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Eminent ecologist Jeremy B. C. Jackson and award-winning journalist Steve Chapple traveled the length of the Mississippi River interviewing farmers, fishermen, scientists, and policymakers to better understand the mounting environmental problems ravaging the United States. Along their journey, which quickly expanded to California, Florida, and New York, the pair uncovered surprising and profound connections between ecological systems and environmental crises across the country. 

Artfully weaving together independent research and engaging storytelling, Jackson and Chapple examine the looming threats from recent hurricanes and fires, industrial agriculture, river mismanagement, extreme weather events, drought, and rising sea levels that are pushing the country toward the breaking point of ecological and economic collapse. Yet, despite these challenges, the authors provide optimistic and practical solutions for addressing these multidimensional issues to achieve greater environmental stability, human well-being, and future economic prosperity. With a passionate call to action, they look hopefully toward emerging and achievable solutions to preserve the country's future.

©2018 Jeremy B. C. Jackson and Steve Chapple (P)2018 Tantor

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  • 21-03-21

Great information but frightening!

Excellent book with great insight and data that will, and should, make a believer out of anyone who thinks we should not be worried about climate change and the environment.

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  • Shawn Oueinsteen
  • 19-04-19

U.S.-Centered View of Climate Change & Ag

The book starts with visits to farmers and coastal areas. Then it gets into serious climate discussion. The science is solid. The book is interesting and well done.