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Natural Consequences:
Intimate Essays for a
Planet in Peril


by Char Miller, Professor of Environmental Analysis and History, Pomona College

In over forty site-specific essays that range from the middle of

the Pacific Ocean to the

author's own backyard in Claremont, California, Natural Consequences: Intimate Essays for a Planet in Peril gives critical historical context to current ecological challenges such as fire, drought, development,

and fracking.

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Tales of the Urban Wild:

A Puma's Journey

By Tiffany Yap DEnv/PhD

Illustrated by Meital Smith

Tales of the Urban Wild follows the life of a young male mountain lion as he struggles to establish his own territory. Navigating urban regions and wildlands, he confronts many challenging obstacles. The story brings awareness to the impact of humans and climate change — impingement on territory, water shortage, fires — for mountain lions and other wildlife.

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Knowing Wonder: An Elephant Story

By Merrill Sapp

Illustrated by Gareth Hook

Feel the rhythm of life within an elephant family. Journey with Lua along the interwoven paths that she shares with the living planet as she travels by mental map of sensation and experience. A nonfictional story or scientific tale, Knowing Wonder: An Elephant Story invites you to explore the world of elephants within the context of real behavior and events connected with scientific insight into their inner lives. Know the intimacy of an elephant family in birth and death, joy and sorrow as Lua navigates the seasons of her life on our ever-changing earth.

Photo by Zoë Reeve on Unsplash

Natural Consequences
Take This Book for a Hike

Drought and fires, floods and rising tides: These and other climate-driven forces are compelling us to examine our role as inhabitants of our imperiled planet. In over forty vitally important essays and vignettes, Natural Consequences is Char Miller’s literary tour de force that illuminates the historical background of how we got here, what we need to do now, and how we can thrive into the future. 

Endorsements of Natural Consequences

Equal parts charming and unsettling, these are illuminating accounts of the world we inhabit now. And the essays come with lots of good advice, above all: go for a walk. But maybe stick this volume in your back pocket.

– Bill McKibben, author of The Flag, the Cross, and the Station Wagon



Char Miller's Natural Consequences is a marvelous journey across sublime Southern California landscapes with a noble outdoor guide from the Aldo Leopold tradition. With his keen knowledge of Western water policy, forest management, weather patterns, desert ethics, mountain lore and fish hatcheries, Miller educates readers about the conservation challenges his home state faces in the 21st century.
– Douglas Brinkley, Professor of History at Rice University and author of Silent Spring Revolution:  John F. Kennedy, Rachel Carson, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon and the Great Environmental Awakening.

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Tales of the Urban Wild

For two young mountain lions born in central California, where cityscape meets wilderness, life isn’t easy. Soon after their mother leaves them to fend for themselves, a dominant male puma attacks, sending them running. The brother who dashes across a treacherous highway is hit by a truck and killed. The brother who hides up a tree survives. And so the journey begins.


Tales of the Urban Wild: A Puma’s Journey follows the lone brother, who local scientists tag as C-8, as he navigates what humans have done to the landscape.


Drawing from meticulous research, conservation scientist Tiffany Yap weaves together many diverse animal and human stories, celebrating the beauty and wonder of ecology, interconnectivity, and representation. With artist Meital Smith’s spectacular illustrations in the rich gold and earth tones of central California, this debut graphic novel inspires and teaches us what it means to share and protect this earth together.

About the Author

Tiffany Yap is a conservation scientist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She holds a doctorate in environmental science and engineering and has published studies in Science, EcoHealth, and other scientific journals. Her work has been featured in major news outlets, including The New York Times, LA Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and NPR.

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About the Artist

Meital Smith is an illustrator and artist from Seattle, Washington. She graduated from Cornish College of the Arts with a BFA in Design in 2021 and is currently pursuing an MAT at the Rhode Island School of Design. Meital’s work has appeared in The Lily, and in 2021, she self-published her graphic novella Yesh Lanu Machaneh, which documents her community’s experience at her beloved summer camp, Camp Miriam.

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