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A Sand County Almanac
by Aldo Leopold (Dec 12, 1986)
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"We can place this book on the shelf that holds the writings of Thoreau and John Muir." San Francisco ChronicleThese astonishing portraits of the natural world explore the breathtaking diversity of the unspoiled American landscape -- the mountains and the prairies, the deserts and the coastlines. A stunning tribute to our land and a bold challenge ...
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Mike Phillips
Cadillac Desert
The American West and Its Disappearing Water, Revised Edition
by Marc Reisner (Jan 01, 1993)
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The story of the American West is the story of a relentless quest for a precious resource: water. It is a tale of rivers diverted and dammed, of political corruption and intrigue, of billion-dollar battles over water rights, of ecologic and economic disaster. In Cadillac Desert Marc Reisner writes of the earliest settlers, lured by the promise of p...
The Death and Life of the Great Lakes
by Dan Egan (Mar 07, 2017)
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The Great Lakes—Erie, Huron, Michigan, Ontario, and Superior—hold 20 percent of the world’s supply of surface fresh water and provide sustenance, work, and recreation for tens of millions of Americans. But they are under threat as never before, and their problems are spreading across the continent. The Death and Life of the Great Lakes is prize-win...
Whole Earth Discipline
Why Dense Cities, Nuclear Power, Transgenic Crops, Restored Wildlands, and Geoengineering Are Necessary
by Stewart Brand (Sep 28, 2010)
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"Incredible book . . . Best I've read this year." --Jack Dorsey, via Twitter...
Encounters with the Archdruid
Narratives About a Conservationist and Three of His Natural Enemies
by John McPhee (Jan 01, 1980)
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The narratives in this book are of journeys made in three wildernesses - on a coastal island, in a Western mountain range, and on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. The four men portrayed here have different relationships to their environment, and they encounter each other on mountain trails, in forests and rapids, sometimes with reserve, some...
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Jim Collins
The Unsettling of America
Culture & Agriculture
by Wendell Berry (Feb 29, 1996)
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Since its publication by Sierra Club Books in 1977, The Unsettling of America has been recognized as a classic of American letters. In it, Wendell Berry argues that good farming is a cultural development and spiritual discipline. Today’s agribusiness, however, takes farming out of its cultural context and away from families. As a result, we as a na...
Sustainable Energy - Without the Hot Air
by David JC MacKay (Feb 20, 2009)
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Addressing the sustainable energy crisis in an objective manner, this enlightening book analyzes the relevant numbers and organizes a plan for change on both a personal level and an international scale—for Europe, the United States, and the world. In case study format, this informative reference answers questions surrounding nuclear energy, the pot...
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Bill Gates
The Uninhabitable Earth
Life After Warming
by David Wallace-Wells (Mar 17, 2020)
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER With a new afterwordIt 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--food shortages, refugee emergencies, climate wars and economic devastation.The Uninhabitable Earth is both a trave...
The Great Kapok Tree
A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest
by Lynne Cherry (Mar 13, 2000)
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The author and artist Lynne Cherry journeyed deep into the rain forests of Brazil to write and illustrate her gorgeous picture book The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest (1990). One day, a man exhausts himself trying to chop down a giant kapok tree. While he sleeps, the forest’s residents, including a child from the Yanomamo tribe,...
Mycelium Running
How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World
by Paul Stamets (Oct 01, 2005)
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Mycelium Running is a manual for the mycological rescue of the planet. That’s right: growing more mushrooms may be the best thing we can do to save the environment, and in this groundbreaking text from mushroom expert Paul Stamets, you’ll find out how. The basic science goes like this: Microscopic cells called “mycelium”--the fruit of which are mus...
On Fire
The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal
by Naomi Klein (Sep 17, 2019)
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#1 international and New York Times bestselling author Naomi Klein, author of The Shock Doctrine and This Changes Everything, makes the case for a Green New Dealexplaining how bold climate action can be a blueprint for a just and thriving society.For more than twenty years, Naomi Klein has been the foremost chronicler of the economic war waged on b...
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Daniel Bryan
The Water Will Come
Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World
by Jeff Goodell (Aug 07, 2018)
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What if Atlantis wasn't a myth, but an early precursor to a new age of great flooding? Across the globe, scientists and civilians alike are noticing rapidly rising sea levels, and higher and higher tides pushing more water directly into the places we live, from our most vibrant, historic cities to our last remaining traditional coastal villages. Wi...
