Books written by Andrew Nikiforuk

Slick Water

October 13, 2015 | 240 pages
The fossil fuel industry and many environmental groups tout hydraulic fracturing — “fracking” — as a panacea, with slick promises of energy independence, greenhouse gas reductions, and benefits to local economies. Yet the controversial technology, which blasts massive volumes of fluids,... More Info


Greystone Books Ltd | August 15, 2014 | 310 pages
Winner of the Governor General's Award for Literary Non-Fiction and the 2002 Crime Writers of Canada Arthur Ellis Award for Best True Crime "A grisly catalogue of the effects of hydrogen sulphide and flaring . . . Nikiforuk provides an eloquent and persuasive voice for all downwinders." -The Globe... More Info

The Energy of Slaves

Greystone Books | April 8, 2014 | 296 pages
Ancient civilizations routinely relied on shackled human muscle. It took the energy of slaves to plant crops, clothe emperors, and build cities. In the early 19th century, the slave trade became one of the most profitable enterprises on the planet. Economists described the system as necessary for... More Info

Tar Sands

Greystone/David Suzuki Fdtn | August 1, 2010 | 268 pages
"A scathing critique." Green Inc. The New York Times "An astonishingly entertaining read that raises your hackles while raising your awareness." Sustainablog "Required reading for every citizen." The Georgia Straight The Alberta tar sands could make Canada the world's second greatest oil exporter... More Info

The Energy of Slaves

Greystone/David Suzuki Fdtn | September 18, 2012 | 282 pages
By the winner of the Rachel Carson Environment Book Award Ancient civilizations relied on shackled human muscle. It took the energy of slaves to plant crops, clothe emperors, and build cities. Nineteenth-century slaveholders viewed critics as hostilely as oil companies and governments now regard... More Info

Empire of the Beetle

Greystone Books | August 23, 2011 | 240 pages
Beginning in the late 1980s, a series of pine beetle (also known as the bark beetle) outbreaks unsettled iconic forests and communities across western North America. An insect the size of a rice kernel eventually killed more than 30 billion pine and spruce trees from Alaska to New Mexico. The pine... More Info

Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of a Continent

Greystone Books | October 1, 2008 | 208 pages
While the world goes green, Canada has elected to go black into the tar. The frenzied development ($100 billion and counting) of the oil sands in Fort McMurray, Alberta, in the last six years has made Canada the world’s fifth greatest global exporter of oil and turned the country into “an... More Info