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Best Environment Books
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Silent Spring
Rachel Carson - 2002-10-21 (first published in 1962)
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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...
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Ramachandra Guha
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This Changes Everything
Capitalism vs. The Climate
Naomi Klein - 2015-08-04
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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 ...
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Brit Marling
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The Uninhabitable Earth
Life After Warming
David Wallace-Wells - 2020-03-17 (first published in 2019)
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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...
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The End of Nature
Bill McKibben - 2006-06-13 (first published in 1989)
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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....
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An Inconvenient Truth
The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and What We Can Do About It
Al Gore - 2006-05-26
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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
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The Lorax
Dr. Seuss - 1971-08-12
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"UNLESS someone like you...cares a whole awful lot...nothing is going to get better...It's not." Long before saving the earth became a global concern, Dr. Seuss, speaking through his character the Lorax, warned against mindless progress and the danger it posed to the earth's natural beauty. His classic cautionary tale is now available in an irresis...
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Amy Cuddy
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The Sixth Extinction
An Unnatural History
Elizabeth Kolbert - 2015-01-06 (first published in 2014)
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2015 Pulitzer Prize WinnerOver the last half-billion years, there have been five mass extinctions, when the diversity of life on earth suddenly and dramatically contracted. Scientists around the world are currently monitoring the sixth extinction, predicted to be the most devastating extinction event since the asteroid impact that wiped out the din...
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Cradle to Cradle
Remaking the Way We Make Things
Michael Braungart - 2002-04-22
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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
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Dispatches from the New American Shore
Elizabeth Rush - 2019-03-12
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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...
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Compost Stew
An A to Z Recipe for the Earth
Mary McKenna Siddals - 2014-10-14 (first published in 2010)
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From apple cores to zinnia heads, readers will discover the best ingredients for a successful compost pile!   Kids everywhere are knowledgeable about the environment and climate change. Not only is composting becoming more common in households and residential gardens, but many school gardens feature compost piles, too. But how do you start a compos...
Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
Wilding by Isabella Tree
A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold
Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey
The Overstory by Richard Powers
On Fire by Naomi Klein
The Wizard and the Prophet by Charles Mann
One Love by Cedella Marley
The Water Princess by Susan Verde
Where the Wild Things Were by William Stolzenburg
Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond
Natural Capitalism by Paul Hawken
Seeds of Change by Jen Cullerton Johnson
Losing Earth by Nathaniel Rich
10 Things I Can Do to Help My World by Melanie Walsh
The Ecology of Commerce Revised Edition by Paul Hawken
There Is No Planet B by Mike Berners-Lee
Touch the Earth by Julian Lennon
The Monkey Wrench Gang by Edward Abbey
Rachel Carson and Her Book That Changed the World by Laurie Lawlor
The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan
Six Degrees by Mark Lynas
Red Knit Cap Girl and the Reading Tree by Naoko Stoop
Storms of My Grandchildren by James Hansen
Bee & Me by Alison Jay
No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference by Greta Thunberg
Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv
Borne by Jeff Vandermeer
Flush by Carl Hiaasen
Green to Gold by Daniel C. Esty
New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson
How to Give Up Plastic by Will McCallum