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Stewart Brand
This Changes Everything
Capitalism vs. The Climate
by Naomi Klein (Aug 04, 2015)
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Forget everything you think you know about global warming. It's not about carbon – it's about capitalism. The good news is that we can seize this crisis to transform our failed economic system and build something radically better.In her most provocative book yet, Naomi Klein, author of the global bestsellers Shock Doctrine and No Logo, exposes the ...
Cradle to Cradle
Remaking the Way We Make Things
by Michael Braungart (Apr 22, 2002)
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"Reduce, reuse, recycle," urge environmentalists; in other words, do more with less in order to minimize damage. But as architect William McDonough and chemist Michael Braungart point out in this provocative, visionary book, such an approach only perpetuates the one-way, "cradle to grave" manufacturing model, dating to the Industrial Revolution, th...
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Joe Gebbia
Drawdown
The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming
by Paul Hawken (Apr 18, 2017)
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- New York Times bestseller - The 100 most substantive solutions to reverse global warming, based on meticulous research by leading scientists and policymakers around the world"At this point in time, the Drawdown book is exactly what is needed; a credible, conservative solution-by-solution narrative that we can do it. Reading it is an effective ino...
The Madhouse Effect
How Climate Change Denial Is Threatening Our Planet, Destroying Our Politics, and Driving Us Crazy
by Michael Mann (Jun 26, 2018)
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The award-winning climate scientist Michael E. Mann and the Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist Tom Toles have been on the front lines of the fight against climate denialism for most of their careers. They have witnessed the manipulation of the media by business and political interests and the unconscionable play to partisanship on issues t...
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Mario Picazo
Permaculture
A Designers' Manual
by Bill Mollison (Jul 31, 1997)
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Permaculture (permanent agriculture) is the conscious design and maintenance of agriculturally productive ecosystems which have the diversity, stability, and resilience of natural ecosystems. It is the harmonious integration of landscape and people providing their food, energy, shelter, and other material and non-material needs in a sustainable way...
Big World, Small Planet
Abundance within Planetary Boundaries
by Johan Rockström (Sep 22, 2015)
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A profoundly original vision of an attainable future that ensures human prosperity by safeguarding our threatened planet "If you have time to read one book on this subject, I highly recommend the new ...
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Richard Branson
A Language Older Than Words
by Derrick Jensen (Mar 01, 2004)
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At once a beautifully poetic memoir and an exploration of the various ways we live in the world, A Language Older Than Words explains violence as a pathology that touches every aspect of our lives and indeed affects all aspects of life on Earth. This chronicle of a young man's drive to transcend domestic abuse offers a challenging look at our world...
Amity and Prosperity
by Eliza Griswold (Jun 04, 2019)
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Prize-winning poet and journalist Eliza Griswold's Amity and Prosperity is an expose on how fracking shattered a rural Pennsylvania town, and how one lifelong resident brought the story into the national spotlight. This is an incredible true account of investigative journalism and a devastating indictment of energy politics in America.Stacey Haney,...
Falter
by Bill Mckibben (Jan 21, 2020)
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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.Bill McKibben's groundbreaking book The End of Nature -- issued in dozens of languages and long regarded as a classic -- was the first book to alert us to global warm...
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Albert Gore
Reinventing Fire
Bold Business Solutions for the New Energy Era
by Amory Lovins (Oct 15, 2011)
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Imagine fuel without fear. No climate change. No oil spills, no dead coalminers, no dirty air, no devastated lands, no lost wildlife. No energy poverty. No oil-fed wars, tyrannies, or terrorists. No leaking nuclear wastes or spreading nuclear weapons. Nothing to run out. Nothing to cut off. Nothing to worry about. Just energy abundance, benign and ...
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Ev Williams
The Sea Around Us
by Rachel L. Carson (Nov 12, 2003)
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Published in 1951, The Sea Around Us is one of the most remarkably successful books ever written about the natural world. Rachel Carson's rare ability to combine scientific insight with moving, poetic prose catapulted her book to first place on The New York Times best-seller list, where it enjoyed wide attention for thirty-one consecutive weeks. It...
