequences to reexamine the history of all life. Perhaps the most startling discovery to come out of this new field is horizontal gene transfer (HGT), or the movement of genes across species lines. For instance, we now know that roughly eight percent of the human genome arrived not through traditional inheritance from directly ancestral forms, but sideways by viral infection - a type of HGT. In The Tangled Tree David Quammen chronicles these discoveries through the lives of the researchers who made them.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Quammen at his usual best

    • By JohnS on 08-23-18

    Regular price: $22.67

    • Origins of the Oceans

    • By: Robert Hazen
    • Narrated by: Robert Hazen
    • Length: 31 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Follow Earth’s remarkable transition from a dry world with a uniform black basaltic surface to a wet planet of rivers, lakes, and oceans. Also learn about the special properties of water, which make it a universal solvent, a vehicle for life, and the chief architect of Earth’s surface features.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Good listen

    • By treebeard on 12-26-18

    Regular price: $1.37

    • The Nature Fix

    • Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative
    • By: Florence Williams
    • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
    • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
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    For centuries, poets and philosophers extolled the benefits of a walk in the woods: Beethoven drew inspiration from rocks and trees; Wordsworth composed while tromping over the heath; Nikola Tesla conceived the electric motor while visiting a park. Intrigued by our storied renewal in the natural world, Florence Williams sets out to uncover the science behind nature's positive effects on the brain.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Yes!...and No!

    • By Paul on 03-18-17

    Regular price: $24.49

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