Book cover of Climate Future: Averting and Adapting to Climate Change by Robert Pindyck
Earth Sciences

Climate Future: Averting and Adapting to Climate Change

Most people would probably agree on what should be done to avert severe climate change: The world must reduce CO2 emissions as much and as quickly as possible. But we must also ask what will be done. Is it realistic to expect worldwide emissions to fall rapidly enough to prevent severe climate change? And if we conclude it is not realistic, and so higher temperatures and rising sea levels are likely, what should we do? […Learn More]

Book cover of Life on the Rocks: Building a Future for Coral Reefs by Juli Berwald
Biological Sciences

Life on the Rocks: Building a Future for Coral Reefs

The story of the urgent fight to save coral reefs, and why it matters to us all

Coral reefs are a microcosm of our planet: extraordinarily diverse, deeply interconnected, and full of wonders. When they’re thriving, these fairy gardens hidden beneath the ocean’s surface burst with color and life. […Learn More]

Book cover of Spark: The Life of Electricity and the Electricity of Life by Timothy Jorgensen
Biological Sciences

Spark: The Life of Electricity and the Electricity of Life

A fresh look at electricity and its powerful role in life on Earth

When we think of electricity, we likely imagine the energy humming inside our home appliances or lighting up our electronic devices—or perhaps we envision the lightning-streaked clouds of a stormy sky. But electricity is more than an external source of power, heat, or illumination. Life at its essence is nothing if not electrical. […Learn More]

Book cover of Super Volcanoes: What They Reveal about Earth and the Worlds Beyond by Robin George Andrews
Earth Sciences

Super Volcanoes: What They Reveal about Earth and the Worlds Beyond 

An exhilarating, time-traveling journey to the solar system’s strangest and most awe-inspiring volcanoes.

Volcanoes are capable of acts of pyrotechnical prowess verging on magic: they spout black magma more fluid than water, create shimmering cities of glass at the bottom of the ocean and frozen lakes of lava on the moon, and can even tip entire planets over. Between lava that melts and re-forms the landscape, and noxious volcanic gases that poison the atmosphere, volcanoes have threatened life on Earth countless times in our planet’s history. […Learn More]