Introduction to Permaculture
by Bill Mollison (Jul 31, 1997)
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1995 Reprint, New Edition, Tagari. 216-page Softcover.Introduction to Permaculture is an updated and revised version of the first two permaculture books, Permaculture One (Mollison and Holmgren, 1978) and Permaculture Two (Mollison, 1979), and replaces them. New material by Bill Mollison and Reny Mia Slay has been inserted, along with excerpts from...
The Future of Life
by Edward O. Wilson (Mar 11, 2003)
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A magisterial accomplishment: both a moving description of our biosphere and a guidebook for the protection of all its species, including humankind.From one of the world’s most influential scientists (and two-time Pulitzer Prize–winning author) comes his most timely and important book yet: an impassioned call for quick and decisive action to save E...
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Stewart Brand
A Terrible Thing to Waste
Environmental Racism and Its Assault on the American Mind
by Harriet A. Washington (Jul 23, 2019)
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A "powerful and indispensable book" on the devastating consequences of environmental racism--and what we can do to remedy its toxic effects on marginalized communities.Did you know...Middle-class African-American households with incomes between $50,000 and $60,000 live in neighborhoods that are more polluted than those of very poor white households...
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Jacquelyn Gill
Feral
Rewilding the Land, the Sea, and Human Life
by George Monbiot (Apr 26, 2017)
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This book explodes with wonder and delight. Making use of remarkable scientific discoveries that transform our understanding of how natural systems work, George Monbiot explores a new, positive environmentalism that shows how damaged ecosystems on land and at sea can be restored, and how this restoration can revitalize and enrich our lives. Challen...
The Eternal Frontier
An Ecological History of North America and Its Peoples
by Tim Flannery (Apr 17, 2002)
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In The Eternal Frontier, world-renowned scientist and historian Tim Flannery tells the unforgettable story of the geological and biological evolution of the North American continent, from the time of the asteroid strike that ended the age of dinosaurs 65 million years ago, to the present day. Flannery describes the development of North America's de...
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Stewart Brand
The Story of More
How We Got to Climate Change and Where to Go from Here
by Hope Jahren (Mar 03, 2020)
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From the bestselling author of ...
The Resilient Farm and Homestead
An Innovative Permaculture and Whole Systems Design Approach
by Ben Falk (Jun 03, 2013)
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"The Resilient Homestead" is a manual for developing durable, beautiful, and highly functional human habitat systems fit to handle an age of rapid transition.Ben Falk is a land designer and site developer whose permaculture-research farm has drawn national attention. The site is a terraced paradise on a hillside in Vermont that would otherwise be o...
Green is the New Red
An Insider's Account of a Social Movement Under Siege
by Will Potter (Apr 12, 2011)
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At a time when everyone is going green, most people are unaware that the FBI is using anti-terrorism resources to target environmentalists and animal rights activists. The courts are being used to push conventional boundaries of what constitutes "terrorism" and to hit nonviolent activists with disproportionate sentences. Some have faced terrorism c...
Don't Even Think About It
Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change
by George Marshall (Aug 18, 2015)
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A witty, insightful, and groundbreaking take on one of the most urgent questions of our time: Why, despite overwhelming scientific evidence, do we still ignore climate change?Most of us recognize that climate change is real yet we do nothing to stop it. What is the psychological mechanism that allows us to know something is true but act as if it is...
Limits to Growth
The 30-Year Update
by Donella H. Meadows (Jun 01, 2004)
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In 1972, three scientists from MIT created a computer model that analyzed global resource consumption and production. Their results shocked the world and created stirring conversation about global 'overshoot,' or resource use beyond the carrying capacity of the planet. Now, preeminent environmental scientists Donnella Meadows, Jorgen Randers, and D...
Rising
Dispatches from the New American Shore
by Elizabeth Rush (Mar 12, 2019)
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WINNER OF THE NATIONAL OUTDOOR BOOK AWARD A CHICAGO TRIBUNE TOP TEN BOOK OF 2018 A GUARDIAN, NPR's SCIENCE FRIDAY, PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, AND LIBRARY JOURNAL BEST BOOK OF 2018Hailed as "deeply felt" (New York Times), "a revelation" (Pacific Standard), and "the book on climate change and sea levels that was missing" (Chicago Tribune), Rising is both a h...
Natural Capitalism
Creating the Next Industrial Revolution
by Paul Hawken (Oct 11, 2000)
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This groundbreaking book reveals how today's global businesses can be both environmentally responsible and highly profitable....
Losing Earth
A Recent History
by Nathaniel Rich (Apr 09, 2019)
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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...
The Ecological Rift
Capitalism’s War on the Earth
by John Bellamy Foster (Nov 01, 2010)
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Humanity in the twenty-first century is facing what might be described as its ultimate environmental catastrophe: the destruction of the climate that has nurtured human civilization and with it the basis of life on earth as we know it. All ecosystems on the planet are now in decline. Enormous rifts have been driven through the delicate fabric of th...
Countdown
Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth?
by Alan Weisman (May 06, 2014)
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La cuenta atrás es un libro audaz, inteligente y provocador, que nos explica cuáles son los efectos de nuestro desmesurado crecimiento demográfico y plantea la alternativa más rápida y razonable para restaurar el equilibrio. Una investigación de conclusiones revolucionarias que cambiará la manera en que vemos nuestras vidas y nuestro destino.El cre...
American Earth
Environmental Writing Since Thoreau (LOA #182) (Library of America)
by Bill McKibben (Apr 16, 2008)
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As America and the world grapple with the consequences of global environmental change, writer and activist Bill McKibben offers this unprecedented, provocative, and timely anthology, gathering the best and most significant American environmental writing from the last two centuries. Classics of the environmental imagination—the essays of Henry David...
Earth in Mind
On Education, Environment, and the Human Prospect
by David W. Orr (Jul 29, 2004)
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In Earth in Mind, noted environmental educator David W. Orr focuses not on problems in education, but on the problem of education. Much of what has gone wrong with the world, he argues, is the result of inadequate and misdirected education that: alienates us from life in the name of human domination; causes students to worry about how to make a liv...
Living Downstream
A Scientist's Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment
by Sandra Steingraber (Jul 27, 1998)
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With this eloquent and impassioned book, biologist and poet Sandra Steingraber shoulders the legacy of Rachel Carson, producing a work about people and land, cancer and the environment, that is as accessible and invaluable as Silent Spring--and potentially as historic.In her early twenties, Steingraber was afflicted with cancer, a disease that has ...
The Ecology of Commerce Revised Edition
A Declaration of Sustainability (Collins Business Essentials)
by Paul Hawken (Mar 25, 2010)
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A visionary new program that businesses can follow to help restore the planet....
Garbology
Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash
by Edward Humes (Mar 05, 2013)
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A Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist takes readers on a surprising tour of America’s biggest export, our most prodigious product, and our greatest legacy: our trash....
Wilderness and the American Mind
by Roderick Frazier Nash (Sep 01, 2001)
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Roderick Nash's classic study of America's changing attitudes toward wilderness has received wide acclaim since its initial publication in 1967. The Los Angeles Times has listed it among the one hundred most influential books published in the last quarter century, Outside Magazine has included it in a survey of books that changed our world, and it ...
The Great Derangement
Climate Change and the Unthinkable (Berlin Family Lectures)
by Amitav Ghosh (Jul 24, 2017)
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Are we deranged? The acclaimed Indian novelist Amitav Ghosh argues that future generations may well think so. How else to explain our imaginative failure in the face of global warming? In his first major book of nonfiction since In an Antique Land, Ghosh examines our inability—at the level of literature, history, and politics—to grasp the scale and...
Endgame, Vol. 1
The Problem of Civilization
by Derrick Jensen (Jun 06, 2006)
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The long-awaited companion piece to Derrick Jensen's immensely popular and highly acclaimed works A Language Older Than Words and The Culture of Make Believe. Accepting the increasingly widespread belief that industrialized culture inevitably erodes the natural world, Endgame sets out to explore how this relationship impels us towards a revolutiona...
Plastic-Free
How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too
by Beth Terry (Apr 21, 2015)
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Like many people, Beth Terry didn't think an individual could have much impact on the environment. But while laid up after surgery, she read an article about the staggering amount of plastic polluting the oceans and decided then and there to kick her plastic habit. Now she wants to teach you how you can too. In her quirky and humorous style well kn...
Biomimicry
Innovation Inspired by Nature
by Janine M Benyus (Sep 17, 2002)
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Repackaged with a new Afterword, this "valuable and entertaining" (New York Times Book Review) book explores how scientists are adapting nature's best ideas to solve tough 21st century problemsBiomimicry is rapidly transforming life on earth. Biomimics study nature's most successful ideas over the past 3.5 million years, and adapt them for human us...
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Ameer Rosic
This Is Not A Drill
An Extinction Rebellion Handbook
by Extinction Rebellion (Jun 13, 2019)
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Extinction Rebellion are inspiring a whole generation to take action on climate breakdown. Now you can become part of the movement - and together, we can make history.It's time. This is our last chance to do anything about the global climate and ecological emergency. Our last chance to save the world as we know it.Now or never, we need to be radica...
With Speed and Violence
Why Scientists Fear Tipping Points in Climate Change
by Fred Pearce (Mar 01, 2008)
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Fred Pearce has been writing about climate change for eighteen years, and the more he learns, the worse things look. Where once scientists were concerned about gradual climate change, now more and more of them fear we will soon be dealing with abrupt change resulting from triggering hidden tipping points. Even President Bush's top climate modeler, ...
Heat
How to Stop the Planet From Burning
by George Monbiot (Mar 01, 2009)
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Heat: How to Stop the Planet From Burning marks an important moment in our civilization’s thinking about global warming. The question is no longer Is climate change actually happening? but What do we do about it? George Monbiot offers an ambitious and far-reaching program to cut our carbon dioxide emissions to the point where the environmental scal...
Storms of My Grandchildren
The Truth About the Coming Climate Catastrophe and Our Last Chance to Save Humanity
by James Hansen (Dec 10, 2009)
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In Storms of My Grandchildren, Dr. James Hansen—the nation’s leading scientist on climate issues—speaks out for the first time with the full truth about global warming: The planet is hurtling even more rapidly than previously acknowledged to a climatic point of no return.Although the threat of human-caused climate change is now widely recognized, p...
Six Degrees
Our Future on a Hotter Planet
by Mark Lynas (Oct 07, 2008)
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Possibly the most graphic treatment of global warming that has yet been published, Six Degrees is what readers of Al Gore's best-selling An Inconvenient Truth or Ross Gelbspan's Boiling Point will turn to next. Written by the acclaimed author of High Tide, this highly relevant and compelling book uses accessible journalistic prose to distill what e...
The Story of Stuff
The Impact of Overconsumption on the Planet, Our Communities, and Our Health-And How We Can Make It Better
by Annie Leonard (Feb 22, 2011)
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A classic exposé in company with An Inconvenient Truth and Silent Spring, The Story of Stuff expands on the celebrated documentary exploring the threat of overconsumption on the environment, economy, and our health. Leonard examines the “stuff” we use everyday, offering a galvanizing critique and steps for a changed planet.The Story of Stuff was re...
The Transition Handbook
From Oil Dependency to Local Resilience
by Rob Hopkins (Apr 01, 2014)
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We live in an oil-dependent world. Most people don't want to think about what happens when the oil runs out (or becomes prohibitively expensive). This title shows how the inevitable and profound changes ahead can have a positive effect....
Field Notes from a Catastrophe
Man, Nature, and Climate Change
by Elizabeth Kolbert (Dec 26, 2006)
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Long known for her insightful and thought-provoking political journalism, author Elizabeth Kolbert now tackles the controversial and increasingly urgent subject of global warming. In what began as groundbreaking three-part series in the New Yorker, for which she won a National Magazine Award in 2006, Kolbert cuts through the competing rhetoric and ...
The Skeptical Environmentalist
Measuring the Real State of the World
by Bjorn Lomborg (Aug 30, 2001)
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The Skeptical Environmentalist challenges widely held beliefs that the environmental situation is getting worse and worse. The author, himself a former member of Greenpeace, is critical of the way in which many environmental organisations make selective and misleading use of the scientific evidence. Using the best available statistical information ...
The Urban Homestead
Your Guide to Self-Sufficient Living in the Heart of the City (Process Self-reliance Series)
by Kelly Coyne (Jun 01, 2010)
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The Urban Homestead is the essential handbook for a fast-growing new movement: urbanites are becoming gardeners and farmers. Rejecting both end-times hand wringing and dewy-eyed faith that technology will save us from ourselves, urban homesteaders choose instead to act. By growing their own food and harnessing natural energy, they are planting seed...
The Big Thirst
The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water
by Charles Fishman (Feb 14, 2012)
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The water coming out of your tap is four billion years old and might have been slurped by a Tyrannosaurus Rex. We will always have exactly as much water on Earth as we have ever had. Water cannot be destroyed, and it can always be made clean enough for drinking again. In fact, water can be made so clean that it actually becomes toxic. As Charles Fi...
Plastic
A Toxic Love Story
by Susan Freinkel (Apr 18, 2011)
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Plastic built the modern world. Where would we be without bike helmets, baggies, toothbrushes, and pacemakers? But a century into our love affair with plastic, we’re starting to realize it’s not such a healthy relationship. Plastics draw on dwindling fossil fuels, leach harmful chemicals, litter landscapes, and destroy marine life. As journalist Su...
No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference
by Greta Thunberg (Nov 12, 2019)
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The groundbreaking speeches of Greta Thunberg, the young climate activist who has become the voice of a generation, including her historic address to the United Nations ...
Green Illusions
The Dirty Secrets of Clean Energy and the Future of Environmentalism (Our Sustainable Future)
by Ozzie Zehner (Jun 01, 2012)
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We don’t have an energy crisis. We have a consumption crisis. And this book, which takes aim at cherished assumptions regarding energy, offers refreshingly straight talk about what’s wrong with the way we think and talk about the problem. Though we generally believe we can solve environmental problems with more energy—more solar cells, wind turbine...
Silent Spring
by Rachel Carson (Oct 21, 2002)
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Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring was first published in three serialized excerpts in the New Yorker in June of 1962. The book appeared in September of that year and the outcry that followed its publication forced the banning of DDT and spurred revolutionary changes in the laws affecting our air, land, and water. Carson’s passionate concern for the fut...
The Weather Makers
How Man Is Changing the Climate and What It Means for Life on Earth
by Tim Flannery (Jan 10, 2001)
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An international best seller embraced and endorsed by policy makers, scientists, writers and energy industry executives from around the world, Tim Flannery's The Weather Makers contributed in bringing the topic of global warming to national prominence. For the first time, a scientist provided an accessible and comprehensive account of the history, ...
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Richard Branson
A New Green History of the World
The Environment and the Collapse of Great Civilisations
by Clive Ponting (May 01, 2007)
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A study of world civilizations, from Sumeria to Ancient Egypt to the Roman Empire of pre-Columbian North America and tiny Easter Island, that argues that over and over again, human beings have built societies that have grown and prospered by exploiting the Earth's resources, only to expand to the point where those resources could no longer sustain ...
Eaarth
by Bill McKibben (Mar 15, 2011)
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Our old familiar globe is suddenly melting, drying, acidifying, flooding, and burning in ways that no human has ever seen. We've created, in very short order, a new planet, still recognizable but fundamentally different. We may as well call it Eaarth.That new planet is filled with new binds and traps. A changing world costs large sums to defend--th...
Blessed Unrest
How the Largest Movement in the World Came into Being and Why No One Saw It Coming
by Paul Hawken (May 09, 2007)
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One of the world’s most influential environmentalists reveals a worldwide grassroots movement of hope and humanity Blessed Unrest tells the story of a worldwide movement that is largely unseen by politicians or the media. Hawken, an environmentalist and author, has spent more than a decade researching organizations dedicated to restoring the envir...
The End of Nature
by Bill McKibben (Jun 13, 2006)
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Reissued on the tenth anniversary of its publication, this classic work on our environmental crisis features a new introduction by the author, reviewing both the progress and ground lost in the fight to save the earth.This impassioned plea for radical and life-renewing change is today still considered a groundbreaking work in environmental studies....
Prosperity Without Growth
Economics for a Finite Planet
by Tim Jackson (Mar 31, 2011)
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Is more economic growth the solution? Will it deliver prosperity and well-being for a global population projected to reach nine billion? In this explosive book, Tim Jackson - a top sustainability adviser to the UK government - makes a compelling case against continued economic growth in developed nations.No one denies that development is essential ...
Slow Death by Rubber Duck
The Secret Danger of Everyday Things
by Rick Smith (Jan 05, 2010)
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Funny, thought-provoking, and incredibly disturbing, Slow Death by Rubber Duck reveals that just the living of daily life creates a chemical soup inside each of us.Pollution is no longer just about belching smokestacks and ugly sewer pipes - now, it's personal.The most dangerous pollution has always come from commonplace items in our homes and work...
False Alarm
How Climate Change Panic Costs Us Trillions, Hurts the Poor, and Fails to Fix the Planet
by Bjorn Lomborg (Jul 14, 2020)
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The New York Times-bestselling "skeptical environmentalist" argues that panic over climate change is causing more harm than goodHurricanes batter our coasts. Wildfires rage across the American West. Glaciers collapse in the Artic. Politicians, activists, and the media espouse a common message: climate change is destroying the planet, and we must ta...
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Matt Ridley
An Inconvenient Truth
The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and What We Can Do About It
by Al Gore (May 26, 2006)
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An Inconvenient Truth—Gore's groundbreaking, battle cry of a follow-up to the bestselling Earth in the Balance—is being published to tie in with a documentary film of the same name. Both the book and film were inspired by a series of multimedia presentations on global warming that Gore created and delivers to groups around the world. With this book...
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Richard Branson
The Nature Principle
by Richard Louv (Apr 17, 2012)
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For many of us, thinking about the future conjures up images of Cormac McCarthy's The Road: a post-apocalyptic dystopia stripped of nature. Richard Louv, author of the landmark bestseller Last Child in the Woods, urges us to change our vision of the future, suggesting that if we reconceive environmentalism and sustainability, they will evolve into ...
Zero Waste Home
The Ultimate Guide to Simplifying Your Life by Reducing Your Waste
by Bea Johnson (Apr 09, 2013)
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Part inspirational story of Bea Johnson (the “Priestess of Waste-Free Living”) and how she transformed her family’s life for the better by reducing their waste to an astonishing one liter per year; part practical, step-by-step guide that gives readers tools and tips to diminish their footprint and simplify their lives.Many of us have the gnawing fe...
The Long Emergency
Surviving the End of Oil, Climate Change, and Other Converging Catastrophes of the Twenty-First Cent
by James Howard Kunstler (Mar 02, 2006)
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A controversial hit that sparked debate among businessmen, environmentalists, and bloggers, The Long Emergency by James Howard Kunstler is an eye-opening look at the unprecedented challenges we face in the years ahead, as oil runs out and the global systems built on it are forced to change radically....
Urban Homesteading
Heirloom Skills for Sustainable Living
by Rachel Kaplan (Apr 27, 2011)
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The urban homesteading movement is spreading rapidly across the nation. "Urban Homesteading" is the perfect back-to-the-land guide for urbanites who want to reduce their impact on the environment. Full of practical information, as well as inspiring stories from people already living the urban homesteading life, this colorful guide is an approachabl...
The Revenge of Gaia
Earth's Climate Crisis & The Fate of Humanity
by James Lovelock (Jun 05, 2007)
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In The Revenge of Gaia, bestselling author James Lovelock- father of climate studies and originator of the influential Gaia theory which views the entire earth as a living meta-organism-provides a definitive look at our imminent global crisis. In this disturbing new book, Lovelock guides us toward a hard reality: soon, we may not be able to alter t...
The Bet
Paul Ehrlich, Julian Simon, and Our Gamble over Earth’s Future
by Paul Sabin (Sep 03, 2013)
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Are we headed for a world of scarce resources and environmental catastrophe, or will innovation and markets yield greater prosperity In 1980, the iconoclastic economist Julian Simon challenged celebrity biologist Paul Ehrlich to a bet. Their wager on the future prices of five metals captured the public’s imagination as a test of coming prosperity o...
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Half-Earth
Our Planet's Fight for Life
by Edward O. Wilson (Apr 03, 2017)
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In order to stave off the mass extinction of species, including our own, we must move swiftly to preserve the biodiversity of our planet, says Edward O. Wilson in his most impassioned book to date. Half-Earth argues that the situation facing us is too large to be solved piecemeal and proposes a solution commensurate with the magnitude of the proble...
Earth in the Balance
Ecology and the Human Spirit
by Albert Gore (Jan 01, 1992)
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Re-released on the heels of Al Gores #1 New York Times bestseller, An Inconvenient Truth, comes the paperback edition of his classic bestseller, Earth in the Balance. First published in 1992, it helped place the environment on the national agenda; now, as environmental issues move front-and-center in the public consciousness, the time is right to r...
Harvesting the Biosphere
What We Have Taken from Nature (The MIT Press)
by Vaclav Smil (Aug 21, 2015)
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An interdisciplinary and quantitative account of human claims on the biosphere's stores of living matter, from prehistoric hunting to modern energy production.The biosphere--the Earth's thin layer of life--dates from nearly four billion years ago, when the first simple organisms appeared. Many species have exerted enormous influence on the biospher...
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Inconspicuous Consumption
The Environmental Impact You Don't Know You Have
by Tatiana Schlossberg (Aug 27, 2019)
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"A compelling-and illuminating-look at how our daily habits impact the environment."--Vanity Fair "If you're looking for something to cling to in what often feels like a hopeless conversation, Schlossberg's darkly humorous, knowledge-is-power, eyes-wide-open approach may be just the thing."--Vogue "Shows how even the smallest decisions can have pro...
No Impact Man
The Adventures of a Guilty Liberal Who Attempts to Save the Planet, and the Discoveries He Makes About Himself and Our Way of Life in the Process
by Colin Beavan (May 25, 2010)
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The Adventures of a Guilty Liberal Who Attempts to Save the Planet, and the Discoveries He Makes About Himself and Our Way of Life in the ProcessA guilty liberal finally snaps, swears off plastic, goes organic, becomes a bicycle nut, turns off his power, and generally becomes a tree-hugging lunatic who tries to save the polar bears and the rest of ...
Garbage Land
On the Secret Trail of Trash
by Elizabeth Royte (Aug 29, 2006)
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A brilliant exploration into the soiled heart of the American trash can.Into our trash cans go dead batteries, dirty diapers, bygone burritos, broken toys, tattered socks, eight-track cassettes, scratched CDs, banana peels … But where do these things go next? In a country that consumes and then casts off more and more, what actually happens to the ...
The Green New Deal
Why the Fossil Fuel Civilization Will Collapse by 2028, and the Bold Economic Plan to Save Life on Earth
by Jeremy Rifkin (Sep 10, 2019)
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An urgent plan to confront climate change, transform the American economy, and create a green post-fossil fuel culture.A new vision for America's future is quickly gaining momentum. Facing a global emergency, a younger generation is spearheading a national conversation around a Green New Deal and setting the agenda for a bold political movement wit...
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How to Give Up Plastic
Simple steps to living consciously on our blue planet
by Will McCallum (Apr 04, 2019)
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As read by James Corden, Fearne Cotton, Jim Chapman and Dougie Poytner.'We have a responsibility, every one of us' David AttenboroughAround 12.7 million tonnes of plastic are entering the ocean every year, killing over 1 million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals.By 2050 there could be more plastic in the ocean than fish by weight.Plastic pollutio...
Hot, Flat, and Crowded
Why We Need a Green Revolution--and How It Can Renew America
by Thomas L. Friedman (Sep 08, 2008)
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In this brilliant, essential book, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Thomas L. Friedman speaks to America's urgent need for national renewal and explains how a green revolution can bring about both a sustainable environment and a sustainable America. Friedman explains how global warming, rapidly growing populations, and the expansion of the world’s mid...
Visit Sunny Chernobyl
And Other Adventures in the World's Most Polluted Places
by Andrew Blackwell (May 28, 2013)
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For most of us, traveling means visiting the most beautiful places on Earth—Paris, the Taj Mahal, the Grand Canyon. It's rare to book a plane ticket to visit the lifeless moonscape of Canada's oil sand strip mines, or to seek out the Chinese city of Linfen, legendary as the most polluted in the world. But in Visit Sunny Chernobyl, Andrew Blackwell ...
The Resilience Dividend
Being Strong in a World Where Things Go Wrong
by Judith Rodin (Nov 11, 2014)
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New York. Athens. Boston. Tohoku. Newtown. Oslo. West. Wenzhou. New Orleans. Dhaka. Moore. Nairobi.These communities are just a few among the many that have been hit hard by one of the wicked problems of todays world: natural catastrophe, disease and contagion, systems or social collapse. If you havent been directly touched by one of these disrupti...
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Ecological Intelligence
The Hidden Impacts of What We Buy
by Daniel Goleman (Mar 30, 2010)
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The bestselling author of Emotional Intelligence and Primal Leadership now brings us Ecological Intelligence—revealing the hidden environmental consequences of what we make and buy, and how with that knowledge we can drive the essential changes we all must make to save our planet and ourselves.We buy “herbal” shampoos that contain industrial chemic...